What is House of Clues?
The House of Clues of Harrisonburg is a challenging and fun experience for families, friends and team bonding. An escape room is an adventure game in which players are “locked” in a room and have to use elements of the room to solve a series of puzzles and think their way out within 60 minutes. Make your reservations in advance on the Book Now page. Bring your energy and sense of humor!! We’ll have you put away your devices to have a good time relying on just your wits and each other!
Is it scary?
No, it is not. However, it is very exciting, dynamic, and full of fun. There might be a few surprises lurking in the games!
What is the minimum age requirement?
The recommended minimum age is 13 years. We require at least 2 adults per game. We do love families, and families with children between the ages of 6 and 12 are welcome, but we do ask that you book a private party so as to have the game to yourselves. In that case, we require a minimum purchase and that you call us if you have children under 13 in your party to make those arrangements. Of course, if you will purchasing the entire game, then you don’t need to let us know ahead of time. For families with children between the ages of 6 and 13 who are from out of town and cannot meet the minimum number, we ask that you book one of the games before 5:00 p.m. and please call Tara at (540) 810-0623 to let us know. We want the game to be immersive and enjoyable for all our guests!
Our new game is called Through the Looking Glass, which is a simpler game. We allow up to 6 players to accommodate families with children, but as few as 2 can make this one a private game. Children over the age of 4 are welcome in the game as long as an adult is keeping careful watch of them, as little hands can cause havoc! If any damage is done, we would ask that you be honest about it, and we’ll see what we can do. No need for contacting us ahead of time for children between 4 and 13 for this game.
How is parking?
Plenty of free parking.
Is there a dress code?
Dress comfortably. You are welcome to come dressed as the characters in the game!
An on-line reservation is required. Please visit the Book Now page to schedule a game and pay. The cost is $25.00 per person. We ask that you arrive 10-15 minutes before your scheduled time for pregame briefing. Games will start promtly at the scheduled time. You may be denied admittance if you arrive late. (Please make sure to follow the directions given on your confirmation email, NOT GPS, as GPS will lead you astray!) You can make changes to your booking up to 24 hours before your game start time. Bookings are nonrefundable, so if someone in your party can’t make it at the last minute, feel free to ask someone else to take their place! If you don’t reserve your tickets ahead of time and just show up, we will try to accommodate you, but if there’s no room in a game, we just can’t!
Will we be playing with people outside of our party?
here is a chance that you maybe playing with others. If you haven’t done that before, don’t let it deter you! We LOVE when strangers play together. It seems that when a group of people have the same intense mission, everyone gets to working together quickly and has a crazy good time. (If only it would work like that outside of the House of Clues!) If you prefer to play with only members of your party, you can reserve all the tickets for that time slot.
We ask families with children between the ages of 6 and 13 to book games before 5:30. Please be aware that if you are planning to booka before 5:30 but do not want to play with a group with children, please call Tara at (540) 810-0623 and we’ll see what we can do.
Through the Looking Glass is a game that can be booked as a Private Event so that families with children are welcome to come any time without checking in with us.
Can claustrophobic people play?
The rooms do not cause claustrophobia; however, the doors are never locked, and players may leave the room if they feel the need to. For any special needs in this regard, please inform your game master before the game or call ahead of time. We have had many people with claustrophobia, PTSD, or anxiety play, and have never had anyone feel the need to leave the game. You’ll see!
Corporate and school events are welcome. For larger groups, please contact us. We also have a portable activity that accommodates up to 49 players. Please see the Team Building tab for an explanation of Pelahu Island.
Can I book two separate games to be played at the same time?
Separate games can be booked simultaneously if they are available. Otherwise, please contact us.
We have Gift Vouchers available.
They can be purchased here.
What is the cost?
The price is $25.00 per person of any age for Dr. Skarz’ Laboratory and The Heist. The price for Through the Looking Glass is $20.00 per person of any age.
Can people in wheelchairs play?
Please call us to discuss if one of your team members is in a wheelchair. The Heist is on the first floor and is wheelchair accessible.
Can pregnant women play?
Yes. We have had numerous pregnant women enjoying our games. If there is any part of the game a pregnant woman cannot accomplish, another team member will be able to handle the task. We provide a light portable chair upon request. We have had many in utero players. Their next escape is… you know… from the womb.
How long is the game?
You have 60 minutes to “escape.” But if you’re especially clever work really well as a team, you have the chance of making the leader board!
How physical are the escape games?
As long as players are able to walk a few steps, bend down, push and pull doors or lift minor objects, they should be able to do everything required in the game. As this is a team activity, other players in the group are able to do anything that someone with limitations would have trouble with.