Whether you create an "Indiana Jones"-themed treasure hunt as the grand finale for a birthday party or an event of its own, you have many ideas to choose from. Incorporate imagery from the movies to bring imaginations alive as guests jump past snakes, dodge spiders and finally find the treasure they seek.
Obstacle Course Hunt
Build an obstacle course in the yard and plant clues along the way. Lead the hunt into your garage or a treed area where you can hide the treasure box filled with jewels, coins and artifacts. For children, look for imitation jewelry, which you can find at craft and other discount stores. Add chocolate coins and candy in silver and gold wrapping. Obstacles you can use include tunnels, climbing areas, hurdles and other items that require jumping over and rolling over or crawling through. Additionally, set up a taste-test area of strange foods. Be sure to tuck your clues in visible areas.
For larger areas, create an "Indiana Jones"-themed treasure hunt with an old map. Depending on the number of participants, you can either cut one map into several pieces or divide guests into two groups, with maps that lead to two different treasures. Tailor the hunt according to the terrain (beach, forested area, park or backyard). Hang plastic spiders from branches and have guests hunt for a certain number of rubber snakes. Once they have found enough snakes from consulting the map, they can move to the next phase of the hunt to find the missing treasure. To hide the treasure, cut out the middle of an old book and fill it with plastic or chocolate coins.
Arm guests with an Indiana Jones-style bag (a messenger bag across the shoulder), a shovel and a fedora. Divide a sandbox into as many areas as there are guests. Plant "artifacts," "bones" and "gemstones" in the sand, close to the surface for younger kids and deeper for older kids. Have participants draw numbers to determine who gets to dig in which spot. Include plastic skulls, necklaces, rings, small pottery, plastic goblets and other items. While you can find plastic versions of jewelry, older kids will appreciate the authenticity of costume jewelry found inexpensively at secondhand stores.
Snakes and Bugs
Gross your guests out with a treasure hunt using snakes, bugs and gooey substances. Hide a collection of foil-covered coins in bowls of green gelatin with slimy gummy worms and plastic bugs. Set up a kids' swimming pool and fill it with rubber snakes and coins. Or, give coins to guests who win games or fill a skull-shaped pinata with coins. When they have found a certain number of coins, the coins can be traded for treasure. Ideal treasure options include binoculars, fedoras, T-shirts, Indiana Jones DVDs and other treasures.
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