Whether as a casual event or as your next office team builder, a well-planned adult scavenger hunt can be just as fun of an event for grown-ups as it is for kids. While there’s no shortage of resources available online to help you organize a scavenger hunt for the latter, there’s less content out there when you’re trying to plan a game for your next social gathering for an older crowd. To help you out, we’ve prepared a list of some of our favourite adult scavenger hunt ideas!
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- Adult Scavenger Hunt Idea Set 1: Take to the Streets
- Adult Scavenger Hunt Idea Set 2: Draw on Participants’ Life Experiences
- Adult Scavenger Hunt Idea Set 3: Include Some Nostalgia From Decades Past
- Adult Scavenger Hunt Idea Set 4: Dig Around the Storage Room
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Adult Scavenger Hunt Idea Set 1: Take to the Streets
One distinct thing that makes an adult scavenger hunts more fun is the fact that (most!) participants are responsible enough to hop in a vehicle and cover more distance! The following ideas for scavenger hunt clues include our favourite 4-wheeled vehicles or the roads they are driven on. Please make sure to follow all traffic laws and make sure that all footage taken from from a moving vehicle are filmed by a passenger!
- Clown Car – Take a photo fitting as many people as you can find into a standard 5-seat vehicle. Bonus points for each additional person not on your team!
- Sparkle and Shine – Take a video of members of your team in a vehicle going through a car wash.
- Abbey Road – Take a photo at a quiet street crossing of your team members recreating the Beatles’ famous album cover.
- American Muscle – Take a photo of a Ford Mustang, a Chevrolet Camaro, or a Dodge Charger.
- Squeaky Glass – Find a vehicle door that has a roll-up window handle, find and take a photo of a team member rolling up said window with the handle.
Adult Scavenger Hunt Idea Set 2: Draw on Participants’ Life Experiences
The longer combined total time on earth means adult scavenger hunt can include more interesting clues that recall participants’ past life experiences. Include these mission clues to encourage conversation and interaction among your participants as they discover hidden stories about each other while seeking out ways to complete the missions below!
- Foreign Exchange – Take a photo of a bill or coin of any denomination of a foreign currency.
- Esquire – Take a photo of somebody striking a professional pose in front an office wall featuring fancy looking degrees and professional certifications.
- Living History – Take a photo with as many people as you can find who are born in different decades! Bonus points for each decade beyond two!
- Fried Chicken – Take a photo of somebody showing off their tan (or burn) lines from a recent outdoor excursion in sunny weather!
- They’re Adorable! – Take a photo of somebody sharing a printed photo of their child(ren) that they keep with them at all times.
Adult Scavenger Hunt Idea Set 3: Include Some Nostalgia From Decades Past
Baby boomers to millenials alike, we all love to reminisce about the years gone by and recall the “good old days”. See if your older participants remember these nostalgia-filled mission clues!
- I’ll Be There For You – Take a video of your team members on a couch singing the Friends theme song. Claps must be included!
- I’m Flying! – Find your own epic location and take a photo of two team members reenacting the famous Jack and Rose scene at the front of the Titanic.
- Saturday Night Fever – Take a video of a team member performing their best disco moves. Bonus points for costumes!
- One Small Step For Man… – Take a video of a team member quoting Neil Armstrong’s famous words as they step into the location of your choice.
- Jazzercise – Take a video of a team member leading a jazzercise class. Bonus points for extra people or costumes!
Adult Scavenger Hunt Idea Set 4: Dig Around the Storage Room
We’re soon to be living in an age where a younger generation will not understand the meaning behind the term “rewind”, and will associate “Amazon” with the online store instead of the forest. Challenge your team members to find some of these technological relics too old to be able to run our own GooseChase App!
- Dial-Up – Find a computer or laptop running Windows XP or older. Take a photo of the Start Menu for proof!
- Minesweeper Champ – Find and take a photo of a team member holding a computer mouse that has a roller ball on the bottom.
- Rewind – Find and take a photo of a team member holding a video or tape Cassette. Any video or tape cassette will do.
- Shiny Frisbees – Find an electronic device that has a slide-out disk tray, Take a photo of the tray extended.
- Hello Moto – Take a photo of a team member holding a folding cell phone.
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Scavenger hunts are always a fun party game. They involve everyone and awaken the detective and adventurer within.
There are unlimited variations and possibilities to build a hunt around, from mall to crazy holiday, video to clue, outdoor to indoor, and road trip to around town.
Like I said, the possibilities are limitless.
We have over 100 scavenger hunt lists and ideas for you to try. Use them as they are or change them to suit your event.
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Around Town and Neighbourhood SCAVENGER Hunts
Valentines Day Scavenger Hunt – Popular romantic love song lyrics are missing words. Have teams fill in the missing words on the list and find or photograph the items they represent.
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***Host a Kids’ Treasure Hunt Party complete with a treasure chest pinata and treasure map placemats. I a treasure chest pinata is a fun touch. Fill it with sweet, treasures, or possibly clues that lead to treasure hidden elsewhere.
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Math Detective Hunt
Make a list of questions about locations in your town. Create a math problem to coincide with these questions.
The number of flags on the Court House
The number of gas stations on John Street between Main Street and George Street
The number of floors at the Ramada Inn on Riverside Drive
The number of car wash booths at Dave’s Car Wash
Etc., etc., etc.
Pick at least ten places and be sure that each of your math calculations work out to whole numbers. Make a list for each team and send them out. First team back with the correct answer wins!
Note: If a team comes back with the wrong answer they can go back out and try to get it right (as long as a winner has not yet been declared).
It may be necessary to supply a map of the town, depending on how familiar your guests are with the streets.
Graveyard Scavenger Hunt
Create a list of at least 10 items with instructions like this:
- Find a tombstone dated from 1859-______
- Find a tombstone listing a couple named Mary and Peter
- Find an epitaph with the word ‘love’ in it
- Find a tombstone with a picture of an animal on it
- Find the tombstone of a baby
- Find a tombstone with more than three names listed
Pick a graveyard to meet at. Divide into teams and start hunting.
