Archive for September, 2009

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

Hi Nikki!

Thanks for a great product and an even better time with friends and family enjoying our treasure hunt! We did this just yesterday for Easter and the youngest person in the group was 12. Everyone else was 15 and older, so I used a mix of adult/teenage clues. It was great. I stumped my kids….made others look like geniuses and the adults had just as good of a time watching the kids go crazy!

Overall, this was a huge success. I especially like that I was able to alter some of the clues to make them more personal to my family. I am certain that a lot more huge parties with many more great hunts are in our future…..

Thanks for everything!

Yvonne Kessel, Germany

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Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

Hi Nikki -

Thank you so much, I used the scavenger hunt this past weekend to entertain my niece and nephew at the shore.

I loved your ideas, and will be using your book as a reference for special activity days for my daughter and friends. When my daughter is a little older (she’s only 4 now), I will probably host a Scavenger Hunt birthday party for her.

If I need any help in the future, I will contact you.

Thank you again for all your support. I felt your ideas were very creative.

Sincerely,

Christina Desanto, USA

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Monday, September 28th, 2009

Nikki,

Due to the size of our treasure hunt (140 participants) we found it difficult to use everything that was in the kits. We did use the pattern for the puzzle and made our own clues. We had to run two games at the same time. Both having 7 teams in each game with 10-14 players on each team. We used ciphers, cryptograms, Mad Gab clues, riddles, word searches you name it. We had the games travel all over our town. The games took about 2 1/2 hours to complete. At the end location, no matter where a team ended up, their last clue sent them on a final trek to gain the last puzzle piece. The timing worked out great. This was my greatest concern. Cars/buses you name it started rolling in one right after the other. Remember I told you weeks ago that our theme for the weekend was the Bailout.

Jesus Christ bailed us out. There was no way that any of us could pay the debt that we owe for our sins. He paid it for us.

Keeping with the theme, our last clue on a list they followed read like this. To "B" or not to "B" that is the question. Whether tis nobler to…. Oh forget it, I need a bailout! Go to the bucket and draw out your last clue. Once they climbed up into our "B" lettered bucket truck and gained the last piece, they were frantically taping them together. The first team from each game to read it to me out loud me got an envelope that declared them the winner of their game. They however needed to follow another map to the location to gain the treasure map. Cars were frantically driving everywhere. The energy was amazing. Everyone was having a great time, even when they didn’t win. Once they got their respective treasure maps. The hunt was on. We buried two treasures with a backhoe and when they

finally found the right location, the digging began. The girls were able to pull their box out without a big mess. The guys team saw the lid and pulled it out letting all the dirt fall in on the treasure. The note in both boxes read. Jesus Christ died one for all and the treasure is to be shared by all.

There was a grand prize for the winning teams which was CDs from the Christian Band that was here for the weekend. There were thumbs up from everyone. Good game. My only fear now is that I know they are going to want another one.

Thanks for getting us started.

Karen Bowles, Alabama, USA

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Sunday, September 27th, 2009

The party was on Sunday and everyone enjoyed it. Thanks.

Ingrid Kunze, Texas, USA

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Saturday, September 26th, 2009

Thank you soooooo much for letting me know about your different games. It sure will make everything easier for me. Thank you for responding to my situation quickly, I do appreciate that greatly. Once again Thank you.

Mary Millar, Michigan, USA

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Friday, September 25th, 2009

Our scavenger hunt was GREAT!!!!!!!!! Thanks. The book was priceless :)

Sherita McLamore, Maryland, USA

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Thursday, September 24th, 2009

I ordered your Treasure Hunt for Halloween about an hour ago and I am so impressed!!! I have a big Halloween party every year and I’m always looking for something new to entertain the kids – I can’t wait to play this Treasure Hunt!! Thank you for saving me so much time and effort – this is worth every penny for that reason alone. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!!!

Lorraine Turkel, Florida, USA

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Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

Nikki,

I downloaded your doc to get ideas for an outdoor scavenger hunt for approx 35 Cub Scouts ranging in age from 7-13. We had the hunt this past weekend and it came out fantastic. Your planner was very helpful for getting a concept put together, especially the logistics aspects of the hunt. Thank you!

