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Great Party Idea In Las Vegas ~ A Scavenger Hunt
Something To Do That You Will Actually Remember!
When most people think of having a party in Las Vegas, they think of getting so totally trashed, drunk, and incoherent to the point where they don't even remember the next day what they DID the day before! I overheard some people at the airport on one of my many flights out to Las Vegas before I moved here saying things like "man, I don't even REMEMBER yesterday... and I sure don't remember taking THESE pictures!" And "WHY did you let me drink that?"
This is the point where anyone who saw either of "The Hangover" movies will have a flashback! The premise of both movies was the holding of a party, (bachelor parties in these two Hangover movies), and the men involved NOT remembering anything they did. And THEN they looked at the pictures they had taken. VERY funny stuff for a movie, maybe not quite as funny if it actually happens in real life!
I have to admit I've never been much of a drinker, and if I did, it would make me so sick I wouldn't try it again. Is it possible to be "allergic" to alcohol? I'm not sure, all I know is I have never developed a desire for the stuff, and now as I've gotten older, I'm really glad I never did! I've seen it mess up too many lives... but that is a topic for another time.
I like to find things to do that are fun, things that don't even involve drinking. One thing I think would be a fantastic party idea is a scavenger hunt! There are SO many places here in Las Vegas to hold a scavenger hunt, that it becomes pretty fun and entertaining on its own... no alcohol required! And the best part? You would actually remember the party the next day!
Tips For A Great Scavenger Hunt
The first thing you'll want to do is come up with a creative place to hold a scavenger hunt. And believe me, Las Vegas is FULL of interesting places where a hunt could be successfully held! From the interesting characters and odd shops located on Fremont Street, to the Las Vegas strip, to any of the outstanding shopping malls or outlet malls located in Las Vegas, you would be hard pressed to NOT be able to find a great place for a scavenger hunt!
And if a more "natural" experience is desired, a hunt could be held in Red Rock Canyon National park. Although, you would want to check into the weather beforehand if that is your chosen location. It can be oppressively hot in the summer, so that may be a better idea for a Fall or Winter scavenger hunt.
Places To Hold Great Scavenger Hunts In Las Vegas...
Get A List Together...
Put Together a Good, Creative List of Items To Find
The items chosen that teams must find will be based on the location you've chosen to hold your scavenger hunt. Making a list of 20 to 25 items is probably the best, and use a two hour time period as the amount of time allowed to find them.
You can be as creative as you want to be with the items to be found, here are a few ideas:
- An Elvis "look-alike" that really LOOKS like him! Not always as easy as it might seem!
- A Marilyn Monroe look alike, or Johnny Depp, use your imagination!
- The largest drink available (either on Fremont Street or on The Strip)... and believe me, some of these drinks are HUGE... no wonder people don't remember the next day what they did the day before!
- In a shopping center or in an individual store, the most expensive item you can buy. Limit it to one store to make the item faster to find.
- Find the tackiest t-shirt (not too difficult to do in Las Vegas)... just sayin...
- Find a person wearing a cowboy hat usually won't be too difficult, but some times of the year they'll be harder to find... just don't hold your scavenger hunt during rodeo week if you want this one to be a challenge!
- Find the biggest/ ugliest/ gaudiest pair of sunglasses
- Find the "flashiest dresser" (will work either on Fremont Street or on the Strip)
- Have the scavenger hunters take pictures of themselves by certain "landmarks" (Example: The big flashing cowboy on Fremont Street, or by the Statue of Liberty on the strip).
Using your own imagination and creativity will help you to individualize your own list according to what you'd like your guests to find. Always fun, scavenger hunts are exciting due to the time limit involved. It's important to limit your hunt to a certain area. For example, it would take someone all day to walk from one end of the strip to the other (if you walk as slow as we do! )
So, limit the area, from one hotel to another, or maybe on just one side of the street when doing this on the strip. Fremont street is a great place to have a scavenger hunt since it's only a few blocks long so the space is already limited.
Have a place lined up to meet at the end of the scavenger hunt, and then compare pictures the guests have taken with cell phones or cameras. Give each item a certain point value, and have higher point values for better items that were found. The judging of the scavenger hunt is really a pretty subjective thing, so it's best to have the judge picked out before the hunt.. so party goer's can bribe... I mean... know who the judge is!
If a scavenger hunt is held in a place like the Red Rock Canyon area, items on the list can be things like having a picture taken by a certain shaped rock, finding wildlife to photograph (although, a lot of the wildlife is nocturnal, so that might not be too easy). There is even a shop located in the visitors center where some of the hunt could take place. A little more creativity may be necessary, but this could work as a good location for a scavenger hunt.
After The Hunt...
After the hunting is done, guests will be hungry and thirsty... pick a predetermined place to meet. It can be a restaurant, or a nice picnic area in the park. Let the judging begin, and may the best team "win."
Las Vegas is a wonderful place for a scavenger hunt, and having one here will help to create fun memories that will last a lifetime. And who knows, without the emphasis being on alcohol consumption, maybe your guests will even remember the fun they had here in the City of Entertainment, Las Vegas!