You may have to ask for teams to list details on each find to be able to verify the winner. One idea would be to have them do a rubbing of the tombstone. (Lay a piece of paper over the lettering and rub a crayon or pencil over it. The etching should show through enough to verify the find.) Also, you could get the teams to photograph or video tape their finds. It’s up to you.
Printable Graveyard Hunt
Scavenger Hunts for Junior Divas
See Penny Shopping Game
Note: This hunt could easily be tailored to an older crowd. After all, every girl loves to shop.
Also see Jigsaw Puzzle Hunt
A jigsaw puzzle hunt combines the fun of hunting with the challenge of solving.
Park Scavenger Hunt Clues
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Halloween Scavenger Hunt
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Family Vacation Scavenger Hunt
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Scavenger Hunt Las Vegas
I am coordinating a hunt on the main strip of Las Vegas for 10 teams (2 per team). Up and down the casino’s. I’m having trouble coming up with outrageous …
College Treasure Hunt
I am planning a College Treasure Hunt. The hunt will be held on the college campus which is around 800-1000 acres or maybe more. I would like …
Nature Woods Outdoor Hunt
Me and my sister are throwing a birthday party for my other sister who is turning 15. We have lots of siblings of all ages so we want to plan a fun outdoor …
Business Scavenger Hunt
I own an advertising company. I want to design a business hunt that will incorporate many of my clients and drive traffic to their locations. …
New York City Item Hunt
We need a list of items for adults to find in New York City. We will be handing out cloth bags to collect the items in. We are staying at The …
Everywhere Night Scavenger Hunt
I need scary, fun, dumb ideas for a hunt at night around a busy town. There will be three teams of 7 and we are willing to do anything for fun! Everywhere …
Around Town Halloween Hunt
I need an around town halloween hunt list for adults (boys vs girls). Around Town Halloween Hunt Response: Hi Amber! There are two hunts …
Mall Picture Hunt
I need a list for a mall picture hunt. I am having a 13th birthday party and I would like it to be a mall picture hunt. I would like …
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Church Indoor Hunt
I am trying to find a hunt for 3rd-6th grade kids to do at church. Needs to be 20-30 minutes long. Church Indoor Hunt Response: There are …
ATV Club Scavenger Hunt
We want to hold an ATV Club Hunt using our four wheelers on our club trails. We are all adults and there are usually 35-50 members who participate …
Purple Mall Scavenger Hunt.
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Outdoor Hunt for Guys and Girls
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Sweet 16 Daytona Beach Scavenger Hunt
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This is one party idea you will want to repeat year after year. Photo: Getty
When I was a kid my favourite part of the year was the big scavenger hunt that our school organised. Each family would have to drive around the local area with a list of things they had to find and the first car back with all the things would win a prize. I remember Dad driving crazy fast and Mum yelling at him to slow down, but I just wanted to win. (I don’t think we ever did, but it was fun nonetheless.)
So when my daughter turned ten a couple of weeks ago and wanted a huge sleepover party, because she couldn’t possibly cull the list of friends down to four, I managed to talk her into a big scavenger hunt instead. Unlike the one we had as kids, which involved driving everywhere because we lived in the country, my daughter’s hunt was on foot.
She invited fifteen friends, and after various illnesses, the list dropped to 12 so it was perfect for three teams of four. Each team had a willing parent volunteer to go with them. Excitement was high as twelve kids bundled into our house, slapped sunscreen on, borrowed a hat and got ready to run. To make the teams random, each of the three parent helpers drew four names out. They then wrapped coloured ribbons around themselves so everyone would know which team they belonged to.
Each team were given their scavenger hunt clues. The clues were broken into sections. They had to find some things, answer some questions, and photograph various items to bring back proof.
The teams read their first clue. In order to send them in different directions, we made sure each team had a slightly different order of clues. As we blew a whistle to start the race, the teams burst out of the house and started running at mad speeds down the street, with the three poor parent volunteers trailing behind.
Because we had 12 girls who lived locally, most of them had good working knowledge of their area, so we had to make some of the clues a bit tricky. Each team had to find a feather, a lemon, a takeaway menu and a random thing (the best would win a bonus point.)
They had to photograph some guerrilla art, a bicycle with a front basket, a house that belonged to a student at their school, the sad teddy that lives on David Street (it is in fact a teddy tied to a tree with a very sad expression), a space monkey on a wall somewhere, and themselves posing as mannequins out the front of a shop.
They had to find out the price of goldfish at the pet shop, the price of unleaded petrol, how many palm trees were in a particular street, and what the sign said outside the community gardens.
We gave each team some money because they had to buy things, like a themed outfit for each of them to wear from the local op shop. And the team that bought the cheapest item in a single transaction grabbed themselves a bonus point.
And my personal favourite was to go to the all-day place that sells things made in circles with holes in the middle and buy JUST ONE strawberry or lemon or vanilla and don’t eat it!!!
I was with one of the teams and they ran for pretty much the whole hour and a half, excitedly searching out the next clue. As we came around corners we kept bumping into the other teams and it would spur everyone on to go even faster. It tested them, it made them laugh, and they loved working in a little group to try and outdo their friends.
With all of our finds in our bags, the teams hurried to the park where the finish line was. It was close. The three teams came in about ten minutes apart, spilling everything they’d found and gathered. It was judged, and argued and jostled, and red team were declared the winner. They scored a bonus point for finding an old copy of the American novel, True Grit that had been left out on a road. Nobody really cared about the prizes. Nobody really cared about winning. They just loved running on their streets, with their team and trying to think fast.
Starving, they ate all the food we’d prepared, and drank bottles and bottles of water, and then mooched around in the park, happy to be with each other and just hang out.
It was one of the cheapest and simplest parties I’ve ever organised, and the kids all had a ball. So I’m planning on doing it again next year and the year after and the year after that, changing the clues and making it harder, because it’s fun, it’s good exercise, and it’s free!
