Experience gifts are a great way to show someone you care without filling their home with things they might not want. An in the Dallas Fort Worth Area, finding the right experience gift offers plenty of options. As you're doing your Christmas shopping, you may be wondering what to get your family and friends, and finding the perfect gift can sometimes be a true test of the wills. But an experience gift is a unique option, and we've got some great ideas for you.
Why Buy an Experience Gift?
There's a reason the question "what do you get for the person who has everything" is so commonly asked: because so many people have so many things! But recent trends, philosophies, and events have a lot of folks re-examining the importance of having so much stuff. Whether it was Marie Kondo helping you discover the magic of tidying up, or staying home for a year forcing you to take a hard look at your surroundings, we are discovering how joyful it can be to simplify, and that line of thinking extends to gift-giving.
Many people, then, are looking for experience gifts, recognizing that life is short, and taking advantage of our time is a great way to fuel our passions, to take on new challenges, and to simply do something we've never done before. Experience gifts offer the chance for a gift-giver to create a moment for a loved one, and here in the North Texas area, there are several ways to go about it.
What Are Some Great Experience Gifts in Dallas
DFW is a great spot for exploring, and for those looking for DFW experience gifts, look no further.
Give the Gift of a DFW Scavenger Hunt
DFW Scavenger Hunt offers exactly what the name says... scavenger hunts in DFW. Offering events in Dallas, Frisco, Plano, Grapevine, Fort Worth, Addison, and beyond, they are the only service of their kind that are built and operated by folks who live in North Texas. Available as a hosted event or even as a simple download, the service is a great way to introduce Dallas to a newcomer or surprise a local with discoveries they've never noticed before. DFW Scavenger Hunt can even personalize your experience, customizing your materials to pay tribute to a guest of honor.
A Trip to an Escape Room Makes a Great Gift
Escape rooms challenge the mind and create unique memories, and are a great way to spend time with friends and colleagues. The Dallas Fort Worth area is full of great escape rooms, but one of the best is in Frisco's Rail District. Countdown 2 Escape offers several surprising rooms full of brain-building challenges. If you're trying to find a unique experience gift, definitely keep an escape room in mind.
Get Out in Nature
Hidden in Plano's Oak Point Nature Reserve, Go Ape is a thrilling ropes course and nature trail, one that will tickle your sense of adventure while getting you out of your house and into the woods. Traverse rope bridges and wild ziplines as you make your way through the course, crossing the creek and the forest floor from high above the ground. Now that's one way to get high!
Virtual Experience Gifts
If you're interested in giving a gift that can be used from anywhere, consider a virtual experience gift. There are lots of options, including cooking classes, expert tutorials, and concerts. Our favorite option is the Stay Home Scavenger Hunt, a live hosted game that you play from home, competing against your friends as you connect on Zoom. Solve puzzles and answer riddles as you race the clock.
Clearly, the hunt for the perfect experience gift is one that you can use some hints on, and we're happy to provide them. After all, we know how much fun it is to solve a puzzle. So if you're interested in winning the gift-giving this year, we wish you the very best of luck. Happy holidays!
Need a holiday puzzle that isn't "What should I get Uncle Larry?" Here's one for you. The following trios consists of words that, once replaces with rhymes, will all share something in common. For example, if you saw "PORTER, PICKLE, LIME" you could replace that with "QUARTER, NICKEL, DIME" to create a list of coins. Bonus! These lists are all somehow related to the holiday season.
Solved 'em all and looking for more fun? Check out the Holiday Hunt in Grapevine where you'll get way more festive puzzles and jolly riddles! Need a hint? scroll down for the answers!
I love Halloween, and we love all the traditions that come with it. Actually, no, I'm too much of a wimp for most scary movies, and I think candy corn is pretty vile. But the general idea of Halloween? Here for it. And if you know how we do things, you know where this is going: we've got a Halloween scavenger hunt just for you. You can't spell haunt without hunt, y'know.
Back in 2020 we created a virtual scavenger hunt for all those folks wearing costumes at their desks, and it was a total blast. But now that we can, y'know, go outside? It's time for an in-person hunt that's full of silly, spooky, fun.
