DIY Escape Room Kit – Science Lab Breakout

A mysterious science corporation invites you to a private tour of their facilities—and then leaves you locked in a room! Why you? What do they want? And most importantly, how do you escape? It’s up to your and your team to find out, but the clock is already ticking…

DIY Escape Room Kit at home

What is a DIY escape room?

Escape room companies are taking off around the world, offering a unique challenge where players are “locked” in a room and have to find clues and crack codes to escape.

This Science Lab Breakout escape room kit is a download that has everything you need to host the same kind of high-suspense, realistic-feel escape room, in any room you choose. All of the planning has been done for you. You just print, prepare, and host.

Grab the downloadable package OR downloads + pre-printed clues!

Will this escape room kit work for me?

This escape room is designed for:

  • 4 to 10 players
  • Ages 12 and up
  • About 1 hour to complete

It would make a great:

  • Birthday party
  • Date night
  • Family reunion activity
  • Youth night
  • Corporate team building exercise

It’s a great room if you want the feel of a commercial escape room, where your guests really feel like they’re locked in a room and trying to escape (and if you don’t mind doing some reading and setup). If you want something quick and easy that only involves printing things and doesn’t require a host, it’s not the room for you.

But everything is pre-planned. If you can read, print, cut, and hide things, you can throw your own awesome escape room party with this download.

Plus escape rooms are a ton of fun! Your guests will enjoy the searching, solving, and suspense that come with an escape room, as well as those great “a-ha!” moments when they finally figure out a clue. As a host, you won’t be able to play through the room, but it can be just as fun and rewarding to watch your guests play.

Check out my escape room especially for kids!

How does it work?

This game consists of hidden clues in a room. Most clues are printed from the download. Some clues are physical objects you will need to provide, but they are all common household objects. There are very clear instructions in the download for preparing your room, where your guests will be “locked” and where they will search for and solve clues. The combination of printable clues and actual items makes the game more authentic and exciting for your guests.

DIY escape room at home sample

What does it look like?

Setting up and hosting your room will look something like this:

“Great job on the escape room! Our teens (Jr. high age) loved it and it was really easy to set up. The puzzles were interesting enough to keep the adults helping occupied, and it took the perfect amount of time. Thanks for a wonderful product!” – Meredith B.

“I surprised a group of teenage robotics club members with your Science Lab Escape Room game this evening. Great job on the game. The kids really enjoyed it. Totally worth the $25. The clues were great, the graphics were great, the theme was great and you tied the whole game together nicely. Nice touch having the clues on the web sites. Very well written and thought out. Instructions were clear and easy to understand. I give you 5 stars!” – Chris

“I really loved the team building aspect and the plot was so entertaining! Great way to spend time with friends and family.” – Brenn G.

“Thank you for designing such a great escape room! I used it for my sister’s surprise party, and she and all her friends LOVED it! Thank you for making this a great, easy, stress-free experience!” – Michaela E.

“We ran the easy version for our daughter’s 13th birthday party last weekend. They loved it, and they escaped in 47 minutes with a few hints. Thank you!” – John M.

“My staff loved the activity. It was a great team building activity and so much easier than trying to take them to a different town for a true escape room.” – Jenna H.

“We had the first of three days that we are doing the escape room today for employee appreciation week at work. It was fantastic! Everyone loved it! It was a huge hit and we will likely do it again next year.” – Becky A.

“It was great. Everyone had fun and it was easy to organise. Look forward to seeing if you’ll create any more!” – Terry B.

“It went great! The party was actually last night for a group of 12 year old girls. They managed to escape the room in exactly one hour and only needed a little guidance to keep them on track. It was very well thought out and the instructions were very easy to follow. Much more economical  then taking them all to an Escape Room. I will highly recommend your website to friends.” – Megan P.

Read more reviews here.

Also find a detailed review from Andy on his DIY Escape Room blog.


DIY Escape Room Kit

Science Lab Breakout

This escape room kit lets you host your own DIY escape room at home. All of the planning has been done, you just need to print and prepare! The escape room takes place in a conference room or office, so the setting will be easy for you to recreate. There’s an involved plot with a light science fiction theme, and it will be a lot of fun for your guests!

