Archive for December, 2008

Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

I?m planning a 4 year old birthday party at a water park. We were going to do a pirate treasure hunt in a wooded area nearby with a creek etc. The ending prize is going to be the treasure trunk pinata.

Kerri Kaste,

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Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

Once we got the treasure hunt started, it went pretty smoothly. I had teams of one adult and one kid, and I mixed them up, so usually the parent didn’t get their own kid. I thought that would help the neighbors get to know other people’s kids a little better. Everyone had lots of fun and much laughter was heard. The only thing I regret is not having it all in the same room, because some of the tasks were quite funny! The tasks were a bit of a challenge because I had to configure them so that all can participate (we had ages from 2 to 54). So some tasks were better done by the small kids and some tasks were better done by the adults. All in all, I was very pleased and am looking forward to planning my a treasure hunt for my daughter’s birthday party in two weeks, which means I better get cracking now!
Thank you very much, that was $30 well spent.

Terri Harmon, Illinois USA

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Monday, December 29th, 2008

I am planning a treasure hunt in Washington, USA. Saturday April 23rd, For my best friend’s birthday. Guests are aged between 21 and 70.
I appreciate your e-mails ~ checking up on me to see if I am progressing at an appropriate pace, and I think I am. Thank you for your concern.

Good Luck with your endeavor, I will drop you a line when I can tell you how the party turned out.

Genie Sunshine, Washington USA

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Monday, December 29th, 2008

I am planning a treasure hunt for my brother’s 40th birthday party bash in South Africa. It is going to be a lot of laughs.

Anerie Rademeyer, Johannesburg South Africa

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Monday, December 29th, 2008

I had no problems downloading ‘the treasure!’ And I’d be glad to share my plans, as well as a final review, after the event. I’m currently printing out the rest of the document (of course, I ran out of paper this week, so it is a staged process!) and starting to plan my hunt, using your ideas and theme to construct this year’s treasure hunt event.
Here’s the story — a tale of two families. Rachel and I were neighbors while our children were young (we each had 4 kids). Although our families are mostly grown up now, we are still best of friends, as are our children that were essentially raised together. Once a year, we ALL go on a 4 day tent camping trip together. This has become a gathering of 30 people.
Adults, young adults, teenagers, elementary children, and now a couple of toddlers! Every few years when my kids were young, I’d do neighborhood treasure hunts or scanvenger hunts for their birthday parties. Then, for the kids on our annual camping trip I’d do some sort of hunt.
Last year, no hunt. I ran out of ideas. It turned out, the kids were disappointed. So I started searching the web and libraries early this year for ideas to beg, borrow, steal, or buy! And I found you!
* This year, Fr. Hennepin State Park, Isle, MN. * Every year, we assign a new committee of 2 to decide * where next years camping trip will be. * We are Minnesotans, so it is always in MN, WI.
* July 20 - 24. The actual hunt will depend on the weather * and scouting out the campground locations that I can use.
2 - 62 age range. But, while I debated on whether it would be better to set up separate hunts for elementary, teen, adults — or maybe build the teams with members of each age group; whatever I do, I need to take the teen’s competitiveness into account. THEY WANT TO WIN!
* This year, I’m going to go with your Pirate theme. * I appreciate very much that you offered to help with questions. * But, your ideas that you published will keep me going * for awhile yet. * However, if I get a brainstorm wonderful idea, * I’ll let you know.
* Thanks, again!

Eileen Blackwood, Minnesota USA

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Sunday, December 28th, 2008

Dear Nikki,
Tomorrow is the big event! I chose the frog theme from the kid’s classroom this year and named the party the GREAT FROG ADVENTURE! I formatted all locations, teams and challenges to the theme. We buried the treasure yesterday and all helpers and instructions are set and ready for tomorrow. Having never done this kind of party, I am excited and nervous wanting to know I have accounted for all the details and possible glitches. Say a prayer for me tomorrow and I’ll let you know how it went.
We will have 47 kids and 12 adults!
Thanks!

