Find Waldo Before He’s Gone!

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Inadvertantly, my kids and I had the joy of participating  in the Where’s Waldo Search with Wild Rumpus.  While we were there on our playdate, they were alerted to the quest to find Waldo, and suddenly, all of us were walking back and forth all around the 43rd and Upton intersections looking for the elusive Waldo.

It was the end of the day, and I was  tired.  My kids, on the other hand, suddenly had the energy of an entire bottle of Mountain Dew running through their veins.  Not that they had had any Mountain Dew, but the adrenaline pumping through their veins was like that of a caffeine rush.  So it was all I could do, just to paste a smile on my face and keep moving.

Honestly, I didn’t think the hunt would be that exciting, but I couldn’t have been more wrong.

The search?  It was fun.


It helped that my kids played smart. As we entered each business and before they took time to search for Waldo, they plowed into the store, straight up to the clerk, and asked for a clue.  Up and down the blocks, across streets, and back to Wild Rumpus we ran.

We didn’t get much for the bare minimum (finding Waldo in 8 stores), but we did get something (a Waldo button and a $1 coupon for a Waldo book).  And it wasn’t so much the prize as it was the thrill of the search.  It was a lot more fun than I thought it would be!

I highly recommend this activity for your family.  It keeps you moving and engaged.

Where’s Waldo is coming to a close at the end of July, and this is the last weekend you can take advantage of this super fun experience.  You and your family can find Waldo for  Wild Rumpus in Minneapolis or for Red Balloon Bookshop in St. Paul.  Also, don’t miss the Waldo Parties at the end of the month to celebrate your success in finding that clever Waldo!

Red Balloon Bookshop Where’s Waldo? Celebration on Wednesday, July 30, 6:00 pm.
Wild RumpusWaldo Celebration on Thursday, July 31 at 6pm

Excelsior Bay Books is also hosting a Summer Scavenger Hunt.  It began in June and is ending this Saturday, July 26.   Based on the book Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo, search for Ulysses in many area businesses collecting stamps or initials on the Scavenger Hunt Sheet (pick it up at Excelsior Bay Books).  After you have collected 20 proofs that you found Ulysses, return to Excelsior Bay Books for your prize.

Come on Saturday for the Holy Bagumba Party from 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. Meet Kate DiCamillo, play games, get prizes, eat party food, enjoy a vacuum cleaner parade and lots of fun, fool-hearted folly!


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About the author

Gianna Kordatzky

I am married to the craziest, most awesome man I know. We have four kids--Ranging in ages from 5-10. You can learn more about my life as a mother and wife at .

I love to throw parties and be with friends. I love to read my Bible and grow closer to God. I love to eat and exercise. I have learned to love coffee.
And I could really use a nap.

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