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How to Turn Organizing Your Home into a Scavenger Hunt

Watson Adventures Jeni Aron Organizing

Organizing your home can be fun! Improbable, but true. Like so much in life, it’s all about how you look at it. And an expert on the subject is here to tell you one easy trick: Treat home organizing like a scavenger hunt.

Professional organizer Jeni Aron is the Clutter Cowgirl and a contributor to the new book The Real Simple Method to Organizing Every Room: And How to Keep It That Way. She was also one of Watson Adventures’ earliest all-star hunt hosts. In a delightful-yet-practical mash-up, Jeni has five tips for completing your own de-cluttering scavenger hunt.

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Jeff Bezos Kicked Your Butt—And Other Scavenger Hunt Records

Watson Adventures Scavenger Hunt Intrepid

Highlights from Watson Adventures’ First 18 Years

Longest escalator ride. Most keys removed from a keyring by a parrot. World’s wealthiest cat.

The world is full of weird, hilarious records—humans, and apparently some other animals, are competitive by nature. We like our bragging rights. And here at Watson Adventures, where we create scavenger hunts and other games for a living, we’re no different. Seeing as it’s our birthday and we’ll brag if we want to, here are just a few of the many highlights compiled over 18 years of adventure.

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New Team-Building Scavenger Hunt: Solve a Murder Mystery Anywhere!

Wstson Adventures Murder Mayhem Anywhere

Our latest game is like an “escape room” game wherever you can think of—even outdoors

Little do you know, but one of your colleagues is a bit of a Jekyll and Hyde. His or her good side knows nothing about the evil side—and the evil side has challenged you to a duel. Your group has been poisoned, with only 90 minutes left to live. You’ll have to complete a series of challenges and solve interlocking puzzles to reveal the killer’s identity. If you succeed, you get the antidote. If you fail…well, you know. (more…)

Windy City Live and Mayor Rahm Emanuel Get in the Game with a Watson Adventures Scavenger Hunt

 

Not even the mayor of Chicago can resist the excitement of a Watson Adventures Scavenger Hunt. Rahm Emanuel helped ABC’s Windy City LIVE as they zipped around town and completed the fun challenges of the Thrown for a Loop Scavenger Hunt.

Members of their studio audience made up Team Ryan and Team Val and competed as “The ScAvengers” to find and solve clues through the Chicago Loop. Head on over to watch the videos and join in on the fun.

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…)