What’s included:

  • Digital download, which includes:
    • 13 pages of high-quality clues
    • Thorough, detailed instructions
    • Printable invitations and decorations
    • Two difficulty levels to choose from

DIY Escape Room Kit Science Lab Everything Included

What you will need to do at home:

  • Print and cut the materials
  • Choose and prepare a room
  • Hide clues in the room
  • Supply these common household objects:
    • Calendar
    • Analog clock
    • Combination lock
    • Thick book
    • Paper and pens
    • Drinking glass
    • Small cup
    • Mirror
    • Metal brad
    • Masking tape
    • A way for your guests to access the Internet, such as a computer, laptop, smart phone, or tablet (or guests may use their own devices)

What if I don’t have time to print at home?

You may not feel like you have time to print everything at home. No problem! I have another buying option below.

Purchase the Escape Room Package

Option 1

Downloadable Package

Includes a digital download with over 20 pages of clues and detailed instructions, all of the planning and files you need to host your own escape room.

Option 2

Preprinted Clues

Everything in Option 1
+ printed materials mailed to you

Receive all of the printed clues in the download, mailed straight to you. You’ll be saved the cost (up to $20) and work of printing and cutting. You will choose between two difficulty levels (easy or hard) to receive in printed form (digitally, you’ll receive both). You will still need to supply the common household objects, prepare a room, and hide the clues.

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I guarantee 100 percent satisfaction! If you’re unhappy with your purchase, email me within 30 days and I will offer you a full refund.

I’m really excited to start releasing these new DIY escape room kits. I love escape rooms because they’re more than just a scavenger hunt or solving puzzles. It’s an immersive experience that puts you in a more real situation, increasing the excitement. Professional escape rooms are a lot of fun, but my belief is that anyone should be able to host their own escape room at home.

If you have any questions, comments, or reviews, be sure to respond below!

Also be sure to check out my Printables page for more great games to play!

Anything else I should know?

The escape room download has a no-commercial-use copyright attached. You are free to download and use for your own noncommercial purposes, but please do not share the digital files, post the digital files, or use any contents of the download to host an escape room you charge money for.


  1. Hi Paige, We loved your Science Lab Breakout Escape Room… so much that my teens are asking for another to do with their friends. I didn’t see other scenarios for older teens. Am I overlooking something?
    Maria Anthony

    1. Hi Maria, unfortunately, I only have the one escape room for teens. The only other escape room I have is for kids ages 8-12. I have a couple of escape rooms for teens/adults in the works though! I hope to release them soon. I’m glad your teens enjoyed the game!

      1. We ran the Escape Room for our Girl Guides (aged 10-14) and they loved it. They are looking forward to the next one…. so please keep creating some. Having laminated the print outs, we are running it again with the older Ranger Guides (14-16) next week.

  2. If I wanted to use this for a kids summer activity, can the same printed set be used multiple times or do the escapees have to write or damage the printables? Thanks!

    1. Hi MacKenzie,
      Some clues can be used again, and some are designed to be written on. But if you laminate these clues and provide plenty of scratch paper for your players to write on, you could use them again and again.

    1. I recommend it for ages 12 and up. If the 10-12 year olds have adults in the room playing with them, I would say it would be OK. For 10-11 year olds by themselves, I wouldn’t recommend it. I do have a children’s escape room called Color Crisis. Hope this helps!

    1. Hi Andrew, there are a few ways you could go about doing it. You could divide into 4 or 5 groups, set up one room, and take turns. Time each group and compete for the fastest time. You’ll just need to re-set up the room and replace some of the clues between teams. You could also run 4 or 5 rooms simultaneously, if you have a big building and that many spare rooms. Try to set up each room identically and have the teams compete to see who can break out fastest. Send me an email at if you want to talk about it in more detail.

  3. I am looking for an escape room activity for a group of students who are learning English to create a lot of discussion. They have a fairly high level of English – do you think would this be suitable?

    1. Hi Cyckiv,
      Only you can say for sure. If they have a high level of English, it could work! It will definitely create a lot of discussion. I have a complete satisfaction guarantee policy, so if you download the kit, look it over, and decide it will be too difficult, just let me know and I’ll give you a full refund.

  4. Hello, I intend to have an Escape Room in French, is it possible for me to modify the language on your pages? And how many kids at the time can we have for this activity?

    1. Hi Nancie, I don’t think it would be possible to translate into French. There is a lot of text, and there are passwords for a website in English that can’t be changed. For numbers of kids, I would say 10 at the most.

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