Birthday Bar Crawl Scavenger Hunt
Birthdays are meant to be celebrated, so gather a group of friends and head out for a special birthday bar crawl scavenger hunt.
Share your celebration with friends and strangers by collecting signatures and items from a prearranged list of bars in your area. All items on the list must be found at one of the bars.
Divide into teams and compete or complete the list as a group just for fun.
Remember to pick a designated driver… and DO NOT, under any circumstances, drink and drive!
Birthday Bar Crawl Scavenger Hunt List
01. Take an autograph book and get as many people as possible to sign the book along with a birthday message.
02. Convince at least one guy (if the birthday honoree is a girl) or one girl (if the birthday honoree is a guy)at each bar to put lipstick on, kiss your autograph book and sign it.
03. Find a coin dated the same year as the honoree’s birth.
04. Get the signature of someone born in the same year as the honoree.
05. Get the signature of someone born on the same day as the honoree.
06. Get the signature of someone with the same first name as the honoree.
07. Get the signature of someone who was born at the same hospital as the honoree.
08. Get the label from a bottle of the honoree’s favorite liquor/wine signed by the bartender (if the birthday honoree is a girl) or by a waitress (if the birthday honoree is a guy)along with a “Happy Birthday” message.
09. Get a stranger to give the honoree a unique gift for their birthday.
10. Collect one dollar bills/loonies equivalent to the age of the birthday honoree from strangers. Beg, borrow, serenade… whatever it takes (within reason) to get the cash. Money MUST BE in one dollar denominations.
11. Convince a stranger to make a homemade birthday card for the honoree with supplies available at the bar.
12. Convince someone to give the honoree a free dessert complete with lighted candle and “Happy Birthday” serenade (save the candle).
13. Get strangers to share their best birthday joke or story (record the best of them in your autograph album).
14. Get the bartender to create a special drink for the honoree and name it (record the recipe in your autograph book).
15. Get a coaster with the bar logo on it signed by the bartender(if the birthday honoree is a girl) or by a waitress (if the birthday honoree is a guy) along with a “Happy Birthday” message.
16. Get a bar coupon or gift certificate signed by the owner or manager.
Variation: If the honoree is more on the daring side have him/her wear (or bring if not so daring) a plain t-shirt and get all signatures and messages written on it instead of in the autograph album. Sharpie permanent markers are perfect for this.
- Printable Birthday Bar Crawl
- Birthday Bar Crawl Scavenger Hunt Alternative
- ABC Mall Scavenger Hunt
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Happy pumpkins hunting my little pumpkin: There are seven clues you must find that will lead you to your main gift. Each clue will take you closer
Tips for adding complexity to the hunt
To make things interesting, here are some ways to add complexities to your clues:
- Hide a clue in a book at the library, giving participants only the call number (or even trickier, the ISBN number)
- Require participants to sing or perform in order to get a clue
- Have participants build an item from scratch, or possibly complete a craft before they get the next clue
- Divide clues up into a puzzle (i.e. puzzle pieces or popsicle sticks with a message written across them when they’re all lined up) and have participants collect pieces to figure out the final clue.
- Snap a picture of a clue from either close up or an odd angle where a clue can be found.
- Hot potato, hot potato, hot potato, hot! No team member can refuse the hot potato when tagged with it, but the team remaining with the hot potato will lose out on
The pre-hunt meetup
Have everyone meet at a pre-determined location. For me, I had everyone meet at our big library downtown, since 1) I love books, and I was the theme of the hunt and 2) it was a public location that had lots of parking.
It’s a good idea to tell everyone to be on time, since one late person can hold up the entire hunt – so deduct points for people who are late to the kickoff!.
Once everyone arrives, give the rules of the hunt: time limits, rendezvous points, and remind people not to break any laws or otherwise be obnoxious to business owners or civilians (i.e. people who aren’t part of the hunt).
We were surprised at how helpful people will be when you’re nice and explain what you’re doing, but there are others who will not want to participate. That’s fine; don’t hassle them because they don’t want to play. Also, you may want to stipulate that team members cannot pay for any of the items (though that’s up to you; in my hunt, the teams didn’t have to buy anything to win, but a couple of teams did end up spending nominal amounts to buy a drink or get a receipt for exactly $1).
Once you’ve gone over the basic rules, hand out the clue list, bags to carry items and pens/pencils for each team.
NOTE: At this point, everyone may stop listening to you and start pouring over the list and strategizing with their team members, so make sure you get the most important points across BEFORE you hand out the list. Or not, and make it that much harder for them.
To wrap up the pre-hunt instructions, encourage everyone to think outside the box! For example, one of my clues was to find & take a picture of a Bill. I allowed a couple of teams to take a picture with a dollar bill for half points.
Warnings & other ideas
Here are some other ideas that will help your hunt go more smoothly:
- Organize participants into teams before the official start time. It’s nice to pair up people who don’t know each other very well, but that have similar personalities or interests, but other times it’s good to pair up friends to create an uber-competitive hunt.
- Make sure you have a backup copy(ies) of the clues/challenges.
- Send texts to everyone during the team offering bonus challenges.
- Have the teams cross off the challenges that they get. You’ll have to go back through and double check that they really did what they said, but it will make it much easier to tally points if you have a starting place.
- Offer prizes, but understand that people mostly play because it’s fun. I gave out pictures of myself in frames with inspirational messages (because I’m weird like that). I also gave away a cheap bottle of wine.
- Make sure everyone has a bag to carry their items in. You might even want to provide a “home base” where teams can drop off their items early, though most people won’t want to waste the time.
- Don’t serve alcohol before the scavenger hunt; you’ll have plenty of time to imbibe afterwards.
After you send out everyone to chase down their challenges, it’s time for you to relax — or at least head to the final rendezvous point to start setting up. I went to a local bar, ordered a beer and watched all the crazy pictures starting to come in on my laptop (I used iMessage, which makes it WAY more easy).
