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A ‘Socially Superlative’ Evening at the American Museum of Natural History

The event publication enjoyed a Watson Adventures scavenger hunt as part of the museum’s benefit bash

When the American Museum of Natural History wanted to add an extra dash of fun to its “Moon Dance: Night Journey” benefit gala, they turned to Watson Adventures to kick off the evening with a one-hour scavenger hunt highlighting the best of the museum. The hunt went from the famous giant whale to the legendarily large T. rex.

The online publication Socially Superlative was on hand to report on the event: “The competitive juices were flowing among the teams, so much so that women (including myself) were removing their high heels so they could scurry to the next clue quicker.” See the full story.

Pop Quiz: Secrets of the New York Celebs at Madame Tussauds

In which we wax trivial

We’ve gone eye to eye with presidents, pop stars, and popes. We’ve danced with rockers, we’ve mugged with supermodels. In short, we’ve spent a lot of time in wax museums. Wait, don’t dial 911: we go to Madame Tussauds to update our scavenger hunts there, in the New York City and Washington, D.C., branches. (And before you get upset about Tussauds: they removed the apostrophe long before our first scavenger hunt there in 2006.)

We’ve learned a lot of intriguing trivia about the stars in those galleries, not just from the information cards accompanying the wax figures but also from our own roving and restless research. Allow us to share the wealth: from the following descriptions, see if you can identify the six celebs, all associated with New York City, whose wax-alikes stand or have stood in Madame Tussauds. You can guess “blind,” or you can refer to the list of candidates that follows the descriptions. (more…)

Travel + Leisure: “These Scavenger Hunts Help You Explore New York City in a Whole New Way”

“Fun, quirky, and educational, Watson Adventures has created scavenger hunts in more than 30 cities across the United States, inviting everyone from curious travelers and even Fortune 500 team builders to join in on any one of its 600 whimsical and fast-paced games.”

So begins Travel + Leisure’s write up of our scavenger hunts for corporate team building and private parties, available not just in New York City but across the U.S. Plus anyone can sign on for our weekend hunts for the general public in seven cities. Find out what the esteemed travel publication has to say: read the article here.

 

Crain’s New York Business Profiles Watson Adventures Founder

Bret Watson, owner of Watson Adventures Scavenger Hunts“An occasional stand-up comedian and a writer and editor for magazines including Entertainment Weekly in the 1990s, Bret Watson would regularly spend free time visiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art, looking for amusing details and juxtapositions in the exhibits.”

So begins a profile of the found of Watson Adventures in the Crain’s New York Business article “How a Writer Grew a Scavenger Hunt for Friends into a 30-City Business.” You’ll find out his favorite clue, our “smartest” customer, and the Watson Adventures origins story. How does the story end? Not a clue. See the story

8 Amazing Works of Art By and About People of Color at the National Portrait Gallery

Watson Adventures National Portrait Gallery People of Color

In a rare feat for a presidential portrait, the February unveiling of President Barack Obama’s was an artistic event. The reveal of the first black president’s portrait (alongside that of First Lady Michelle Obama) drew international attention. Brooklyn artist Kehinde Wiley’s characteristically bright, bold painting has become an instant draw at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery.

A trip to the museum is well worth your time. There are plenty of great pieces and hidden gems to explore during your visit. Sharlette Williams, our D.C. coordinator and hunt host extraordinaire (and local foodie), takes a look at a few of her favorite pieces created by or featuring people of color. (more…)

Boston Baked Beaniuses—and Other Awesome Team Names for Scavenger Hunts and Treasure Hunts

Watson Adventures Scavenger Hunt Team NamesSherlock Holmes. Hercule Poirot. Scooby-Doo. To catch a criminal, to solve a murder, to unravel a devious puzzle, you need one thing: a great name.

Now, to nab the murderers and demystify the mysteries behind a Watson Adventures scavenger hunt, you also need a team. Inventing a fun, funny team name is the perfect start to your fun, funny adventure, and it might even earn you some extra points! Here are just a few of the great names other teams have come up with.

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Welcome to the Jungle: 3 Corporate Team Building Lessons from Jumanji

Watson Adventures Jumanji Corporate Team Building Tips“Trust one another, and never blink.” 

It’s the start of a prophecy, but it’s also a major theme running throughout Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, the wildly successful jungle adventure movie. Verrrry loosely inspired by the 1995 original, this reboot sucks four high-schoolers who don’t get along into a Jumanji video game, each taking the roles of the game’s heroes. Hijinks ensue.

More than just dodging rhinos and saving the world, Jumanji brings together a group of individuals, with all their quirks and fears, and forges them into an efficient, successful team. And it’s got a few tips for your office’s next team building effort. (Warning: Spoilers ahead.)

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From the Museum with Love: 10 Funny Valentines for the Art Lover in Your Life

The ultimate love-it-or-leave-it holiday, Valentine’s Day, is drifting ever closer on the wings of a crazed, arrow-slinging cherub. As if that weren’t romantic enough, our Naked at the Art Museum and Dancing Nudes Murder Mystery scavenger hunts are back to spice things up.

Need help asking out a hunt partner? We’ve got you covered with these artsy valentines, sure to melt any museum lover’s heart.*  

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Success in Team Building: A Tale of Two Cities

Watson Adventures Founder Bret WatsonYou have one company…but two offices. In different cities. With different staffs, cultures, sensibilities, you name it. The only guarantee: Your office is the cool one, the one that really runs things. The other office? Oh, you mean those slackers?

This intra-company competition is kinda weird, and not very productive; so, how do you turn that competition into something that might approach camaraderie?

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