Explore Downtown on a Family Urban Scavenger Hunt This Saturday

August 14, 2012

The Living Streets Alliance, in partnership with Ben’s Bells, the Children’s Museum, Tu Nidito and the Downtown Tucson Partnership present Kids’ Day Downtown, an urban scavenger hunt Saturday, Aug. 18, from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

The adventure begins at Ben’s Bells’ new Downtown location, 40 W. Broadway between Church and Stone avenues. Broadway is currently closed for Sun Link Modern Streetcar construction between Church and Stone avenues, so the best approach is from the south. If you’re coming from the east, west or north, just take Stone past Broadway and then find parking south of Broadway.

“We will have a bunch of hands-on activities for kids in the courtyard at Ben’s Bells,” said Kylie Walzak, events coordinator at the Living Streets Alliance.

Kids can decorate crowns and visors provided by the Children’s Museum, help Ben’s Bells make decorative bells or color pages provided by Tu Nidito.

“We are handing out passports with maps to hidden spots Downtown to collect the rubber stamps,” Walzak said.

The map will lead kids and parents all around Downtown, including the Pima County Courthouse and the Main Library and a number of business.

“It’s really about exploring Downtown on foot,” Walzak said. “You’re looking for something in plain sight but hidden. It’s a fun activity on two feet.”

Enjoy free lemonade provided by La Cocina and explore the wonders of Downtown while helping to support local businesses during Modern Streetcar construction.

The scavenger hunt ends at the Southern Arizona Transportation Museum, 414 North Toole Ave., where Mayor Jonathan Rothschild will read a special proclamation in  celebration of Tucson’s Birthday. You get a free slice of birthday cake and ice cream from Isabella’s Ice Cream truck.

Redeem your Kids’ Day Downtown scavenger hunt passport at the Children’s Museum and receive discounted admission of $2 for youth until 5 p.m.