LIMA — Escape rooms have been popping up all over the world. Escapespy.com reported that escape rooms were in 1,613 cities, as of Sunday.
ArtSpace/Lima has been hosting one since mid-October. Sunday was the final day for that Escape Room.
Patty Kreinbrink and her extended family got together to check out the one in Lima on Sunday after checking out one in Findlay earlier in the day.
“We love the challenge. It makes us use our mind, and we love solving the clues and the puzzles,” Kreinbrink said.
It really has become a family bonding experience.
“My sister started this. She’s from California. She started doing this, then the sisters did it, and then they got me involved, and then you start bringing her nieces and daughters.,” said James Engard, of Leipsic. “We all work together because we have all different aspects. Some are good with numbers, some are more logical, others are good with word puzzles. So it takes a team to do everything correctly.”
Gary Adams runs Escape Wapak, the company that partnered with ArtSpace/Lima.
“With ArtSpace, it was kind of our second foray into building a custom escape rooms specifically for an off-site location. We did one last summer for the 50th anniversary for the Armstrong museum,” Adams said. “One of my staff members had talked with Sally (Windle), the director at ArtSpace, during the summer at one of the events that they did together. Sally thought maybe that would be something that would work out for one of their empty rooms they had upstairs.”
The escape room in Lima benefited ArtSpace/Lima, with the organization getting $4 of every ticket sold.
Those who missed the Escape Room in Lima can check out the main location in Wapakoneta.
“We’re on the second floor of the Wapa Theater building, and we have three games that run all the time every weekend — every Friday, Saturday and Sunday,” said Adams.
Make reservations at its website, escapewapak.com.
Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.