Thursday, July 23, 2015

Minnesota Things - Escape MSP!

Remember when I was a Silent Auction Co-Chair last Spring?  Well, here is another shout out to one of my generous donors!  The story here is that I recruited (forced?) my oldest son to help with the auction and in return I would let him bid/win the item of his choice (and I had some good stuff!).  He had his heart set on a package of Escape MSP tickets; but unfortunately he was outbid at the 11th hour.  He was disappointed, but I filed the idea away as a potential birthday present...


EscapeMSP

So what exactly is Escape MSP you ask?  Truthfully, I wasn't sure, but I had seen something that I thought was similar on The Big Bang Theory and it looked fun.

Their website describes it like this:

Clocks, Locks and Secret Passages ... Your team of 4-10 players are locked in a fully themed room with two goals; collect the hidden asset and ESCAPE the room before time runs out! To complete your mission you will need your wits, teamwork & a lot of critical thinking… Will you ESCAPE?

Fast forward to son #1's birthday.  I booked a private party (minimum of six people, $50 extra fee) and we attempted to escape from Mr. Dupree's Office!  (I chose Mr. Dupree's Office based on the recommendation in FAQ:  If this is your first experience at Escape, we recommend Mr. Dupree's Office. The James Bomb mission is a lot of fun, but it is more intense and you will be handcuffed.)

MISSION 1: Mr. Dupree's Office

You are on an elite team of fellow CIA agents assigned with the task of gathering incriminating evidence from the office of international business man, Mr. Dupree. Our Intelligence team could only get you into Mr. Dupree’s office for 60 minutes. YOU must get out before Mr. Dupree returns or the case is blown! Collect evidence of specific illegal activity, solve the puzzle and escape the room before you're caught!
 

MISSION 2: James Bomb 

While on a mission to intercept information in order to foil a terrorist attack on the Bank of England, you and your team of MI6 agents have been captured by Count David of Liverpool. The Count now has you and your fellow agents shackled in the basement of the World Bank, WITH THE BOMB! Can you free yourself, find the deactivation mechanism, and escape the room before it explodes?


I don't want to give anything away, but from the photo you can see that our mission was a "failure".  Personally, I thought the whole thing was very clever (and hard), however I must say that I was IMPRESSED with the abstract, critical thinking skills of the younger generation!  All of those hours (and hours) of video game playing may not have been wasted!  (This relieves some of my mom-guilt, and oddly enough gives me hope for the future.)

When I remarked to hubby that I thought the kids performed better than we did overall, he said, "That's why there aren't any old secret agents!"  (Ouch.)

Anyway, the kids had a blast and it was fun for me to watch them being engaged and having such a good time.  The hour locked in the room went very fast!  The minute (I kid you not) we left the building, son #2 turned to me and said, "We should do that again!"  They are ready and willing to be handcuffed together to attempt "James Bomb".  We also found out that there will be a new mission this year at the MN Renaissance Festival (another one of my generous donors!) where you try to escape from a castle.  ("We should do that one, too!")

All in all, I give it a (somewhat expensive) thumbs up.  If you decide to check it out, please let me know what you think and we can compare notes on what we did and did not figure out.

Visit their website for more information:  Escape MSP

Note:  This was an unsolicited review.  No compensation or discount was received.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Minnesota Things - Breadsmith!

I am the co-chair for an upcoming non-profit Silent Auction.  It is a lot of work, but I am learning many new things, mainly that companies (both locally and nationally) can be very generous!


Today we received a donation from Breadsmith.  As I was researching what to write for my "online description", I learned that they have complimentary "Bakery Tours"!  While I haven't been on one (yet), I absolutely love the idea and will make it happen sometime this summer.

The tour description from their website:

Bakery Tours

We welcome groups for behind-the-scenes tours of the bakery. This complimentary tour shows the bread-baking process. Groups of eight to ten have the opportunity to make bread and bring a freshly baked baguette home. This activity is great for adults and kids.

Bakery tours are great for:
  • Family outings
  • Book clubs
  • Scout troops
  • Daycare field trips
  • And more

Website:  www.breadsmithmn.com

I already LOVE them and just wanted to share this information!  Minnesota locations:  St. Paul, Minnetonka, Edina.

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