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More Than Just the Best Time Ever

Having a Blast with a Purpose

Do you have one amazing day in your childhood so full of fun, anticipation, and excitement that it stands out above all the rest? Have you ever thought of creating a day like that for your kids? For my youngest, there’s one day – one birthday – he will never forget, and that day was the day AweVenture was born.

It was also the day that turned his world around.

Struggling to Fit In

There was so much pain in his eyes I could hardly stand it. My youngest son, Evan, was struggling to fit in and feel important. No matter what I tried, he simply didn’t connect with anything: not sports, academics, games, or a myriad of other things.

Evan was having a hard time. He

  • Struggled to connect with other kids.
  • Never seemed energized by any activity.
  • Felt isolated wondering if something was wrong with him.

 

It broke my heart to see my fun and thoughtful boy struggling. As much as I knew things would eventually change, that didn’t make things any easier for him.

I decided that his ninth birthday was going to be different. I was going to make it memorable and make him feel connected, important, and energized. That wasn’t going to be easy. For the past year I had tried several things and nothing seemed to work.

For his previous birthday I pulled out all the stops.

A Familiar Looking Wizard and a Chest

Evan loved mixing liquids together so I found a bunch of science experiments on the Internet and came up with a plan.

I bought him a wizard costume, an empty chest, and a variety of empty bottles. My girlfriend and oldest son worked on creating labels like “magic powder” and “tincture of azure”, filling the bottles with ingredients like baking soda and vinegar, and creating a book of potions he could use to make his own concoctions.

On his birthday, the chest was left by a wizard who happened to look a lot like me. He opened up the chest and his eyes lit up. He was completely enamored with the book and all the possibilities. He played with the potions for hours on end. 7 years later, he still uses the chest. It made him feel special. It made him feel connected.

It was a big step forward, but he still struggled.

Sure, we did a lot of things together and had fun together, but he still struggled to feel like just another person. He struggled to feel like he was unique and important. And so I came up with the idea that would eventually be the seed for AweVenture – a way to get out, have an adventure, and make memories that last for years to come.

The Worry of a Parent

Being a parent is always a challenge. As a father of three boys, I can say it’s always different. Each one requires something the others don’t, and Evan was a big exception over all.

I was always able to connect with my oldest boys, so my concerns about steering them toward a good and happy future weren’t so deep. With Evan, I just felt like I was missing the boat. It felt like he didn’t enjoy the things most kids did and it was challenging to get him to do the things that would lead him toward healthy habits.

I wanted great things for him, things all parents want for their kids: I wanted him to:

  • Enjoy himself and enjoy life.
  • Have wonderful experiences that would build great memories.
  • Experience positive and healthy moments filled with great relationships, not just time on a couch watching the hours tick by.

That’s when I decided I was going to create the ultimate scavenger hunt adventure to have a blast, connect with others, and create memories that would last. I had no idea that I would be creating something countless parents could use to make their kids’ lives more exiting and memorable with just a few taps.

Super Evan Saves the Day!

For Evan’s ninth birthday he had some schoolmates over. They had no idea what was coming! I had custom ordered Superman shirts with the letter changed from “S” to their first initial. Additionally, I bought a cape for Evan. That was just the start.

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I had my family create short videos for the scavenger hunt. They dressed up as super heroes and super villains and gave clues to where special treasures were located: all types of rubber ducks that he had started collecting.

The ducks had barcodes that could be scanned to start the next video mission.

Now these ducks weren’t just anywhere. They were at the local toy store where there were presents waiting or an ice cream shop where we had ice cream cake or the recreation center  where there was go karts and other activities.

It was a scavenger hunt adventure extravaganza, and Evan was the right person to save the day and bring it all together.

The Birthday that Stands Out Above All the Rest

It’s one thing to see your kids having fun. It’s a totally different experience to see them come out of their shell, laughing and having a great time. There’s a whole different level of hope and fulfillment seeing your kids happy, knowing that they are making memories that they will look back on and smile for years to come.

