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Mystery Solved: How to Enjoy Interactive Nights in NYC

August 11, 2017 - by Chelsey Grasso
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New York City's interactive nights are waiting for those times when you want to get your hands dirty…or your gears turning…or your feet moving. From mingling with actors to solve a mystery to downing some wine and trying your hand at a canvas, reserve your spot at any of these exciting NYC establishments to have an interactive night you’ll never forget.

Best of NYC Interactive Nights: Confidential (Lower East Side)

Become a secret agent as you enter the world of “Confidential,” a game of social interaction and spy skills. The game begins after you’ve accepted a drink from a woman in red at the Lower East Side’s Delilah. After that, your dossier will be delivered and you can compete for $100 and a bottle of champagne as you spend the next few hours following clues and hunting down the spy who can lead you to the prize. RSVP to ensure your entrance. 155 Rivington St.,

Best of NYC Interactive Nights: Escape the Room NYC (Lower East Side)

Escape the Room is a 60-minute experience that forces you to use your wits, knowledge, and skills as you try to, quite literally, escape a room. Solve puzzles to gain the key to your freedom as you make your way out of scenarios including “The Rec Room” (get out of the 80’s before you’re stuck there forever!) and “Theater” (find your way out from being trapped in a theater with your fellow theater goers). Different scenarios allow for different numbers of players. Additional locations in midtown and Brooklyn. 107 Suffolk St., 347-954-9160,

Best of NYC Interactive Nights: Museum of the Moving Image (Queens)

Museums can be a ton of fun, and the Museum of the Moving Image is certainly no exception. Go from being an observer to an animator at the “Behind the Screen” exhibition, where visitors can take still photographs to make a flipbook, create their own stop-motion animated movies, and even record their voices over dialogue for a film. Visitors can also play with sound effects, changing the soundscapes of famed movies and television shows during their visit. 3601 35th Ave., 718-777-6888,

Best of NYC Interactive Nights: Shipwrecked Miniature Golf (Brooklyn)

Mini-golfing isn’t just for kids (though, they’ll love it too!), and Shipwrecked Miniature Golf in Red Hook proves it. This 18-hold experience was created by two best friends with Broadway backgrounds, making for a theatrical, interactive, and always memorable visit. Brooklyn and pirate themes take over a majority of the course, and for those who are wanting to avoid mass groups of kids, stop by later in the evening, as closing hours range from 10PM to midnight depending on the day of the week. 621 Court St., 718-852-4653,

Best of NYC Interactive Nights: Paint Nite (Various Locations)

If you’re not feeling particularly confident in your artistic abilities, Paint Nite will be able to change that for you. Highly-rated teachers will walk you through the step-by-step process of completing a painting of your choosing, boosting your confidence in the process (and the wine doesn’t hurt either). Grab you best friends, pick out a painting on the website, and then show up ready to drink and dabble. It’s sure to be a good time.

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