Idea No.

751

Treasure Hunt (5-14yr) $10 Gift Hunt

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Date

June 2000

From

Diane in Great Falls, MT USA

Honorable Mention

Scavenger Hunt Party

Treasure Hunt Birthday Party Plan Age Range: Birthday boys/girls 5-14 Check list Pick 3 stores you or your child would like gifts from.  Invites Purchase or do your own invites up (See samples below).  From there 3 choices of the stores they would choose to do up the clue(s).  So say they want to go to Icing.  Then count so many steps to Icing from the entry for clue: when it is cold out it some times freezes and turns into? ice (Icing).  Depending on the group they may require help for shopping or for older age groups they can shop on their own while supervised attention is just out the door.  J.C. Pennys, Meet us at the Penny.  Minimum children to attend would be 6-8.  Each child brings $10.00 to spend on the birthday child. 

Parents: Is expected to help and they can take one group to a particular store for shopping.  This way the parent's of the party can pictures (hint legally you can't take pictures in the mall) but pretend you had no idea, you might get away with it.  Then the 3 groups meet at a certain time at a location to have their treats and give the gifts to the birthday boy/girl.  Location would depend on what restaurant you want to go to, or you could rent the room off the Information Area. 

Bring your own cake, or pick up something like ice cream cones in the mall, pretzels, you get the idea.   After the treats and the gifts are given and opened we handed out favor bags.  ____________ PLEASE MAKE A NOTE ON EACH STORE BOUGHT INVITATION (S): Meet us at the Holiday Village Mall and we will see you at the PENNY (Main Door). 

The Treasure Hunt will consist of the guest(s) and please bring $10.00 to purchase the birthday gift(s) for (name of Birthday girl or boy) during the Treasure Hunt.  That is correct you don't have to go shopping prior to the party, you don't have to wrap a gift, just come and have fun.  You can either let the guest purchase whatever they would like to buy the birthday person at the designated store. 

Or as the first group goes off you tell them to look for say at Hallmark, beanies, or stampers as an example.  Group 2 Claries or Icing you tell them Jewelry, or hair items.  Bath and Body bath gel, lotion, lip gloss.   Candle shop color of candles or scent.  Spencers a particular item.  Book store, type of books.  Hope this gives you an idea. 

TO CREATE YOUR OWN INVITES here are some example(s). A special invites arrives in the mail at your guesthouse (or of course handouts) with a coded message.

1. It could be an alphabet/number code.

2. Messages written backwards that you have to hold up to a mirror and read.  We chose this one and did a flip image on our computer.

3. A mathematical game.

4. Print your clue on white paper with a white crayon.  Then arm your detectives with colored markers (washable for little ones) they can use to scribble on top of each clue to make the words visible.

5. Try writing clues that require filling in the blanks. Cut out pictures and words from an old magazine.

6. Come up with a code by assigning a number (1 through 26) to each letter of the alphabet.  Then use the numbers to write your clues.

7. Rhyming riddles: Where purple, in spring, blooms out of the woods, autumns comforter covers the goods.

8. Create a maze that leads to JC Pennys front door and may it with an & X.

You might want to add the stores you want your guest to shop at to give them an extra hint by adding the name of that store on your maze.  Do in pencil then in dark ink or computer print out this information.  Copy at copy shop and you are sent to send out your personalized invitations.  You are invited to a Scavenger Hunt for (child's name) Birthday  

WHERE: Holiday Village Mall

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