These are five amazing spots for a scavenger hunt in the Los Angeles area!
When I tell people I have a scavenger hunt business, I either get a blank look of confusion or a "that must be so fun!" response. I have taught drama for the past 15 years or so, and I get the same look when I tell people about that line of work. Both endeavors have the same ingredients: creativity, problem-solving, socializing and building community. In a world where we can have a fairly successful and meaningful day without leaving our desks, phones or computers, I like leading activities that force us away from all of those things. I am the most introverted, computer-loving person out there, so in a way these businesses keep me connected.
I signed up for a scavenger hunt in Los Angeles over 10 years ago, and I had so much fun. We didn't come close to winning, but I loved the spirit of it. I loved discovering new parts of the city, laughing and arguing with my race partner, running around town, riding the metro & enjoying a beer after it was all over--talking to others about different challenges and clues along the way. I looked around and everyone else seemed to be having a good time, too. I've been into running races for so long, but this was something different. Instead of running past murals, monuments, and historical landmarks--we actually had to FIND these things and take photos of them.
After awhile, I started forcing my friends to complete scavenger hunts on my birthday. I realized after a few events that maybe I should give them a break & see if anyone else wanted or needed the service. Basically my business plan was, "Well, I love scavenger hunts so much, obviously other people will too!"
It is so much fun doing what I love. The hunts themselves are a blast, but there are two favorite moments I have during the process: exploring neighborhoods for clue locations and sitting at home brainstorming creative clues that will lead people to these locations.
My new goal is to create hunts in so many L.A. neighborhoods, that before long--I will have mapped out the entire county in clues. Hunts have taken me to Culver City, Pasadena, Santa Monica, Venice, Brentwood, Playa Vista, Beverly Hills, Huntington Beach, Torrance, Simi Valley, Encino, Mid-City, Hollywood, etc. These hunts are definitely my love letter to Southern California, and I can't wait to fill in more of the map this coming year.
Our scavenger hunts are about the journey. In a city as large and sprawling as Los Angeles, we have no time for this. We are focus primarily on getting to our destination--What will traffic be like? What route will I take? Is there parking? Although our events are largely "city" hunts, we provide the experience of exploring a neighborhood in depth and from a fresh perspective.
We've spent years looking for fresh clues, and the best ones always connect to a neighborhood's public art. These are sculptures, murals, etc that you have passed by probably dozens of times without even noticing. It's been fun to unpack the history that they hold & incorporate them into our hunts. The following website has been such a resource for us, and I encourage you to check it out and go on a public art hunt of your own: Public Art in LA.
We're currently working on our Instagram hunt, which will encourage you to solve clues and explore public art in neighborhoods around Los Angeles. Please follow us on instagram at entertainingadventure to be included in the adventure (or just to see awesome photos of Los Angeles).
One of my favorite Los Angeles events, CicLAvia, is going through our home base in Culver City all the way to Venice Beach in a week. If you are free or in town during one of the Sundays they produce this event, I highly encourage you, your family and your friends to participate.
Our Entertaining Adventure hunts are usually limited to on-foot, on-sidewalk adventures, but at CicLAvia, six or so miles of Los Angeles roads are open only to cyclists and pedestrians. Anytime you can see the city from a new perspective, I highly recommend it. There is something freeing about riding on a busy L.A. street in the MIDDLE of the street. It is so rebellious!
Looks like the route will take you through Downtown Culver City, so you must grab lunch at Chop Daddy's--it's just opened up in Downtown Culver, and as a Texan, I'm partial to a BBQ joint. You can get yourself a sandwich and eat it at the lovely Culver City City Hall. Its Mediterranean style architecture & calming fountains provide a great view, and there are plenty of benches in the courtyard to eat a quick lunch. On your way to Venice, be sure and stop along Abbott Kinney. Limited parking is what usually keeps me out of this hood, but hey--you're walking, skateboarding or on your bike, so no excuses! You're probably going to be HOT by this point, so why not stop by Lemonade--right along the route at Abbott Kinney and Venice--and reward yourself with a fancy $3 freshly squeezed lemonade. And though it's not ON the route, you are too close to the Venice Canals not to pay them a visit.
I'll be out on my bike! Hope to see you there. If your friends are cyclists, Entertaining Adventure is excited to plan your next cycling hunt through the city--just contact us.
I've never spent much time in Playa Vista. Actually, I've spent more time in the Home Depot in Playa Vista than exploring the emerging community. To be honest, the massive apartment developments left me feeling a little dead inside. At Entertaining Adventure, we crave history, public art and quirkiness in our hunts. Pre-planned communities never seemed like the perfect fit, until we actually started exploring.
One of our favorite finds is the putting green at Crescent Park (Playa Links Putting Green). The narrow park, about two blocks in length, is a perfect way to spend an afternoon working on your putt. We don't have much miniature golf going on in the L.A. area, but this is the next best FREE thing. No crowds, free near-by parking and umbrella covered tables provide a perfect space to spend a quiet afternoon with friends or family.
Scavenger hunts are the perfect opportunity to discover hidden gems of Los Angeles, whether it's public art or a new bike rental center. Creating clues is our favorite part of the job because we are making new discoveries every day.
This blog will reveal some of our favorite spots throughout the city as we discover them, and it will also be home to Clues For You, hopefully getting you off of your computer or phone and out into L.A. to find some treasures yourself!
Downtown Culver City has been a personal favorite for us long before our scavenger hunt business began. We love the movie-making history that makes it one-of-a-kind and more than just a nice retail area. Wizard of Oz was filmed here! John Wayne owned a bar! It can't get more old school Hollywood.
The public art in Culver City is reason enough for hanging out for an afternoon. My favorites are the seven unique zoetropes by Wick Alexander and Robin Brailsford. Each spinning cylinder tells a story through animation, and they all pay homage to Culver City's film studio history. These aren't easy to find, but when you find one--take a spin and add a little unexpected fun to your day.
Head out to Culver City, park for free (2 hours) in the public parking lots and take a zoetrope for a spin! Even better, go between 4 and 7 and hit Kay'n Dave's happy hour--$3.00 margaritas.