What’s more, I knew that not only would Evan enjoy playing with the ducks he was collecting during his scavenger hunt adventure, I knew they would be packed with positive emotions and happy memories of the day he “saved” them. It’s the birthday that stands out above all the rest, an iconic moment that brings joy and happiness every time he remembers it.

We had such a great time as a family not only doing the scavenger hunt adventure, but creating it, that we ended up doing one each for my other two sons.

Muse Clues

For my oldest son, Joseph, we did a crazy Blues Clues inspired scavenger hunt adventure featuring the music of the band Muse – still one of his favorite bands. In fact, when he was in college, we went to see them in concert together.

My other sons and I had a great time creating a virtual kid-themed show, where Evan joined in as the show’s mascot “Muse”.

In fact, not only did Tristan and Evan enjoy putting it together, we even tricked Joseph himself to have his band record the theme song without any of them having any clue what we were doing. We created an oversized card that played his band’s theme song when it was opened up to begin a fantastic scavenger hunt adventure.

It was not only a fun day of family bonding, it was a fun time working with my sons as a family to create something truly memorable for their brother.

Spy Games

For Tristan we did a spy themed video game with on screen “controls” and special abilities.

We really went crazy with this one including green screen, effects, ninjas, and light sabers!

Bear in mind, these aren’t the type of adventures you can create in AweVenture in about a minute. These required script writing, coordination, video editing, and sometimes even travel. They took months of preparation and hours upon hours of effort that all had to be done in secret.

What I would have given to have an app like AweVenture where I could tap a few buttons and have it all come together!

Being the Hero

That’s not to say it’s not a lot of fun to add bells and whistles for your own scavenger hunt adventure. One of the best parts of creating a scavenger hunt is adding the little pieces – like prizes and surprises – that make your adventure unique. What’s even better is doing it with the people you love to create an amazing experience for someone special in your lives.

The beauty of AweVenture is so much of the heavy lifting is done where you can create an amazing scavenger hunt adventure between the time you order your coffee and the moment the barista hands you a cup with a name scribbled on it that reads more like an IKEA dresser than a person.

That way if you want to get the kids off the couch, doing something active and relational that’s so much fun they’ll beg you to do it again, you can make it happen with a few taps on your phone. It’s is the perfect way to do something fun together that’s more than just a video game that gets tossed aside after an hour or a stream of YouTube videos that don’t have any lasting value. AweVenture is the way to get off the couch, have a blast, and build lasting memories.

Enjoying an AweVenture means:

  • Knowing that your kids are doing something active and meaningful.
  • Having fun with the people that mean the most to you.
  • Building memories that you and your kids will cherish.
  • Being the hero, knowing that you’ve created a moment in time unlike any other.

 

AweVenture is not only a great way to spend time with your kids, it’s a great way to make make your kids feel more valuable, important, and loved. And just because making an AweVenture is easy, it doesnt mean you cant make something completely unique and memorable.

Making a Personalized Memory

Part of AweVenture is being able to personalize your scavenger hunt adventure by choosing where you go, which adventure guide you use, who you include, and even if you want to make a normal adventure or a race to see who completes the adventure first.

What’s more you can make your AweVenture even more amazing by supplementing the on device adventure with your own rewards, surprises, and fun ideas in the real world. For instance, you can:

  • Hide prizes at each location that your kids and their friends have to find.
  • Enlist friends to dress up as special characters at each stop to increase the fun and excitement.
  • Create more mystery and anticipation by leaving pieces of a multi-part puzzle that only makes sense once it’s complete.

 

Not only does AweVenture let you create an amazing scavenger hunt adventure, there are tons of ideas for activities and ways to enhance your scavenger hunt available right within the app!

Make a fun afternoon adventure in a few seconds, or make a big event with so much of the work done for you; it’s up to you. The best part is seeing your kids totally immersed in the fun and excitement of an adventure, knowing they will have such great memories for years to come and you made it all happen.

