$199 for a Custom Birthday-Party Treasure-Hunt Adventure for Up to 12 Kids from Ravenchase Adventures ($400 Value)

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Scavenger hunts are the best way to give kids a taste of freedom without having them lick the Liberty Bell. Ring in adventure with this Groupon.

$199 for a Custom-Made Treasure-Hunt Adventure for a Kid’s Birthday Party ($400 Value)

The birthday boy or girl, assisted by up to 11 friends, uses an included black light to decipher clues written in invisible ink. The clues lead the crew to a secret location where the treasure chest awaits. An antique brass compass and other novelty gadgets assist them on their way.

Ravenchase Adventures

Josh knew the first treasure hunt he set up was a success when he saw the happy look in his three younger brothers' eyes as they uncovered the final treasure chest. Based on Josh's clues, the younger Schwabs had just gleefully trekked across Warrenton, Virginia, and into the Shenandoah Mountains in search of their goal. But the event was more than just a fun way to spend the day: it also gave them inspiration at a time when the future felt grim, as their mother was undergoing chemotherapy treatment. Although that has since become a fond memory of a good day, it's also warmly remembered by the family as the catalyst that led Josh to establish Ravenchase Adventures, where he now sets up just such engaging hunts for the public.

Now Ravenchase is an event company that offers pre-set and custom treasure hunts and adventure races. As the company has grown, Josh's team has even set up events for a variety of well-known clients, from DreamWorks Studios to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. But regardless of who participates, he and his dedicated staff ensure each two- to three-hour adventure is filled with brainteasers, mysterious clues, and baffling ciphers. Each solved clue leads the groups across town with treasure maps. Fun prizes await at their final destination. In an effort to give back to the community, the company also set up the nonprofit Ravenchase Foundation, which supports organizations that inspire and teach tolerance for history, logic, and the arts.

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    Union Station Main Hall

    50 Massachusetts Avenue

    Washington, District of Columbia 20002

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In a Nutshell

Crews of up to 12 kids decode clues and use gadgets on the trail of a custom-made treasure chest

The Fine Print

Expires 180 days after purchase. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as gift. Limit 1 per visit. Appointment required. 48-hr cancellation notice required. Must book and schedule one week in advance. Available for up to 12 kids per party. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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