I love our local bookstore, the Fairfield University Bookstore. They run fantastic programs, many of which are geared towards kids. For example, this month of July is focused on Where's Waldo? The hunt was on at the beginning of the month, and started at Saugatuck Sweets, an ice cream and candy store. There, the kids picked up their Waldo "passports" and also a free ice cream cone. They were excited to meet Waldo himself, who came out for the event.
The passports have a chart inside, containing the names of the 25 local businesses that are participating. Each store has a Waldo sticker on their door or window to show they're a part of the fun. Inside each store is a six-inch Waldo cardboard cutout hidden somewhere. The kids find the Waldo and get a stamp in their passport. Collect half of the stamps, and your child gets a Waldo pin. Collect at least 20, and your child gets entered in a drawing to win a gift basket full of Waldo books.
My kids, being competitive, got 24/25 (the last store was closed the three times we stopped by, so we ended up just turning in their passports). The fun isn't over yet, though - there's still time to pick up your passport from the bookstore and get hunting. At the end of the month, Saturday, July 29th, there will be a Waldo party and raffle drawing at 1 p.m. in the bookstore.
Good luck and have fun finding Waldo!
Who the heck is Alison McBain?
I am a freelance writer and poet with nearly a hundred short pieces published in magazines and anthologies. When not writing, I'm the Book Reviews Editor for the magazine Bewildering Stories. If the Walking Dead isn't on, I draw pictures and do origami meditation in Connecticut, where I live with my family. If the Walking Dead is on... shhhh! The Walking Dead is on! For more info, please check out my "About Me" page.
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