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Escape Room Herndon to open ‘Cryptid Grove’ extension in early 2024

Cryptid Grove is the game designed in the extension of Escape Room Herndon (via Omer Aru)

Escape Room Herndon is venturing into new territory as it prepares to open an expansion of its existing space in Herndon Centre.

Omer Aru, the owner of the business, says the location on Elden Street is expected to open sometime around Jan. 1.

The new space had previously been expected to open this past fall, but Aru says it took more time than expected to receive the necessary approvals from Fairfax County for the expansion. Building the game itself also took several months.

“We expected it to take about 4-5 months, but we thought we would have gotten started in early summer,” Aru told FFXnow. “Instead, it wasn’t until late August that we started building the game.  All our props are custom-made by our very small team, so those take time as well.”

The game “Cryptid Grove” is based on various “wonderful creatures of lore,” according to Aru.

“The players will get to explore a gift shop for Cryptids situated inside a national park created just for these creatures to relax and be themselves,” he said. “It will be a fun light-hearted game good for all adventures young and old.”

The new room is just a few doors down from Escape Room Herndon’s current location at 406 Elden Street. Current rooms include an 8-bit Escape, Maritime Mutiny, Magician’s Workshop, and The Grave Robber’s Dilemma.

While Herndon is its flagship location, the company also has escape rooms in Richmond and Arlington.