The search is on: Regional ‘Where’s Waldo?’ scavenger hunt begins

by Town Reminder

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REGION – The Pioneer Valley will become a region-wide hunt for Waldo of “Where’s Waldo?” fame throughout July.
A miniature cutout of the iconic character was placed in 25 different local businesses from Holyoke to South Hadley to Northampton as part of the Odyssey Bookshop’s effort to promote reading and shopping locally.
“A lot of parents are looking for free things that kids can do over the summer,” said Hannah Moushabeck, Children’s Department director at the Odyssey. “This is just a really great activity that you can do when you do your shopping.”
Look for Waldo in South Hadley at the South Hadley Public Library, the Odyssey Bookshop, the Thirsty Mind, Tailgate Picnic, Crazy Moon and McCray’s Farm.
In Holyoke, he’s hidden at the Holyoke Merry-Go-Round and the Children’s Museum.
To get in on the search, stop by the Odyssey Bookshop to grab a “Find Waldo Local in The Pioneer Valley” passport with the names of all the participating locations.
Once Waldo has been located inside a business, a stamp will be placed in the passport by a business employee.
The first 100 participants to collect 10 or more stamps in their passport can show the collection at the Odyssey for prizes.
More than 20 collected stamps will entitle participants entry into a grand prize drawing.
“I think it’s a fun activity for kids to do,” said Moushabeck.
Some children even dress as Waldo while searching for the colorful character.
It’s the fourth year the Odyssey has hosted the Waldo search and there’s no plans to stop.
Moushabeck said it’s a good fit for the Pioneer Valley.
Although this area is “spread out,” she said, “people have no problem going to Northampton, to Holyoke to Deerfield.”
This “Where’s Waldo?” search allows residents in the area to connect with their local communities.
“The thing we love most about it is it really ties us all together and gives us all more of a community feel,” said Moushabeck.
“We try to choose places that will be really fun for kids to go, and places that will have lots of spots they can hide Waldo,” she said.
Sweeties and Captain Candy in Northampton are the trickiest places to find Waldo, she said, because there are so many great places to hide him.
At the end of the month, the Odyssey hosts a party for all participants and to draw the grand prize winners.
The party will be held Friday, July 31 at 3 p.m. It is free to attend.
For a complete list of participating Valley businesses and to obtain a Waldo passport, call Hannah Moushabeck at 413 534 7307.
“It’s just a really fun scavenger hunt all over the Pioneer Valley,” she said.

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