We built the Haunted Hunt in Grapevine as a way to celebrate Halloween all October long. Like all our hunts, it's a wild search through town, a quest to unlock riddles and answer clues before time runs out. You travel on foot through this historic town and examine statues, plaques, and decorations in an effort to solve a spooky puzzle.
Grapevine is already pretty spooky. There's the old calaboose jail that held prisoners years ago. Ghost sightings abound at the old hotels on Main Street. And visitors to the wineries have spotted all sorts of visions, particularly after a glass or three. Heck, there's a dang hearse parked on the corner of Franklin!
With the scavenger hunt, we've created a rib-tickling riddle that will put your braaaains to work. Explore the town as a team and search for the answers to puzzles and clues. If you're a fraidy cat, don't worry. No zombies are going to chase you, nothing's going to leap out and say boo. The scariest thing you'll face is some tricky puzzles, and maybe your competition.
Grapevine is known as the Christmas Capital of Texas, and it's a fair designation in December. But before that, the Halloween decor covers the city in pumpkin-colored delights, a fantastic celebration of fall and the changing seasons.
A very short drive from DFW Airport, Grapevine is an easy trip from most neighborhoods in Dallas. Treat yourself to a trip to a charming town with plenty of restaurants, nightlife, wine-tasting, and thrilling cowboy history. And while you're there, don't forget to try the Haunted Hunt.
Costumes are, of course, encouraged, and there will be plenty of tricks as well as treats for all. It's a fun, funny way to mark the season without scaring yourself too much. It's an ideal team building activity and perfect for Halloween fun with friends in Grapevine Texas.
If you're planning a Halloween team building event in the DFW area, the Haunted Hunt is a great option. Wondering how to throw a halloween party in Grapevine? We're a great place to start. If you want a unique way to celebrate Halloween in North Texas, check out the Haunted Hunt.
Who knows, maybe you'll even score some candy corn.
Get in touch today to book an event with us, and find out how we can make your Halloween celebration a treat!
In this Halloween-appropriate puzzle, a few words have lost their heads. Your job: fill in the two blanks to make a sentence. One of the words will be just like the other, only with the first letter missing. It's up to you to determine the words and which comes first. Here's a hint: one of the words will be a little spooky. We've completed the first one for you as an example.
1. My uncle told me that after she's gone, my _AUNT_ has threatened to _HAUNT_ his house.
2. I don't _____ if clowns don't _____ you, to me they're terrifying.
3. Our AirBNB _____ was translucent, so he may have been a _____.
4. A mysterious _____ has been spotted horrifying folks along the _____ coast.
5. When you get to the costume shop, _____ if they have a Captain Kirk _____.
6. Ever since the _____ decided to _____ her broom for a vacuum, she's flown even faster.
7. If you think I'm going to tremble in _____, that's not an _____.
8. Don't try to _____ over that bridge lest you anger the _____ beneath it.
9. The best way to defeat a vampire is to _____ a _____ and stab him in the heart!
Need the answers? Scroll all the way down!
Want more Halloween fun? Book a haunted hunt in Grapevine or join us at Hop & Sting on October 30!
It's been a hot, hot summer, but it finally seems like some relief is in sight. Which means it's time to get back outside and spending time on scavenger hunts! Maybe you're ready to book a hunt right now! But if your mental muscles are feeling a little creaky after so much time watching reruns in the AC, here's a puzzle to help you warm up. Actually, it's the opposite.
The weather has finally gone from WARM to COOL, but if you were in charge of the weather, could you do the same thing? The answer to each clue below can be solved by changing one letter in the previous answer. Keep going, one letter at a time, until you've changed WARM to COOL.
1. Like summer weather... WARM
2. Underground artist? ____
3. Technically, the answer to any of these questions ____
4. What Spain's Metropol Parasol is made of ____
5. Itchy material ____
6. Like fall weather... COOL
Scroll on down for the answers...
