Ten Fun Scavenger Hunt Ideas for Your Kids

Do your kids complain that there’s nothing to do?

Want to liven things up with a fun activity that can be done anytime, anywhere, for the cost of a few trinkets or treats?

Send them on a scavenger hunt! Whether you have one child or a large group, it’s an easy way to add fun to an ordinary day and beat the boredom blues. And you can turn almost anything into a scavenger hunt!

In this article you’ll find 10 scavenger hunt ideas (with printable checklists) that you can do right now with your kids. And I’ll share tips and tricks to help you create your own scavenger hunt anytime, anywhere.

10 scavenger hunt ideas (with printable checklists) to do right now with your kids. Tips and tricks to help you create your own scavenger hunt anytime, anywhere.

Why a Scavenger Hunt?

Scavenger hunts are fun! They add something extra to ordinary events and make them memorable.

They’re easy to create and can be tailored to any theme, any age, any place. Scavenger hunts are usually thought of for parties or other large groups, but they’re just as fun for small families or even individual children.

A scavenger hunt adds an element of competition, urgency and excitement to any everyday event and makes it something special. They’re great for parties, but equally fun for rainy days, car trips, visits to new places, meeting new people or any time kids get bored. You can make almost anything—even chores—into a game by turning it into a scavenger hunt.

I’ll show you how…

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5 Daddy Date and Mommy Date Ideas for Quality Time With Each of Your Kids

Are your kids shouting over their siblings, clamoring for your undivided attention?

Do they crave a little one-on-one fun time with you?

Time to schedule a daddy date or mommy date with your child!

We asked top parenting bloggers about their best ideas for spending individual time with your children.

In this article, I’ll share five ideas for planning special “dates” with your kids and a few tips to help you make room in your schedule.

Five ideas for planning special one-on-one

Why Take Your Kid on a Date?

Your kids crave alone-time with you. It makes them feel special to have you all to themselves.

You know how important it is—and you love it too—but it can be hard to find the time!

What with work, school, homework and activities, how does a busy parent do it? And if you can find the time, how do you shake things up a little?

We had the same questions, so we asked some busy parenting bloggers to share their tips on making time and finding the right activities.

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How to Have a Nature Photo Scavenger Hunt: A to Z Style

Want your kids to focus on the real world and less on the imaginary worlds in their video games?

Looking for a fun outdoor activity that doesn’t take a lot of time to plan?

Hand your kids a camera and head outside for an outdoor activity you can do together. Give it a shot—you may find that your kids like to play with your camera almost as much as their electronic games and gadgets.

In this article I’ll show you how quick and easy it is to plan an A to Z photo scavenger hunt that will get your family outside exploring your neighborhood or park and begging to stay out longer.

How to plan an A to Z photo scavenger hunt that will get your family outside exploring your neighborhood or park and begging to stay out longer.

Why an A to Z Scavenger Hunt?

Scavenger hunts are a great way to engage with your kids, but the thought of all the intensive preparation—the maps, checklists and other considerations—can be enough to stop you before you begin. My Kids’ Adventures makes scavenger hunts and treasure hunts easy. And this A to Z scavenger hunt is the easiest one yet! For most families, the school year is busy! There are so many things to get done: homework, reading, car pools and after-school activities all go by in a blur, leaving not much time for fun family activities. An outdoor letter scavenger hunt helped our family get outside doing something fun together without any preparation or mess. I wanted to share it with your family, too.

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How to Do a Library Scavenger Hunt Your Kids Will Love

Do your kids recognize your local library from the outside, but not the inside?

Has your family forgotten all the interesting things that a library can hold?

If your kids are like mine, you likely hear a round of “Awwww, Mom!” when you suggest a trip to the library to find some books.

But the public library can be a goldmine of fun discoveries for your curious little ones—not to mention a great outing when the weather is bad.

In this article I’ll show you how to explore your local library with your kids through a fun, engaging game they will adore.

Library scavenger hunt: how to explore your local library with your kids through a fun, engaging game they will adore.

Why a Library Scavenger Hunt?

As parents, we know the value of reading and developing a love of books. But sometimes getting your kids to appreciate the world of books can take a bit of creativity.

By introducing a game where your kids compete against each other and earn points for discovering library resources, you can gently nudge them into the world of literature without being pushy.

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7 Ways to Make An Art Museum Visit Fun for Kids

Do your kids race through museums with barely a glimpse at the art?

Do they spend more time in the gift shop than the galleries?

Give them a reason to stop and look, a mystery to solve, a connection to make with a masterpiece and they may start to appreciate art.

In this article I’ll show you 7 fun ways to get your kids to slow down and take a look at what’s in the art museum.