One thing I wish I would have done was set up a projector (or brought an HDMI cord) to display all the pictures for the after party, which would have gotten everyone in the mood. Make sure to watch the clock as the end time draws near; remember, you’ll need to dock points for every minute a team/participant is late.
It helps if you can have someone as an assistant —someone to run interference with you and the teams, and they can help tally the points (the most time-consuming portion of the hunt — it really is much easier to have the teams tally as they go, and you simply confirm at the end).
Then comes the announcement of the winners, the bestowing of the awards, and finally, where everyone comes up to you and gives you a hug because they had such a great time and want to know when the next one is.
So that’s it — how to have an adult scavenger hunt. If you have any tips, ideas or thoughts I’d love to hear them in the comments below. Maybe you’ll get invited to my next epic scavenger hunt (or me to yours)!
Scavenger hunts have been popular since the 1930s and are still going strong today. So why not organise your own?
Read on to find out…
- What a scavenger hunt is
- How to organise one
- Scavenger hunt ideas to get you started
- Tools to help you out
What is a scavenger hunt?
A scavenger hunt is a competition where the participating teams are given a list of often useless items that they need to obtain in order to win.
The participants will often have to solve a series of riddles that give clues to the locations of the items.
It’s different from a treasure hunt because there is no treasure to be found. Instead, all the items on the scavenger hunt list are funny or undesirable.
There are many variations of the traditional scavenger hunt. They are popular among all age groups from small children to college graduates and (real) adults.
How to organise a scavenger hunt in 10 steps
Quite a bit of planning goes into organising a scavenger hunt, especially if it involves a lot of participants and spans over a large geographical area. If you want to get yours off to a solid start, follow these 10 steps.
1. Consider a ticketing platform
If you’re planning a big scavenger hunt for the whole community, you might want to use a ticketing platform where people can register their attendance. This will help you keep track of sign ups and teams.
Tip: Ticketing sites like Billetto are free to use for free events, so you won’t have to break the bank.
2. Scout out locations
The location for the scavenger hunt can be in almost any area. Popular locations include the local neighbourhood, a big city, a nearby forest, or a farm.
3. Plan the route
Once you know the location for the hunt, it’s time to plan the route you want the participants to take. Make sure there are places to hide the items they’ll be looking for.
4. Write the clues
Come up with scavenger hunt clues to help your participants find the items on their list. Feel free to get creative and write riddles, poems, and puzzles that will reveal the locations of the items.
Tip: Tools like Treasure Run help you automatically generate scavenger hunt clues and puzzles to be solved.
5. Recruit confederates
It’s not always possible to hide the clues in a place where they won’t be found by random people. See if you can recruit neighbours to hold on to the clues for when the participants arrive.
6. Distribute the clues
Once you have the clues and know where to hide them (or whom to hide them with), you can start distributing them around the route you want the participants to follow.
Distributing clues might involve some digging.
7. Create a backup plan
Expect the unexpected. Paper envelopes with clues in them aren’t exactly weatherproof, so seal them in plastic bags and keep some spare copies in case they are stolen or lost.
8. Include small rewards
The participants will be happy to find additional rewards along the way. If your participants are children, you can hide juice or candy…and maybe an ice-box of beer for the adults.
9. Set the rules
Make sure you lay out the rules for the scavenger hunt before the participants set off to find the items. This is a particularly important step if the scavenger hunt is for children.
10. Keep an eye on the teams
Letting kids run off by themselves isn’t always a smart idea, so make sure there’s an adult with them. It might also be smart to send a sober chaperone along with any participating adult teams.
Scavenger hunt ideas
There are too many variations for us to list here, but let’s have a look at some of the many scavenger hunt ideas you can use to organise a hunt for your friends or family.
1. Photo scavenger hunt
Each team or participant has to snap a photo of the items on your list.
2. Video scavenger hunt
Same as with a photo scavenger hunt, except with video.
Photo and video scavenger hunts are popular because everyone has a camera nowadays.
3. Virtual scavenger hunt
A scavenger hunt that takes place online. Participants have to find items on the web.
4. City scavenger hunt
Takes place in the city, which gives you many hiding places for the items.
5. Nature scavenger hunt
Can take place in a forest, on a beach, or on a farm…just mind the animals.
6. Christmas scavenger hunt
Design scavenger hunt riddles and clues that lead to items specific to Christmas, like stockings and stars.
7. Easter scavenger hunt
The perfect excuse for hiding away all your Easter eggs.
Fight the bunny to get to the eggs.
8. Halloween scavenger hunt
A trick-or-treat themed scavenger hunt, or perhaps a murder mystery?
9. Valentine’s scavenger hunt
Let your significant other solve riddles that lead them to you.
10. Birthday scavenger hunt
A great activity for children’s birthdays that will keep the kids entertained.
11. Hen party scavenger hunt
Ideal for making everyone complete silly tasks while under the influence.
12. Bar crawl scavenger hunt
Possible bar crawl challenges include drinking contests and finding specific graffiti in pub toilets.
13. Business scavenger hunt
A good networking tool that can spice up an otherwise mundane business event.
Scavenger hunt tools
Because scavenger hunts are such a popular competition, there’s a number of apps that provide ready-made clues, routes, and virtual “items” that participants can find and use.
The GooseChase website.
GooseChase is an app that lets you create a new scavenger hunt or pick a theme from the database. You’ll then get a route and clues to send to your participants.
The Locandy website.
Locandy also offers pre-made scavenger hunts but includes more elaborate adventures where decisions made by the participants influence the flow of the story as well as the ending.
The Huntzz app on Google Play.
Huntzz has routes and games that are focused on sightseeing. This makes it a great tool for scavenger hunts that take place in a city with lots of attractions for teams to learn about.
The Scavify website.
Scavify is an app that has a little bit for everyone, whether the participants are students, professionals, or tourists. The app includes puzzles, quizzes, and even QR codes to scan.
