Disclosure: Our family was provided complimentary tickets for the adventure hunt. I was not required to express a particular point of view and all opinions are my own.
We recently participated in the fun kids adventure hunt by Yapa Events, International Flavors of Arlington Kids Hunt. As a family travel blogger, I was psyched to show my five-year-old and three-year-old different cultures through this unique kids adventure hunt.
We began our adventure at Run n Tri in downtown Arlington Heights. We met the super-friendly owner of Yapa Events, Joan, and were given a handy dandy binder with a map and clues and the kids were given passports to record the places they visited. And just in case we got lost, we were given Joan's cell phone number as well. And then we were off!
- Won't break the bank! Kids are $10 and adults and grandparents are FREE.
- Instructions straight forward. All the clues were pretty easy to follow and some even provided step-by-step details to the next stop.
- Taste testing! Fun getting to try different foods at each stop.
- Learn about the world. Each stop provided facts about each place and culture that could be recorded in our passports. As a geography nerd, I was really excited about this.
- Learn a little bit about each restaurant owner. Not only did we learn about different cultures, but we got an inside glimpse about each owner's favorite food at the restaurant and some fun facts as well.
- Discover new places to eat. We are always looking to find new places to eat and I now have a few more to add to our "must try" list.
- My kids could read. I believe they would have had tons more fun if they could read the fun facts and follow the clues to the next stop.
Tips to Enjoy the Kids Adventure Hunt:
- Bringing strollers? Best to leave the strollers outside the participating stops.
- Bring water to keep the kids hydrated.
- If it's sweltering hot, start the race early since you'll be outside most of the time.
- If you've still worked up an appetite, you can dine at the last restaurant on your stop (with a discount!)
What a fun, unique way to learn about different cultures in our own neck of the woods! If the kids are into scavenger hunts, they will no doubt have a blast. I'd love to take my kids again when they're a little older to figure out the clues themselves. In fact, we're excited to attend their next event where we can learn more about Mexico!
Ticket prices: Kids $10 each. Adults are free.
Location: Adventure hunts start at Start at Runners High ‘n Tri, 121 West Campbell Street, Arlington Heights. Instructions and maps will be given to you there.
Parking: Free 4 hour parking on the ground floor of the parking garage, just south of Campbell Street between Vail and Highland Streets. We opted to do this instead of the 2 hour street parking since the hunt can take longer than 2 hours.
When: Adventure hunts take place on June 15 and 16. Start the Adventure Hunts any time between 10:30 am and 3:30 pm.
Details: Register at www.YapaEvents.com. Register at http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=ob4n7gmab&oeidk=a07eay3dz6f3d709d97
Get to know the person behind Yapa Events: Joan Dubnicka
How did Yapa Events come into fruition?
I loved creating and hosting special events at Little Village Playplace, a children's playplace and birthday party venue I founded and operated in Arlington Heights. Both the children and adults seemed to really enjoy and value that special time together. After I closed Little Village Playplace, I started Yapa Events to continue offering special events to families. Yapa Events' focus is on creative events that highlight the community and local culture.
What do you love most about your job?
I really enjoy the flexibility a small business offers, especially the ability to be creative about the services offered. I like the challenge of determining what the market wants and how to provide a great service.
Most of your events focus on Arlington Heights. What is your favorite thing about the town?
I do love Arlington Heights! This village, even though it has a large population, has a very warm "community" feel to it. AH has so many great aspects - fun events, great downtown with many independent restaurants and shops, wonderful parks and park district, incredible library, access to Chicago via the Metra, and on and on! Obviously answering with one favorite thing is hard for me. Maybe the best way to say it is -- my favorite thing about AH is that it is a very warm, friendly community with a long list of great amenities.
Will you expand to other towns besides Arlington Heights?
I'd like to! Yapa Events is doing one of our Passport Events - Celebrating Mexico - in Schaumburg in July.
Any fun facts to share about Yapa Events?
Yapa Events provides corporate events, helping businesses build awareness of their business and/or helping businesses show appreciation for their customers or employees through special events.
Interested in discovering more things to do in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago? Read my list of more than 100 things to do this summer!