Scavenger Hunt: July, 2018 (all month long!)
Closing Celebration: Tuesday, July 31, 6PM
Where's Waldo? In Minneapolis, of course. The famous children’s book character in the striped shirt and black-rimmed specs is visiting local businesses in Minneapolis this July. Those who spot him can win prizes, including buttons, book coupons and more. From Broders' Cucina to Zumbro Cafe, from Heartfelt to Great Harvest, Waldo standees will be well hidden.
- To participate, pick up a “Find Waldo Local in Minneapolis!” passport with a list of all of Waldo's hiding places from Wild Rumpus or any of the businesses listed below. 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 an "I Found Waldo" button and a "$1 off" coupon.
- Collecting store stamps or signatures at eighteen or more businesses will entitle diligent seekers entry into a drawing on July 31, with prizes including coupons and gifts from participating businesses, and, of course, Waldo books! The grand prize winner will receive a 6-volume deluxe set of Waldo books.
- Waldo and his friends have also lost a few items at Wild Rumpus; find Waldo’s key, Woof’s bone, Wenda’s camera, Wizard Whitebeard’s scroll, or Odlaw’s binoculars at Wild Rumpus for an extra stamp on your passport and a surprise!
We'll have a closing celebration on Tuesday, July 31 at 6PM at Wild Rumpus, complete with prizes, music, and Waldo.
So, where exactly is Waldo? We'll give you a few hints:
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.