FREDERICK, MD — If you're looking for a unique, immersive experience right here in Frederick, look no further than the escape rooms at Frederick's own Clue IQ at 103 S. Carroll Street. If you haven't experienced an escape room before, this is the perfect place to start. Whether you want to raid a WWII bunker, find Excalibur and rule Camelot or experience augmented reality with an magical outdoor adventure, ClueIQ has a game for just about everyone.
For your chance to win a $50 gift certificate to ClueIQ, comment on our FiNDiT Frederick Facebook post (not on our blog) with the escape room theme you'd most like to play at ClueIQ, or tell us which one you've played before!
On Friday, October 10 at 2 p.m., we'll randomly choose THREE winners.
What's An Escape Room?
Escape rooms are a live-action, team-based game that allow the group of players to collaborate, solve puzzles and discover clues together to accomplish a specific goal in a limited amount of time. Games usually include 2-10 people and are set in fictional, themed locations.
It's a perfect activity for a date night, birthday party, family night or team-building with your coworkers.
The game starts with an introduction to the rules of the game and how to win. Then, the clock starts and players must complete the game within a set amount of time. During this time, players can explore the room(s), find clues and solve puzzles that help them progress further in the game.
At ClueIQ, team members can ask for unlimited hints if they get stuck, but only teams that ask for 3 or less hints can appear on the leaderboard.
If you achieve the goal within the time limit, you win the game. Teams with record-breaking times can be placed on the leaderboard. However, if you run out of time before achieving the goal, you lose the game.
Puzzle types can include riddles, ciphers, abstract logic, assembly of an object (like a jigsaw puzzle) , team communication, mathematics, searching for hidden objects, and more. Keep in mind that every escape room is different and different levels can be played. For your first time, try booking a beginner or intermediate room.
What can I expect at Clue IQ?
You and a group of your friends and/or family have 60 minutes to work together and solve clues and reach the objective. Each theme takes participants on a different adventure to a unique time, place or event, and every game is mission-based and follows a story.
ClueIQ prides itself on being a fully immersive experience with the most technologically advanced games in the region. Each of the escape rooms are 100% customized from the ground up — this means no fluorescent lights or technology in the Blitzkrieg room. Browse ClueIQ's site to see the rooms for yourself!
Click the links to read more about each ClueIQ experience:
Blitzkrieg- Beginner/Intermediate difficulty
Excalibur- Intermediate difficulty
Conspiracy- Expert difficulty
Magic Portal - Outdoor game
Operation Mindfall - Outdoor game
No purchase necessary. Must be 18 or older to enter.
**Children under the age of 12 typically struggle with some of the puzzles in the rooms. If you are bringing children under the age of 13 you must book a private game or purchase the entire capacity of a public room.**
Contest runs from Thursday, October 10 to 2 p.m. Friday, October 11.
Three winners will be selected randomly at 2 p.m. Friday 10/11 and will be notified through a tagged Facebook post and a private message. Winners may pick up certificates at Pulse Publishing between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday - Friday or choose to have the tickets mailed to their home address.
This contest is run by Pulse Publishing; it is not endorsed, sponsored, or promoted by Facebook in any way.
Yoga For You
The Art of Beauty
Young, old or in between, the Frederick YMCA has something for everyone of any age, fitness level or ability.
Many people think of the Y as just a place to go swimming or exercise, but it offers so much more, including child care, after-school programming, senior programs, yoga, cycling, group fitness classes, personal training and even a teaching kitchen. Check out the Y's program guides today!
Address: 1000 N Market St.
Phone: (301) 663-5131
Common Market Co-Op
FREDERICK. MD — Just as Frederick has become a haven for foodies with its vast assortment of top-notch restaurants, there is another scene that has been quickly emerging over the years: the arts.
Whether you're an artist yourself or just appreciate the talents of creatives, downtown Frederick and the county as a whole has plenty to offer in the way of galleries, art classes, theater shows and more.
See for yourself and check out these five artsy Frederick art staples below:
Way Off Broadway
What could be better than a combination of outstanding theatre and delicious food? Frederick’s own dinner theatre Way Off Broadway offers just that, combining live Broadway-style stage shows with a full dinner buffet. This theatre provides an intimate setting where five productions — from classic to modern— are performed each season.
Previous products have included The Sound of Music, Legally Blonde, Les Misérables, Grease and Monty Python’s Spamalot. Currently, Little Shop of Horrors is on stage until Nov. 2, so get your tickets today!
Address: Willowtree Plaza, 5 Willowdale Dr # A1, Frederick, MD 21702
Phone: (301) 662-6600
Eastside Artists’ Gallery
Frederick Arts Council
The mission of the Frederick Arts Council is to advance and invest in a vibrant arts community for those who live in and visit Frederick. This 501(c)3 nonprofit serves as an umbrella arts organization for the entire county and seeks to encourage the arts through grants, scholarships, arts advocacy and links to essential resources for artists.
Some of its programs include the Festival of the Arts, Sky Stage (pictured left), Art in the Park, the FAC Arts Gallery, and Public Art Program.
Address: 11 W Patrick St #201
Phone: (301) 662-4190