What if someone handed you a ball of yarn and asked how long it was? What if they told you you only had five minutes to come up with your answer? What if they told you you couldn't leave the seat you were sitting in? How would you answer the question? To some of you reading, this might sound like a scene from a forgotten Saw movie, but to others, your brain might already be spinning coming up with a creative solution. And that's what our latest offering is all about.
We call it Taskerade, and it's a wild event full of unique challenges and tasks that you'll have to master if you want to succeed. We won't go into too much detail, because the fun is in the surprise, but you can expect to face challenges of all sorts of skills: some physical, some mental, and some that test talents you may not have put to use in a while.
A Great Option for DFW Team Building
Perfect for indoor gatherings, Taskerade is a great way to challenge your team in ways they've never considered. And like all our events, the content is very diverse, making sure every participant gets a chance to contribute, come up with ideas, and be the star!
Almost all challenges leave room for interpretation, and creativity is crucial. And so is teamwork. You'll need to work together, in harmony if possible, to solve a lot of these tasks, and that means playing well with others. If you're looking for team building in Dallas, Taskerade is a fantastic option. We love our scavenger hunts, but we also love coming up with new events for people, and this is one we're really proud of.
And it's not just Dallas! We can bring Taskerade to you, too. If you've got a room big enough for everyone to move around a bit, that's ideal, whether it's a conference room at your offices, or a private dining space at a restaurant. We can make it work -- it's only fair that we figure out a few of the mysteries for you. If you're planning an event in Frisco, Plano, Grapevine, Fort Worth, or anywhere in DFW, give us a holler.
Looking for a Unique Birthday Party in Dallas?
Taskerade is a great choice for a unique DFW birthday party, too! One of the things we like best about this event is our ability to customize, so we can craft games that pay tribute to the guest of honor in surprising ways. Or if you're throwing a bash for your coworkers, we can easily incorporate your organization's themes, mission statements, and inside jokes.
All right, if you've read this far, it's only fair we give you a few hints at what sort of games you might face. So ask yourself: could you, blindfolded, identify items just by smell? How would you build the tallest tower using only items from your desk? Can you toss a teabag into a mug from across the room? How fast can you name 10 kinds of birds? What if you have to do it while balancing a baguette in your hand? While not blinking? The possibilities are endless, and so are the points you can earn if you do well. Ready to book? Get in touch now to find out how!
Ready for a game? Here goes. Even through spring is just getting warmed up (literally), we're already thinking about what comes after spring, at least in this game. Each clue will lead to a word that can often be seen after spring. For example, the answer to the first clue is BOARD, as in SPRING BOARD.
1. Piece of plywood
2. Dental service
3. Partner of stop and drop
5. Really rich
6. "________ Day"
7. 101, perhaps
8. Lebron James or Scottie Pippen
Stumped? Scroll waaaay down for the answers.
We were recently contacted by a local chapter of a youth organization who were interested in planning an event around an upcoming annual celebration. When we received their inquiry, we saw a compelling opportunity to work with a group that’s doing great things in our community.
The goal of the day was to reunite the membership together after summer break, and they felt like a scavenger hunt would be a great way to celebrate.
Now we love hosting hunts, and we love building hunts, but this was a new challenge. Why? Because the group wanted a hunt that would send families all through the suburbs of Flower Mound, Highland Village, Copper Canyon, Lantana, Bartonville and Double Oak. They were eager to create an event that celebrated their community, an attitude that’s also key to everything we do. But this was a big neighborhood, and as of yet, we’d always only offered hunts on foot.
To create a hunt like this, we’d need to require teams to drive, and we’d also need to find checkpoints along the route as well, to give them spots to regroup, solve puzzles, and make their way to the next spot.
We saw an opportunity here as well. Central to the group's mission is nurturing future Black leaders, and together we realized that we could use the checkpoints to showcase Black-owned businesses in the neighborhood. Working in conjunction with our client as well as the local businesses, including Room 5280 Escape Room and Adventure Kids, we designed a course that took players through town -- starting at their homes and ending at a surprise local landmark.
The hunt kicked off with a mass text, a clue they’d need to decipher in order to discover their first stop, the Flower Mound library. Once they arrived there, they had to look out for a QR code which they could scan for a clue to their next stop.