Charles Bavier, South Dakota, USA

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Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

Hi Nikki

Thanks for your mail - feel free to use any of my comments from previous mail as a testimonial - I was really happy with the product and the follow up service, and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to anyone.

Thanks again!

Krista Hunter, Phuket, Thailand

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Monday, September 21st, 2009

Thank you Nikki. We had a fantastic time the last time we did the treasure hunt. I even got carried away with the fun and hid the birthday present for my son to “hunt” down. Thank you.

Cherie Bracher, Texas, USA

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Sunday, September 20th, 2009

Nikki,

The party is happening this Sunday coming. At the moment we have 18 very excited 10 & 11 year old boys looking forward to the upcoming treasure hunt.

The invitations were a huge hit. I hand delivered in the darkness of night, washed wine bottles. The outers were wrapped in a printed map with a poem that I had made up -

"This bottle comes to you on shore,

Floating 11 years from days of yore

…………………..

It went on to say that the recipient of the bottle had to work through a series of clues to work out where and when the party was and who it was for. Inside the bottle I had tightly rolled another larger

map which had all of the clues. I had also wrapped some scull and crossbones fabric around the neck of the bottle (all of the kids have been asked to bring this to the party on the day and they can wear this twisted with some coloured fabric that I will hand out as soon as we have selected the teams as per your instructions eg Black brigands will get black fabric and twist with the scull and cross bone, Blue, Yellow, Orange etc)

Also tied to the neck of the bottle was some fairly roughly hacked paper, which had the child’s name and his pirate name for the day eg Mr. Peter Piper, Pirate name - One eyed Scurvy dog

The feedback that I have had from children and parents has been sensational. Now just hoping that I can pull the party together so that all goes smoothly and the kids have fun.

Best regards

Anita Sawrey, Victoria, Australia

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Sunday, September 20th, 2009

Hi Nikki,

We had the Halloween treasure hunt party the day after we ordered your planner. It was my son’s 12th birthday party and he complained that he didn’t want to play any games, but I didn’t want 10 children running through the house for 3 hours. Our party was held in an old convent in Pennsylvania, USA. The guests were aged from 6 to 35. We had a Halloween theme, since Shane’s birthday is October 31st. The guests had to search for Uncle’s Seymour’s Last Will & Testament.

The rooms were named Mad Scientist’s Lab, The Doomed Room, The Porthole to the End of the Universe, The Asylum, The Chamber of Horrors and The

Graveyard. We followed all your suggestions for the challenges, teaming older players with younger ones. The puzzle pieces led the players to the chapel (we have a real chapel with stained glass windows and oak pews in our home), where we had hidden the Last Will & Testament with directions to Uncle Seymour’s most treasured worldly possessions.

My two sons, my husband and I dressed in Halloween costumes and supervised the rooms. Even after one team had located the treasure, the others were having so much fun that they asked if they could complete the remaining challenges (the one with the peas seemed to be everyone’s favorite). Everyone had a great time, but what made me happiest was that my son kept thanking me the next day, telling me how much he loved me for throwing such a great party for him. Thank you for the great plans - they were well worth the money!

Gratefully,

Ildiko Mulligan, Pennsylvania USA

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Friday, September 18th, 2009

Hi Nikki,

I am one of the organizers for my company’s treasure hunt this coming May so yes I am truly excited. I have read through some of the files you have sent and I will say I am quite impressed as everytime i read your ideas and guidelines I have come up ideas in my head.

Thank you so much for your help..

Maryana Tahir, Malaysia

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Thursday, September 17th, 2009

Nikki

Here are some details of our successful treasure hunt.

It was for our church, at a farm, during our Fall Harvest Festival. We wanted a harvest theme, but not so much a Halloween theme. We also wanted large motor activities so small children would participate in the whole thing. And, we wanted a few team building activities since families were encouraged to sign up as a team. So, our 6 stations were:

1. Ship’s Cove: each member of the team had to walk the plank looking backwards through a pair of binoculars.

2. Walleye River: each member was given a "stepping stone", and they had to get to a certain point only using the stones.

