Archive for February, 2009

Saturday, February 28th, 2009

Nikki,

The pirate treasure hunt was great. The kids had a lot of fun. The only thing I changed is I had the kids put their colored bandannas on first so everyone would know what color they were. I also replaced the gold earrings with tattoos at that station. The winning team really got into digging up the treasure. It was great to see girls really get into the game. Thanks for everything!!

Catherine Ferguson, Utah USA

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Saturday, February 28th, 2009

The treasure hunt went very well, thanks! I was in a big rush, since my daughter decided last minute she’d like to have a birthday party, but we had it yesterday for a group of older teen girls. I’ve done several treasure hunts before–some of my own devising–but yours was a nice ready-to-go package, which is what I needed. Definitely worth the money. I especially liked your suggestions to have a variety of challenges that would speak to all the teammates various strengths. We live on 5 acres and also have various buildings that can be part of a hunt, so ours lasted about 1 1/2 hours! The girls kept very busy!

Anyway, thanks for making a good product.

Celia Ramsey, California USA

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Saturday, February 28th, 2009

Hi Nikki,

Yes we are planning a secret agent party for our ten year old boy, Matthew.

We plan to set up the stations as ‘training grounds’ with tasks of mental, physical, disguise, agility, teamwork and code breakers. We will be using our yard and house as the playing area. We have a dark little room downstairs where we are planning to set up a ‘laser grid’ for them to master and then get to one of the activities (which will be set up under a single light :).

We will have about 10 boys all together who are pretty bright and agile so we are trying to come up with some good puzzles, etc… We are having trouble thinking of a teamwork challenge but otherwise, we have supplies for the spy disguises (mustache, dark glasses, spy hats, fake ids, etc..) and we will use the walking on a line activity in conjunction with our physical training (ie, obstacle course, which includes low crawl, jumping rope, push ups, etc…). We are excited about all of it–my husband is helping me think up some ideas too.

I was thinking of wrapping chocolate bars in gold paper to look like gold bricks to put in the ’safe’. All of your ideas were a great jumping-off point to go with our theme. Thanks so much for the boost’

Kim Lloyd, Illinois USA

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Saturday, February 28th, 2009

I am looking for a unique idea for a company party. There are about 15 employees and their families so a total of about 30 people. I would like to do this in a park and have all ages participate—mix it up a little so people get to know each other.

Laurie Oliver, California USA

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Friday, February 27th, 2009

I am planning a treasure hunt for our youth group of approx 15 teenagers in a church hall.

Carol Caven, UK

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Thursday, February 26th, 2009

Nikki,

The treasure hunt party this past weekend was a huge success. We had an away sleep-over at our family mountain house and had the treasure hunt on day 2. It went extremely smoothly and the ten girls had a blast! Last week was an insane week and I had little time to prepare, and now that I’ve done the hunt I feel like I could do it perfectly next time. Your product is exceptional and you truly saved me valuable time and stress!!! I look forward to having another hunt sometime very soon.

Thanks so much

Kirsten Salas, Georgia USA

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Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

We had a lot of fun! Thank you

Vincent Garnier, Georgia USA

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Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

My kids love the treasure hunts. I am getting ready to print out the THIRD on today!!

Michelle Hippensteel, Pennsylvania USA

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Monday, February 23rd, 2009

Hi Nikki, I am excited about putting our ‘Treasure Hunt’ together. It looks like everything is well planned. Our date is Mar. 23, so I have time to get it all together. It will be done for a group of older people (60 plus in age). The train destination idea will work better for us.

I appreciate the fact that I’ll be able to get back in touch with you with my questions as I work on our event.

Thank you.

Ginny Manganaro, Pennsylvania USA

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Sunday, February 22nd, 2009

I had the scavenger hunt last Friday. It was a huge success considering I put it together in 3 days with the help of your documents. The hunt was at a Community park with a huge playground area. The kids and parents had a great. The teacher appreciated the thank you cards.

This weekend I’m doing another one for my son’s birthday pool party.

Thanks!

Heather Swift, Pennsylvania USA

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Sunday, February 22nd, 2009

We did log on and use the instant treasure game. It was very easy to use and the kids loved it! I did it twice once for the kid party and once for the family party. The first time the group was a bit big, next time I will do two teams so they all have a chance to figure out the clues.

Melinda Ayala, Oregon USA

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Friday, February 20th, 2009

Hi Nikki,

I held my treasure hunt at my son’s birthday party at my moms house on a farm. We had adults and children ( youngest age 4) all play. I spaced out my stations a bit far ( the older ones got quite a workout!) but everyone had fun and enjoyed it! I am going to use it again for my son’s grade 6 class at the end of the year party and we are going to do it in and around the school grounds.

