Not just for Birthdays – our Children’s mysteries are used all year

If you’re looking for something low cost to do this half term, or if you’re an out of school club or child minder looking to amuse a group of primary schoolers – then we have exactly what you need!

We’ve developed a selection of children’s mystery parties over the last few years which bring together all the fun of solving a mystery, without any of the dubious content or adult themes usually present in the more serious dinner party games.

Each game is designed to be played by a group of youngsters and is pitched at the 7-10 year range, though younger children will often enjoy playing along too with support.

Each kit provides not only the 6 mystery games needed to solve the case, with one puzzle leading onto the next in sequence to reveal the whole plot, but also a wealth of other ideas for extra games and crafts associated with the plot to create what could be a day’s entertainment for a group of children.

Many children enjoy getting involved in the planning stages too – and some out of school clubs have based whole weeks around one of our mystery games with themed activities going on throughout the week in the run up to the actual mystery game finale.

One out of school club reviewed “A Superhero Mystery” for us saying:

This game was used in an Out of School Club during the summer holidays. The children thoroughly enjoyed taking part in solving the mysteries, untangling webs, figuring out the codes and of course rescuing Superman’s pants! The staff enjoyed it too, it was great because we were able to adapt it to suit the amount of children who attended on that day and were able to make it last for the majority of the day.

Thank you to Red Herring Games, we can’t wait for the next one!

And another parent said this about our “Spy kids” game:

We held this party on Saturday 9th May 2009 for my Daughter’s 10th Birthday. 5 of her friends came dressed in a 007 theme and had great fun. The Party was extremely straight forward, and easy to do/adapt if need be (which I had to). In total with food, this Party runs for 3 hours of pure puzzle solving, clue finding, secret agent fun. Highly recommend to any Mum thinking of something different to do for a Birthday Party. Go on – try it!

With another parent saying this about “A Mediaeval Mystery”:

Her party is the talk of the school

We used this mystery for my daughter’s 6th birthday party. In total we had 11 children between 4 and 7 at the party. What can I say??? It was a roaring success! The parents of the children who came say their kids have not stopped talking about it yet, and my own daughter loved it so much she wants one EVERY year!!! (My 4 year old son has declared he wants one too…) Her party is the talk of the school and it looks like I’ll be coming back! Thanks!

They really aren’t all that hard to run, as we provide detailed instructions and guidance within the kit.  The mystery games are simple to execute, and with at a standard party length of 2 hours, you rarely need to add in any extra tasks – though it’s handy to have one or two ideas up your sleeve.


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Flexible and fun!

We contacted Red-Herring-Games for a party for a special occasion. Why going to restaurants to eat is the preferred activity to mark milestones is beyond me and my friends.   The choice of mystery was obvious, looking at the options from New Zealand on the web Red Herring stuck out from the international options.  A quick look at the site and games showed subtlety as well a range of choices.  The numbers you could have for each evening was important,  Red Herring had scaling options a good range of scenarios but most importantly were Jo and team being flexible, responsive and helpful.

Rachel McWilliam, Arts Development Officer, Lincs Inspire

Thank you Red Herring Games for the marvellous 'Murder!  Cargo Connections?' event that you organised for us as part of Museums at Night at the Fishing Heritage Centre in Grimsby. The whole evening went so well and was brilliant fun.  I know from all the feedback that our visitors had a fantastic time. It was really good working with you and I have no doubt that we will do again in the not too distant future.  

A. Nonymous (council employee)

I would like to thank you and your colleague for helping contribute towards our successful conference last month.  Everyone really seemed to enjoy the evening and it was rewarding that so many delegates were able to participate in addition to the main "Actors".  Our conference evaluation froms included the following comments:
  • "Enjoyed the evening entertainment!"
  • The evening entertainment was great and the confusion made it great fun!"
With thanks and best wishes.

Sarah Spencer (Cleethorpes Chronicle)

I had no idea what to expect before purchasing a ticket for Old, New, Borrowed, Blue, which was being staged at a nearby hotel, and feared it might involve taking part in some way. However thankfully for me no acting was necessary, just some amateur sleuthing. "Wedding guests" of which I was one, were called upon to move from room to room in the hotel in groups, questioning a number of possible murderers with the aim of solving the mystery of the dead bridegroom. The interviewees were really fun characters and gave us all some good laughs. Of course they all had motives and it was a case of identifying the shiftiest. The wedding theme was particularly good, as it fitted well with the venue, the buffet that was part of the evening (with a wedding cake in the middle) and the fact that everyone had been able to dress up to fit in without going to the trouble of fancy dress. I didn't think I had enough "evidence" to actually accuse anyone but later regretted not even writing down my first guess as it wouldn't have been too far off the mark. The evening was great fun and everyone seemed to enjoy it and take part. I would definitely recommend Old, New, Borrowed, Blue as good for getting even reluctant or first-time mystery party-goers involved.  

Alan Young (Personal Touch Mortgages)

What a cracking nights entertainment! We don't get out much nowadays with 2 kids and this was exactly what we were looking for in a good night out. Lots of fun with tongue firmly in cheek and everyone kept guessing whodunnit right to the very end. Would definitely attend another!!!!!  


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