5. Emoji Scavenger Hunt
Google’s Emoji Scavenger Hunt.
Google’s Emoji Scavenger Hunt is a game that uses smartphone cameras to work. Google will let you know which items to look for and the camera will identify if you’ve found the right item.
The Geocaching website.
Geocaching is a more interactive scavenger hunt game that lets you hide items in real “caches” around the world for others to find. When you find an item, you can replace it with your own.
Get the map out
Hopefully, you now have all the scavenger hunt ideas you need to put together a serious challenge for the participants.
Pick a theme that goes with your event and make sure to document all the best moments for later.
Scavenger Hunt List Ideas
Create Your Own Unique Scavenger Hunt
Scavenger Hunt List Ideas
Scavenger Hunts are a great way to celebrate virtually any occasion, and since they can be customized to accommodate an individual plan and purpose, they are an obvious choice for every personality and age group.
All you need to begin is an occasion worth celebrating, some scavenger hunt list ideas, a little creativity, and possibly a few tips on how to write fun and challenging scavenger hunt clues.
Holiday List Ideas
Celebrating holidays are the perfect opportunity for a theme scavenger hunt.
Adventure Hunt List Ideas
Create a scavenger hunt full of fun and adventure by appealing to participants wild side.
Outdoor Scavenger Hunt List Ideas
For the nature lovers…
If you are more of a city slicker, but still enjoy the fresh air, there are plenty of scavenger hunt ideas that are perfect for the outdoors.
Sports Scavenger Hunt List Ideas
For the sports fan…
Treasure Hunt List Ideas
One of the most interesting and exciting scavenger hunts is the popular treasure hunt where clues lead to a final reward or ‘treasure‘, and with a little bit of thought and creativity, the options are limitless.
Hollywood Scavenger Hunt List Ideas
Dazzle participants while encouraging them to explore their star qualities with a That’s Entertainment theme scavenger hunt.
Science and Technology List Ideas
For those who think present day is a sufficient challenge in information overload…
Health and Charity Scavenger Hunt List Ideas
Nostalgic Scavenger Hunt List Ideas
Indoor Scavenger Hunt List Ideas
There are also several exciting and creative options for those who prefer an indoor scavenger hunt with smaller, more defined boundaries.
Groups or societies can build a scavenger hunt around various hobbies or points of interest such as…
For the collector, have participants acquire a particular item from specific people or locations, such as baseball caps and figurines.
Practical List Ideas
For a more ‘hands on‘ approach, ‘build’ or ‘construct’ a scavenger hunt that will appeal to the more practical and purposeful participants.
More List Ideas
For the mystery buff…
For the diva…
For the bachelorette…
To celebrate a special birthday…
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The beach scavenger hunt is a wonderful activity when you’re holding a party at the beach!
Check out these free beach-ball scavenger hunt invitations you can print out and send to each guest:
- Worded Beach Scavenger Hunt Invitations
- Blank Beach Scavenger Invitations
When starting the beach scavenger hunt, divide everyone into teams and give each team a list full of things the kids need to find at the beach. For younger kids you’ll need an adult with each team.
On the list you can write things that the kids need to actually collect, and other things that can’t be collected and can be photographed with a digital camera or even on video. Here’s an example of a list of things the kids need to collect during the beach scavenger hunt:
- Three different kinds of shells
- A feather
- A piece of sea sponge
- Find something red
- Three different colored rocks
- Something made out of metal
- Some tar on the bottom of a teammates shoe
- A piece of seaweed
- Some moss
- Something made out of wood
- A bag full of as much trash you can pick up
- A plastic bottle filled half-way with sand
- A piece of newspaper not from the same day
- A popsicle stick
If you want to make things a bit harder for older kids, you can add things to the list that have a specific color, touch, smell, sound, or any other characteristic; for example “a green plastic bottle”, “something that has a soft texture”, etc.
To spice things up, you can add things to the list the kids will need to either photograph or video-tape. Here are a few examples of photographs and/or video scenes the kids need to come back with:
- Bird tracks
- A crab
- A boat (to make it harder you can write a specific kind of boat)
- A wet dog
- A sand castle at least 2 feet high
- A beach or ocean animal
- A teammate who is buried in the sand from the torso (or to make it harder, from the neck)
- Any sport being played at the beach
- A surfer
- Someone in a red bathing suit
- A person’s footprint in the sand
- Someone fishing
- Everyone in the water up to the knees
The following examples are only for video-taping:
- The whole team singing a Beach Boy song while mimicking surfing movements
- Entire team needs to go in the water, then roll entirely in the sand (each team-member completely covered in sand)
- Everyone talking like a surfer to the camera
Here’s a blank beach printable to make your own beach scavenger hunt list, and a worded one as well:
- Blank Beach Scavenger List
- Worded Beach Scavenger List
The blank list can be changed and altered for more of a challenge by adding scavenger hunt clues and riddles.
Check out these two whole pages full of scavenger hunt clues and scavenger hunt riddles.
Another nice beach scavenger hunt idea is to put tasks on the list that are creative, like making a shell and/or rock rubbing (when you put a piece of paper on a surface and with a crayon rub on it to capture the texture of the surface).
When the hunt is over, a great keepsake is to make a scrapbook full of pictures that were taken on the scavenger hunt or a small video showing a few fun scenes that were filmed during the beach scavenger hunt.
You can also send out a picture to each guest with thank-you cards. Here are some great beach scavenger hunt thank-you cards you can print and send out:
- Worded Beach Scavenger Thank-You’s
- Blank Beach Scavenger Thank-You’s
You’ll find more scavenger hunt for kids ideas on the Main Scavenger Hunt Ideas Page.
The beach scavenger hunt is only one of many cool scavenger hunts. Don’t forget to check out all of our other scavenger hunts:
- Neighborhood & Park Scavenger Hunt
- Mall Scavenger Hunt
- Nature Scavenger Hunt
- Photo Scavenger Hunt
- Video Camera Scavenger Hunt
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Lots of visitors from around the world have contributed to this site their ideas for planning a scavenger hunt! Click here to see another page full with lots more visitor-submitted Scavenger Hunt ideas.
