Scavenger Hunts for Kids & School Field Trips in New York City

The Museum of Natural Hysteria Scavenger Hunt for Kids

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Explore 6 continents and 8 planets in 90 minutes!

Kids and adults work together on this history museum scavenger hunt, which reveals the weirdest, the wildest, and the wackiest secrets of the American Museum of Natural History. You won’t be collecting objects—drop that fossil!—you’ll be searching for answers to quirky questions about the amazing exhibits you discover.

This team game is suitable for children ages 7 and up. No previous knowledge of the museum or its contents is required—you just need eagle eyes, good teamwork, and a flair for adventure!

Along the way, your team might…

  • Search for snakes in Africa
  • Touch ancient meteorites and dinosaur bones
  • Find out your weight on the moon (don’t worry—it’s good news!)
  • Discover why a T. rex shouldn’t stand up
  • Brush by brown bears and buffalo
  • Goggle at far-out fashions in far-off places
  • Cower at a crouching cannibal
  • Mingle with cavemen
  • Dive beneath a life-size blue whale to get in the swim with a monster squid

The game is designed for teams of five or six kids, with one or more adults per team. We’ve been staging this hunt since 2000, and we know just the right level of challenge to engage every child and adult on a team.

Perfect for school groups—or any group!

What a great class trip or summer-camp activity! The scavenger hunt is a fun-filled way to introduce kids to the marvels of the museum, leaving young hunters yearning to learn more. Plus, the game makes it easy for adults to serve as more than just chaperones—they are fully engaged teammates. Numerous school groups have raved about this game, including schools with hundreds of participants. It’s also a popular choice for kids’ birthday parties and other special occasions.

What happy hunters are saying

“I have currently taken students from my high school to four hunts. Each time we have gone, the students have had a wonderful experience. The enthusiasm I have seen, 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.”


The Secrets of Central Park Scavenger Hunt for Kids

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  • adults
  • kids
  • outdoor

Leave the city while staying in Manhattan

Kids and adults team up to roam the paths and fields of the park below 72nd Street while answering tricky, humorous questions. To score points, you’ll have to find Stuart Little, stick your tongue out at a rude animal, learn the motto of a hidden eagle, decipher a secret code by the pond seen in Home Alone 2, spot Cupid at the carousel, unscramble a message in the sky, and find a witch turned to stone, to name just a few of the highlights.

You don’t need to know the park at all for this scavenger hunt. You just need sharp eyes, comfy shoes, and good teamwork. You’ll be surprised at just how many cool, new things you’ll discover.

This scavenger hunt is a great activity for a birthday party, school field trip, summer-camp outing, family reunion…and any other kind of gathering where you want kids and adults to have fun together. 

Recommended for ages 7 and up. Each team must include at least one adult.

Private hunt option: add the zoo!

A special edition of this hunt includes the Central Park Zoo.


HAMILTON: The Scavenger Hunt for Kids

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  • kids
  • outdoor

We dare you not to start humming Hamilton tunes…

…as you answer funny and tricky questions about the intriguing statesman and wind your way through the streets of Lower Manhattan, from Bowling Green to Federal Hall on Wall Street, from Hamilton’s grave near Broadway to Fraunces Tavern (where Hamilton dined with Washington).  

On this history-filled activity that’s perfect for school field trips and birthday parties, kids and adults collaborate on teams to discover the places where the feisty Founding Father worked, played, debated, fought, and planned his fatal duel. This hunt is sure to be a hit with fans of the insanely popular Broadway musical, as well as with those who don’t know much (yet) about Hamilton and early New York City.

And don’t worry—no knowledge of Alexander Hamilton or the Wall Street area is necessary! You just need sharp eyes and good teamwork.

Recommended for ages 10 and up. 

What happy hunters are saying about the Hamilton scavenger hunt

A 5-star review on Yelp: “The scavenger hunts are very well organized, creative, fun and active! Our family of 18 (ages 7-60) just did the Hamilton Hunt and had a blast. Questions are sophisticated enough to engage entire family, and the hunt had all our teams racing around lower Manhattan learning about our founding fathers and having lots of laughs. I would highly recommend.”

“Watson Adventures helped my school plan an extremely adventurous day from start to finish. We had a unique experience around New York City, and everyone had a blast! Thank you so, so much!!! Can’t wait to do it again!” –A high school teacher

Contact us to learn more about this great field trip scavenger hunt—and find more historical fun in lower Manhattan!


How To Find Your Dragon Scavenger Hunt at the Met Museum

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The Met is filled with dragons!

And we need your help to track them down. Kids and adults will go dragon-hunting together in search of Speckled Forktails, Black Grangles, Large-Mouthed Undertoads, sinuous Silvery Snarches, Long-Tailed Knight Terrors, Bearded Sticklebacks, Seven-Headed Reapers, and dreaded Hissing Halitosins. They are hiding in paintings, in statues, in armor, in jewelry, even in musical instruments—seemingly everywhere you look!

Fans of the How to Train Your Dragon movies will be surprised at the variety of winged wonders. That said, no knowledge of the movies, or of the museum’s art, is required to answer our tricky, amusing questions about the fiery friends you’ll find.

For ages 7 and up. Each team must have at least one adult.

Contact us to learn more about this unusual scavenger hunt for kids at the Met—and find more fun in NYC!


The Art Attack at the Met Scavenger Hunt for Kids

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A fun way for kids to fall in love with art

Kids and adults go on an art adventure together on this child-friendly edition of our popular Met Madness Scavenger Hunt. On teams, you’ll travel through time as you search for answers to tricky, humorous questions about mummies, knights in armor, palace rooms, hidden gardens, and much more. No knowledge of the museum or art is required, but you’ll come away amazed at what you’ve seen and eager to learn more.

For ages 7 and up. Kids must be accompanied by an adult, and vice versa. This is a perfect activity for school field trips and summer-camp outings, and we can’t count how many birthday parties have enjoyed this hunt.

A special edition for younger kids

Children ages 6 to 8 can also get in on the action with the Met Detectives Scavenger Hunt. They’ll use close-up photos of the weirdest, wackiest works of art to answer kooky questions about what they find. Every team requires at least one adult to help with walking directions while the kids keep their eyes wide open looking at the art.

What are players saying about this art museum scavenger hunt for kids?

A 5-star review on Yelp: “My extended family (age range from 4 – 80) had a blast zooming through the Met to get clues for the scavenger hunt. It was an amazing way to expose my jaded teenagers to the museum in a way that ensured they didn’t even think of it as a cultural outing. We all had a really great time. Super well organized and fun.”

Another 5-star Yelp review: “Our Girl Scout troop celebrated the end of the year with a terrific scavenger hunt at the Metropolitan Museum. The girls (4th grade) had a wonderful time and talk about it often. They really had such fun we might do it again! And why not, it is educational and fun.  Watson Adventures was great to work with and the event came together seamlessly.”

Contact us to learn more about this popular art museum scavenger hunt for kids—and find more fun at the Met Museum!


