My parents celebrated their 50th anniversary this past weekend and I wanted my entire family (parents, husband, brother, sister-in-law, niece & nephew) to do something together that was more than just a bloody mary infused Disco Brunch.
I knew I wanted to do a treasure or scavenger hunt. What’s the difference? On a treasure hunt your group works as a team while a scavenger hunt is based in competition with other teams. There’s enough drama going on in my family these days, so I opted for all of us to be on the same team as I didn’t want it to get ugly!
I’ve ALWAYS wanted to put together my very own scavenger hunt where teams are required to solve puzzles, riddles, word scrambles, etc and then act upon said puzzle, riddle or word scramble. I’ve gone so far as to create a few of the puzzles, but just haven’t created enough games to fill an entire party. Throwing a hunt has been on my list of 365 parties that I’d like to plan… a party a day for a year, but I just haven’t gotten to it.
Naturally, I thought perhaps this was the moment to throw that fete as I could build my own hunt where each riddle, puzzle or word scramble solved would be related to my parent’s wedding, or their lives together over the last 50 years! Cute right?
Well, that idea didn’t last very long as I spent a zillion hours planning an event filled weekend, writing a 44 stanza poem and arranging a surprise arrival! What to do? Well, thank heaven’s for Mr. Google (or maybe it’s Ms. Google) because I found a bunch of hunts in Washington, DC (where I’m from). Why reinvent the wheel?
I settled on Double Key Treasure Hunt and was a bit worried we wouldn’t solve it in the limited time we had allotted. I can’t tell you too much more or they’ll have to kill me, but suffice it to say, you CAN solve it! Quite honestly, I couldn’t be more pleased with the fun that was had and the way the hunt was presented. Turns out I was having so much fun that I forgot to take pix of the adorable sack sent to us that we carried all over the Smithsonian.
In the wise words of one Kenny Rogers, “Know when to hold ‘em. Know when to fold ‘em.” Or, as was the case, know when to create. Know when to outsource! If you’re looking for a fun way to spend a day or even a weekend while learning a thing or two, check out the link above as Double Key has hunts in a number of cities around the country. FUN FUN.