Monday, June 13, 2011

Topeka Treasure Hunt 2011

The 3rd Annual Topeka Treasure Hunt is now! We're very proud to be a part of it. This is our second year participating in the hunt. It's a fun way to explore the city, and find some unique locations throughout Topeka. If you'd like to join in on the hunt, you can stop by the Visit Topeka office at 1275 SW Topeka Blvd. The office is open Monday - Friday, 7:45 a.m. - 5 p.m. You can pick up your free treasure packet there, along with the first clue. Each location you stop at has a treasure box holding your next clue. At each stop you need to take a photo, which you can place in your free album that comes in your packet. The Treasure hunt will need to be completed by July 26th!

We enjoyed finding new places to visit, but found that the hunt was a little bit too easy this time. The clues were not as challenging as last year, and you weren't even required to visit each place. They made it easier this year by putting a poster in the window displaying your next clue, so you can move on quickly. Last year when we hunted, if the store or location was not open, your hunt would end for the day. I actually found this more enjoyable because you were required to visit everything. I believe that was the whole point of the hunt.

Even with the hunt being easier, we did still really enjoy ourselves. We found a couple new places we hadn't been before, and even visited some we had already been to.

I would encourage you, if you've never done the Topeka Treasure Hunt, start now and don't bother reading the rest of this post. If you do, it will spoil the answers for you!

We stopped in at Bradley's Corner Cafe for a piece of their famous pie. They have so many choices to choose from! We tried their cherry, coconut, peach, and boysenberry pie. It was good!

At the Iwig store, we all chose a honey stick to try. They were 5 for $1, and had lots of flavors to choose from. I personally couldn't tell the difference in taste. They all just tasted like honey to me.

We met a very nice lady at WIBW. She had candy galore and lots of treats for the kids. They each chose some candy and even cookies from her stash. We had to promise we would come back and visit her sometime!

We did it! The first part of our hunt was complete. This year they did things a little differently. They had 10 clue locations, and 5 choose your own locations.

Go somewhere you have never been before!
There are so many possibilities! Check out the Topeka Visitor Guide for ideas, but this could be a place like the Combat Air Museum or Hanover Pancake House, or an event like the Farmer's Market.

Believe it or not, I have never taken my kids to a bookmobile. We've visited the library many many times, but never inside a bookmobile. They had no idea what to expect and were very surprised to find it the same, full of movies and books.

Venture to a unique or adventurous location!
Like Truckhenge, Great Overland Station, Mulvane Art Museum, Heartland Park, etc.

We chose to visit Truckhenge and it was definitely unique and adventurous!

Find something cool at the Kansas State Capitol, either inside or outside!
Suggestions - front steps, statues, interior murals, architectural details, old elevator, etc.

We found a miniature of the Statue of Liberty outside the capitol, something I had never taken note of before.

Recognize the difference public art can make on a busy street or along a quiet path!
Do you like the Great Mural Wall of Topeka at Chesney Park, Aaron Douglas mural, sculptures on Washburn University campus, art in Downtown Topeka, etc.

Do you like to hike along trails or relax in botanical gardens? Get outside and explore nature!
Suggestions - Old Prairie Town, Lake Shawnee, Kaw River State Park, the trails at Kansas Museum of History, etc.

In all the 6 years we have lived in our house, never once had we ventured down the street to Clarion Woods. The boys and I had a long walk and picnic at the lake.

We were very excited to complete the treasure hunt this year, and we're hoping to win one of the drawings for cash and prizes! But even if we don't win, we all had an ideal time hunting together!

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