As anyone that travels with kids knows, keeping the little ones interested and engaged while sightseeing can be a daunting task. My kids enjoy architecture and exploring the twists and turns of new cities, but like most kids, their attention span is limited.
When I was approached about reviewing the Scavenger Hunt Adventures series, I was intrigued but a little skeptical. Could a book really help keep my kids excited about sightseeing?
What are Scavenger Hunt Adventures?
Scavenger Hunt Adventures guides young explorers through the popular sites of cities and engages them in sightseeing through spy-themed scavenger hunts. Children learn about destinations through fun activities and captivating stories. They get points for completing each mission, i.e, finding the landmark or hidden symbol or tasting a new food. If they complete the mission by earning 100 points, you can send away for a Special Agent Certificate.
What kid doesn’t get excited about the earning points and getting a “prize?”
Along the way, kids and parents will learn interesting historical facts about the city and visit not only the popular destinations, but some of the little known areas as well .
Scavenger Hunt Adventures Series Book Review:
We used the Mission Barcelona book on our recent trip to Spain. My 8 and 10 year olds both thought it was a cool way to explore. They were eager to earn points for completing their “missions” and learned a lot about Barcelona in the process.
The kids were intrigued with the legend of Saint Jordi and how he slayed the evil dragon and rescued the princess. They were forced to keep a sharper eye as we explored and took notice of details that we would have passed right by had we not been following along with the book.
We downloaded the Kindle version of Mission Barcelona on my iPad and iPhone. We read the book on the iPad prior to our trip, so the kids would know what to expect. It’s a quick read. We completed the book after just three short sessions.
Once in Barcelona, we let the mission be our guide. We didn’t complete everything in order, but completed several missions in a row as the book took us from La Ramba to the waterfront. The kids also made mental notes of the “anytime missions” such as foods they needed to try and the symbols they needed to be on the lookout for during our explorations.
We used the notes app on my phone to keep track of points. The kids had me keep a running tab on points earned as each mission was completed.
A peek inside Mission Rome:
I plan to purchase a book each time we visit a new destination or even an old one. Mission London or Mission Rome will likely be next on my shopping list. We’ve traveled to DC many times, but I’m sure there will be new adventures for my family even in a town we know well. It’s a great way to make something old, new again!
I was provided with a copy of the book to review. No other compensation was received. All opinions are 100% my own and may differ from others.