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Hosting a Kid-Friendly Scavenger Hunt

by Visit Corpus Christi Texas

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Want to show your kids Corpus Christi from a new perspective? Host a scavenger hunt! This is a great way to get the kids (and adults!) in your family involved in a fun and educational experience.

These scavenger hunt tips and ideas will get the whole family involved in the search:

Give Hints

Providing some hints for your kids to ponder will have them relying on the knowledge they’ve gathered since they arrived in Corpus Christi! Start with difficult hints and slowly make them easier if your kids are struggling to find their target.

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Create Your List

Choose iconic Corpus Christi landmarks for the kids to find. You may need to help them find some of them as you guide them around town, but group participation makes it even more fun!

Here are some examples of hints and locations you can use for your scavenger hunt:

  • Give clues such as “museum surrounded by blue”, “carrier of war heroes” and “United States Ship”. These hints will put your kids aboard the USS Lexington Museum on the Bay.
  • “She’s 1,000-years-old”, “‘Branches out into Goose Island State Park” - these clues should help guide your kids to the Big Tree located in Goose Island Park. Making the Big Tree at Goose Island Park sound like a real person should confuse your kids long enough to make this hunt a real challenge!
  • Leave hints like “overlook of the flower”, “Not the Queen of Texas but the Queen of Tejano” and possibly the lyrics to some of Selena’s most popular songs if your children are particularly musical. Hints like these will lead your kids directly into the arms of the Selena Memorial.
  • Hints like “Kemp’s ridley” and “buried treasure eggs” will help lead your kids directly to the Padre Island National Seashore where they’ll find the Kemp’s ridley sea turtles and wrecks from Spanish ships.

Set the Rules

Explain the rules to your kids before the hunt begins. If you want to make it a competition, make sure you split them up into teams ahead of time. All team members must stay with their team - this rule will help keep everyone together and prevent younger players from getting lost.

Determine how your kids will document their findings. If you create a photo scavenger hunt, make sure your kids are outfitted with cameras of their own to snap the images. Or you can leave a small object at each of the locations for your kids to locate. A photo scavenger hunt is a great way to have your kids participate in creating a family vacation photo album!

Provide a Reward

No matter the result of the scavenger hunt, everyone can be a winner with a sweet treat at the end of the hunt! Take the kids to one of Corpus Christi’s best spots for sweet ice creamy treats or offer a Corpus Christi shopping trip to whoever finishes their scavenger hunt in full.

This is a fun and easy way to get the kids off their phones and into the fun! For more destination ideas for your scavenger hunt, check out our trip ideas at Visit Corpus Christi.


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