Keep the kids busy with this Beach Scavenger Hunt free printable on your next beach vacation! Fun for kids of all ages.
Looking for beach activities this year? You will want to print this beach scavenger hunt game for each child. They will be busy for days trying to find all of the seaside things on our list in between building sand castles and wetting their toes in the water.
Make It A Competition
- Divide your crew up into teams.
- Set a time frame for each team to complete the list.
- Give each team one copy of the Beach Scavenger Hunt list and begin!
- The first team to complete the list wins bragging rights. Make it more interesting by having each team snap a photo of each item on the list!
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CLICK HERE for Your Free Printable copy of the Beach Scavenger Hunt. Print size is 8.5 x 11. Can be printed on card stock or regular printer paper.
Use this scavenger hunt to enable everyone to engage with the sights and sounds of the beach atmosphere during your vacation. Fun for all ages. Can be made into a competition.
- Copy Paper or Card Stock (8 1/2 x 11)
- Open the free printable by clicking the bold link in the post which says ‘Click Here for free printable’
- A new pdf window will open
- Select the printer icon and the number of copies you would like
- Click print
Printable will appear over sized in pdf window but does print correctly on 8 1/2 x 11 paper or cardstock
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Find The Differences Beach Activity Printable
Most people have their own phones and cameras, so snapping a picture is extremely easy. With this 100 funny scavenger hunt ideas list, you can make a creative, picture perfect game to be remembered!
75 tasks- Take a photo of…
- A successful band performing in a local pub, the band is comprised of the members of your team
- Your team is acting as triathlon athletes on the starting-line waiting for the start
- Lady Gaga and her band in the hotel room- at least two team members have to be in the picture
- Four criminals in the lineup
- Hitchickers outdoing each other
- Picture of a new Guinness world record
- Greenpeace activists protecting the last tree on Earth
- Basketball Cheerleaders team in Football world MM
- Woodstock Mosh pit
- People protesting against marshmallows
- Overcooked tourists on vacation
- Vicious middle-aged squabble
- Birdwatchers watching each other
- The World’s best fishing spot
- Bonnie and Clyde at the moment of arrest
- 4 sportsmen/women at their daily exercise session
- Chess championship and an over-excited crowd
- Sunday morning after a frat party
- Mulder and Scully investigating
- Scared bunny and excited Greman tourists
- Tarzan, Jane, and Apes
- Moonshine distillery
- Cirque de Soleil
- Incident: insurance broker and millionaire who crashed his Lamborghini
- Dracula cannot make up his mind which one to bite
- Amsterdam red lights district
- Four elk
- Photo from CSI file
- Police lineup
- Playboy front cover
- Love triangle fight
- Evening in the hippie commune
- 11 people holding hands
- TOP 3 of a last minute bodybuilding competition
- Ballet lesson
- Angry landowner chasing trespassers
- Alternative band playing on side stage
- Private photo from Kardashians family album
- Cannibals performing a ritual
- Opening this question gave a magical power to one of your group members. Show how this power affects the other group members!
- Metro at rush hour in Japan
- New age retreat – raising energy exercise
- The whole team crossing the street duckling style
- Undercover picture from a shady business
- Russian bear
- Protesters have closed the traffic
- Everybody in the picture with their hands and legs in the air
- All team members giving a high-five to strangers at the same time!
- Million dollar lottery winner
- Dictator giving a speech
- Operation – doctor, assistant, residents
- Team member with someone from another team
- 8 hands and 13 fingers
- Postponed flight for a second week in the airport
- World’s tallest woman and curious crowd
- Fashion show in front of thrift shop
- PETA protesters in front of a fur store
- Give a teammate a piggyback ride
- Festive moment with Bill Clinton
- Stone age hunters bringing home a huge catch!
- Last bottle of beer on a hot day and 4 friends
- Fishing in a public fountain
- Scared people watching a meteorite approach!
- Beauty pageants
- Squirrels harvesting nuts before winter
- Too hot to handle
- Blending well into the surroundings
- Construct and wear a pirate hat made out of a newspaper
- You found a new friend
- Happy dog with a team member
- X-ray glasses
- Last minutes of prom dance
- Strike your best yoga pose with the whole team
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15 tasks- Try it out
- Try it out! You stand in a pool filled with water covering your head at your exact height. Can you get your nose above water to breathe if you stand on your tip toes?
- Count it up! How many people do you need to get 10 little toes?
- Try it out: is it possible to touch your navel with your nose?
- Try it out! Four people. Tallest, Tall, Short and Shortest.
Tallest puts their hand on Shortest’s knee.
Short grabs Tallest’s left hand.
Tall leans the same leg’s knee against Shortest’s left knee that doesn’t have a hand on it and grabs with their opposite hand Short’s same hand. How many right hands are left free?
- If you stand so that your nose, chest and pelvis are against the wall, can you put your elbows together?
- Is it possible to sneeze with your eyes open?
- Try it out: can an average person lick their own elbow?
- Try it out! Is it possible to jump in the air and clap your hands and kick your feet together more than two times?
- Try it out. Is it possible to touch your navel from behind your back?
- Try it out! Four people stand in a row. Is it possible to join everyone’s left hands while still standing in a row?
- Try it out. A person is lying down on his/her back so that their hands are tied behind their back and attached to their back. Can an average person stand back up without help?
- Try it out! Simultaneously rotate the index fingers of both hands clockwise. Do it slowly at first, but then pick up speed. Try to go as fast as you can. Is it possible to keep rotating both index fingers clockwise?
- Some people walk in a row. One person is in the front of two people, one person is behind two people and one person is in between two people. How many people are there?
- Three out of four people in a pitch-dark office don’t have headlamps. One person has two headlamps. How many search parties can be formed to search for a lost red stapler?
