Sunshine recently came up with the idea of having a week of fun with the girls. For no reason, really; just to show them how much we love them. We didn’t think the things we were planning were “awesome”, just fun…so we decided to call it “Super Duper Fun Week”.
One of her ideas was to create an indoor treasure hunt, leaving clues around the house for them to find and decipher before finding a treasure at the end. I decided that would be a fun idea for my son and I during our weekend together.
So that’s what I did. I printed off clues on coloured index cards and bought a little treasure chest at the Dollarama, along with a number of one dollar and two dollar chocolate coins from the Bulk Barn. As I went to pick up my son, I was totally ready!
Let me begin by saying I stay at my dad’s house during my weekends with my son. When I made the decision to move-in with Sunshine, he offered his finished basement as a place that the Ankle Biter and I could stay every two weeks. Plus, both my dad and my step-mother spend five months in Florida every winter, so the house would basically be ours half of the year.
So I was going to wait until Sunday to set the plan in motion. We were going to see the new Spongebob movie on Saturday afternoon and had nothing really planned for Sunday, so that seemed like the perfect time to do it.
Saturday morning was beginning to end and I was preparing to have a light lunch with the Ankle Biter. The matinee wasn’t going to start until 4pm, so we had lots of time to hang out and relax.
THEN THE POWER WENT OUT.
It was about 12:30pm and everything went out. I immediately went to the Nova Scotia Power website on my phone to see who was affected and saw that over 2,000 people in the immediate area had been hit, meaning that it was a pretty big outage and they’d work hard to get the power back as soon as possible.
At one o’clock the website said it would be 2:30pm before the power came back on. No worries, I said…we won’t freeze in two hours. And if it gets cold, maybe we can run out for a quick drive in the car to warm up.
Wait…uh oh…I had parked the car inside of my dad’s garage overnight so I wouldn’t have to drag in groceries and bags through the snow. The garage door is electronically run, meaning I couldn’t open the door and the car, and thus the two of us were pretty much trapped inside of the house with the power out.
We watched some 80’s wrestling on my laptop for about an hour (gotta love Hulk Hogan and Andre the Giant in their prime!) before he went to play with his toys. I played music off the laptop to keep things going but soon realized the battery wasn’t going to last the whole afternoon.
As 3 o’clock hit, the NS Power website said it would now be 5:30pm before the power would come back on.
I sheepishly told Ankle Biter that we wouldn’t be seeing the movie and explained why. He said that he understood, though I could tell he was a little disappointed.
I then decided to launch the treasure hunt!
While he played downstairs, I went upstairs and began setting the plan into motion. I put out the clues in their proper locations and was careful to not give away what I was doing. Just as we were about to start, the power came back on. Thankfully, he wasn’t interested in doing anything else at this point.
What happened next was a LOT of fun…
I kicked things off with Clue #1. He guessed pretty quickly that the next clue was in the fridge. Just as we were about to start, the power came back on! If nothing else, we were glad to know we’d be warming up soon.
Looking for Clue #2
Finding the next clue wasn’t difficult. With my dad down in Florida, there’s barely anything left in the fridge. Ankle Biter knew right away that the next clue was at the washer & dryer.
Sure enough, on top of the washer & dryer was the third clue. Ankle Biter anxiously read it.
Clue #3 was referring to a box of tissue. My dad has a box of tissue in practically every room of the house, but I did’t want to make it too difficult so I put it in a spare room that was just down the hall from the washer & dryer. Thankfully, it only took a second for Ankle Biter to find it.
The fourth clue was, of course, the bathtub!
Ankle Biter looking around the bathroom to find out where the next clue was hidden.
Along with a “pirate’s telescope”, Clue #5 was found inside the bathtub. Ankle Biter immediately knew that the answer was “bed”, but wasn’t sure which bed in the house he needed to look at. Thankfully, the first room he checked was the right one.
This one was a little tough. He wasn’t sure what it was referring to. I helped him a little bit and it wasn’t long before he guessed something in the kitchen.
The answer was the microwave, which he found after looking inside the oven. This clue was one he picked up right away…
…the answer was a table!
On the kitchen table was the eighth clue and a pirate eye patch. Ankle Biter guessed this one right away…
…the front door! Wedged into the door was the ninth clue, which read: “What invention lets you look through a wall?” This was probably the toughest one for him, because he kept thinking it was a door with glass in it. Once he realized the answer was “a window”, he then started making his way around the house trying to find the clue.
After a few minutes, he finally found the right window! This was the final clue.
I had to ask him what he could look at that would let him see his own eyes. He guessed “mirror” and then got excited…
I don’t normally go into my dad’s room, but I thought that placing the treasure chest here would make the most sense. This, obviously, is a picture I took before we started the treasure hunt.
Ankle Biter was SUPER excited to open up his treasure chest to see what was inside…
You can’t have a pirate-themed treasure hunt without a treasure chest filled with coins, right???
In the end, the power going out could have been a terrible thing that ruined the day for us. Instead, it gave us a chance to get a little closer without having to rely on technology to keep our interest. Ankle Biter had a BLAST and when Sunshine did the same thing with her girls, they loved it, too.