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Go on a High-Tech Treasure Hunt with Your Kids

Looking for something fun and educational to do with your kids? Check out www.geocaching.com. Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunting game for people who love the outdoors, exercise and technology. Think of it as an Easter Egg Hunt that requires a handheld GPS device.

There are hundreds of thousands of treasures (called geocaches) hidden around the country in urban, suburban and rural locations. A typical geocache is a small waterproof container with a logbook and some small trinkets/toys. When you find the treasure, you can sign the logbook and take photos. But if you take the trinket, follow the rules by replacing it with one of your own.  

To get started, go to www.geocaching.comand enter your zip code. You’ll see a list of geocaches nearby along with notes about the difficulty and the terrain. If you’re trying geocaching with your kids, you’ll probably want to select an easy cache– often called a “car cache” or a “park and grab” since they are an easy walk from a paved road. If your kids are older, they might be up for a bigger challenge involving a hike in a nearby state or national park. Once you identify the cache you want to find, just input the waypoints into your GPS device and follow it to the location. Once you arrive at the coordinates, be prepared to search under logs, rocks, sticks, bushes and more to find the hidden container. If your kids love hide and seek, they’ll love this part of geocaching.

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2 Responses to "Go on a High-Tech Treasure Hunt with Your Kids"

  1. We tried Geocaching a couple months ago. We made the mistake of doing it in a park where the Caches were hidden in wooded areas. Not easy with a 10 month old and a BOB stroller.
    With a real little one try one near an obvious building – the hints should help you guess what type of place (like 10 Pins- maybe a bowling alley, Owl – a Hooters near us, etc.) Also, we thought about doing it with our 5 and 7 year old niece and nephew. I would recommend finding it first before taking the kids. I (an adult) was disappointed when we didn’t find our first (2nd, 3rd) cache, Kids could be really upset.
    The website also has where you can see when it was placed and the last time it was checked. That way you don’t look for one that is no longer being kept up.

    This is all advice from a worse than novice geocacher. I’m sure the website has info on going with kids.

  2. mannequin says:

    Oh wow! Thank you SO VERY MUCH for this. My 11 yr old tech head and geeky step dad will go berzerk!
    Thank you, thank you, thank you!
    Always looking for fun and different things to do on a Saturday afternoon!

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