3. Spider’s Web: We created a 4′ x 4′ spider web out of twine and attached bells. Each team picked 2 people to pass through the web without ringing the bells.

4. Hide Away Cove: We hid 15 stamps, and they had to find 10 of them and stamp a piece of paper

5. Mummy Cave: We wrapped one person in the group with Toilet Paper

6. Apple Lake: One apple per team mate needed to be bobbed. Not everyone had to bob, someone else could bob for you.

I gave everyone an envelope with their starting spots. As they completed the stations, the station judges would give them a stamp on their envelope (we had 6 station judges) and they had to be completed in the correct order.

We had 9 groups of 4-8 people

We buried 1st, 2nd and 3rd place treasures, and gave them each a map when they completed the journey. Everyone else got a glow stick when they completed.

It was great watching the families really enjoy themselves! They were running from point to point (kids dragging laughing parents) and working together to complete the tasks. They had to think and

challenge themselves a little, and we had a 100% smile-success rate. What a fantastic idea, and thank you for all your work. We’ll be using it again. I think I just set a new standard at our yearly Fall

Harvest Festival. I’m already planning the next one!

Blessings,

Rebecca Walsh, USA

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Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

Nikki,

The treasure hunt was a big success. Fun was had by all. In fact, the next day, it was all one of the boys could talk about when telling his parents about the party.

Thanks,

Richard Bernheimer, Washington, USA

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Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

Nikki-

I planned our treasure hunt for our Family Reunion. Our reunion this year had a Western Theme, so our Treasure Hunt was based on a train robbery. Each team had a "gang" name . We had 6 teams of five The Dalton Gang, the Hole in the Wall Gang etc… I had everyone pick their team then they all had to draw different colored bandannas out of an over sized novelty cowboy hat. What ever color bandanna they got was what gang they were in. I thought the idea of a family reunion was to get to know your entire family and this way we just didn’t stay with the cousins we were familiar with, it was a neat "trick" and very funny! Each station was a train depot and they all had Western town names, Laredo, Death Valley, Dodge City etc..

At each station the tasks also stayed within our theme. We had hoppy balls that looked like horseys, there was a course they had to bounce along (it was so funny!), stick horse races, one station they had to apply a brand tattoo and wear a cowboy hat, it was all simple, fast and FUN. The final clue was placed on a swing at the campsite and the swing was shaped like a horse (that wasn’t planned, it just happened!). The treasure wasn’t buried, but hidden under a HUGE bush so the winning team had to actually burrow under the foliage to find the chest. The chest was a replica of a train chest, complete with a big ole rusty padlock.

The winning gang had to return to the shelter house to open the chest after we had gathered all the teams back. The treasure was play money, gold nugget gum, bubble gum foil coins and foil chocolate coins. I also had suckers shaped like stars, and cactus and cowboy boots, and mardigras beads. I curled metallic ribbon and when they opened the chest there were a lot of oohhh’s and ahhh’s. This game was a BLAST and everyone was talking about it, I can’t wait to see the pictures! It was a lot of prep time, but it was SO worth it. My cousin and I are talking about doing a version for Homecoming this fall!

Thanks so much.

Debbie Leaming, Oklahoma, USA

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Monday, September 14th, 2009

The scavenger hunt was a huge success…; thanks!

Whitney Chernoff, New York, USA

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Sunday, September 13th, 2009

I had the treasure hunt. Although we made changes from what you suggested, I was able to use many suggestions from your material. It was so awesome, I’ll be doing another one for the family children at Thanksgiving (about 12 kids from 4-12).