The Bonkers at the Brooklyn Museum Scavenger Hunt for Kids

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Five floors of fantastic fun!

Currently the Brooklyn Museum is not accepting group reservations. Join us instead for scavenger hunts at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art.

Kids and adults team up to answer humorous questions about what they find as they take a wild tour of Egypt, Africa, Europe, Asia, and America in the museum’s halls. Special guest appearances made by: a mummy, Garfield’s ancient ancestor, a pitcher full of Niagara Falls, a woman dancing with a lion, a monster palace, and a dragon-headed turtle. You’re in for a treat!

This hunt is a perfect field-trip activity that gives adults a great way to interact with kids and show them how interesting an art museum can be. It’s suitable for ages 7 and up, and each team must be accompanied by at least one adult.


The Cats vs. Dogs Family Scavenger Hunt

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The cat’s meow for art lovers and animal lovers

Kids and adults team up as they chase down furry friends hidden in works of art throughout the Metropolitan Museum of Art. You’ll search for misbehaving hounds, a silver wildcat from the ancient Middle East, a poor pooch serving as a seat, a ferocious feline from Peru, a disturbed dog witnessing a prank, an African dog acting like a horse, hungry cats eyeing birds, and a cranky kitty being teased by terrible tots. And those are just a few of the highlights. Whoever said curiosity killed the cat never went on this scavenger hunt!

Your pack will find their enthusiasm unleashed and their tails wagging. You’d be barking mad not to enjoy it.

This hunt is for ages 7 and up. Each team must have at least one adult.


The Cloisters Capers Scavenger Hunt for Kids

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Travel back in time to the Middle Ages…

…at the Cloisters, where actual pieces of medieval buildings have been reassembled to create an unusual museum. On teams, kids and adults will work together to hunt for unicorns, angels, bold knights, and heroic maidens, while exploring the twists and turns of stone corridors, stairs, and chapels. In nice weather, you’ll burst into daylight to discover a medieval garden with plants used for magic potions and other concoctions, along with a stunning hilltop view of the Hudson River.

The museum is particularly fun for fans of Harry Potter and the Lord of the Rings, who’ll feel like they’re exploring an old castle filled with a wizard’s treasures and curious beasts.

The Cloisters hunt has proven to be particularly popular for school field trips. It’s a fun, whirlwind way to introduce kids to history and art in a limited amount of time. 

Recommended for ages 7 and up. Each team must be accompanied by at least one adult.


The Columbia Quest Scavenger Hunt

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See the best of the Columbia University campus

…and the nearby Morningside Heights neighborhood on a humor-filled scavenger hunt. On teams, you’ll follow a trail of clues and answer clever, funny questions about the famous places, secret sights, and hidden history you find. It’s the fast-paced, fun campus tour you always wished you’d gone on.

Highlights include…

  • Columbia University’s bucolic campus, with its unusual statues and classic buildings
  • The owl hidden by the steps where the original Ghostbusters dallied
  • The site of a desperate Revolutionary War battle
  • The home of the Manhattan Project, birthplace of the atomic age
  • George Carlin’s childhood home

Big groups welcome!

We can accommodate groups of all sizes; this hunt was originally commissioned by the Columbia Business School for 200 members of its incoming class. The game is also great for alumni get-togethers, birthday parties, and any other event where you want to entertain a diverse group with an activity that’s completely unique and a whole lotta fun.

An International Edition is available for groups that include people whose first language is not English.

The Kids Edition is great for school field trips—it inspires teens with a glimpse of what college life might be like.

What players are saying about the Columbia U. scavenger hunt

“My friends and I had a blast racing around Columbia’s campus during this scavenger hunt. Even though a lot of us went to Columbia as undergrads, we learned new facts about the school and the surrounding neighborhood. The clues made us think but weren’t too difficult to figure out—and the photo challenges added extra fun to the hunt. A fantastic way to celebrate my birthday!”

“Thank you all for the great scavenger hunt! The students loved it!! I personally discovered many hidden gems along the Columbia campus, like the fallen tooth by the Law School. We appreciate you helping us have an amazing Cluster Cup this year, and we hope to work with you again for next year’s Cluster Cup!”

Contact us to learn more about our Columbia University scavenger hunts—and find more fun in NYC!


The Coney Island Capers Scavenger Hunt

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  • adults
  • kids

Team-building on the boardwalk

Enjoy a unique experience at the boardwalk and beaches of Brooklyn’s Coney Island. Get creative to complete unusual photo challenges, get resourceful to collect or create interesting objects, and get crafty to crack a mystery message with your Hunt Host. Along the way, you’ll see the famous sights of Coney Island: the Cyclone, the Wonder Wheel, Luna Park, the Wavewall, and more.


The Ellis Island Scavenger Hunt for Kids

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  • kids
  • indoor

Welcome to America!

Explore the historic buildings in New York Harbor that millions of immigrants—perhaps even your own ancestors—encountered on their first stop in America. As you and your team learn about the immigrant experience, you’ll get a sense of what it was like to arrive in a new land, bewildered by a different language and assorted inspections. You’ll also enjoy breathtaking views of the harbor, Lady Liberty, and the NYC skyline.

This scavenger hunt is a popular field-trip activity. Hundreds of school children have enjoyed this hunt! And teachers rave about how this is a great, fun way to introduce kids to the history of immigration and get them excited to learn more back in the classroom.

Getting there: ferry facts

The island is accessible only by ferry, and the ferry company does not give preferential treatment to groups and does not guarantee that you will be able to depart at a particular time. You may encounter long lines to board the ferry during tourist season.


The Escape from Grand Central Scavenger Hunt for Kids

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  • kids
  • indoor

You’ve been poisoned!

That’s actually good news (sort of), since the evil genius who did this is challenging you to solve a series of puzzles to come up with the combination to a box that contains the antidote. Sure, you can escape a room, but can you unlock the box and escape Grand Central with your life? 

Kids and adults work together on teams to follow the villain’s trail of diabolical clues, leading you to explore all kinds of amazing places in Grand Central Terminal. You’ll have to answer tricky, fun questions about what you find, interact with our staff to tackle sneaky puzzles, and ultimately crack a code to save your team. Are you ready for a challenge?

This game is suitable for ages 10 and up, with at least one adult per team required.


The Fright at the Museum Scavenger Hunt for Kids

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  • kids
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If you enjoyed Night at the Museum

…then you’ll love this adventure, which features exhibits that inspired scenes in the hit movie. Kids and adults work together to take on Dexter’s capuchin monkey cousin, a not-so-woolly mammoth with tooth trouble, personal items that belonged to Teddy Roosevelt, a dance that Sacagawea would have done, a scary Easter Island statue, an attack by a monster whale, a slice of a giant tree, humongous warring moose, Aztec and Incan warriors, dangerous dinosaurs, and much more.

This game is a great way for kids to see the museum’s highlights, as part of a birthday-party outing, a family get-together, or a school field trip.