- Is it possible for two people to stand side by side, 1 meter apart, both look the same direction and hold hands so that their right hand holds the other person’s left and their left hand holds the other person’s right?
10 bonus round tasks! Riddle this and take a picture of it! (answers in the end of post)
- Riddle this and take a picture of it! What can travel around the world while staying in a corner?
- At night they come without being fetched, and by day they are lost without being stolen.
- Forward I am heavy, but backward I am not. What am I?
- I am a solitary word, 5 letters long. Behead me once, I am the same. Behead me again, I am still the same.
- I’m light as a feather, yet the strongest man can’t hold me for more than 5 minutes. What am I?
- I am very easy to get into, but it is hard to get out of me.What am I?
- What heavy seven letter word can you take two away from and be left with eight?
- I am the beginning of the end, the end of every place. I am the beginning of eternity, the end of time and space. What am I?
- Alone I am 24th, with a friend I am 20. Add another friend and I am naughty.
- Give me food, and I will live. Give me water, and I will die. What am I?
- Letter “E”
- X. (24 th letter in the alphabet, XX is 20 in roman numerals and XXX substitutes profanities.
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Printable Truth or Dare Scavenger Hunt
The Ultimate in Truth or Dare Fun!
Take your party to the next level with the truth or dare teen scavenger hunt. Teams play to win by racing to nine different locations around town where they must complete at least one dare and one truth at each location.
The dares are hilariously fun (nothing inappropriate) and require either photographic or video proof to earn the points. The truths are all fun or silly trivia that must be answered about that location. Each location has three dares to complete and three truths. These are listed on individual scavenger hunt challenge cards. Once a team arrives at a location they must choose at least one dare and one truth to complete before they can move on to the next location.
Each dare is worth 10 points and each truth is worth 5 points. Teams can complete as many challenges as they want from the challenge card to score extra points. If a team completes all 6 truth and dares they get an additional 20 points. If teams make it to all nine locations they get an additional 60 points. They have three and a half hours to complete as many of the challenges as they can and get back to the home base. For every minute they are late returning to home base 5 pts are taken away.
What is needed to play the teen scavenger hunt?
To play all you will in addition to the printable teen scavenger hunt kit is a camera for each team that also takes video. Most of all the scavenger hunt dares require video or photo proof. I would also suggest a backup camera, in case the first one runs out of batteries, memory, or malfunctions.
Each team will also need a vehicle to get around in. I suggest having an adult volunteer driver for each team. This is to make sure players aren’t driving dangerously in order to win the race.
You will also need #10 envelopes to place each destinations challenges in for each team.
What does the printable teen scavenger hunt kit include?
ALONG WITH SET-UP AND PLAY INSTRUCTIONS
THIS PRINTABLE GAME ALSO COMES WITH:
- 5 sets of Scavenger Hunt Lists Each scavenger hunt list is color coordinated to the team color and include nine individual destination cards with their own list of truth or dare challenges. This is the best part of the hunt. None of the challenges are illegal or immoral but all of them are great for guaranteed fun and laughter. Destinations cards include: mall, book store, Wal-Mart, gas station, laundry mat, pet store, McDonald’s, ice cream shop, and park.
Set the tone for your hunt with these printable invitations. Delivered in both jpg and tiff image files, all you have to do is type your party information over them, print them, and pass them out to all the contestants
Kit includes 5 different colored sets of team badges. These can easily be attached to string or lanyards in order for teams to wear them around their necks. These help to unify and identify individual teams
Each team will also receive a team colored car tag to hang from the rear-view mirror of their team car.
Water Bottle Labels
Fun team coordinated water bottle labels to tie into the theme of the party. These labels fit around standard size water bottles. To use simply print, cut out, and wrap around water bottles. Attach with tape.
How do I set up my Truth or Dare Scavenger Hunt?
- Download and print out all printable kit.
- Decide how many contestants and teams you are going to have. Suggested team size is four people.
- Place each individual location challenge in its own envelope. Seal it and mark on the outside of each envelope whose team it belongs to and what location it contains. Each team should have nine envelopes.
- Have everyone meet at home base before the hunt begins. This is usually the host home.
- When players arrive give them each a team badge and a water bottle. Have them vote for team captain. Give the team captain the team car tag and the nine sealed team destination envelopes.
- Assign a driver to each team.
- Explain the rules:
- Each team can visit the destinations in whatever order they wish. They can only open one destination envelope at a time. Once they open the envelope they must complete that destination before moving on to their next challenge.
- Teams must complete at least one truth and one dare before moving on to the next destination. Each dare completed is worth ten points and each truth is worth five points . If all challenges are completed on a card it is worth an extra 20 points.
- In order for a challenge to be considered completed the team must have eveidence. The evidence needed is list on the card. It can be photo, video, actual item, or answer to specific question.
- The team must return back to home base before by finish time. For every minute they are late returning 5 points will be deducted from their score.
- Some dares require the help of a stranger. This is someone the team does not know. The same “stranger” cannot be enlisted for help on more than one challenge.
- Judges will add up the points at the end of the race. They make the call on if the evidence is sufficient enough to get the points. They announce the winner. No arguments.
8. Set a time limit. Suggest time is 2-3 hours.
9. On your mark, get set, GO!
How is the teen scavenger hunt delivered?
Once you complete your order you can instantly download the teen scavenger hunt kit. It arrives in ready-to-print PDF files via email.
Getting out and about feels easier in good weather, doesn’t it? At the moment, my corner of the world is awash with rain, my central heating is on (in June!), and I’m consoling myself by planning activities for when the sun comes back out. These outdoor scavenger hunt ideas are actually perfect for any time of the year.
There’s no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing, right? Well, maybe inappropriate clothing and grumpy mamas who really just want the sun to come out again!
So, I’ve been hunting down the best easy outdoor scavenger hunt ideas for you to try out. If you’re looking for scavenger hunt games or a printable scavenger hunt list, you’ll hopefully find what you’re looking for in this post.
