Our fun, family-friendly scavenger hunts give you clues to spot, codes to crack and puzzles to solve!
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Frequently asked questions
How do I play?
Finders Keepers Scavenger Hunts begin and end on specific days, but are not timed, so you don't have that extra pressure.
The Code Kit you'll receive when you purchase your hunt includes a printed booklet, with clue locations and puzzles. There will also be additional materials that you will need to solve the puzzles. We'll include a pen and some scratch paper and a few other goodies. Each Code Kit is intended for up to 4 players.
The hunts lead you to clue locations in Northern Kentucky neighborhoods. You will solve puzzles to win raffle entries. You earn additional raffle entries by taking selfies at the Photo Op locations and posting them on Instagram, using the hash tag #NKYFindersKeepers. (There are alternate instructions if you do not have a public profile on Instagram.) All the puzzle and photo op locations can be accessed without going indoors.
You earn one raffle entry for solving all the puzzles in a neighborhood and an additional entry each time you post a photo taken at the puzzle's Photo Op locations. There are also optional bonus puzzles that you can solve for more raffle entries. Detailed instructions are included in the hunt.
Although the puzzles aren't extremely difficult, they do require some thought. (The bonus puzzles are a bit harder.) We think you will be challenged in a fun way!
Who can play?
The puzzles are designed for couples, groups of friends or families with children of at least reading age, although younger kids can help spot some of the clues. The Thanksgiving Weekend hunt will take you in or near some parks, if anyone needs a break to run and play.
How much does it cost?
The hunts typically cost $40 for a Code Kit that's intended for up to 4 players. We also welcome donations, which are tax deductible and go to support the following initiatives: NKY ArtQuest, a regional calendar of arts-related events and NKY Art Tours, free, self-guided tours of history and public art in NKY.
Where are the scavenger hunts held?
All the clue locations in the hunts are in specific neighborhoods in Covington, Newport and Bellevue. We design each hunt to be walkable, at least within the neighborhoods. Free and paid parking options are available in all locations.
When can I play?
The hunts take place on specific dates. On those days, you can visit the clue locations and work on the puzzles whenever you wish. All the locations can be accessed without going indoors. There are no prizes for finishing early, so no rushing is necessary!
What do I need to bring?
You will need a smart phone with a camera and texting capability--and your brains! Your Code Kit includes puzzle book, pens, scratch paper and everything else you need.
What do donations support?
Donations made by generous players support the Catalytic Fund’s public art initiatives, including NKY Art Tours and NKY ArtQuest. These initiatives are free for everyone and help to promote the arts in Northern Kentucky. Thank you in advance for your support!
What can I win?
The prizes for our hunts include merchandise and art created by local artists.
Winners are chosen by raffle from the players who submit the correct solutions by the deadline of each particular hunt. The raffle will be held during the week following the hunt, with winners notified via email and posted on this webpage.
If you'd like to donate to help support our public art initiatives in NKY, please click the Donate button below. It's tax deductible and very appreciated!!!
Photos from past hunts
People of all ages enjoy our hunts. Here are some photos posted under the Instagram hash tag #NKYFindersKeepers from past hunts.