FallsCreek Community Church "The Loop" Youth Group has decided to forego traditional fund raisers by creating an escape room experience opening to the public Feb. 16. The Loop Escape Room is located at 149 Northmoreland Ave. inMunroe Falls.

This experience goes beyond video game simulation to provide players with a real-life adventure game in which people are locked in a room with other participants and have to use elements of the room to solve a series of puzzles, find clues, and escape the room within a set time limit.

Over the last year, The Loop Youth Group Leaders, Dan and Jodi Lenc of Munroe Falls, have become escape room enthusiasts and decided to turn that interest into opportunity. They along with co-leaders Chuck and Candy Grubb from Akron have created an original, exceptionally challenging room filled with twist and turns that any aspiring escape artist, from beginner to expert, is sure to enjoy. The best part is that all of the proceeds support The Loop Youth Group.

"These rooms are becoming quite popular," said Dan Lenc. "They are especially appealing to groups of friends and family as well as corporate events because communication and team work are a must to be successful."

The Loop has been actively working to raise money for various activities, retreats and outreaches. Most notably they are working toward funding an upcoming mission trip to Ponce, Puerto Rico where the teens will be serving in the poorest communities.

"We are excited to see what an impact a trip like this will have in our youth members' lives but first we have to get there," said Jodi Lenc."We were frustrated with all of the traditional high volume, low margin fundraisers."

The Loop Escape Room officially opens to the public on Feb. 16. Days of operation are Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday with accommodations made by request for private parties on Monday through Wednesday.

"We have run nearly a dozen groups through the room in preparation for our grand opening to the public and the feedback has been amazing, explained Dan. "We hope people respond well to our efforts and come check us out. We believe they will be pleased they did."

For more information or to book a time, visit the website www.loopescaperoom.org. Pictures and reviews can also be found on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/loopescaperoom or contact us directly at DaJo@loopescaperoom.org.

The Loop Youth Group is a youth ministry at FallsCreek Community Church for teens in grades 7-12. FallsCreek Community Church is a non-profit organization. The church pastor is Dr. Michael Thomas.