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The Thrown for a Loop
Scavenger Hunt for Kids

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The Thrown for a Loop Scavenger Hunt for Kids

The Loop has never been so…loopy!

Introduce kids to the historic heart of Chicago on a game that will get them learning and laughing. Adventurers ages 7 and up will work with their favorite adults to scour the Loop for answers to tricky, amusing questions. Starring: Daley Plaza’s Picasso, Millennium Park, the Chicago Cultural Center, Marshall Field’s (aka Macy’s), and much more.

You might tackle such questions as…

  • Inside a big room with wood walls in the Chicago Cultural Center’s GAR lobby, you can see the names of Civil War battles. What two battles can you put together to come up with what sounds like a way for five people to eat vegetables? Answer: Five Forks and Pea Ridge.
  • The sign for the historic Chicago Theatre is a landmark in its own right. Go inside but stay sort of outside to find out: what sounds like a bird, a car, and a doorbell? Answer: The organ, as explained by a sign in the foyer.

No knowledge of the Loop or its history is required to win. The hunt is all about paying attention to the details and playing with your team.

Along the way teams will also be challenged to take creative team photos that meet certain requirements, design to prompt creativity and teamwork…and lots of smiles.

The Loop scavenger hunt is great for school field trips, birthday parties, scout packs, and basically any activity where you want a diverse group of kids and adults to collaborate on an adventure.

What delighted hunters are saying

“I have taken students from my high school to four Watson Adventures hunts. Each time, the students have had a wonderful experience. The enthusiasm I have seen, and the teamwork that has been displayed, has been thrilling for me as an educator. My job is to keep students engaged, and Watson Adventures does that with ease. Not only are the students doing something fun—they don’t even realize how much they are learning in the process.”  

“It was great. Thanks so much for everything. The kids had a great time.” —the organizer of an outing for a middle school field trip

“Everyone had a great time. Our host, Valerie, was also terrific. We’ll be sure to think of Watson Adventures for similar programming needs in the future. It was a pleasure working with you, too!” —a teacher at a private school

“Everyone had a fantastic time! The clues were the perfect level of difficulty and it all went seamlessly. Being overseas we don’t have many opportunities for group activities with all our siblings, nieces and nephews so it was great and a perfect activity for a wide age-range group. We’ll keep you in mind if we ever do something like this again!” —a mom who organized a hunt for a family gathering

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