Scavenger Hunts for Kids

A Great Way for Kids and Adults to Have Fun Together

Connect with kids and explore great places together in a game that leaves everyone thrilled, exhilarated, and appreciative of each other’s talents. Our hunts for kids have been acclaimed by the New York Times, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Washington Post, Newsday, Time Out New York Kids, GoCityKids.com, and other media outlets.

We’ve staged many hunts for school groups, summer camps, birthday parties, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, sweet 16 parties, family reunions—all kinds of occasions. We’ve even been commissioned to create kids scavenger hunts for such museums as Museum of Science in Boston, the Queens Museum of Art, and the Long Island Museum.

We provide not only a hunt chockablock with entertaining questions, but also our friendly, upbeat staffers to run the hunt. We can also include cameras for photo questions and prizes.

Our Grab ’n’ Go Scavenger Hunt can be staged almost anywhere. Private scavenger hunts that explore specific locations, such as museums, zoos and historic neighborhoods, are available in select cities and towns.

Suitable for Kids Age 7 and Up

On hunts for children ages 7 to 14, at least one adult per team is necessary. Teens ages 15 and up can hunt without adult supervision (although we usually think it’s best to have an adult along).

Pricing

Prices start at $35 per hunter for a 90-minute hunt, with a minimum fee of $630 for up to 18 people, not including museum or zoo admission fees where applicable.

Scavenger Hunts for Families, Schools, and Camps

A family reunion in Boston chose our Freedom Trail Hunt to kick off their weekend of events and quickly get members of all ages excited and reacquainted. “It was the highlight of the day, and I’m sure it will prove to be the most memorable of the reunion weekend,” one member of the family wrote us. “It was great to see relatives both young and old working together, getting a chance to sightsee, and really venturing into the streets of Boston. Even my introverted father said, ‘That was so much fun!’

Families celebrating Bar Mitzvahs and Bat Mitzvahs have staged hunts to give the kids a chance to have fun and get to know each other better, often while exploring an unusual, exciting museum.

Numerous teachers have taken their students on scavenger hunt field trips as an exciting way to give kids a whirlwind tour of a museum or to introduce them to a historical neighborhood. We guarantee that our hunts will leave kids wide-eyed and eager to learn more. Learn more about hunts for school field trips.

Dozens of summer camps have taken their campers on Watson Adventures scavenger hunts for kids to explore museums and historical neighborhoods in a new and exciting way.

How Our Scavenger Hunts for Kids Work

After the Watson Adventures host explains the game and gets everyone in teams, the teams go in search of answers to tricky and humorous questions about the places and things they find, in such amazing places as museums, parks, zoos, and neighborhoods. Although the typical hunt lasts 90 minutes, it is not a race! The hunt is a test of teamwork, not stamina. The emphasis is on fun, not run, so that there’s a level playing field for everyone.

During the hunt, the host and other hunt staffers meet you for special surprise challenges. At the finish line, the host collects the answer sheets, we score the results while hunters look at the answers, and then we announce the winners.

For added fun and to bring out creativity-and souvenirs to take home-you can have us equip each team with a digital camera for Team Photo Challenges.

For an additional fee, we can also add customized questions, such as trivia about the “guest of honor,” and teachers can ask us to add custom questions that underscore classroom lessons.

Questions That Surprise and Delight

Rest assured that our kids’ hunt questions are age-appropriate. But we also take care to entertain the parents too. The questions never require any previous knowledge. For example (and keep in mind, we’ve designed these so that you discover the answer only when you are standing in the right spot)…

• At the Museum of Natural History, what animal does an acrobatic stunt that “stinks”?  Answer: A cacomistle, or civet cat, does a handstand before spraying like a skunk.

• At the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in a king’s gardens, what does a boy use instead of a net? Answer: In the huge, room-size Gardens of Versailles mural, you have to look carefully to find a boy using his hat to catch a butterfly.

Rave Reviews from Hunters

From the leader of a Girl Scout troop that went on a museum hunt: “The scavenger hunt was terrific! The girls had a wonderful time and learned a lot, not only about the objects in the museum but also about how to work effectively and efficiently as a team while having fun! It was a great way to kick off this year’s Girl Scout season. Thank you for your help in organizing the event. We hope to schedule another hunt in the future.”

From a parent who used our hunt to celebrate her son’s 18th birthday: “It was phenomenal and the boys loved it! I can’t wait to tell everyone how great you guys are. Thanks.”

From a teacher who took a high school group on one of our museum hunts: “Our group had a fantastic time on the Harry Potter[–themed] scavenger hunt! The staff was terrific—helpful, upbeat and engaging. It was a perfect fit for our group of students with chaperones. I knew the kids would get a charge out of it, but I was so surprised at how much the parents enjoyed the hunt too. I’ll heartily recommend your company and a scavenger hunt to anyone.”

• Another teacher who took her school on a hunt: “I wanted to express my gratitude for your help in setting up this hunt.  This was the second hunt I did with your company but the first school hunt I participated in. Words cannot say how much fun we had! The students were engaged and motivated the entire time. They were so excited to get to see Grand Central terminal, and they all wanted to win! Speaking on behalf of all the teachers that went, we loved the experience! We became more competitive than the kids! We all had a wonderful time and will definitely be using Watson Adventures again. Please thank Chris [the Watson Adventures host] because he really did a nice job as well. He was clear on the directions, he was very informative and helpful. He answered any questions we had, and we really appreciated it. Thank you again for an amazing experience. Several of the students said this was the best field trip they had even been on!

From another high school group: “The hunt was perfect—easy day for everyone and the advisors bonded with their new advisee charges. I have heard nothing but positive feedback. The kids and the adults really enjoyed the hunt. Thank you for everything. We will definitely be back!”

• From a parent who booked a hunt for a Bar Mitzvah: “I will highly recommend you to my friends. All the kids had a ton of fun on the hunt. Your team at the event was terrific.”

From a teacher who asked us to stage our Met Museum hunt for an elementary school field trip: “Your organization does a wonderful job, and we had positive feedback from our students and parents. Many have already planned another trip into the Met Museum to see more, and thought the hunt was a great way to get the children interested in the museum. Thanks for making the planning as easy as it could be! We look forward to another Watson adventure in the future.”

See a Video of a Hunt in Action

The TV series Fine Living asked us to create a custom hunt that combined out midtown Manhattan and Central Park hunts. Two lucky families took on the challenge. Check it out!

Where Will Your Hunt Be?

Ready to start exploring? Go to Private Group Hunts, select a city or state, then choose “Kids & Familes” from the dropdown Themes menu and find out what hunt locations are available near you. In addition to the hunts in museums, zoos and neighborhoods, we also offer the Grab ‘n’ Go Scavenger Hunt, a traditional scavenger hunt with a Watson Adventures twist that can be staged almost anywhere.

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Contact us to learn more and get in the game! Call 877-9-GO-HUNT (877-946-4868), extension 11, for private hunts, or use the handy form below!

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