QR codes have had a huge resurgence in the last year or so, thanks to offering a contact-free, safe solution for delivering information. And we took advantage in a big way. By posting the codes at the checkpoints along the route, we were able to send teams to links on our site where they could solve the puzzles. This structure allowed for a self-guided experience, one that didn’t require a host to hop from place to place, meaning we could cover far more ground than our on-foot hunts.
Creating the content of the hunt was a collaborative process as well. The teams researched and answered questions about Black history and culture, guaranteeing that the participants would take away new knowledge and, we hoped, a greater appreciation for the purpose of the day.
It was a genuine honor for DFW Scavenger Hunt to participate in planning and pulling off the event. We’re grateful to the community leaders who included us, and we’re committed to continuing to support causes that actively improve the lives of others.
Obsessed with WORDLE? So are we, obviously, but you know us and puzzles. The clever game, was designed purely as a gift for the creator's partner, and it plays like a cross between Mastermind and Hangman (not to mention the old game show LINGO that this author allllmost app eared on). It combines these two classics into an addictive, simple daily challenge. There are a few things that have contributed to its wild success.
And yet, we're certain that if you're playing once a day, there's a part of you that would love to play, oh, just a few more games, at least while you finish your breakfast and before you check your email, right? We've put together a few options that will scratch that itch till the next Wordle rolls out.
QUEERDLE is a self-described Yassification of Wordle. The rules are the same, but the answers always have an LGBTQ twist to them, and... devilishly, words can be anywhere from four to eight letters. Eight! Your trusty STARE won't help you now.
If you prefer sticking to four-letter words, then we suggest SWEARDLE, which as you may have guessed from its name, is serious about the four-letter word part. Guess whatever you want, but the answer will always be profane.
DORDLE is doubly diabolical. It's structured like Wordle, but you're trying to guess two words simultaneously. You only get seven guesses, and yes, it's as tricky as it sounds!
If you like guessing words but want to mix up the rules a bit, GUESS MY WORD is a unique challenge. The rules are simple. Guess a word, and the game tells you whether it appears alphabetically before or after the keyword. You keep guessing as you narrow it down, until you know it's somewhere between, say BAMBINO and BANISTER and the answer is on the tip of your tongue.
Or perhaps you'd prefer to add some history to your puzzling, in which case we highly recommend the WIKI HISTORY GAME. When prompted, just drag the suggested prompt to a timeline, and the longer you place items in the right order, the longer you play. Prompts are as varied as "Sistine Chapel Completed" to "Randy Jackson Born," and they're not always so easy to put in order.
Of course, if all those puzzles still don't satisfy your itch, you can always turn to the good folks at DFW Scavenger Hunt to create a game for you. Play in person or remotely, solving puzzles and riddles of all sorts. And you'll still see plenty of green squares... we just call them parks. Book a hunt today!
It's 2022... you know, the future! Besides actually arriving in the future, there are a few ways to know what it holds, but they're all a little murky. At least in the case of this puzzle they are. The odd phrases below can be unscrambled to reveal several ways of seeing what the future holds. As an example, the first one, TALL SLY CRAB, anagrams to CRYSTAL BALL. If you need help envisioning the rest, scroll wayyyy down for the answers!
1. CRAB TALL SLY
2. TRACTOR ADS
3. GRAY TOOLS
4. HI MINCEMEAT
5. TOOK FIRE OUNCE
6. LIME GRANDPA
7. YOU MONGREL
8. AS ELEVATE
9. HYPNOTIC CHILES
10. BLEACH GAG LIMIT
If you'd like to see more puzzles like this in your future, consider booking a scavenger hunt with us, full of games, puzzles, and all sorts of ways to train your brain!
The vision is unclear... ask again later...
Wait... there's something coming into focus...
1. CRYSTAL BALL
2. TAROT CARDS
4. TIME MACHINE
5. FORTUNE COOKIE
6. PALM READING
8. TEA LEAVES
9. PSYCHIC HOTLINE
10. MAGIC EIGHT BALL