Scavenger hunts are the best way to get to know a city, just ahead of spending six months living with the mayor in the city sewers. Hit the streets with this Groupon.
- $46 for a scavenger-hunt registration for a team of up to six (a $99 value)
Teams take to the streets of Des Moines on Sunday, August 4, to compete in the Urban Goose Chase. There's no official starting line, but teams should meet somewhere near the city center. The event challenges adventurous competitors to race the clock to finish as many wacky and daring missions as they can throughout the city. The chase puts a technological twist on the classic scavenger hunt: event organizers send out a series of challenges using the Urban Goose application, available for iPhone or Android mobile devices.
Teams pick their challenges and must use their smartphones to capture photographic evidence of the creative and exciting tasks. Potential missions include knitting a useful item out of plastic grocery bags or giving a stranger a koala hug. Points are awarded for the completion of each task, and the team that earns the most points overall wins a $300 prize and the designation of microcelebrity. Competitors should bring their mobile devices and clad themselves in orange—the competition’s signature color—to gain bonus points.
Urban Goose Chase
A curious madness has taken hold of average citizens in North America, the UK, and South Africa. Groups of adults rove the city in packs, staring down at their smartphones before impersonating tapanaki chefs at a coffeehouse condiment counter and knitting with plastic bags. This is an Urban Goose Chase.
The taskmasters at Urban Goose Chase turn the notion of a traditional scavenger hunt on its ear by communicating with teams via an Android- and iPhone-compatible app. Event instructions are sent out 48 hours in advance; teams download the app and receive a variety of missions from which they can select. Successfully completed missions earn teams the points they need to gain rank on the leaderboard and win the $300 first prize. During the chase, each team’s standings are updated in real time and visible to other teams, creating a sense of urgency, much like wearing an hourglass in place of a wristwatch.