Thanks

Lori Hepburn, Ontario Canada

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Thursday, February 19th, 2009

I am planning a treasure hunt activity day with my youth group at church. I have a small group but it consist of stair step ages (don’t think I even have 2 the same age). We are on a limited budget.

Tami, Orlando, USA

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Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

Hello Mrs. Wilson,

I was pleased to find your treasure hunt web-site through Google. I have been creating different games and activities for the past 6 years for my soon to be 11 year old, and my creativity seemed drained this year. When I came across your web-site, I thought of so many ways I could use your book and your ideas. I am going to try it on Dec. 2nd with my son and his friends, but also have three young daughters who would love it in the years to come. I am also a school teacher and thought I could use it with my students at school or even for a fun staff party. The ways to use this are endless, thank you for your hard work.

Pat yourself on the back,

Donna Wolford, Ohio USA

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Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

I had my husband’s 35th birthday party yesterday, a surprise scavenger hunt that was unbelievably successful! I had three teams set up, and I made it so that each team had to have my husband with them to complete certain selected tasks (which were typically different for each team). I traveled with my husband as he kept getting cell phone calls to run off and meet this team or that team, so I got to interact with every team pretty extensively during the hunt. I have never seen so many people having such a good time and laughing so much in my entire life. As the organizer, it was the best feeling in the world! One guest wrote an email and said: ‘I wanted to tell you what a FABULOUS time we had yesterday. It was, in my humble opinion, the perfect party. Thanks again for everything. You really, truly outdid yourself.’

From your tools, I combined suggestions and sample items from the photo hunt, the hunt at the mall, and the hunt downtown. I think the teams had the most fun (and got the funniest pictures) from these items:

- Convince a downtown bartender to invent an original drink in honor of Jason. Write down the ingredients, and get a picture of Jason sipping the drink with your team.

- Photograph at least 2 members of your team playing Dance Dance Revolution.

- Photograph one team member dipping a bare toe in the canal.

- Photograph at least 3 members of your team posing in front of Victory Field as if they were playing baseball.

- Photograph a member of your team jumping up in the air in the place where creativity blossoms. (This was the Arts Garden. They really got into jumping high for the shot while trying not to distract the people listening to the classical pianist inside!)

I also had a funny misunderstanding. I gave four points if you could get your whole team into pictures in these three situations 1) with a stroller; 2) with a clock that read 2:45; and 3) with a couple who have been together less than 2 years. One team thought you had to have all three at once (my fault), so they nabbed a father with a stroller, ran into a clock store, borrowed a clock and set it for 2:45, had the hands of the clock fall off in the process, bribed the father not to leave, got another clock, set that, and grabbed a young couple. They definitely won the prize for ‘best story’!

I am attaching a few pictures. Thanks for making yourself available and providing great tools, which not only gave me good ideas but boosted my confidence in the process. All the adults had so much fun that my son is now demanding a scavenger hunt birthday party for kids on his upcoming birthday.

Best regards

Ann D’Angelo, Indiana USA

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Monday, February 16th, 2009

The treasure hunt game was great. It still took me a while to put it together; but it would not have happened at all without your program. The girls playing were 12 and 13 years old, so it needed to be sophisticated enough to keep their interest; and it was. I thought the activities might be too easy for them but in fact they said it was just right. It was interesting to see how one activity would stump one team and not another. I had to work with the adult supervisors to prevent them from helping too much, explaining that each team has their own challenge and let them work though it. It took them at least an hour to get through the game and everyone loved it including the adults.

Thanks

Kimber Smith, California USA

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Sunday, February 15th, 2009

Nikki,

The party was a big success! Had 4 teams of 7-8 girls ages 12-13. The ‘bigger or better’ scavenger hunt theme was great. Each team kept each item obtained and in the end all the teams voted for the winning team. The big items obtained were an end table/chair, box spring, computer/scanner/printer, paintings, swimming pool.

It was fun watching the teams coming down the street trying to carry all their items before the deadline. The winners received $10 each and everyone else could take home any of the collected items they so desired. They worked up their appetites and enjoyed the taco bar. Fun was had by all! Thanks again.

Allan Luistro, North Dakota USA

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Saturday, February 14th, 2009

Thanks for all the emails and help. I am interested in your help and ideas. Our event is an annual event (which if all goes well I would like to make the scavenger hunt an annual part of it).

