Something for the kids

When it comes to entertaining that Tween bracket, those too old for bouncy castles and too young for teen parties – it’s no surprise that our puzzle based children’s mysteries are popular.

Pitched at the 7-10 year old age range, they span the gap between kids party games and adult mysteries and run in a very similar way to the adult “lock in” style mystery puzzle houses, in that the children move from puzzle to puzzle via a series of games, unlocking the plot as they go, until between them they fathom out the answer to the mystery presented at the start of the party.

It’s hard to explain how these games work, as each one is themed very much to the mystery itself.

Each party requires 2 facilitating adults, one to lead the children through the mystery – and one to set up the rooms/puzzles and act as a second facilitator for some of the games.

Each child’s mystery starts with a premise. Something missing, or something lost, or sometimes, a mission, or a puzzle that needs resolving. The children have the premise explained to them by the adult and then the first “game” is introduced as a way of solving the case.


The first game played will often lead to the next part of the puzzle which in turn leads them to another game, and it runs in this way through 6 games. The games vary in complexity, some are easy, some are more difficult. Sometimes it’s a scavenger hunt for clues, sometimes it’s a decoding puzzle, sometimes it’s a jigsaw with a mystery sentence, sometimes it’s an observation game, sometimes it’s more physical, but each game will lead them one step further in solving the case presented to them, until they reach the conclusion, and solution to the mystery.

We always leave time for a birthday tea within the party. And each party kit comes with other ideas for games you could play in keeping with the theme. Having run several myself with my own children, I know some kits are useable with 6 year olds with more adult supervision and my daughter still enjoys them at age 11. So the age range that can use them is quite vast. Some kits are pitched in such a way that older children will enjoy them, and some are pitched in such a way that younger children will enjoy them. So if you have a child that falls outside the 7-10 age range it’s helpful to chat with us to check which we think would be better for your child.

Children’s parties are harder to get “just right” than adult kits as children develop at different ages. Which means it’s sometimes a case that you pick something and think “Blurgh” this won’t suit him/her at all. Don’t worry – we all have children in our office and we know what it’s like! Give us a call, chat through what the issues are and we will be able to refund or exchange your purchase for you so you get the party you need.


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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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