The Ghosts of Greenwich Village Scavenger Hunt for Kids

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  • kids
  • outdoor

Spooky fun for the whole family!

Kids and adults work together to uncover the stories of creepy places and the ghosts that have haunted them. As a team, you’ll follow clues in search of answers to tricky, humorous questions about hidden cemeteries, looming skeletons, the haunted homes of Edgar Allan Poe and Mark Twain, bats on a building, disturbing door knockers, Harry Potter’s arch-enemy, and plenty of tales that will chill your bones.

Recommended for ages 7 and up. Each team must include at least one adult. 


The Grand Central Scramble Scavenger Hunt for Kids

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  • kids
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Uncover the secrets of America’s most amazing train station!

Kids and adults work together to learn the secrets of this amazing train station. To win, you’ll have to go nuts in the Whispering Gallery, spot surprises in the stars in the “sky,” find TV celebs in the fabulous food court, stand on fish under an upside-down tree in the Grand Central Market, count creepy critters trying to invade a “ship,” and more.

Along the way, your team will also scout for great opportunities to complete photo challenges. For instance, can you come up with a creative way to get your smiling faces and the starry Grand Central ceiling in the same selfie?

This game is great for school groups and tour groups, suitable for ages 7 and up. Each team must be accompanied by at least one adult. The fun part is how the game fosters collaboration among the kids and between the kids and chaperones.

A kids activity in NYC recommended by the media

New York Magazine, the New York TimesTime Out New York KidsNew York Family, GoCityKids.com, and MommyPoppins.com, to name a few.

Teachers, principals, and other educators also love this Grand Central scavenger hunt

A 5-star review on Google: I helped organize a trip to NYC for 50 Girl Scouts and asked Watson Adventures to set up a scavenger hunt for us in Grand Central Station. What a unique and fun experience!! I cannot say enough good things about our two hosts, Mia and Correy! Both actors, in addition to hunt hosts, they really knew how to handle our large group, making sure everyone felt included and had a great time!”

“I have to say that we had such a fantastic time doing the Grand Central Scramble Scavenger Hunt. We loved enjoying this with our students and seeing them using critical thinking skills to find the answers. Thank you for all your hard work!” –Jenelle Hamer, Glen Ridge High School Special Educator

Another 5-star Google review:We celebrated my daughter’s 12th birthday with 14 kids at the Grand Central Station Scavenger hunt. The kids had a blast. The questions were perfect and it was a very unique way to celebrate. Thanks Watson Adventures!

Contact us to learn more about a private hunt for your group. Or join us on the occasional weekend when we offer this hunt to the general public—click the button below to see the schedule. Either way, you’ll find more fun in NYC!


The Harlem Renaissance Scavenger Hunt

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  • adults
  • kids
  • outdoor

Walk in the footsteps of giants

Teams will follow clues to explore the historic heart of Harlem, between 135th Street and Striver’s Row, in search of answers to fun, fascinating questions. You’ll discover places where you could have run into Ella Fitzgerald, Langston Hughes, Marcus Garvey, Tito Puente, Duke Ellington, Zora Neale Hurston, Eubie Blake, photographer James Van Der Zee, Ralph Ellison, James Baldwin, Arturo Schomburg, and the Rennies, the first black professional basketball team.

Don’t worry if you don’t recognize all of those names! The hunt will tell you who they are and why they’re fascinating. The game is not a test of knowledge, but instead a test of teamwork.

Highlights include…

  • The elegant houses along Striver’s Row
  • The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
  • Harlem’s own Walk of Fame
  • The YMCA that was a gathering place for artists in the 1920s and ’30s
  • The Abyssinian Baptist Church, the pulpit of Adam Clayton Powell Sr. and Jr.
  • The colorful WPA murals of Harlem Hospital
  • The site of the famous Savoy Ballroom

Plus, your team will be challenged to take creative Team Photos, and the Hunt Host will meet you along the way for a surprise bonus challenge.

We also offer a Kids Edition of this hunt, suitable for ages 7 and up, that’s particularly popular for school field trips. You can really bring the Harlem Renaissance alive by taking kids to the very streets where it happened! 

A 5-star review on Google: “Amazing experience in Harlem with Watson Adventures. Our 43 students loved how fun and easy the hunt was and it was the highlight of the week. Thank you!”

Contact us to learn more about our Harlem scavenger hunts—and find more fun in New York City!


The High Line Hijinks Scavenger Hunt for Kids

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  • kids
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Search high and low for secrets and surprises…

…when you search “high” on the High Line and “low” in the surrounding Meatpacking District on this fun, funny scavenger hunt. Kids and adults work together to follow a trail of clues through the former elevated train line that’s now a fabulous park, as well as through one of the city’s trendiest neighborhoods, and answer quirky questions about what they discover.

Scavenger hunt highlights include…

  • Harry Potter’s pal on an unexpected perch
  • The birthplace of the Oreo cookie
  • Wild street art in weird places
  • The house where Alexander Hamilton died after his duel with Vice President Aaron Burr

This unusual group game is a home run for school field trips, birthday parties, camp outings, family reunions—you name it! The High Line scavenger hunt is recommended for ages 10 and up. Each team must include at least one adult.

What delighted hunters are saying about the High Line scavenger hunt

We had a wonderful time. I am impressed by the app you use and how fluid it works. Correy [the Hunt Host] did an excellent job and he was cheerful, helpful and clearly explained to the kids what they needed to do.” —post-game feedback from a teacher

“Everyone had a blast—thank you so much! Your staff was so engaging, and the seniors all had a really great time. Thanks for all your help organizing, reorganizing, and reorganizing again!” —a dean of a private school

Contact us to learn more about the High Line scavenger hunt—and find more fun for kids in NYC!


The Ho Ho Holiday Midtown Family Scavenger Hunt

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  • kids
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Get ready for some seriously festive fun

On this seasonal scavenger hunt, kids and adults team up to see the delights of Midtown’s lavish holiday displays, including the windows along Fifth Avenue, the Rockefeller Center tree, and other festive highlights. You’ll also romp through locations that star in beloved books and movies, such as the Eloise series (hello, Plaza Hotel!), Elf, Miracle on 34th Street, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, Scrooged, Big, and more.

This game has it all: tinsel, trees, bustling streets, window shopping, and all the charm of New York during the holidays.

This hunt is recommended for ages 10 and up. Each team must include at least one kid and one adult, with a maximum of six per team.


The Intrepid Adventures Scavenger Hunt for Kids

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  • kids
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Calling all adventurous kids!

Kids and adults join forces to get a glimpse of life in the Navy on this seafaring scavenger hunt. On teams, you’ll answer fun and funny questions and uncover the secrets of the Intrepid Museum, a former aircraft carrier. You’ll navigate narrow passageways on the ship, see the world’s most impressive jets up close, watch footage of the Intrepid’s amazing World War II adventures, check out the NYC skyline from the captain’s chair, and more.

The emphasis is on teamwork and fun—no previous knowledge of the ship and its history is necessary. But you’ll certainly come away fascinated by what you’ve discovered.