The name of our event is called ‘Livin, Lovin, Luau’. It is a luau for Dads and kids ages 0-6 years. We host it at our local YMCA. We are confined to one large gym. My idea was to have all the dad/kid teams who wanted to participate follow a series of clues that would lead them from one station to another throughout the room. Some of the stations or games that we will have are: Play dough station, Coconut Bowling, Crazy Totem Poles, Fish craft, Infant Island (area for small child and infants to explore), coloring station, Photo station (we always take a picture of each child/ren with their dad to take home), Pin the Tail on the fish, Ring toss, Snack area, Fish Flying, Limbo, Shave your dad, Fishing game, Reading area, Pin the Banana on the tree, Hanging Monkeys.

I am sure I can come up with a great hunt. The last item would be at the area where the dad fills out an evaluation of the event and the child gets a special treat bag of goodies. Thanks

Cori Laux, Wisconsin USA

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Friday, February 13th, 2009

Dear Nikki,

The treasure hunt party is the day after Thanksgiving for my son’s 13th birthday.

There will probably only be 3-4 other boys and several adult family members (about 8?) We live in a neighborhood where there are large yards and a lot of woods around so I had planned to bury the treasure (yet to be determined) in the woods. I think a map would probably be the best idea but not sure. We live in North Central Florida in Gainesville.

Eva Dimitrov, Florida USA

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Friday, February 13th, 2009

I appreciate your service.

I had a New Year’s Eve treasure hunt with about 50 young adults from church. Good times! It was a success! I tweaked the hunt so that it was ‘global’, so the teams were traveling to different world countries, and the challenges ranged from a basketball free-throw challenge (Lithuania) to a suduko challenge (Japan) to creating an encouraging note for our missionary friend in Africa (Tanzania).

An interesting thing happened at the end…one of the more enterprising guys figured out where the treasure map was hidden without having all the clue pieces (i.e., his team hadn’t completed the last task, but he still figured out the clue). Thank goodness for the combination code…it saved me from having to make up rules on the spot. He couldn’t take the map without having the combination code. As it turned out, another team won instead!

We had a good time…thank you for sharing your organizational skills with all of us!

PS: If I get some photos, I’ll email them to you

Christine Brackett, California USA

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Thursday, February 12th, 2009

We had a wonderful treasure hunt. The adults and kids both had a great time.

It took 40 minutes for them to complete it.

Thanks for your interest and I will be making more treasure hunts in the near future.

Dawn Pinson, Ontario Canada

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Thursday, February 12th, 2009

Hi Nikki,

You have a great product. We just might be your first customers to conduct our treasure hunt in the nude. Our events calendar had a kids’ treasure hunt scheduled for Saturday afternoon. I used some of your ideas to design the hunt, but I am saving the full version for next season when we will have better attendance in the warm weather months. The kids (ages 5,6, & 9) loved it, and I can’t wait to put on the full program next year. Thank you.

Stuart Antrim, Georgia USA

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Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

Hi

We had the treasure hunt party last Saturday. The kids all loved it!!!!

Also - I think that once you plan the first one, they should all be a lot easier in the future now that we know what we’re doing.

Thanks for the ideas!

Pamela Gamble, Wisconsin USA

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Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

Yes, indeed, our Treasure Hunt was successful and fun.

We had about 10 children ages 4 to 14. The event was a neighborhood block party. I broke them into two teams and started them in different spots of the hunt. They only were to pick up the clue for their color team. I’m attaching the list of clues that I used. It seemed hard enough and yet easy enough so as to not frustrate. Both teams found a clue and a puzzle piece put in a plastic bag at each spot. For the puzzle I glued two pages together–one side was a picture of a pirate and the other was the final clue to where the treasure map was hidden. I then cut that into puzzle pieces that I put with each clue. They were to put the picture puzzle of the pirate together then turn it over to read the clue to the treasure map. The final clue or treasure map I typed in several different fonts and printed it large. There were about 10 pages that I taped together and rolled it into a scroll. It took them to their treasure of candy and necklaces and gold chocolate coins. I will attach the final clue/ treasure map as well.

It certainly entertained the children and had them running all over the neighborhood. Both teams completed the hunt

Mary Ann Anderson, Illinois USA

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Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

I am planning a surprise 16th birthday party with a pirate theme for my daughter. The pirate treasure hunt will take place in a park in Yucaipa, CA. The party is for girls around my daughter’s age. I have planned a treasure hunt around the park, enlisted some helpers and plan to ‘bury’ the treasure in a painted styrofoam chest filled with gifts from the .99 cent store under some bushes. We will begin by kidnapping my daughter from a local ice cream shop and proceed to the park for the treasure hunt. I think it will be great fun and I hope the girls will dress up in pirate garb. If not, I have some props for them. I’ll let you know how it went after Friday.

RobAnne Burns, California USA

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