Travel Scavenger Hunt for Kids: Mission Paris

I’m a big fan of travel scavenger hunts for kids. I’ve found that scavenger hunts are a great way to keep kids entertained and engaged when exploring new cities and museums. For our trip to Rome last year I searched high and low for a great travel scavenger hunt for kids but I came up empty, so I created my own Rome scavenger hunt printable. If only we were a year later, I could have gotten a copy of Catherine Aragon’s Mission Rome: A Scavenger Hunt Adventure to use during our trip.

Luckily for travelers going to London, Paris, Rome, Barcelona and Washington D.C., Aragon has a full line of travel scavenger hunt books for kids available in ebook or print versions, with more on the way. I recently had a chance to check out a review copy of Mission Paris.

Mission Paris: a travel scavenger hunt book for kids, with editions for Paris, Rome, London, Barcelona, and Washington DC

Mission Paris Travel Scavenger Hunt Book Review

Mission Paris: A Scavenger Hunt Adventure, is a book-based scavenger hunt for kids, which highlights some of the city’s top attractions. The book is written for kids, encouraging them to become a Special Agent on a “Top Secret” adventure, with parents/adults as “Case Officers.” Along the way, they are to complete “missions” by finding points of interest, taking photographs, and writing down answers to questions.

Aragon’s series of “Mission” books are small and lightweight, making them easy to tote around in your purse or backpack to provide easy access throughout your day of exploring. Mission Paris was a short 60 pages, jam-packed with photos, large text, check boxes and fill in the blank spaces for answers.

Mission Paris: a travel scavenger hunt book for kids, with editions for Paris, Rome, London, Barcelona, and Washington DC

Mission Paris has top-secret missions for some of Paris’ top attractions, including:

  • Notre Dame
  • Palais Royal
  • Louvre
  • Tuileries Gardens
  • Champs-Élysées
  • Trocadéro
  • Eiffel Tower
  • Catacombs
  • Luxembourg Gardens
  • Sacré Coeur
  • Château de Vincennes
  • Cité des Enfants
  • Pompidou Center
  • Sainte Chapelle
  • Musée D’Orsay

Mission Paris: a travel scavenger hunt book for kids, with editions for Paris, Rome, London, Barcelona, and Washington DC

The book also includes “Anytime Missions,” such as finding certain foods or ubiquitous Parisian sights. For each mission that is completed, the Secret Agent earns a certain number of points (so don’t worry if your trip doesn’t include all the sights listed!)

When agents (and their case officers) arrive home, they can log on to the website to submit their completed mission and receive a printable certificate. Kids also have a chance to complete a final mission by submitting a photo to a contest for a chance at a prize.

And parents, don’t worry if they can’t come up with all the answers, there is a handy-dandy answer key in the back.

I didn’t get a chance to try the scavenger hunt out in real-life (alas, no plans to visit Paris this year!), but I’ve passed it along to an 11-year old friend to give it a try. What I liked best is the short and simple nature of the book. I think Mission Paris could be appropriate for any age (with the help of a parent), but probably ideal for kids ages 6-12. I appreciated that the missions were not too simplistic, but also didn’t seem to obscure or challenging. Given that you will most likely be visiting many of these locations when in Paris, it seems well worth the $10.80 for the print copy or $1.99 for the ebook (today’s prices on Amazon.)

For more general scavenger hunt ideas, especially for within museums and cities, I’d also recommend Family on the Loose, by Bill Richards and E. Ashley Steele. You can also check your app store for local scavenger hunt apps, or sign up with a service like ClueHoo, which offers organized scavenger hunts with admission to attractions and prizes included.

Learn more and purchase at Scavenger Hunt Adventures or Amazon.com. OR, win your own copy!!

Scavenger Hunt Book Giveaway

Five lucky winners will have a chance to win a copy of their Mission book of choice, including Mission Paris, Mission London, Mission Rome, Mission Barcelona, and Mission Washington D.C.!

Giveaway Rules:

  1. The contest will end on May 7, 2015 at 11:59 pm EDT.
  2. Five winners will be selected at random and notified via email.
  3. Each winner can select one book either:
    • Print version: Mission Paris, Mission London or Mission Rome, 
    • OR ebook edition (Amazon Kindle): Mission Paris, Mission London, Mission Rome, Mission Barcelona, and Mission Washington D.C 
  4. Ebooks will be delivered through Amazon and will require an Amazon Kindle or the Amazon Kindle app to read them. The Amazon Kindle app works on smartphones, iPads, and other tablets.
  5. Print editions can only be shipped within the United States.

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Note: A free copy of Mission Paris was provided to me to facilitate this review.

6 Comments on “Travel Scavenger Hunt for Kids: Mission Paris

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  1. Sounds like lots of fun! Could come in handy this summer when we are in London, Paris and Rome!

    love it! Taking our two boys to Italy and Paris for a month in about a year. Travel scavenger is a must do.

    Mission Paris , Rome or London would be great!

    These sound great! I’d love Mission London or Paris. Can’t wait to try them out.

    Oh, I love this idea! What a great way to get kids involved and interested.

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