Kids Programming–The Amazing Space Race: A City-Wide Scavenger Hunt (SRP 2019 “Universe of Stories”)

So I thought up this idea a few weeks ago.  A library assistant suggested that we have a library mascot over the summer and hide it around the library or around town and we take pictures of it.  I think most libraries do something like this on Facebook, and it’s a great way to engage with patrons.  I liked that idea, but came up with a better way to fit it into the summer reading theme of “Universe of Stories” and also just make it even more engaging.

So since the theme is “Universe of Stories” I convince my director to buy a inflatable astronaut suit.  Inflatable suits are always hilarious, and are definitely eye-catching.  And I figured we could use it for school visits, story times, or just hanging out in the library.

Library Astronaut

So what I did was every Friday morning over summer, I posted 2-3 pictures to our social media of the astronaut somewhere in our village.  The park, the fire station, someplace easily recognizable.  Once it was up, patrons would have a set amount of time (2 hours for us) to get to that location.  Once they are there, they have to try and find the astronaut’s backpack.

Library Astronaut 2

The backpack wasn’t ever hidden anyplace really hard, the challenge was more to figure out from the pictures were it was and then actually getting there in the time period.  Here you can see it “hidden” next to the jungle gym I was playing on in the picture.  I or another staff member was always right next to it make sure no one ran off with it 🙂 Once the patrons came and found the backpack, they could open it up with the staff member’s assistance.

What’s inside the backpack will changed every week!  Sometimes it was SRP coupons, or little toys, or craft projects.  Things like that!  I put more than enough supplies in there for everyone that came, so it wasn’t really a race.  It’s more of a way to go on an outdoor scavenger hunt and engage with us in a nontraditional format!  Plus I figured it would increase our social media traffic a bit.

Her’s an example of a photo I posted.  You obviously can’t tell where this is, but my community was able to figure it out fairly easily, when paired with two other park pictures.

Amazing Space Race Example.jpg

Overall it went really great!!  We had a pretty high turnout for most of the days, anywhere from 25-50 some kids.  The ones at the fire station or the police station were especially well attended, and they were nice enough to show the kids their cars and equipment.  This was a great experiment and a really fun opportunity to be creative and try to reach out to patrons in a different way!

All blog entries are for educational or personal use.  Please credit the original author if reblogging or posting ideas originally found on this site.  LEGO® is a trademark of the LEGO Group of companies which does not sponsor, authorize or endorse this site.

2 thoughts on “Kids Programming–The Amazing Space Race: A City-Wide Scavenger Hunt (SRP 2019 “Universe of Stories”)

Add yours

  1. Or, have people replicate the astronaut’s pose at the correct spot and post their picture on your media page/Instagram with a certain hashtag. Everyone who posts the correct picture gets entered into a prize drawing. That way you don’t have to have staff hang out away from the library during the busy summer season.

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Blog at WordPress.com.

Up ↑

%d bloggers like this: