Chances are you’ve escaped an escape room. Or at least tried. But have you done it with the help of your kids in TOw?

The idea of spending an hour (or less, depending on how swiftly you solve puzzles) confined to a room with your family might seem terrifying. Well, I am here to say, it can be fun. Really fun.

We got the escape room bug when we participated in the family-friendly experience at Looking Glass Adventures on Danforth East last year. This year, we tried out the newly-opened Mysterious Minds at Bloor and Spadina.

mysteriousmindskidsinto1They’ve got three rooms – beginner, intermediate and advanced. With kids and grandparents in TOw, we went for the toughest challenge – trying to retrieve the Loonie for Luck for Team Canada before the Gold Medal match. The puzzles were generally most solvable for the adults but the kids were pretty entertained and could help out with some of the tasks.

To ensure more action for all family members, give the Missing List a go. (You need to help Santa find the ‘nice list’ before he leaves the North Pole.) There is special family pricing for this one. It’s on until January 31, 2017. A new room suitable for families is in the works.

Good luck!


Getting there: Located on the north side of Bloor St. West just east of Spadina. Paid street parking. Just around the corner from Spadina Subway Station.mysteriousmindskidsinto3

Low-down: Book online to reserve your spot. Rooms require at least 4 people. $70 for Loonie for Luck and Moonshine Mile. $55 for the Missing List. Open Thursday and Friday 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Saturday 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.


Tel: 416.922.6061
322 Bloor Street W. 3rd Floor. Toronto, ON