Bonding, belly laughs, and a brilliant way to examine history—what more could a kid ask for? Perfect for birthday parties, school and camp field trips, and other group outings.

For ages 7 and up. All teams must include at least one adult. Contact us to learn more about this great museum scavenger hunt for kids—and find more fun in NYC!


The Lincoln Conspiracy Scavenger Hunt for Kids

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  • kids
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Can your team save Lincoln’s life?

Go on a tour of Civil War–era New York while trying to foil a plot to kill Lincoln before he even reaches the presidency!

You’ll hold historic photos and stand where the photographers stood as you track down a time-traveling John Wilkes Booth. He’s trying to assassinate candidate Abraham Lincoln before he delivers a speech at Cooper Union that will win him the Republican nomination for president. Can you stop Booth before he rewrites history?

Recommended for ages 10 and up. No previous knowledge about the Village or Lincoln is necessary. It’s a great field-trip activity for teachers who want to introduce students to the history of New York City and Greenwich Village.


The Magical Creatures Scavenger Hunt

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  • adults
  • kids
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The wizarding world is full of fantastic beasts…

…and it’s up to you to find them. Inspired by the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts films and books, this adventure unveils the extraordinary—and the seemingly ordinary—at the American Museum of Natural History.

A not-so-renowned wizard is writing a field guide to rival a certain wizard’s now-legendary textbook on magical creatures, and you’ll be given a sneak preview. Find beasts that could only be things of magic, from the deepest ocean to the highest mountain.

On your quest, your team might…

  • Learn how zebras got their stripes
  • Fawn over a tiny, cuddly cousin to dragons
  • Find the creature that muggles call the dodo bird (Silly muggles!)
  • Swim with tubular creatures
  • Meet the animal inspirations for Howarts’ Houses

Along the way, complete a unique bonus challenge by identifying the fanciful features of a beast the wizard swears he encountered in the wild—and narrowly escaped with his life!

For ages 10 and up. Each team must be accompanied by at least one adult.

If you’re looking for a hunt for kids (or adults) that’s more about the world of Harry Potter, consider the popular Wizard School Scavenger Hunt 2: The Museum of Magical History.


The Midtown Madness Scavenger Hunt for Kids

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  • kids
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See NYC’s famous sites in the coolest way!

Go on a fun, fast-paced tour of the most amazing classic locations in New York City, clustered in the heart of Midtown. On your hunting itinerary: Times Square, Rockefeller Center, and St. Patrick’s Cathedral, to name just a few highlights. You’ll also discover TV and movie locations, hidden historic spots, tastes of foreign lands, and much more.

Along the way, you might discover a time capsule smack in the middle of Times Square, an army of tiny jockeys, Abe Lincoln hidden in a mural, unusual hidden history, and more.

This game is designed for kids and adults to enjoy together—and they do! It’s a popular option for students on a field trip or groups visiting from out of town. You’ll pack in a lot of sights in 90 minutes, and the chaperones will be as entertained as the kids.

A special edition starring 42nd Street is also available.

Recommended for ages 7 and up.


The Murder Mystery Mayhem at the History Museum Scavenger Hunt

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Uh-oh! A killer lurks among you…

…and they’re about to interrupt an otherwise normal team-building outing to your favorite history museum. Someone in your group—possibly on your own team—is a bit of a Jekyll and Hyde, and they’re plotting to make you history.

Fortunately, this game gives you a fighting a chance to prevent your own murder. Everyone in your group has been secretly poisoned, and the clock is ticking down on your time left to live. To save yourselves and get the antidote, all you have to do is complete various fun challenges and reveal the killer’s identity.

The killer has hidden their identity in a scavenger hunt at the history museum. Your team will solve a series of interlocking puzzles, decipher coded messages, and meet the conditions of creative, collaborative photo prompts.

Along the way, your team might…

  • Act your age with age-old artifacts.
  • Put your patriotism on display for all to see.
  • Interrogate sculptures and statues for clues.
  • Gape in wonderment at outdated technology.
  • Tackle a trivia quiz about famous murder mysteries.
  • Identify murderous movies and snippets of killer songs.

If your group loves escape-room games, they’ll love this history museum scavenger hunt. The game will also help you entertain a diverse group of people while boosting morale and teamwork. It’s perfect for a private party or a corporate team-building outing of any size.

A Kids Edition is also available, in which kids age 7 and up work with adults. It’s a great activity for a school field trip, birthday party, and more.

Contact us to learn more about the Murder Mystery Mayhem Scavenger Hunts—and find more fun!


The Murder Mystery Mayhem at the Zoo Scavenger Hunt

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Beware: there’s a killer behind that panda…

Your perfectly delightful team-building outing to the zoo is about to be spoiled: someone in your group is plotting to feed you to the lions, or have you hugged by a cobra, or perhaps sat on by a hippo. Because this person—possibly on your own team—is a bit of a Jekyll and Hyde.

This person now challenges you to prevent your own murder. Everyone in your group was fed a deadly venom with your lunch, and the clock is ticking down on your time left to live. To save yourselves and get the antidote, all you have to do is reveal the killer’s identity.

Easy, right? Not so fast: the killer has hidden their identity in a series of puzzles that are part of a scavenger hunt at the zoo. Your team must solve a series of interlocking puzzles, decipher coded messages, and meet the conditions of tricky photo challenges around the zoo.

Along the way, your team might…

  • Play monkey see, monkey do with a monkey.
  • Blend in with an animal known for camouflage.
  • Tackle a trivia quiz about famous murder mysteries.
  • Identify snippets of songs that feature animals.
  • Twist, and maybe shout, with snakes.

If your group loves escape-room games, they’ll love this zoo scavenger hunt. The game will also help you solve the mystery of how to entertain a diverse group of people while boosting morale and teamwork. It’s perfect for a private party or a corporate team-building outing of any size.

A Kids Edition is also available, in which kids age 7 and up work with adults. It’s a great activity for a school field trip, a birthday party, a family reunion, you name it.

What delighted clients are saying

“Everyone had a great time at the hunt! We are all still talking about it.” —an electrical engineer whose group played the game at the Houston Zoo

“A HUGE THANK YOU. Everyone had a BLAST and your hosts were FANTASTIC! Thank you so much for another great event!!” —an office coordinator in Los Angeles

“We had an amazing time and will be in touch for the next hunt we’d like to do in the near future! Tokia [the hunt host] was amazing, and we’d love to work with her again!!!” —an organizer for a group in Washington, DC

PLUS check out Watson Adventures on Google to see hundreds of 5-star reviews from delighted clients!

The hunt’s afoot! Contact us to learn more—and find more team-building fun at the zoo!


The Museum Strikes Back Scavenger Hunt

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A long time ago in a museum not so far away…

Explore worlds you never knew existed at the American Museum of Natural History as you and your team search for artifacts that echo the characters, creatures, and planets of the Star Wars movies.

