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Family Scavenger Hunt

Updated on October 5, 2011
Prescott Scavenger hunt  (oldest building)
Prescott Scavenger hunt (oldest building) | Source
Prescott Scavenger hunt (Monument)
Prescott Scavenger hunt (Monument) | Source
Get your picture taken in a hat.
Get your picture taken in a hat. | Source
Buy a postcard, gum balls, and a book about plants
Buy a postcard, gum balls, and a book about plants | Source

One of my greatest loves in life is traveling. We have never been a family with millions of dollars to blow on the sandals vacation. When my husband and I were younger we rarely had days off together. More often than not when we did have time off together we did not have money. It was on a weekend where we did not have money that I decided that the family would have a scavenger hunt in a nearby town. We had $30.00 total and a tank of gas. I wrote down questions and objectives. We split the money up and the first person to complete all their tasks got to pick where we had lunch.

 Here is a list of things that were written in the envelopes;

Envelope A

  1. Get your picture taken in front of the oldest building in town.
  2. Buy a postcard of someone famous
  3. Pet an animal other than a dog

Envelope B

1.      Get your picture taken in front of a monument

2.      Buy a key chain

3.      Eat something hot (this can also be something sweet/sour)

Envelope C

1.        Get your picture taken with a statue

2.        Buy a rock

3.        Pan for gold (this can be any activity you know will be cheap)

The envelopes are sealed and every person picks an envelope.

Other things we have added over the years;

Get your picture taken with a shop clerk

Try on a funky hat

Ride a mechanical car/horse/carousel (older kids can get in trouble for this one)

Feed the donkeys

Learn a local cowboy story and tell it

Toss a penny in a fountain, make a wish

     I am sure you get the idea. Over the years we have done variations of the scavenger hunt in many towns. It helps my kids get a feel of where they live and the history of the area. The last scavenger hunt we did was in Prescott, Az. My kids are old enough to pair up with friends to accomplish their tasks. Still we always have fun with this. The scavenger hunt can be tailored to any town or any group of people. We started this when my kids were about five years old however, you could do this with toddlers in a home.

     The cost is completely up to you. The more elaborate the hunt the more expensive it will be. The important thing is to have a good time and learn something. Enjoy your day out!


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    • michelleonly3 profile image

      MD Jackson MSIOP 6 years ago from Arizona

      I love that it doesn't break the bank. Children love to be the ones who gets to decide where to eat when they win.

    • Maddie Ruud profile image

      Maddie Ruud 6 years ago from Oakland, CA

      What a fun way to explore a town on a budget! You get some great photos out of it, too.