LeeAnn Biggs, Indiana USA

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Sunday, December 28th, 2008

Thank you for this excellent product. We had the party on Saturday and it was fantastic. I live in France so had to translate it and we did a Harry Potter theme. For the code, we sent the kids to a computer where they typed in the code and then a PowerPoint presentation sent them to the kitchen for the treasure. It was really brilliant fun and I know we’ll be doing it all again soon! Thanks again,

Alex Laurie, Eure et Loir Francernrn

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Sunday, December 28th, 2008

Hi Nikki: I am planning a hunt for my fiance for his 51st birthday. We are having family (ages6+- 73) and of course his contemporaries. We should total about 40 people. He is a man with everything so when friends were telling us of cache hunts I got inspired and started my search. We live in a 15,000 sq foot home on a mountain top in Huntsville AL so many places to hide things. His birthday is in July right after our wedding which is two days earlier so obviously lots on my plate. I am sure I will have many questions and am grateful for this contact with you-very kind. Warmest Regards,

Cathleen Jackson, Alabama USA

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Sunday, December 28th, 2008

We will be holding the treasure hunt July 8th and then 9th for Camp TBI which is a camp for children and young adults with brain injuries.
I am doing a treasure hunt first with the counselors during training so that they can get oriented to the different places at camp. When they find a clue they will be given a little token that they have to bring back to the main office. When they have all of the clues they will be given a card from their main counselor that explains what each of the tokens are, for example, they will get a ’smartie’ candy to let them know how smart they are. They will be given an eraser so that they know that everyone makes mistakes and it’s okay. Anyway the theme of all the clues will be a ‘counselor survivor kit’. The next day, the campers will do something very similar and the counselors will be giving the campers the survivor kits.
It will be held in GA, USA. I will have 70 counselors and 42 campers. Age range of campers is 8-24 counselors 16-70.
I only glanced at the book and need to start working on it soon. I was excited to figure out how to incorporate it into our camp. Our theme this year for camp is Wild and Wacky sports so I will be changing the stations or ports to different places that have to do with sports, for example, one of the stations will be ‘Green Ball Court’ meaning that they have to first figure out that they have to go to the tennis courts. So they have two clues to figure out, one is where the station is, and then what the puzzle will be

Judie Thompson, Georgia USA

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Sunday, December 28th, 2008

Treasure hunt is in Illinois November 18th and October 30th I bought it for my daughter’s 11th birthday and thought it would also be great to use at a neighborhood halloween party (50s through 2s).
This looks like it will be a lot of fun.

Terri Harmon, Illinois USA

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Saturday, December 27th, 2008

I downloaded everything yesterday and now I just have to hide all the clues in the backyard now. It’s an outside treasure hunt for a 14 year old’s princess party. I’ll let you know how it goes. I’m thinking of adding some scavenger hunt elements to the hunt. Like finding something before solving the next riddle. A few of those riddles are going to be brain stumpers!

I’m thinking the game may take upwards of 2 hours. I did 19 clues! :)

Wendy Brown, Florida USA

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Saturday, December 27th, 2008

Dear Nikki,

I received the treasure hunt planner without a problem. I am planning a treasure hunt for the July 4th weekend. My family along with 7 other families with kids are going camping in upstate NY. We have been doing this for a few years now. The kids range in age from 3-15. Last year I planned treasure hunt for them where one clue led to the next clue and so on until the last clue directed the kids to the treasure. The kids loved it so much that they asked for another treasure hunt this year. This year I wanted to make it a little different. I wanted to have the kids do an activity at each station where they would get a clue so your ideas have really helped.

I have changed a few ideas. I want all the kids to work together and not make teams because I don’t want it to become a competition. I know 14 kids is a lot to work together but I thought I would give it a try. For example, instead of mummy wrapping one team member I am having each kid mummy wrap another kids arm so everyone will have to be wrapped to move one to another station. I will let you know how it all works out.

Debra Meyers, New York USA

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Thursday, December 25th, 2008

Nikki,

We have played twice already. My children love the hunts. We planned one for my sons 12th birthday party this weekend. I would be happy to let you know how the ‘BIG’ hunt goes and will try to send a picture.

It was easy getting into your site to make up the hunt and I am so happy with the extra quick and easy game for my family.

Thanks

Kim Sisemore, Virginia USA

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Wednesday, December 24th, 2008

Dear Nikki:

Our treasure hunt is in Sapporo, Japan, it’s a mini summer ‘festival’ for my students, aged 5 - 12

As for the challenges: at one station, the students have to ask & answer 30 English questions in their group; at station 2, the students have to ‘fish’ for English words (reading each word before putting it into their bucket); at station 3, the students will have to look at picture cards and say the words before getting their piece of the puzzle; and at station 4, I will say a word then the students will have to go through some obstacle course in order to get the item; at station 5, the students will have to answer ‘What Am I’ quizzes in order to get a puzzle piece; and I’m stumped for a station
6 idea (possibly have each group dress up in crazy costumes–which I must supply–and take a group photo)……

Sincerely,

Cheri Hayashi, Japan

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Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008

Nikki

I have read thru the instructions. I am planning to use the treasure hunt for our 31st family reunion in Pennsylvania at my nephew’s 200 acre farm. The theme for this year is the Pirates Treasure Map. There will be approximately 100 people of all ages. 4 generations. This is a 3 day event with a Friday morning golf tournament for the guys and then fireworks around a big bonfire and tent with snacks on Friday night. Saturday is a big feast with a roasted pig and all the trimmings starting at noon. After the feast we have picture taking and then start the treasure hunt. At nite we will have Karaoke . Sunday am we finish up the snacks.