Highlights include…

  • Bantha-sized beasts in the Hall of Mammals
  • Giant bugs as gross as Geonosians in the Hall of Biodiversity
  • Hunters as fearsome as Boba Fett in the Halls of African and Asian Peoples
  • An underwater world any Gungan could call home in the Hall of Ocean Life
  • Samurai who helped inspire the Jedi in the Hall of Asian Peoples

Is the Force strong with your team? It doesn’t matter—anyone can enjoy this game. It’s not an addition to or variation on the adventures of Luke, Leia, and Han. Instead, references to the movies will provide a surprising bridge to real-world history.

This hunt is suitable for ages 10 and up.


The New York History Mysteries Scavenger Hunt

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  • adults
  • kids
  • indoor

Time-travel to New York City’s past…

…by going on this whirlwind tour of the New-York Historical Society. It’s like the city’s attic of treasures. Your team will follow a trail of clues through the beautifully remodeled Luce Center, the Center for Women’s History, and an array of ever-changing special exhibits, as you search for answers to tricky, humorous questions about the cool things you discover.

The New-York Historical Society has asked us to stage this game for the general public more than 11 times since 2017. We always get a great turnout and an enthusiastic response. Keep your eyes on the NYHS website to find out when we will next team up with the museum!

But maybe you have a corporate group that needs a fun, stimulating, brain-scratching, team bonding activity right now. Good news: You can book this scavenger hunt for private groups almost anytime!

On the scavenger hunt you might search for such items as…

  • Tremendous timepieces with timeless appeal
  • An authentic replica of the Oval Office
  • Antique windup toys and trains
  • An instigating object in the Civil War Draft Riots
  • A panic on Wall Street between bulls and bears

No knowledge of the museum or New York history is needed: you just need sharp eyes and comfy shoes.

Special edition for kids and school groups

A Kids Edition for kids and adults to play together is also available for ages 7 and up. It’s a great way to introduce children to New York history and to the museum while having fun. If you’re bringing a school group to the museum for a field trip, the History Mysteries Scavenger Hunt for Kids helps teachers introduce explore the entire museum while entertaining the chaperones as much as the young hunters.

Get in the game!

Contact us to learn more—and find more fun in NYC!


The Secrets of Greenwich Village Scavenger Hunt for Kids

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  • kids
  • outdoor

Recommended by Time Out New York Kids and the New York Times!

Hidden history is revealed around every corner thanks to fun and funny questions. In this kids’ version of our classic Greenwich Village scavenger hunt, kids and adults work together to explore one of New York City’s most fascinating neighborhoods.

On teams, you might search twisty streets to discover such unusual sights as…

  • Mark Twain’s house and a connection to the Statue of Liberty a few doors down
  • Bats that aren’t afraid of daylight on a former courthouse
  • Places where Edgar Allan Poe lived, wrote, and got treated for a cold
  • “Chess pieces” that reveal where a famous artist played the game
  • A scorpion lurking in a pocket park
  • Skeletons and cats hanging out over your head
  • A high-up horse head that reveals a stable where musicians later played  

Our clever clues will take you to the right places to find the answers. No previous knowledge of the Village is required: you just need sharp eyes, comfy shoes, and good teamwork skills.

The hunt is intended for kids ages 7 and up, and each team must be accompanied by at least one adult. The game is a perfect activity for any school field trip, family get-together, birthday party, or other celebration.

What happy hunters are saying

“Watson Adventures helped my school plan an extremely adventurous day from start to finish. We had a unique experience around New York City, and everyone had a blast! Thank you!!! Can’t wait to do it again!” –A high school teacher


The Secrets of Wall Street Scavenger Hunt for Kids

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  • kids
  • outdoor

A downtown NYC adventure that will delight young hunters

Variety is the name of the game on this unique scavenger hunt. The oldest neighborhood in Manhattan is your playground, as adults and kids work together in teams to answer fun, funny questions about what they find from Wall Street down to the harbor.

One minute you’ll be exploring tiny, twisting streets that were laid out in Dutch times, the next you’ll burst into the open spaces of Battery Park and see the harbor and the Statue of Liberty. You’ll step inside a building featured in numerous movies. You’ll track down scorch marks left in a churchyard by fires during the Revolutionary War.

History is underfoot with every step! Other highlights include Federal Hall, Trinity Church, a giant bull, an 1812 fort, a buried building, the headquarters of Men in Black, and much more.

But no previous knowledge is required! All you need to win is sharp eyes, comfy shoes, and great teamwork.

Along the way, players will be challenged to take unusual team photos, designed to spur creativity and foster teamwork.

This scavenger hunt makes for a great school field trip, scout outing, family gathering, or other special occasion that both kids and adults will be talking about long afterward. Contact us to learn more—and find more fun for kids in downtown NYC!


The Secrets of the Jewish Lower East Side Scavenger Hunt

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  • adults
  • kids
  • outdoor

Explore the roots of Jewish culture in NYC  

See the most fascinating Jewish heritage locations before they disappear! Teams will answer tricky, fascinating questions about the places they discover, from Rivington Street to East Broadway, from Orchard Street to Essex Street.

You’ll see businesses hanging on against the onslaught of trendy cafés. You’ll find barely noticeable signs of Jewish groups on the faces of old buildings. You’ll see an active yeshiva and a synagogue that became a Buddhist temple. Your mouth will water at stores that still serve bialys, bagels, and kosher pickles.

This scavenger hunt is available in two editions: an adult hunt, and a Kids Edition that is designed for kids and adults to do together. Filled with historical tidbits and highlights, the game has been a big hit with student groups from yeshivas and synagogues.

Highlights include…

  • The former Forward newspaper headquarters
  • The site of the Garden Cafeteria, where the Jewish intelligentsia dined and kibitzed
  • Seward Park, site of the daily Chazir Mark, where laborers were hired…or idled
  • The birthplace of B’Nai B’rith
  • One of America’s most dazzling houses of worship, the Eldridge Street Synagogue
  • Essex Market, created to get peddlers and their pushcarts off the streets

What are players saying about the Jewish Lower East Side scavenger hunt?

A 5-star review on Yelp: “We recently did a scavenger hunt of the Lower East Side—what a great way to explore a different part of the city! It was educational and fun for both grown-ups and kids. We learned a lot about the neighborhood, and had fun doing it.”

“Thank you so much for setting up the hunt. The kids had a great time. I thought the questions were a combination of really simple and complicated. It also didn’t hurt that my group won! 🙂 Otherwise, the kids had a great time, got into it and enjoyed walking around and seeing the Lower East Side….At the end of the day, we ask [the students] to talk about something that was a highlight for them that day and many of the kids said the hunt was the highlight.” —a director of education for a student group from a temple

“It was wonderful and we would absolutely recommend it to others and perhaps do it again!” —an organizer of a group from a temple in New Jersey

“Yes, it was great!!” —from a high school for Jewish studies

“Loved it. Thank you for helping us out with a great event.” —from a social group of kids and adults

Contact us to learn more about this group game that celebrates the Jewish Lower East Side—and find more fun in NYC!


