What is House of Clues? -- The cleanest place in town!! -- See COVID-19 concerns and playing with others sections below 😀
UPDATED UPDATE: We’re in on the communal effort to get this virus under control as soon as possible. Therefore, we are closing our doors until further notice. Thank you all so much for all you are doing in your lives to show love of neighbor. See you soon!
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?
The games are exciting and full of fun. If your imagination takes you to scary places, we can’t help that. 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 1 adult per game; we really recommend at least 2 for optimum fun for everyone. 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 for each games 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 more linear 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 let us know. No need for contacting us ahead of time for children between 4 and 13 for this game.
We have always had a policy of sanitizing the House of Clues for the health of our Game Masters and guests. However, due to COVID-19 concerns, we have increased the frequency of these practices and have instituted more strict procedures. We sanitize surfaces such as doors and doorknobs, handles, bathrooms, clues, props, locks, and walkies before each game. Some items will be changed to one-time use instead of reusable props. The list goes on, but you get the idea. We are also asking (politely?)…UPDATE: requiring… that all players visit one of our wash stations to wash their hands before the start of the game and again after they finish playing. We are all in this together, people, and we need teamwork to vanquish this nasty germ! We are taking the health of our neighbors and their families seriously. Our Game Masters will be staying home if they are ill. If you or anyone in your party is unwell, it would be better to wait until they are well to come have an adventure with us. Please see our social media for updates, and there is more information in the other sections on this page.
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 $20-25 per person, depending on the game. 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, or if you are the only party in your game, we may start the timer on time whether you’re here or not! (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 if there’s room in an upcoming game.
Please note: Due to COVID-19 concerns, these guidelines will be observed on a case-by-case basis. We do not want to expose any of our fabulous guests or Game Masters to illness unnecessarily. Please call Tara at (540) 810-0623 if anyone in your party is unwell or has had worrisome exposure. Also continue reading this page and visiting our social media posts for updates. We are concerned primarily for the health and well-being of our community and thank you for your cooperation. You will find more information on our sanitizing protocol below.
Will we be playing with people outside of our party? UPDATED
There 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 early in the day so as not to end up on a date night with strangers! Please be aware that if you are planning to book early in the day but want to assure that you will not be playing 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.
CURRENT POLICY: Please note: Due to COVID-19 concerns, we will book private games. Dr. Skarz’ Lab and the Heist are the most fun with at least 5 players, so get people who you know are healthy, turn off the news, and get out to do something normal!!! … well, maybe not normal…
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.
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.