We are following the guidelines pretty much as you have described in your book. We will bury and old army ammunition box and have a bottle of rum with a family label on it as one of the treasures. Won’t draw the map until I get to Pennsylvania.

It’s going to be awesome!

Mike Brenchak, North Carolina USA

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Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008

Hi Nikko :)

Guess what? I got the treasure hunt to work after all :) I was just trying to open it the wrong way. Once I ’saved’ it first and then opened it, everything was fine. I am sorry to have bothered you. My children had a WONDERFUL time on their hunt! I will use this fun activity time and time again :)

Rees Wiscombe, Utah USA

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Monday, December 22nd, 2008

No problems with the downloads! I’ve printed off the materials and will read through them tonight. My party is for 8 boys ages 9 - 12. It is a pirate themed bday party for my 10 year old son. We are holding it at our cabin at a lake. Lots of sand so the whole pirate theme should be great!
Our cabin is near Columbus, NE. The party is on Saturday, July 15th so I need to get going on the preparations!!!

Jill Geisler, New England USA

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Sunday, December 21st, 2008

Hi Nikki,

You have the same name as my daughter, I think it’s written somewhere in the cosmic rule book that all Nikki’s are fun loving extroverts!

Regarding my Treasure Hunt Party, it’s my wedding. It will be at Kensington Metro Park in Michigan, USA, on September 9th of this year (You are more than welcome to attend!!!!).

We started out with a Pirate theme but we then amended it to a Treasure theme. The guests will be the Pirates and they will be looking for the treasure in various times and countries, thus the ‘Stations’. We will have an Aladdin Station - with a Genie, a Pyramid Station - with King Tut, a Knights of the Round Table Station - with Guineviere, a Myan/Aztec Station, a Gold Rush Station, a LOST/Survivor Station (?), and then I think we are going to have to make up some more and have at least 9 stations and 9 teams because the wedding list is getting to be a little longer that I had first anticipated. !!!!

I think I’m going to have to put an 18 and over age limit to the actual Treasure Hunt because I want the Grand Prize to be a ‘Romantic Night’ with a reservation at our local Marriott Hotel, a bottle of wine or champagne, glasses, candles, bubble bath, baby-sitting coupon if needed, and maybe even an inappropriate toy or two!

I only have a short time to pull this whole thing together so your planner is a life-saver! I am re-marrying my ex-husband (father to my children) so the entire wedding theme is of finding something valuable that we lost (on an extremely limited budget) and bring family together.

I also need to come up with some games and activities to keep the younger contingent happy and entertained. One of the things I’m planning is to have them have a contest on building Pirate Ships out of refrigerator boxes, the best ship wins a prize, but then I’m going to have a bunch of black water balloons ready for them (as cannon balls) to have a Pirate Ship War!! The boat that lasts the longest (they are cardboard after all) will win the prize! The only problem with that one is that I think there will be an awful lot of adults that will want to get in on that fun themselves! On that note, I’m thinking of having the adults build pirate ships out of boxes and various items provided as one of their tasks in the treasure hunt. I just have to work out the details on how this is all going to come together.

Like I said, if you have any other ideas you would be willing to share with me on this, I would be forever grateful! I want this to be THE party of the year!! Thank you again!

Sincerely,

Lori Madison, Michigan USA

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Saturday, December 20th, 2008

Yes Nikki,

Our party, better known as our annual cub scout fall campout will be held at Saddlers Creek State Park, located in Anderson, SC……..

The campout kicks off on Oct. 13th thru the 15th. That being a Friday the 13th, a Halloween theme just seem to fit. Maybe call it ‘Spooks on the Run’ or something to that effect.

These are our young scouts, range in age 6 to 10, elementary school children. But it a family campout, so everyone is involved. The weather is usually quite nice that time of the year and we could easily have close to 400 attendees. So now is the time to get it all together as we will began promoting this event next month.

