The National Treasures Scavenger Hunt for Kids
Go on a field trip across the country
Pack your (imaginary) bags to go on an amazing journey across centuries and a continent on a scavenger hunt that reveals the best of the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. On teams, kids and their chaperone will follow clues that guide you through galleries, in search of answers to tricky, humorous questions.
One moment you’ll be examining Dorothy’s ruby slippers to learn about the Yellow Brick Road; the next you’ll be looking at ball gowns worn by First Ladies; and after that you’ll goggle at massive locomotives and early cars that once raced across the continent. You’ll be dazzled by what you discover—but know previous knowledge of American history is required to win. You just need sharp eyes, comfy shoes, and good teamwork.
Along the way, your team might…
- “Pass” a president’s “nuclear football.”
- Search the many rooms of the largest doll house you’ve ever seen.
- Examine charred wood from the time the White House was set on fire.
- Look in horror at a talking doll created by electricity pioneer Thomas Edison.
- Salute a heroic pigeon from World War I.
The scavenger hunt provides a great way for kids to learn about American history. It will pique their curiosity and leave them eager to learn more. And they will have a museum experience that makes them eager to return. As a school field trip activity, the game spurs teamwork and highlights how the talents of each player are needed for success.
Plus the scavenger hunt is a great activity for kids and adults to enjoy together. Families will especially enjoy this activity.
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