July 2015: Find Waldo in Minneapolis!
Where's Waldo? In Minneapolis, of course. The famous children’s book character in the striped shirt and black-rimmed specs is visiting twenty-five different local businesses this July. Those who spot him can win prizes, including buttons, book coupons and more. From Pizzeria Lola to Honeyshine, from Clansey's to Heartfelt, Waldo figures will be well hidden. Find Waldo Local is a great summer vacation activity, and a wonderful way for residents to support local business and the Shop Local movement.
To participate, pick up a “Find Waldo Local in Minneapolis!” passport with a list of all 25 of Waldo's hiding places. Get your passport stamped or signed for each Waldo you spot. The first 125 Waldo seekers to get their passports stamped or signed at ten or more sites can bring their passports back to Wild Rumpus to collect prizes. Collecting store stamps or signatures at twenty or more businesses will entitle diligent seekers entry into a grand prize drawing on July 31, with the top prize being a 6-volume deluxe set of Waldo books.
We'll have a closing celebration on Friday, July 31 at 6PM at Wild Rumpus, complete with prizes, music, and Waldo.
So, where exactly is Waldo? We'll give you a hint (or twenty-five):
Where’s Waldo is the creation of Martin Handford, whose entertaining drawings of crowd scenes swept the world in the late eighties. Since then, the Where’s Waldo books have held a cherished spot on bookstore shelves the world over. There are now over 63 million Waldo books in print worldwide and they’ve been translated into over 30 languages. An entire generation has grown up searching for Waldo and his cast of wandering companions.
In celebration of Waldo's longevity and popularity, his American publisher, Candlewick Press, is once again teaming up with the American Booksellers Association and 250 independent bookstores all across the country, including Wild Rumpus here in Minneapolis, for some hide and seek fun as well as to encourage communities to patronize their local businesses. There is no charge to participate, and the hunt lasts for the entire month of July.