Looking for a fun spring activity that gets you outside and exercises your brain?
How about a FREE hunt with puzzles to solve, codes to crack and prizes to win?
The Finders Keepers Spring Fling Hunt is great for a couple, a group or a family. It's a free, fun way to explore historic downtown Newport!
The hunt starts at 5:00 pm on Fri. April 23 and goes until 6:00 pm Sun. April 25. Newport's Spring Fling on Monmouth Street is all day Saturday April 24!
Please scroll down for more info about the hunt.
Be safe and enjoy!!
Frequently asked questions
How do I play?
The hunt begins at 5:00 pm on Friday April 23. If you signed up to receive a reminder, you will receive it via email or text. The entire hunt can be done with a smart phone and you have until 6:00 pm on Sunday April 26 to complete it and you have until midnight on Sunday April 26 submit your final solution.
The hunt will probably take 60-90 minutes total and can be done all in one day or broken up into segments and done anytime between Friday and Sunday April 23-25. Newport's Spring Fling event is on Saturday April 24 and will involve many of the businesses on Monmouth Street. Your solution to the hunt must be submitted by midnight on Sunday; you will receive instructions for how to do that. There are no extra prizes for early submission, so you won’t have those time pressures.
The hunt leads you to several locations along Monmouth Street, from the 1000 block to the 400 block. You will solve puzzles to reveal special photo op locations. You earn additional raffle entries by taking selfies at these locations and posting them on Instagram, using #NKYFindersKeepers. (There are alternate instructions if you do not have a public profile on Instagram.) All the puzzle locations can be accessed without going indoors.
After correctly solving the seven individual puzzles, you win a tasty prize. Correctly answering the final (eighth) puzzle will open up your raffle entry form. You earn one raffle entry for solving all six puzzles and an additional entry each time you post a photo taken at the puzzle's Photo Op locations. Detailed instructions are included in the hunt.
Although the puzzles aren't extremely difficult, they do require some thought. 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.
How much does it cost?
The Spring Fling hunt is free! We do welcome donations, which are tax deductible and go to support 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 is the scavenger hunt held?
All the clue locations are along Monmouth Street in Newport, KY. The web-based hunt includes detailed information for each puzzle location. Free and paid parking is available in many places along Monmouth or you can park for free in the city building lot at 998 Monmouth Street.
When can I play?
The hunt will be live starting at 5:00 pm on Friday April 23 through 6:00 pm on Sunday April 25. You need to submit your solution (instructions will be provided) by midnight on Sunday April 25. In between those times, 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 you have two full days to play, with no rushing necessary!
What do I need to bring?
You will need a smart phone with a web browser, camera and texting capability--and your brains! You may want to bring a paper and pen or pencil, just to make taking notes a bit easier. We will have a box with pencils and Code Keys (just look for the Finders Keepers easel sign), so you can use those, if they are still there.
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?
After correctly solving the Monmouth St. puzzles, you will win a tasty treat from Cookie Jar Bakery. The raffle prizes include gift certificates from Newport on the Levee businesses Kon Tiki, Leaf and Limb and Little Spoon Bakery & Cafe., Carabello Coffee, John Nolan Auto Service, Falcon Theatre and Studio Vertu.
Winners are chosen by raffle from the players who submit the correct solutions by the deadline. The raffle will be held during the week of April 26, with winners notified via email and posted on our webpage.
What are the safety precautions being taken?
To make it easy to stay safe and healthy during the hunt, we are taking the following precautions:
All clue locations and photo challenges can be accessed without going indoors.
Each puzzle will not take a long time to solve, so if there are too many people at a certain location, you should be able to wait until those folks have moved on.
We are grateful to all participants for following current recommended safety guidelines about masks, groups sizes and social distancing.
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!!!