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Do you enjoy puzzles, riddles and word games?

Have you wanted to try an Escape Room, but it's too far of a drive?

Are you a fan of crime scene investigation stories, movies and TV shows?

Are you an Escape Room enthusiast?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you’ll definitely want to join us for the Volunteer Center’s new and unique fall fundraiser:
South Bay Escape Room: Mortuary Mystery

The basement of our historic, Old Torrance building – a real former mortuary – is the setting for this first-of-its-kind South Bay fundraiser, mixing together local history with spooky, fictional fun just in time for Halloween!

You will have 60 minutes to solve the puzzles and find the final clue to escape the room… but can you???

September 28 - October 29, 2017

Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings; Saturdays and Sunday afternoons
at the Volunteer Center, 1230 Cravens Avenue, Torrance, CA 90501


  • $35 per person - tickets must be purchased online in advance
  • Plan to arrive 15-20 minutes before your session start time
  • Each one-hour session is designed for six people
  • You can book an entire room (you must purchase all six tickets) or meet new friends when you arrive

Our Escape Room is geared toward ages 14* and older, including seniors in good shape, and players under the age of 16 must be accompanied by at least one adult. All participants must be able to climb up and down stairs, be up for a rush of adrenaline, and be willing to sign a waiver. There are no other special skills or knowledge required – this is a chance to put your curiosity and creativity to the test.

Click here to review our FAQ.

*Please note - the age minimum was updated to 14 from the previously-stated minimum age of 10 after room testing.

Not familiar with Escape Rooms? Learn more below.

South Bay Escape Room: Mortuary Mystery benefits the Volunteer Center’s programs and services. Click here to learn more about our signature programs.

Sponsorships available - click here for details

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South Bay Escape Room: Mortuary Mystery is a perfect activity for: Escape Rooms help to develop:
  • Team Building
  • Date Nights
  • Ladies’ Nights Out
  • Family Outings
  • Youth Groups
  • Scout Troops
  • Church Groups     
  • Gaming Aficionados
  • Critical and Creative Thinking
  • Problem-solving 
  • Communication
  • Observation
  • Teamwork
  • Leadership
  • Delegation


The Stone and Myers Mortuary opened on Cravens Avenue in Torrance with great fanfare the weekend of February 29, 1929, and the entire front page of the Torrance Herald’s "March of Progress" edition was devoted to it. The local paper called the new building "one of the showplaces of Torrance," declaring that Stone and Myers had built "one of the finest funeral homes in Southern California."

Now, 88 years later, we've discovered a narrow staircase leading to an abandoned part of the basement full of old relics, and we need "volunteers" to help us solve the mortuary mystery before the one-hour volunteer shift ends.

Not familiar with Escape Rooms?

"Escape the room" games have become very popular over the last several years, both across the country and around the world. Teams are usually given one hour to solve a series of puzzles using strategically-placed clues, and they must use communication and strategy to figure out how to "escape" – a perfect activity for team-building!

Each Escape Room is created around a specific theme and time period, such as a medieval dungeon, futuristic space station or present-day prison cell. Since the Volunteer Center’s Torrance building was originally a real working mortuary, we knew it was the perfect setting for our South Bay Escape Room fundraiser.

Escape Rooms are also a fun way to bond as a group of friends, family or team, and don’t worry... even though you are "locked" in the room, you can ask to leave at any time. However, most people get so caught up in solving the puzzles that the 60 minutes flies by! Can you beat the clock???

Have more questions? Click here for our FAQ.

Major Sponsors

Griswold & Griswold Insurance Agency, Inc.

Shirley Starke-Wallace

Vernon B. Williams, MD, Inc., Sports Neurologist

Beth and Steve Wilson

Major In-Kind Sponsors

Kentwood Players

A heartfelt thank you to the other in-kind donors and volunteers who made South Bay Escape Room: Mortuary Mystery possible: