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Cindy Crushes Programming: Riverdale Escape Room 2

In today’s episode of Cindy Crushes Programming, Cindy Shutts shares with us how she hosted a second Riverdale themed escape room with her teens. You can learn all about her first one here.

To learn more about the basics of hosting an Escape Room, please check out Breakout Edu as they have basic kits that you can use as a foundation. You can also read a couple of previous posts on Escape Rooms here at TLT and online:

TPiB: Build an Escape Room by Michelle Biwer – Teen Librarian Toolbox

TPiB: Locked in the Library! Hosting an Escape Room by Heather Booth

Cindy Crushes Programming: Stranger Things Themed Escape Room

Programming Librarian: Creating a DIY Escape Room for Your Library

Plot: Journey back to Riverdale and help save Jughead and the Southside Serpents from an evil force trying to take over the town. They must the Southside Serpent who only has 45 minutes to be rescued and if he is not saved the Southside Serpents will perish.

Supplies:

  • You could use the Breakout Edu kit
  • 4 number lock
  • 3 number lock
  • Word lock
  • Key lock and key
  • Two lock boxes
  • Southside Serpent signs. I plan on hiding the note on the back of one.
  • Riverdale’s Southside Map (found online)
  • List of Locations
  • Various props I have in my office
  • Props that I made for my last Riverdale Escape Room that I will reuse to be red herrings.
  • Homemade Pop’s Dinner Menu
  • Receipt
  • Fake blue and gold newspaper
  • Maple syrup label
  • Dear Riverdale letter
  • Spellman Mortuary label printed off from my Sabrina Escape Room
  • Fake poster about the dance where Josie and the Pussycats are supposed to perform.

Instructions: I made sure to read the prompt aloud so everyone knew what was going on. I also let them know they had two hints. I am prepared to always add one more hint later on if they need it.

Red Herrings: Homemade Pop’s Dinner Menu, Receipt, Blue and Gold Newspaper, Maple Syrup Label, Spellman Mortuary Label

Word Lock:  Morse Code …  .–. . .-.. .-..  with a Morse Code guide hidden in the room.

4 Number Lock:  The note about the missing serpent will be included in this clue.

Dear Riverdale,

The Serpent of the Southside is mine.  The serpent’s power will die out and so will the serpents. After the serpent dies, three eagles will scream, five wolves will howl and thirty southsiders will die.

Try and Stop me!

The code 3530

3 Number Lock: 465 I plan on hiding a 4 6 5 in the room and color coding the letters. 4 is blue, 6 is Green and 5 is orange. I will also have a list of colors hidden in the room to help find the order. Blue, Green, Orange.

Key Lock: The key will be hidden in the room. It will be in the big box and the lock will be attached to the small box with the snake in it.

Directional Lock: (Up Down Right Left) I found a map of the Southside of Riverdale online and printed a list of locations Pop’s Chock’lit Shoppe, Fox Forest Park, Crystal Lake, Southside High School.

Final Thoughts: The teens really enjoyed this program and had a great time. I had a good number of teens. I had worried Riverdale was over with teens since the newer seasons have had less viewers.

Cindy Crushes Programming: Mission to Mars Escape Room

In today’s episode of Cindy Crushes Programming, Cindy Shutts shares with us how she hosted a Mission to Mars themed escape room with her teens.

To learn more about the basics of hosting an Escape Room, please check out Breakout Edu as they have basic kits that you can use as a foundation. You can also read a couple of previous posts on Escape Rooms here at TLT and online:

TPiB: Build an Escape Room by Michelle Biwer – Teen Librarian Toolbox

TPiB: Locked in the Library! Hosting an Escape Room by Heather Booth

Cindy Crushes Programming: Stranger Things Themed Escape Room

Programming Librarian: Creating a DIY Escape Room for Your Library

Plot: Welcome to the Mars Space Station! Unfortunately, the station is losing oxygen and you have 45 minutes to find the key for the manual override to fix the oxygen levels. A former, disgruntled Space Station employee has hidden the clues to restart the system in the breakroom.

Supplies:

You could use the Breakout Edu Kit

  • 4 digit lock
  • 3 digit lock
  • Word lock
  • Key lock and key
  • Two lock boxes, one small and one large
  • Empty bag of Space Ice Cream
  • I hate Ares note
  • Books
  • Mythology Book
  • Breakroom supplies like plates, salt and pepper shakers, napkins, silverware
  • Mars Space Station Manual (See documents below)
  • Nasa Mars Posters (https://mars.nasa.gov/multimedia/resources/mars-posters-explorers-wanted/)
  • Various images of Mars printed out to look like Mars is outside the window. I like using a porthole or making portholes with paper plates.

Instructions: I made sure I read the prompt, so everyone knew what was going on. I also let them know they had two hints. I am always prepared to add one more hint later on if they need it.

Room Set Up Instructions

Red Herrings:  I will have an empty bag of Space Ice Cream and a Tang Container.

Word Lock: This clue will be in the Space Station Manual. I have bolded the letters L A S E R in the document. This lock will be on the large box.

3 digit Lock: I will have a note on the table saying I hate Ares who is the god of war in Greek Mythology and Mars is the god of war in Roman Mythology.  I am going to bring a book about mythology and have a Roman numeral written in the book on the page about Ares that says 3 9 9 or III IV IV. This lock will be on the large box.

Key Lock: Key lock will be on the small black box. The key will be placed in the large box.

4 Digit Lock: 0319 On the break table, There will be 3 blue paperclips, 1 green paperclip, 9 yellow paper- clips. I will hide a note in the trashcan that has a picture of Clippy, the old Microsoft mascot.  This lock will be attached to the large box.

Final Thoughts: My teens were really on the ball and finished on the 30-minute mark. I would add a directional lock to make it harder next time. I am doing a Star Wars Escape Room in July and I plan on making it a little harder so it will take more time. All the teens were happy and liked the directions.  I was grateful to Nic Mitchel, a fellow teen librarian who helped me made the prompt punchier.