Children’s Treasure Hunt Party in London
There is not much that’s more exciting than a really great treasure hunt. The magic of a treasure hunt party is that you can design it for any age group and set it to any theme. It is also one of the most versatile party types, allowing for a broad range of ages to get involved in the same activity together.
Pirate Treasure Hunt Party for children:
- Why are pirates pirates? Because they AAARRRRRGGGGHHHHH!!
- Ages: 4-9yrs
- Numbers: up to 30
1. Choose a fairly large but enclosed area. In London, we’d suggest a garden or a fenced-off bit of a park for example:
- The dog-free zone on Wandsworth Common.
- Park Sports in Hyde Park.
- The Bowling Green at Battersea Park.
- Just past the Walking Man statue in Holland Park.
- Paddington Recreation Ground.
- Little Wormwood Scrubs.
- Wimbledon Common, just near the Windmill.
- Any communal garden square.
- Inside, if the weather is dreadful!
2. Hand draw a pirate map of the area that you’ve chosen on brown paper, making it look like a treasure island. Include as many key locations as you can, marking things like:
- Skull Rock
- Sandy Cove
- Coconut Tree
- Shark Bay
- Eyepatch Isle
- Telescope Point
Then (carefully!) burn the edges of the map, scroll it up and tie it with a big red ribbon, or if you’re really getting into it, seal it with some red candle wax.
3. Either invite the children to come dressed as pirates, or have a dressing-up box for everyone to accessorize with, eyepatches, pirate hats, bandanas, parrots and the all-important black face paint for some proper pirate beards!
4. Once everyone has arrived, gather the pirates together and reveal the treasure map, asking the birthday girl or boy to open it up and show the route and the first clue on a small scroll, something along the lines of:
- “At your first challenge, you might need a hand, Take on the obstacle course at the Quicksand”
5. As a group, make your way to the first location on the map, to complete its pirate challenge, find a hidden treasure and then the clue to the next location on the map.
6. You could have skull mask making at Skull Rock, a game of shark attack at Shark Bay, water bomb battle and Eyepatch Isle and a coconut shy at Coconut Tree. Each time a challenge is completed, the clue to the next location is revealed.
7. After the final challenge has been completed, a clue to draw 2 lines on the map between for example Skull Rock and Shark Bay and then Coconut Tree and Sandy Cove will reveal an “X”. Depending on where you host the party, you could have a chest of actual treasure buried at the “X”, or a final scroll with instructions where to find the treasure chest filled with chocolate gold coins and gems.