For Christmas we really like to give our kids experiences. Things we can do with them where we can all enjoy it together. This year Ellie and Kate got a Kraken game, but we knew Jill and Colin would not only be out of town on that day, but would not have liked being inside with such a large crowd. So we gave Jill and Colin a scavenger hunt.
Sure Allen is known for putting together some awesome scavenger hunts for the girls, but this was was actually done by a company called Let’s Roam. They have hundreds of different hunts in many many different cities. There are at least five different hunts in Seattle alone! We chose to do the Seattle Murals tour so we could walk around and see the art. And boy did we see art!
How it works is you purchase tickets and download their app. When you are ready to start your self guided hunt you punch in your code and it pulls up the hunt information on all the participant’s phones. There were multiple different locations we needed to walk to (for a total of three miles walking all around) and each location had multiple questions that needed to be answered to earn points. In addition to these specific locations (I think there were six or eight?) there were a ton of other challenges too that you could earn points for and accomplish while you were walking between official murals. Things like finding art that is up high on a building, or art that depicts the social justice movement, or take pictures of a street name that has more than nine letters in it. It was a really fun way to wander through the city and see new things!
The tour wasn’t perfect. I’d imagine that it might not have been updated much since the pandemic started. Some of the murals had been tagged with graffiti and no longer depicted what the questions asked about. But there was an easy way to give them feedback for future hunts.
All in all it was a really fun way to spend the afternoon with Jill and Colin and see some really neat street art! And it was a spectacularly beautiful day so we got really lucky there. I would definitely go back and do another and it would be fun to try this in cities we visit in the future!