The SoHo Chocolatey Scavenger Hunt for Kids

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  • kids
  • outdoor

The perfect group activity for young chocoholics

If you can’t get enough of the sweet stuff, this is the hunt for you. Kids and adults work together to explore SoHo and indulge in some of the most decadent food Manhattan has to offer. While finding answers to tricky questions that combine treats and the area’s rich history, you’ll visit chocolate shops, bakeries, and specialty stores. Warning: hunting may make you work up an appetite!  

This kid-friendly version of the adult hunt features easier (but still fun) questions and a bit less walking. It’s suitable for ages 8 and up and makes for a great birthday-party activity.

A 5-star Yelp review: “The Soho Chocolatey hunt was the perfect activity for my daughter’s 10th birthday party! The clues were clever and fun for the adults as well as the kids, and our hunt guide was super organized and energetic. (The ‘mandatory’ chocolate sampling along the way was not bad, either.) Such a great way to get out and enjoy the city.”

Contact us to learn more about our Soho scavenger hunts—and find more fun with kids in NYC!


The Superpowers Scavenger Hunt

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  • adults
  • kids
  • outdoor

Conquer NYC like a super-hunter!

Your favorite superhero movies become reality on this epic journey through Midtown, where you’ll visit places that pop up in Marvel and DC Comics films. On teams, you’ll answer tricky and humorous questions about the secrets you uncover—and take creative group photos that show off your superpowers.

You might discover…

  • The battle zone where the Avengers fought off an alien invasion
  • The Fantastic Four’s headquarters
  • The tower where the Human Torch chased the Silver Surfer
  • A skyscraper that posed as Stark Tower
  • The spot where Peter Parker saw his uncle get killed in the first Spider-Man movie…and more

This scavenger hunt is a great way for kids and adults to explore Manhattan together—perfect for a birthday party or any other family outing.


The Times Square Grab ’n’ Go Scavenger Hunt

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  • adults
  • kids
  • outdoor

A classic scavenger hunt—with our signature twists!

If your company is in the Times Square area, prepared to be surprised by how many hidden, fascinating, and amusing sights you’ve missed, sometimes right below your feet. On teams, you’ll search for answer to tricky questions about hidden history in a variety of locations within blocks of the famous crossroads, between Sixth and Seventh Avenues.

Along the way you’ll need to keep your eyes open to complete unusual photo challenges, with bonus points for shots that show extra creativity. It’s a great way to get your collaborative juices flowing.

Highlights include…

  • An unmarked grate with a humming sound designed by an artist
  • Old-time movie palaces and legendary theaters
  • A buried time capsule outside a TV studio
  • Movie star caricatures in a famous restaurant, with a message from James Bond
  • A petrified silent-screen star peddling shoes

Keep an eye out for our Hunt Host, who’ll meet you for a surprise bonus challenge.

No knowledge of Times Square or midtown Manhattan is necessary: you just need sharp eyes and comfy shoes.

We promise: you’ll be amazed at what you discover, including the hidden talents of your teammates.

The International Edition is perfect for groups with players from around the world, with easier English and just as much fun.

What are people saying about the Times Square scavenger hunt?

A 5-star review on Google:Excellent bonding activity for a team outing! We had such an amazing time, everyone really enjoyed the hunt!” enthuses the leader of a group that did the Times Square scavenger hunt.

Ready to get in the game? Contact us to learn more about this midtown Manhattan team-building activity—and find more fun in NYC!


The Wax Attacks Scavenger Hunt for Kids

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  • kids
  • indoor

Recommended by Time Out New York Kids!

Party with the stars at Madame Tussauds wax museum, where you’ll mingle with celebs at a Hollywood party, brush elbows with presidents in a hall of fame, and pose for pictures with Tyra Banks, Carrie Underwood, Pharrell, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Jimmy Fallon, the Obamas, King Kong, and many more. Kids and adults work together in this surreal group activity to uncover answers to tricky, humorous questions.

This hunt is popular for birthday parties—and is a game in which the adults love the adventure every bit as much as the kids. You can enjoy explaining to each other who the celebrities are! (“Mom, who’s Mick Jagger?” “Son, who’s Selena Gomez?”)


The Whodunit at the Met Family Scavenger Hunt

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  • private
  • kids
  • indoor

Solve a murder at the Met? Get a clue!

In this mischievous mystery, kids and adults team up to search great works of art to expose a killer. The villain has created a scavenger hunt at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and if you can solve it, you’ll reveal his name, the weapon he used, and where he hid the body.

You’ll get images of suspects, weapons, and possible crime scenes that are all on display in the museum. By following the trail of clues and answering tricky questions, you’ll get closer and closer to solving this deadly puzzle, helping the police—and earning bragging rights for your team.

Discover one of our most popular Met Museum activities for kids

No knowledge of the museum or art is necessary: just bring your love of mystery and your teamwork skills. This hunt is for ages 10 and up. Each team must include at least one kid and one adult, with a maximum of six participants per team.

Contact us to learn more—and find more fun for kids in NYC!


The Wild Wildlife Scavenger Hunt for Kids

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  • kids
  • outdoor

If you can talk to the animals…

…you’ll be cheating on this surprising safari. Have a roaring good time with your favorite group of kids as you work together to solve clever puzzles while visiting curious creatures in their natural habitats. One minute you’ll be inside a tropical rain forest; the next, you’ll be peering across the African savannah. This scavenger hunt will help you create lasting memories—and cost you a lot less than an actual safari.

Our surprising Team Photo Challenges will encourage kids to get even more creative and provide hilarious souvenirs of your adventures. Monkey see, monkey do? You just might witness that phenomenon as your little monkeys try to get actual monkeys to smile for the camera!

Many school groups and birthday celebrants have found this scavenger hunt to be a great way to get even more fun out of an amazing zoo in a limited amount of time.

Kids must be accompanied by an adult, and vice versa. For ages 7 and up.

What happy hunters are saying about the Bronx Zoo scavenger hunt

A 5-star review on Google: “Watson Adventures was great! They made sure our group had a great time [at the Bronx Zoo]. Would definitely do it again.”

Another 5-star review on Google: “Orange Park and Recreation has participated in 2 Watson Adventures. The first was pre-pandemic at Grand Central and it was wonderful….We just did the Scavenger Hunt at Bronx Zoo and the kids loved it. Can’t wait to book another for the fall!!!! The customer service is excellent. So easy to deal with and very quick responding. Try them out, you won’t be disappointed.”

Contact to learn more about our Bronx Zoo scavenger hunts—and find more fun for kids in NYC!


The Wild Wildlife Scavenger Hunt for Kids at the Central Park Zoo

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  • kids
  • outdoor

An exciting idea for a birthday party or field trip

Kids and adults work together to explore the Central Park Zoo and its vicinity on a scavenger hunt for ages 7 and up. On teams, you’ll follow clues and earn points by sticking out your tongue at a rude animal, learning to speak Red Panda, fishing for piranhas, and meeting Betty and Veronica. You’ll see grizzly bears, snow leopards, birds and bats flying through an indoor jungle, and plenty of penguins and puffins, to name just a few of the animals.