Eric Waddell, North Carolina, USA

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Saturday, September 12th, 2009

Just wanted to let you know that my treasure hunts were great!. I made 2 because we never know about the weather, so we had one for inside & one for out. This was by far the best one I’ve ever had, thanks to you & your treasure hunt partygames. This is the first time I’ve been able to stump my son-in-law & the other adults so I got some personal satisfaction out of it too. The kids loved their hunt and made up another one for themselves afterward. I think we had people looking for clues all day long. Thank you again. I have plenty of ideas for next year too, so I am thrilled with your program. I just can’t say thanks you enough ways. The kids enjoy the hunt so much that we may work it into other family events. A very satisfied customer, Mavis

Mavis Mercier, wisconsin, USA

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Friday, September 11th, 2009

Hi Nikki,

I did the treasure hunt for Easter. We had a blast. We laughed and laugh some more reliving the game once it finshed. Thank you!

Toni Elkins, Oklahoma, USA

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Thursday, September 10th, 2009

Hey Nikki

I did another one for a 13 year old birthday party that was pretty cool

I took a bunch of magazines, poster board, scissors and glue,

And I made a list of things to find in the magazine.

Something you would need for college

A boy

A girl

Something red

Something bright

…..

And then they made a collage on the poster board….

So then I took this one step further, and I am sure you have heard of the movie and the book “the secret”

Well we did one to talk about the law of attraction, for a group of adults. It was awesome !

Thank You

JoAnn Seckus, Illinois, USA

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Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

Thank you for your interest. Our National Treasure Hunt was a success.

We had an awards ceremony and the winning team received medals. We also had a balloon toss, horseshoe games, a coloring contest and a chili cook-off, all those contestants receiving awards. A magic show capped the evening. 60-70 people were in attendance, ages 2-80 years old.

Our event was a success. Thanks.

Sandra Stegen, USA

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Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

just wanted to let you know that we had our treasure hunt. it was AWESOME! i did it for my son’s 22nd birthday. we live in las vegas so i planned it to go up the Strip from the MGM Grand and end at, of course, Treasure Island with 14 clues in between. There were 6 people so we just kept it as one group. It took a lot of planning, but it pretty much went off without a hitch. The "treasure" at the end was in a suite at the Treasure Island. I had found a big unfinished treasure chest at a craft store, stained it, and, in the room, filled it with cheap gold and silver bead necklaces i bought at a party store. I then put in the chest 6 glass beer mugs that i had engraved with "Josh’s Treasure Hunt ‘08".

So much fun! Now, my daughter wants to do a scavenger hunt on the Strip. So, I’m now looking for ideas for that!

Thanks for your help!

Nancy Schein, Nevada, USA

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Monday, September 7th, 2009

Nikki

Have used this 6 times already and it is fantastic.

You can now say it is recommended by the Scottish Champions of Children’s Entertainment: ALLANSMAGIC

Our site is at www.allansmagic.com

Cheers

Alan

Allan Innes, Aberdeenshire, UK

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Sunday, September 6th, 2009

Nikki,

The party started off great until a group of the kids ran into a security guard who insisted that it was against mall policy and would not let them continue. I had already checked the mall website and code of conduct as well as spoke to some of the retail stores so that they knew what was going

on and all were ok with it. I did not call the mall office which I should have done but the stores were very open to the hunt so I saw no reason to do that as well. The security guard would not let me speak to his supervisor nor was there any mall management there on a Saturday. I gave up and took

the kids bowling but the kids loved the idea and insisted on figuring out the clues that they had not gotten to yet. I have since spoken to mall management, it was not against mall policy and they are sending out apologies to all kids involved as well as rescheduling the hunt and giving the kids gift cards and other things to help make up for the rude, stupid security guard.

Here is a list of the clues and activities that they were supposed to do. I had made a scrapbook with the clues in it for each kid and left places for the pictures that they were supposed to take during the hunt. There were 4 groups of kids and each group had the same clues for the first half of the

hunt but were all in a different order so that they would not be running into each other and such. We were meeting halfway and switching teams so that they could hang out with different kids for the second part of the hunt. The kids loved it and were very disappointed with the security guard (he is no longer employed there as well).

Your information helped me stay organized and I do appreciate it!

Thanks,

Cindi Brackins, North Carolina, USA

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