Treasure Hunting with the Kids
For many kids who grew up in the 1980s, we wanted to be like Indiana Jones. Going to distant lands, searching for treasures, and having adventures. I remember pretending I was Indiana Jones using maps I made and having adventures in my back yard and all over the neighborhood. I remember having a lot of fun using my imagination and finding treasures.
Now that I have children of my own, I want to feed their imagination and adventurous sides. They love being outside and exploring the areas around our home. During our last trip to Frederick, Maryland we discovered a treasure hunt geared for children. It involved finding specific locations and answering a question. At the end we would receive a prize if we answered all the questions.
While we were walking around the Frederick Visitor’s Center, the woman working in the center suggested that we participate in the treasure hunt. Instantly, both of my children got excited and wanted to do it. So, for the next few minutes, we listened to the woman explain how it worked. My children were 9 and 11 so they both received a map and a pencil. With big smiles on their faces, they began reading the first question.
With their maps in hand, they began to search for the first location on the map. It was so great to see them working together as well as with my wife and I. The “hunt” took us on a walking tour around the area of downtown Frederick. This can be a bit daunting as it covers quite a bit of ground. But it was great exercise, both physically and mentally. The answers to some of the questions were not obvious and took a little bit of thinking outside the box. But all in all, it was a great time.
About two-thirds of the way through, we took a break for lunch. We decided to go to a local spot called Pretzel & Pizza Creations. Inside we sat down and ordered some pizza and fries. Now this isn’t your standard pizza. The dough is actually their home made pretzel dough. The kids were excited to try it, and LOVED it! Pretzel & Pizza Creations offers much more than just pizza. They have sandwiches, calzones, soft baked and stuffed pretzels, and even pretzel wrapped hot dogs.
After lunch, we decided to call off the hunt, only to resume it the next time we were in Frederick. Since we were no longer treasure hunting, we decided to visit a few of the local businesses. We glanced in small knick knack stores, a cutlery store, and even local clothing stores. There was one in particular that the kids requested we visit, North Market Pop Shop.
The North Market Pop Shop is local business specializing in sodas. They offer a unique selection of glass bottle sodas. With over 300 varieties to choose from, you are bound to find something you like. The great part is that you can buy single bottles! Plus, kids get a chance to try new flavors of sodas. I discovered this place about two years ago and make a trip every couple of months to buy a case or two of sodas.
They also have local premium ice cream from Trickling Springs Creamery located in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. You can also grab a bite to eat with their all-beef hot dogs and a selection of toppings. This place is a kid’s heaven! What kid doesn’t like soda, ice cream, and hot dogs?
This treasure hunt, and these local businesses, are just a few of the many things to see and do in Frederick, Maryland. Like much of Maryland, Frederick is very historic and has much to offer. There is also so much more in the surrounding county and area. It’s also a short drive from Baltimore and Washington, D.C. and is perfect for a day trip.
To find out more about Frederick and its surrounding area, visit www.visitfrederick.org.