Kids must be accompanied by an adult, and vice versa.


The Wizard School Scavenger Hunt

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  • private
  • adults
  • kids
  • indoor

Follow in the footsteps of young wizards…

…on a magical trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in search of art that echoes characters, places, and enchanted objects in the famed Harry Potter books and movies. On teams, you’ll collaborate to track down a powerful sorceress, a Snape-like potions master, flying owls and dragons, Hagrid-like giants, centaurs and unicorns like those you’d see in the Forbidden Forest, strange mermaids and sharks that seem straight out of the Triwizard Tournament, fierce knights in armor, and cloaked and masked figures as scary as any Death Eater or Dementor.

Not just a Harry Potter fans scavenger hunt

Both wizards and muggles (i.e., people who aren’t Potter experts) can play and enjoy this game. Everyone will discover unusual images that will surprise and delight. The hunt is not an addition to or variation on Harry’s adventures; instead, references to the books will provide a bridge to many surprising and spectacular works of art. It’s a great birthday-party activity for your favorite Harry Potter fan. 

Join us for a hunt for the general public on weekends (all-adult teams compete separately) or contact us about a private hunt for your group—and find more wizarding fun!


The Wizard School Scavenger Hunt 2: The Museum of Magical History

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  • adults
  • kids
  • indoor

Embark on an amazing wizarding adventure…

…where you’ll search for exhibits that echo characters, places, and enchanted objects in the books and movies of the Harry Potter universe. Be prepared to track otherworldly creatures through a forbidden (rain) forest, dance with Hagrid-like giants, encounter a cute cousin of dragons, stalk hunters scarier than any Auror, and more.

Both wizards and muggles can play and enjoy this game. The hunt is not an addition to or variation on Harry’s adventures. Instead, references to the books will provide a surprising bridge to many strange and wonderful museum exhibits. It’s a great way to discover—or rediscover—the museum.

This hunt was inspired by our popular Wizard School Scavenger Hunt at the Met, but it’s not a sequel. You don’t have to complete one to play the other.

For ages 10 and up. It’s a great hunt for kids and adults to work together on the same team, or as a fun romp for all-adult teams. At least one adult must accompany all teams with kids.


The Grab ’n’ Go Anywhere Scavenger Hunts

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  • adults
  • kids
  • outdoor

Fun games with humorous twists!

If you’re looking for a good, old-fashioned scavenger hunt, we have one—with very unusual challenges that will exercise your brain and tickle your funny bone. Your tasks may involve strange uses for food, new lyrics for old songs, people in any kind of uniform, strangers wearing valuable words, secrets about local landmarks, and more. If you’ve been on scavenger hunts where you’ve had to collect boring things like clothespins and obscure CDs, you’re in for a surprise and a treat.

Teams fan out to tackle such challenges as…

Take unusual team photos

Get creative and keep your eyes open as you explore your area and try to meet the requirements of diverse “photo op” challenges. Everyone has to get into the picture (except the person holding the camera, of course). We’ve designed them to allow room for creativity while also delivering dramatic visuals (not just shots of people standing around, smiling and pointing). You might be asked to demonstrate a group member’s superhuman powers. Or treat a staircase as if it’s a carnival ride. Or photobomb another team.

Participants use their smartphone cameras and our browser-based app. You’ll get to see the other players’ pictures and download them afterward.

Find or create unusual items

As in a classic scavenger hunt, you’ll have to locate or create unusual items. But in our version, you might encounter these tricky tests: Can you create and name an amazing new food by combining two unlikely foods? How about an appropriate trophy for the hunt winners? Three items that rhyme? Something improved by being broken? You’ll be surprised by the results that come from great teamwork.

Crack a code to decipher a mystery message

Your hunt materials will include a bizarrely coded message. What the heck does it say? To crack the code, you’ll need to solve crafty, fun puzzles, involving a trivia questions, pop music, and a “pigpen cipher.” Can you piece together the key that unlocks the mystery message?

Locate the Hunt Host for a surprise bonus challenge

At a designated spot in the hunt area, the Host will be waiting for you, ready to spring a tricky, humorous visual puzzle for you to ponder. It could involve unusual celebrity pairings…or musical snippets…or international maps…or strangely altered art.

Go on a scavenger hunt anywhere, with versions and themes to suit your group

Go Deluxe: Let us tailor the hunt to your needs. Tell us what you want to highlight and we’ll weave it into the game. Perhaps someone you want to celebrate? A theme or slogan for a new campaign? Hidden talents in your group? Talk to us! We like a challenge.

Care to take a bite out of crime? Check out the Murder Mystery Mayhem Scavenger Hunt.

The hunts are available in International Editions, for hunters whose first language is not English. They are also available in Spanish, as well as in other select languages.

A Grab ’n’ Go Scavenger Hunt for Kids challenges youngsters and adults to work together to tackle challenges appropriate for ages 7 and up. It’s the perfect activity for birthday parties, bar/bat mitzvahs, family reunions, school field trips, summer-camp outings—you name it.

For a snack-tastic adventure, the Grab ’n’ Go Food Edition features food-themed Collect & Create and Photo Challenges.

And young Harry Potter fans will be cheating if they use their wands and other magical powers on the Wizards & Witches Scavenger Hunt, for ages 7 and up.

What happy clients are saying

“The Grab ’n’ Go Scavenger Hunt was so much fun! All of the teams were engaged and working together. We couldn’t have asked for a better team-building and celebration event.” –Brittney Gallardo, Office Manager/Executive Assistant, Texture by Next Issue Media

A 5-star review on Google: “We hired Watson Adventures to host the Grab ‘n’ Go scavenger hunt for a teambuilding event in our local downtown area. We chose to pay for an on-site host and it was well worth it. Kim, the host, was fantastic, well organized, very helpful with the game app, and added even more fun to the game with opportunities to earn extra points. Our team had a blast!! We thoroughly enjoyed getting out from in front of our computers to spend time together in this fun and creative environment!”

A 5-star review on Yelp: “I planned a surprise custom scavenger hunt for my fiancé’s birthday last year and it was so much fun! Tara was a pleasure to work with and incredibly accommodating with all of my requests. The event host was equally wonderful. We all had a blast. I wish I had more reasons to plan scavenger hunts!”

Contact us to learn more about the Grab ’n’ Go Scavenger Hunts—and find more fun wherever you are!


Birthday Bash Blowout! An Outdoor Birthday Party Scavenger Hunt

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  • adults
  • kids
  • teens
  • outdoor

Turn your outdoor birthday party into an adventure!

Celebrate someone’s BIG DAY by bringing together friends and family on a fast-paced, fun outdoor birthday scavenger hunt. On teams, you’ll tackle a series of challenges that stretch your creativity, foster connections, and tickle the humerus (that’s the funny bone, right?).

