Free ‘escape room’ challenge in Boulder in October

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BOULDER, Colo. — If you’ve ever wanted to put your puzzle-solving skills to the test, escape room attractions might be the perfect challenge.

However, if you’re also savvy about how you spend your money, paying $25 to $29 to get locked in a room for an hour might not feel like the wisest move.

Now there’s another option: Boulder Valley Escape.

From Sept. 30 to Oct. 31, the Boulder Valley Church of Christ is putting on a free escape room challenge — with three rooms.

“With Boulder Valley Escape, the participant starts in one room and makes her/his way through two more,” organizers said.

The themed rooms require participants to explore, solve riddles and find keys to get out.

Organizers said the Boulder Valley Escape has an escape rate of about 30 percent — and rivals any professional escape room, which typically cost $25 to $29 per person.

Officials say it’s free and there’s no catch.

“We just wanted to do something fun for our neighbors,” the group said on its website. “We’re not going to preach at you, try to convert you, guilt you, none of that.”

Organizers said the escape rooms are suitable for people of all ages and skill levels.

“It can be for the whole family, including younger kids, or for the Escape Room veteran,” officials said. “We can provide a cheat sheet to guide the little ones in the experience.”

Looking for something a little scarier?

On Oct. 30, there will be an extra challenge: Can you make it through all three rooms before zombies attack?

Organizers said the escape rooms are great for groups of four to five people, but say they can accommodate up to eight people.

To book a spot, visit the group’s website.