There are hundreds of ways to do a scavenger hunt. Our family has done a photo scavenger hunt (a blog for another time), scavenger hunts around the house, and in our neighborhood. Recently, we did one in downtown Austin. This was another of my finds on Groupon that we purchased.
We used Operation City Quest because they had one for Austin. There were some pros and cons that we’ll get to in a moment, but one of the things that made this day fun was the people with us. Obviously, the whole family was there since it was a Family Day for us, but we also let both kids invite a friend. We loaded up the car with four kids and headed to lunch at Home Slice Pizza. I’m not a big fan, but everyone else loves it AND it occasionally shows up in the “best pizza” lists so you should probably not take my word for it and check it out yourself.
After lunch, we drove downtown to the “starting point” which was about a block in front of the Capitol. We sent a text to a number to let the unknown person running the hunt that we were ready. We were then given a link to a scavenger hunt through the GooseChase app. This wasn’t a Scavenger Hunt where we were competing against each other. We were all on the same team trying to get as many points as possible by finding as many things on the list, and taking a picture of it, and uploading it to the app. You could compete against other people playing around the United States.
That is where the major downside was for me. You would think that if we were in Austin and another team was in Philadelphia that it would be impossible to compete against them. After all, it is two totally different cities with different places to visit/find. That would have been true except all the scavenger hunt items were so general that we could have stayed at home and not driven to Austin to play. In fact, they were so general you could play in any city. The other problem with the scavenger hunt is how it is scored. When you take a picture and upload it you get the points assigned to the item. The GooseChase app is awesome! I’ve used it before when I was running a hunt. If you are asked to take a picture of a frog and you upload a picture of a car you get the points, but the person running the game sees what you uploaded and then will kick your picture out and you don’t get the points. The person running the Operation City Quest hunt doesn’t do that. So, if you want to compete, you are competing against people across the United States who can beat you by taking pictures of literally anything they want.
On the bright side, if you are out with a bunch of kids just enjoying trying to find things on the list and those same kids get tired after about an hour . . . you can still have a good time with it 😊
Groupon still had it offered at the time of this blog. The cost for two adults and four kids was $21 which wasn’t bad at all. I’d just suggest you save the trip of driving to the big city they tell you to go to. You can also make your own scavenger hunt for your family for free, but I wanted to give you an easy, no work included option to try out.