I’ve split up my list of scavenger hunt ideas for kids by season so that you can jump straight to something that fits the weather where you are right now. Of course, most of these activities will work just as well, rain or shine, so take a look at the whole list.
It’s summer here right now, not that you’d know it by looking out of the window. If the sun ever returns, we’ll be trying out some of these fun outdoor activities for kids, and also spending some time on some messy summer art projects.
Organising A Summer Scavenger Hunt For Kids.
1. Woodland Trust Printable.
The Woodland Trust Nature Detectives site is one of my favourite resources for all kinds of nature activities. They have a fab printable sheet for a simple summer scavenger hunt that’s perfect for little ones. Look for a munched leaf, a dandelion clock (make sure you blow the seeds into the air), and other signs of summer.
2. Night Time Scavenger Hunt.
Going out after dark makes for an exciting adventure all by itself. I don’t mean just dashing from the car to the house, I’m talking about an intentional after-dark adventure.
This Nocturnal Scavenger Hunt from Edventures is the perfect accompaniment to a night-time walk with your preschoolers. You can download the free scavenger hunt printable from the site.
I love that the post talks about some of the science concepts that can be introduced during a walk in the dark. They’ve also got a lovely list of books to accompany your nocturnal adventuring.
3. A Batch Of Simple Printable Hunts.
This post at The Resourceful Mama is a good one to bookmark. The post contains download links for a whole stack of scavenger hunts tailored for different summer occasions.
Looking for a swimming pool hunt? You’ll find one here. Barbecue hunt? Yup. Pretty much any occasion when you might want a printable activity on hand to keep your kids busy, you’ll find something suitable here.
Autumn Scavenger Hunts.
4. Treasure Hunt Bags.
How sweet is this idea from NurtureStore? Kid-made treasure bags for taking out on an autumn nature walk.
I love that this fall scavenger hunt activity starts with the children generating their own list of things they might find. Asking these pre-scavenger hunt questions helps to open discussion about the season, or about the kind of place you’re visiting.
Children learn so much more with any activity if they have real ownership of it, and this idea does just that. I also love that this idea incorporates a container for carrying all that treasure home afterwards.
5. Simple Autumn Scavenger Hunt.
If you’re just looking for a basic scavenger hunt to use on an autumn nature walk, then try this printable hunt from Burlap and Blue.
There’s also a nice list of other autumn activities at the end of the post.
6. Autumn Leaf Scavenger Hunt.
Here’s a post on My Kids Adventures all about organising a leaf scavenger hunt.
I like the idea of limiting yourselves to just hunting for leaves.
By making a more narrowly focused scavenger hunt, you can encourage your children to pay really close attention to the leaves they find.
It’s lovely to kick up a huge pile of leaves, or throw them into the air just to watch them swirl back to the ground. It’s also lovely to take notice of the details, and to notice the differences between the different kinds of leaves you find.
Outdoor Scavenger Hunt Ideas For Winter.
7. Sensory Scavenger Hunt.
Woodland Classroom has this lovely activity to engage your senses. (Well, apart from taste, but they recommend a hot chocolate back at home as a way to fix that!)
I love that it’s divided up into things you can collect, and things that are just for admiring and leaving behind. (Although I don’t think would stop my kids from trying to drag home a whole tree!)
The sensory scavenger hunt gives suggestions for things to collect (touch), things to show someone (sight), things to smell, and things to listen to. It would be really easy to adapt to your local area.
8. When There’s Snow On The Ground.
You’d be forgiven for thinking that a scavenger hunt wouldn’t work when the ground is covered by snow. Oopsey Daisy has a cute scavenger hunt printable that’s perfect for a snowy day.
It’s part of a Winter Mommy School packet. Just scroll down to see the scavenger hunt. I bet you’ll find some other fun winter-themed activities to do with your preschoolers in there too.
9. RSPB Scavenger Hunt.
This is a sweet and simple winter scavenger hunt from the RSPB.
It’s split into Things To look For and Things To Collect, and they have suggestions for making a treasure box to take with you for your finds.
Scavenger Hunts For Spring.
10. Spring Spotting.
I’m hopping back to the Woodland Trust for their Springtime Wildlife Spotter sheet.
I love that this scavenger hunt keeps things simple, asking you to just look for different types of caterpillar, for example, rather than having to hunt down a specific one.
It’s also great for encouraging children to investigate all different kinds of habitats – looking in water, under leaves etc.
11. Photo Scavenger Hunt.
This photo hunt from Adventure In A Box would be perfect for either toddlers or preschool children.
The idea of taking your own photos is perfect.
It means that your children will be able to find an exact match for the pictures on the scavenger hunt printable.
I can also see it being useful for some older children, particularly those with learning differences. If you’ve got a very literally-minded child, it can be difficult for them to generalise and find ‘a leaf’ without hyper-focusing on the specific leaf on a printed sheet.
We’ve also done a similar activity indoors, where we photographed parts of our home from unusual angles, or in extreme close-up. It’s fun to look at familiar objects in this different way.
12. Eggbox Scavenger Hunt.
This egg-box scavenger hunt from Mama Scout is perfect for a spring nature walk.
In spring the hedgerows start to burst into life in a riot of colour, and this simple activity is a brilliant way to capture those colours.
I’m always in favour of things that are super-simple to set up, and this one definitely fits the bill. I’m also a big fan of the egg-box idea for encouraging kids to bring home only a select few small treasures!
Four Seasons Of Outdoor Fun.
You’ve got twelve different outdoor scavenger hunt ideas here, and I’m sure you could come up with endless variations on each of them.
Most of these ideas aren’t limited to working only at one time of year, so feel free to mix and match and go with what you think would work for your own kids.
The key thing about all of these outdoor scavenger hunt ideas, is that they get you and your children outside and exploring the world around you. By setting up these activities you’re encouraging your children’s curiosity, and curiosity is the foundation of all the learning they’ll ever do.
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