Challenges that honor the Birthday Celebrant

  • Take team photos, many of which pay tribute to the Birthday Celebrant—providing keepsakes to share after the game
  • Find or create objects that test how well you know the Birthday Celebrant
  • Answer trivia and decode a mystery message honoring the Birthday Celebrant
  • Connect with our Hunt Host for a surprise bonus challenge

Our live Hunt Host keeps the game going and everyone laughing and sharing. Depending on your location and your preference, our Hunt Host can conduct the game in person, or can the Host can meet the teams on Zoom at the start and finish of the game, as text the teams during the game.

Players use our custom, browser-based app for all parts of the game.

Customize the outdoor birthday party to suit your celebrant

For an additional fee we can customize the game to the particular interests, enthusiasms, and even humorous dislikes of the Birthday Celebrant. We’ll send you questions about the celebrant and then incorporate them in creative ways into the challenges.

In addition to the version for adults, a Kids Edition is available for ages 12 and up.

What clients are saying about our outdoor birthday party scavenger hunt

“I planned a surprise customs scavenger hunt for my fiancé’s birthday last year, and it was so much fun! Watson Adventures was a pleasure to work with and incredibly accommodating with all of my requests. The event host was equally wonderful. We all had a blast. I wish I had more reasons to plan scavenger hunts!” —a reviewer on Yelp

“Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Saturday was a huge success. The kids had a blast and Eric, the host, was fun and in total control. I could not have come close to giving [our son] as awesome a birthday without your help. You’re the best party coordinators ever!” —a survey response from a parent

Contact us to learn more—and let us make your birthday celebration one of the most memorable you’ll ever enjoy!


Heroes & Villains Super Powers Grab ‘n’ Go Scavenger Hunt

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  • adults
  • kids
  • indoor
  • outdoor

Show Off Your Heroic Side

Calling all caped crusaders, mighty mutants, and strange visitors from other planets! Gather your super friends for an imaginative, empowered adventure. Whether you live in a mighty metropolis or a small town, team up for a super hero scavenger hunt—and take on challenges that bring out the superpowers and secret talents in everyone.

Your Super Teams Will Have To…

• Take Unusual Team Photos: Complete hero- and villain-themed photo prompts. Perfect your heroic poses, hold up tall buildings with a single hand, defeat your arch-enemies, and more.

• Collect & Create Interesting Items: As in a traditional scavenger hunt, this game tasks your league of extraordinary players with finding or cobbling together certain things. You might need your own super logo, an object you smashed with your super strength, or a key to the city!

• Decode a Mysterious Message: Is a bald professor recruiting you to join his fancy school? Is a galactic menace coming to devour the earth? You’ll never know unless you crack the code and reveal the message.

• Join the Hunt Host for a Surprise Challenge: Not even a supreme sorcerer or cosmically powered telepath can predict the fun puzzle in store for your avenging heroes.

Contact us to learn more about this awesome super hero scavenger hunt. Your super-powered adventure awaits!


The Murder Mystery Mayhem Scavenger Hunt

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  • adults
  • kids
  • outdoor

Beware: there’s a killer in your midst

Someone playing this game with you is a bit of a Jekyll and Hyde. His or her good side knows nothing about the evil side—and the evil side has challenged you to prevent your own murder. Everyone in your group has been poisoned, and the clock is ticking down on your time left to live. To reveal the killer’s identity, you’ll have to complete a series of photo challenges, solve interlocking puzzles, decipher coded text messages, and more. If you succeed, you get the antidote. If you fail…well, you know.

If you love escape-room games, you’ll love this murder mystery scavenger hunt. But even better, you won’t be locked in a room for an hour: this game can be played almost anywhere. 

An in-person murder mystery for any location!

We have a variety of versions, depending on where you want to play. Such as…

  • A city, town, or neighborhood
  • A science or history museum
  • A zoo or aquarium
  • An office building
  • A school or campus

A murder mystery scavenger hunt perfect for team building

Here’s a game that will help you solve the mystery of how to entertain a diverse group of people while boosting morale and teamwork. It’s perfect for any private party or a corporate team-building outing of any size. Our clients who have enjoyed this game include T-Mobile, TD Bank, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Michigan in Washington, and others too numerous to mention.

What delighted clients are saying

“Everyone had a great time at the hunt! We are all still talking about it.” —an electrical engineer whose group played the game at the Houston Zoo

“A HUGE THANK YOU. Everyone had a BLAST and your hosts were FANTASTIC! Thank you so much for another great event!!” —an office coordinator in Los Angeles

“We had an amazing time and will be in touch for the next hunt we’d like to do in the near future! Tokia [the hunt host] was amazing, and we’d love to work with her again!!!” —an organizer for a group in Washington, DC

The hunt’s afoot! Contact us to learn more—and find more team-building fun anywhere!


The Wizards & Witches Scavenger Hunt for Kids

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  • kids
  • outdoor

An adventure Harry Potter fans will love

Journey to an enchanted world without ever leaving your hometown, on a scavenger hunt that features a variety of challenges that might remind you of Harry and friends. On teams of six, kids search for objects that young witches and wizards would use at a school such as Hogwarts. They’ll also take Team Photos that let them demonstrate their magic skills or show off the effects of spells.

Though the challenges may call to mind aspects of the Harry Potter books and movies, no knowledge of them is required whatsoever. So if, say, you’re throwing a birthday party for the world’s biggest Potter fan, he or she will be thrilled, while friends who know little or nothing about the boy wizard will still have a blast.

This hunt is recommended for ages 7 and up. The minimum rate is $700 for up to 20 people.

Contact us to learn more about this scavenger hunt for kids who wish they could go to Hogwarts—and find more wizarding fun right in your hometown!


Escape to the Museum Virtual Scavenger Hunt for Kids

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  • kids
  • teens
  • indoor

Explore Museums All over the Country—at Home!

Round up your teammates for an online adventure that challenges you to explore museum websites in search of the craziest, zaniest, secret-and-surprise-stuffed-fulliest (is that a word?) exhibits you’ve ever seen outside of your dreams. You’ll follow tricky clues on different museum websites and answer humorous question about what you uncover.

No knowledge of any particular museum is required: you just need sharp eyes, sharp wits, sharp teammates, and sharp pencils. Wait: sharp pencils not required, because you’ll be reading the clues and answering the questions in our spiffy app, bursting with links and hints and sound effects and other fun stuff.

Virtual scavenger hunt highlights include…

  • Sue the T. rex at the Field Museum in Chicago
  • A tour of the Texas State Aquarium with a sloth
  • A bison stampede at the Milwaukee Public Museum
  • The Space Shuttle Discovery at the Air & Space Museum
  • Vintage arcade games at San Francisco’s Musée Méchanique

The game is suitable for ages 10 and up, and we recommend at least one adult per team. This virtual scavenger hunt is a great way to connect with family, friends or classmates. Contact to learn more about a private game for your group!


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