Librarian Julie Penner shows the posters people can win for being the three fastest to complete the Sardis Library’s Stranger Things escape room. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)

Sardis Library escape room based on hit Netflix show Stranger Things

This is the second escape room in Chilliwack that the Sardis Library has put together this year

Can you escape the Upside Down?

Put your brain to the test and see if you can get the heck out of Hawkins during the Sardis Library’s Stranger Things-themed escape room experience.

This is the second escape room the library has had this year (they did a Star Wars-themed one in May) and organizer/librarian Julie Penner is the one behind it all.

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“We have a few things we’re trying to do to mimic the show that we hope will add to the feeling of being in there,” says Penner of the escape room, which is based on the Netflix science fiction-horror TV series.

Some of the rooms include the Starcourt Mall (Scoops Ahoy in particular), the Hawkins Post newspaper office and the Hawkins Community Pool.

There will be a library staff member or volunteer in each room interacting with the participants. They’ll make it easier or more difficult for guests to escape each room depending on how well they’re doing.

“What’s really cool about the escape room is they use a lot of different technologies, formulas, symbols and math, so it’s very STEM-oriented. It’s a high promotion of literacy, which is what we’re looking for,” says Penner.

Groups of four to six people will have 45 minutes to escape.

The top three best times at the end of the three days will win a poster featuring artwork by Penner’s daughter, Sinead Penner, depicting some of the show’s characters including main character Eleven. The program is in partnership with the City of Chilliwack and Sardis secondary. Students in Sardis secondary’s work experience program will help with setting up the rooms the day before, plus at least one drama student will take on the role of a Stranger Things main character.

“We want people to have fun at the library. We know that big stories like Star Wars and Harry Potter and Stranger Things, people connect to big stories for a reason, they’re meaningful to them, and we want to celebrate that,” says Penner.

People are encouraged to come dressed up and rock their raddest ’80s look.

The Sardis Library’s Stranger Things escape room runs Oct. 21 to 23 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Head to the Sardis Library or call 604-858-5503 to book a time slot.

For people aged 13 and up only.



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