My friend wants to have a mall scavenger hunt for her daughter’s 13th birthday next month, so I’m wondering if you have any great ideas. So far our thoughts are to give them a certain amount of money to acquire the things on their lists, give them riddles or clues rather than straightforward items, and make them bring each item back to us (we’ll be at Starbucks … a central location with coffee) before they get the next clue. We have talked about having the items on the list be the “goody bag” or prizes and possibly awarding points for what they bring … like if they all bring the same thing they get no points but different stores used or something could earn them more points or maybe another winner could have the most change left over. We’re still trying to figure it out. We are also thinking about making them do something but we’re not sure what they could have to do in the mall (and not get in trouble or be really obnoxious). I thought maybe bargain for a better price but I’m not sure the girls could do it, they are still pretty shy. Any great ideas come to mind? We’ve got a month ….
Please note: Make sure to call up your local mall that you plan on holding your Mall Scavenger Hunt and see if this type of event is allowed. If so, also ask if there are any parameters that you should keep in mind and establish with your group during the Hunt. You may also want to let the Mall Manager know the time/date of the event as well.
This is such a great idea for a 13-year-old’s party. Dividing the guests into two teams to complete the scavenger hunt would be fun, as the kids can work together to find the stuff.
I love the idea of not giving out the next clue until the kids have brought back the previous item. That will be so fun! The clues can be anything you want, like “find a farm animal,” “find an item that says ‘whatever’ on it,” etc. One caveat: tell the kids to not get “junky” items since they will serve as the “goodies” that are taken home at the end of the party. The object is to get the nicest thing for the least amount of money. As a further incentive, you could also let the team with the most amount of money left over at the end keep its change.
For an added challenge, you could give the kids a list of things that are free in the shops. For example, a business card, job application, plastic bag from the store, etc. For this portion of the hunt, you have the first team back to the table with the free stuff win something special, like lip balms or something that you can hand out to every team member.
If you want to have the guests do something kooky, have them ask an employee where the bathroom is in the mall or where the food court is. Even funnier, have them ask these questions to employees in stores that are obviously close to the bathroom or food court. You could also have them sing a song in the mall together (since they may be shy as individuals) or skip down the center with arms entwined. Silly stuff like that would be fun and could be done as a group.
A mall scavenger hunt will be loads of fun, and, best of all, you can enjoy your coffee at Starbucks throughout the entire party!