From the Old Cannery to the Good Book Cafe in downtown, Sumner businesses are uniting for a creative approach to encourage families to shop locally.
All month long during July, businesses are having a Where’s Waldo scavenger hunt, based on the famous “Where’s Waldo” books, where readers try and locate a distinctive character hidden in various landscapes.
The scavenger hunt is hosted by a Good Book Cafe, one of 250 bookstores nationwide hosting the event in their respective towns.
“Now that school is out, it really is a great way for families to hang out locally,” said Evelyn Nicholas, owner of the bookstore. “It’s a fun activity for kids 12 and under.”
The hunt started July 1, and all month long, participants can pick up their Waldo passport from one of the 25 participating business and get to work on spotting Waldo all over town.
“Participants can find Waldo from the west end of town, to the east, and way up in the north of town as well,” Nicholas said. “Each time you find Waldo in a business, you collect a store stamp or signature from that store.”
Businesses participating include The Holiday Inn, The Old Cannery Furniture Warehouse, Aversono’s and more across town.
Not only will the scavenger hunt provide fun for kids, those who collect the most stamps or signatures from businesses can win buttons, coupons, books and other prizes.
“The first 125 people that get their passports stamped at ten or more businesses can bring their passports back to a Good Book Cafe to collect prizes,” Nicholas said.
Nicholas will host a Waldo-themed party to conclude the month-long scavenger hunt at 6:30 to 8 p.m. July 31 at the Good Book Cafe, with Lego activities with Sumner’s Bricks4Kidz, and catered by Mignon’s Cafe Bellis.
For more information on the scavenger hunt, call 253-891-9692.