I don't have a birthday party for Micah every year. Some years I let him choose his adventure for the day, traveling to the places he would like to visit. But, this was the year for a party. I thought about hosting it at a kid-friendly venue since my apartment is so small. As the days creeped along and a decision was needed I gathered my confidence and said "I can do this!" My apartment may be small, but my yard is huge.
The Theme? A Treasure Hunt! Starting with these buried treasure cupcakes, I was ready to document this super organized "ground breaking" adventure. Sadly, the documenting stops here.
Oh well. Here are some remnants I gathered post-party:
My idea came from the e-book from here, though I still had to spend many, many hours changing it to my liking. Still, the layout and overall idea was helpful. Basically, I split 17 kids into 4 teams. Each team traveled around the world in different directions to complete 5 missions in 5 different cities. The missions were fun games that challenged different aspects - speed, brain, agility & teamwork. Along the way they individually collected stamps depending on their performance. The Black Plague threatened to wipe out a stamp if they misbehaved (black marker). One adult helper was needed to supervise each mission station. I also set up a waiting area where the kids could wait if another team was at the mission they needed to go to next.
At the end of each mission they collected a clue which could not be opened until the end. When the teams finished traveling the world they put their clues together and then joined clues with the other teams to form one big clue, leading them all to the hidden treasure map. After digging a couple holes in the wrong places, they finally found the treasure - which was padlocked to avoid problems. The loot contained grab-bag gifts, all wrapped. The kids got to pick blindly and the order was chosen according to the number of stamps they earned.
Not as cool as finding a real treasure as I used to dream about as a kid, but maybe the next best thing...