They may not become art aficionados in one visit, but they might just find something that captures their interests or inspires their imaginations.

Art museum fun: get your kids to slow down and look at what's in an art museum that will capture their interests and inspire their imaginations.

How Can I Get My Kids to Appreciate an Art Museum?

Art appreciation can be a hard sell for kids (and many grownups, too). Art is old and sometimes weird. Museums are big and quiet. How does a kid who only has 5 or 10 or a dozen years of experience in the world make a connection with something so intimidating?

The key is to get your kids somehow to own the experience of a trip to the art museum.

I’ll show you how.

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How to Turn Community Cleanup Into a Fun Scavenger Hunt

Can you think of somewhere in your neighborhood that’s looking nasty and neglected?

Is your park, playground or beach looking less than perfect?

For less than an hour of your time, your family can make a big and visible improvement to your little corner of the world.

And you may just have some fun while you’re doing it.

In this article, I’ll show you how to inject an element of entertainment and competition into a dirty job—picking up trash.

You’ll see how easy it is to plan a community service project with a twist… or a list. A scavenger hunt list, that is.

Cleanup scavenger hunt: how to inject an element of entertainment and competition into a dirty job—picking up trash.

Why Should We Clean Up the Trash?

We all teach our kids not to litter. We keep our homes and our yards clean and try to keep our neighborhoods nice. But unfortunately, trash tends to collect, especially in public areas.

I’ll bet you can think of a place right now that’s looking nasty and neglected… Got one?

There are lots of good reasons to clean that place up. It may not be your job, but it is where you live and helping to keep it nice and safe will benefit a lot of people. Plus, volunteering to clean it up sends a great message to your kids. Maybe it will motivate them to clean up their rooms (or maybe not!).

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Top 10 Kids Activities Websites: Your Guide to Kid Fun, Offline

Are your kids bored?

Looking for some inspiration to bring offline play and fun back to your family?

The editorial team of My Kids’ Adventures has discovered just what you need.

Read on for a list of our 10 favorite sites for awesome kids’ adventures…

Kids Activities Websites: discover 10 activities we found that will help you and your kids find adventures unplugged and away from electronics.

Why Offline Play?

Kids’ adventures come in all shapes and sizes.

Children find adventure in science, food, the great outdoors and so much more.

Though we’re living in an age when many kids like to spend time with their gadgets and video games, our favorite adventures are those that happen offline, together as a family.

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How to Turn Trips to The Store Into Adventures for Your Kids

Are your errand days excruciating, with kids complaining and nagging about going from store to store?

Do you rush through your shopping, trying to finish before the kids melt down?

Tired of hearing, “are we done yet?”

What if there was a way to get your kids excited about running errands? To make them beg to go out shopping?

In this article I’ll teach you how to turn your weekly chores into a fun challenge game that will hold your kids’ interest until you get home.

It may even help with their math skills and teach them to be smarter consumers, but we’ll keep that between us!

Errand adventure: turn your shopping chores into a fun challenge, hold your kids' interest, improve their math skills and teach them to be smarter consumers.

Why Play an Errand Day Game?

Running errands is just one of those things you have to do—a necessary part of life. When your kids complain and fuss, the chore becomes even worse.

I’ll teach you how my family was able to transform a day of drudgery into a fun filled family day of play with a simple game and how you can do the same.

You’ll still have to get your shopping done, but when the kids are happy, you’ll be happy, too, and the task will be much more pleasant.

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How Chalk Plus Water Equals Hours of Outdoor Fun for Kids

Do you have a sidewalk nearby?

Got chalk and water?

Then you have the makings of a fun activity to get your kids outdoors.

In this article I’ll show you how to turn a few hours outside into a chalk art extravaganza.

All for the price of a box of sidewalk chalk.

Chalk art: draw outside and discover how chalk works on different surfaces, learn about layering and blending colors and how water changes the picture.

Why Chalk Art With Water?

Chalk art combined with water is a simple idea that requires little planning and is practically free but yields priceless rewards.

It combines three things kids love most: water, drawing and imagination.

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3 Road Trip Games to Keep Your Kids Busy During The Ride

Are your kids easily bored in the car?

Does the thought of driving anywhere without fully charged iPads make your blood run cold?

Are you looking for ideas to keep your kids occupied while on the road?

Read on for the solution to the car trip crazies.

In this article, I’ll show you 3 games that your family can play in the car to beat the boredom of a long trip (or even a short one).

Discover 3 road trip games that will provide unique opportunities for you to connect as family and keep active kids occupied.

Let’s be honest, it’s a challenge to keep active kids occupied in the car, even for the most patient among us.

What are we to do?

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