I have downloaded the Halloween planner, but have not printed it out. Looked at it briefly just to see what was in there. Looking good. Biggest thing was doing the treasure hunt this past spring and getting a feel of things. Should be ready in October.

Ron Cromer, South Carolina USA

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Friday, December 19th, 2008

Hi Nikki, My son is having his ‘half’ birthday at school because it is during the summer.

We did the Pirate Treasure Hunt Game for his whole birthday last summer. Anyway, he asked me if we were going to do a ‘really great and cool party like last time’ for his half birthday. So 6 months later he still remembers the Pirate Treasure Hunt and still thinks it was cool!

I thought I would keep this Scavenger Hunt on hand.

Michelle Caragol, Colorado USA

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Friday, December 19th, 2008

Hi Nikki,

Yes, I have finally had the time to download the Treasure Hunt Game with the Pirate Theme (Thank GOD that ‘Pirates of the Caribbean - Dead Man’s Chest’ has hit the movies this Summer!). All the amenities we need to support the theme is in all of the party stores everywhere in NY.

The Hunt if for an upcoming Annual Block Party that takes place in my town of West Babylon, NY, USA. We believe that the Hunt will be organized for approximately 45 - 50 youngsters (~ 5 - 6 children per Team @ 8 - 9 stations/houses).

We have even recruited the help of all the participating neighbors to act as Station Overseers to oversee and judge the puzzles and challenges! We figure why not get the whole lot of them involved right??……It’s a PARTY and we’re all there to have fun!

It is a rather large party, and we have ordered the Child version for ages 6 - 16. We have incorporated most of the puzzles and challenges that you have suggested in the ‘Pirate Theme package’, only because we no imagination! (That’s not really true….but there are so many other details to attend to, as our house alone is expecting ~ 100 persons throughout the day, and there are about 8 or 9 families participating on our block!).

We are very excited about how the Treasure Hunt will come out, but the Block Party Organizer seems to think it will be the ‘hit of the party’! Our neighbor’s are going to HATE us! We don’t have any children, and seem to come up with all the great ideas at this annual event…….with YOUR HELP this time of course! Thank you!

I will write back once we have played (8/12 or 13th) to provide you with some feedback on the outcome, or…..should I hit a mental block and need some suggestions I will contact you earlier! (ha-ha-ha)!

Thanks again for making this as simple as possible, and we look forward to a great event.

Most Sincerely,

Mike Boruch, New York USA

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Thursday, December 18th, 2008

I am just know reading the party guide. It looks good so far. I am having the party in Taylorsville Ky. It will be Oct. 28th. I know its early but I like to have everything ready to go. Its going to be a Halloween/ My sons 2nd birthday party. Its mostly going to be adults (family). There will probably only be about 5 kids there. I am doing a pirates theme costume party.

Kim Abbot, Kentucky USA

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Thursday, December 18th, 2008

Hey Nikki.
I’m the Student Council Sponsor at a small school, only 50 kids in 7th through 12th. This year for homecoming, with your help I had Survivor Week. We had 5 tribes, and believe me they loved it. I had a big poster in the hall to tabulate the scores. Everything got extra crazy because the teams were never more than a few points apart.

If you expand on this let me know and also any ideas for next year’s Survivor Week would be greatly appreciated, because the kids already said we have to do this again.

Thanks for all the help!!!!!

Janet Costa, New Mexico USA

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Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

Hi Nikki,

This will be a birthday party for my 10 year old daughter and about 13 friends on August 13 in Louisville, KY. She really wants to do something unique; unlike anything her friends have experienced. I plan to host the treasure hunt both inside and in the backyard. I like the idea of both coordination and thinking tasks to earn the clues.

Gwen Crawford, Kentucky USA

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Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

Hi Nikki,

I have actually purchased the Treasure Hunt game for two parties. The first one involves my Sunday School class (I am one of the leaders, not in the age group of 18 to 30!!!). The class is College Aged Young Single Adults from age 18 to 30. We are planning a retreat weekend and thought this game would be perfect for them. We are always looking for games for that age group.

The second group is for a state convention for pulmonary and vascular medical workers. Their meeting is in April but the lady in charge for this year’s event wanted to do a treasure hunt and have me come up with the ideas. When I saw your website it looked perfect.

The first group will probably do their thing outside, the second group will be inside at an Embassy Suites. Any help you can give me will be much appreciated.

The Sunday School group will be themed from the Bible, probably from the Old Testament.

The second group would need something with heart and lung theme.

Thanks for the follow up!!

Connie Wilson, Ohio USA

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