Beat the clock: Escape room comes to West Side

The “Trapped in the ’80s” room at Albuquerque Escape Room. (Courtesy of the Albuquerque Escape Room)

Over the past several years, Brian and Kate Childers have tested their minds and raced against the clock to free themselves from all sorts of tricky situations.

The married couple weren’t in any danger, but instead were participating in escape rooms where they had to solve clues in under an hour in order to ‘beat’ the room.

Now the Childers, along with Brian’s brother and sister-in-law, Brett and Linda Childers, are testing their own ability at puzzle-making instead of puzzle-solving with the opening of Albuquerque Escape Room.

The new attraction, at 10320 Cottonwood Park NW, opens Friday and will be the first escape room on the West Side.

Brian Childers said he intended to open the escape room on the West Side since that side of town has fewer entertainment options and until now, zero escape rooms.

“It seems like whenever you want to do anything for entertainment you have to drive over to Albuquerque and that’s a lot,” he said.

He said setting up the different rooms was mostly a DIY affair and he took to the internet to watch videos about creating escape rooms, wiring electronic components and creating the different puzzles.

The “Becoming Houdini” room at Albuquerque Escape Room. The new attraction opens Friday at 10320 Cottonwood Park NW. (Courtesy of the Albuquerque Escape Room)

For now, there will be two different rooms themed around the ’80s and Harry Houdini, respectively, for guests to test their puzzle skills. A third zombie-themed room will open in about one month.

Childers said he plans to build a fourth and maybe even a fifth room later in the future.

Each room can be rented by one to 10 people at a time.

Guests have one hour to figure out the puzzles to escape the room and Childers said groups are allowed to have three clues during that time.

“It’s really a team effort,” he said.

Chris Armistad of Armistad Real Estate represented the Childers for the real estate deal while working at his former firm, Allen Sigmon Real Estate Group.

Albuquerque Escape Room is open 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 1 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday, and 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $22 per person.

To learn more or to book a room, call 505-312-8405 or visit abqescaperoom.com.

Pilar Martinez covers retail and commercial real estate for the Journal. She can be reached at pmartinez@abqjournal.com.

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