Live a Life full of AweVenture

What’s more, it’s not just the adventures. AweVenture is more than an app, it’s a way of life. It’s a tool to find ways to connect with loved ones and make every moment special and interactive. Remember that book I made for Evan? We’ve covered how to make that in our blog and in a fun, instructional video.

We detail projects for building things together with your hands, creating fun family videos, and tons and tons of ideas for what to do when you can’t get outside. The best part is, you can view them on our blog, our YouTube channel or simply right inside the app!

The app is a free download and a great tool to use to make family time, fun time. Even better, you can create your first scavenger hunt adventure on us! Give it a try and watch your family laugh together and have a blast solving clues and enjoying the locations you choose. They’ll have so much fun, they’ll beg to do it again.

Memories that Last

Do you want your kids to do something meaningful and exciting while building memories that will last longer than the toys and games that litter the house? Are you ready to make memories that last? Are you ready to feel the joy of seeing your kid’s eyes light up while doing something active and interactive?

My sons have had a slew of birthdays between them. Most have been forgotten, but their adventure birthdays – they are still vivid memories that bring smiles and joy. Just knowing that gives me such a feeling of fulfillment and happiness that I know it was worth all the effort I put into it.

It may have taken a while to really connect with Evan, but his super hero scavenger hunt adventure was a turning point. He talked about it a lot, and I knew that every moment he played with his rubber ducks was filled with happiness and positive feelings.

Now Evan I are very close. We hang out a lot and have tons of fun together. It still makes me smile to remember the excitement on his face as he would watch the next video on his scavenger hunt adventure and then rush off to save the next duck. I may have succeeded in helping him create some positive memories, but I never realized how much I would cherish the ones his adventure would give me.

The Fun of AweVenture

Before downloading AweVenture I struggled with ways to connect with my teen and preteen sons. They are active and into video games, and I am video game challenged. As a mother who wants the best for her kids I also want them to be enjoying spending time together instead of spending play time fighting.

Now, with AweVenture, we now can all play together. Not only are we entertained with videos, but the hunt created an atmosphere of camaraderie and mutual excitement. My sons will now ask me to play instead of me continuously seeking ways to connect.

It has given us options as a family to hang out beyond the occasional card game or boring movie night. I have even used it during church youth group game nights!

Laurenda – Missouri

AweVenture Mom

Start Making Memories

Now’s your chance to start making memories. First, download the app. It’s a free download. It’s chock full of great articles and videos that give you amazing ideas for connecting with your kids and giving them creative, active, and interactive ways to enjoy being kids.

Next, give the scavenger hunt adventures a try. The first one is on us. Decide who your guide is, where you want to go, and who you want to invite. It can be a party or it can just be you and your kids.

Finally, sign up to hear all kinds of great ideas before we share them with anyone else. When you do you get an eBook chock full of great ways to spend time with those you care about (and even a few to break away and enjoy some quality time by yourself.) The book is called 101 Adventure Ideas and Adventurous Things to Do and its completely free when you sign up!

What’s more, you will receive a promo code good for 30% off a future adventure (don’t forget: the first one is free!)

It’s time to start making some new memories. It’s time to show the kids how exciting getting out and having fun can be. It’s time for AweVenture.

FAQs

What is AweVenture?

Life is full of excitement and fun! Through our customizable scavenger hunt app, blog, website, and videos, we give you the ideas, tools, and inspiration to make the most of it.

Where can I find more AweVenture?

There are many ways to find us and enjoy a life full of fun and excitement. You can visit our blog or YouTube channel for ideas and inspiration. We’re also on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

The best way to find more AweVenture would be in the AweVenture app. Besides being the best way to create an unforgettable scavenger hunt quickly, it includes our most recent YouTube videos and blog posts right within the app.

What is the AweVenture app?

The AweVenture app is a fantastic way to create an amazing scavenger hunt event in seconds that your kids will talk for years to come. Create your own customized scavenger hunt adventure led by a virtual adventure guide and experience a new way to enjoy parties, get togethers, and other events with family and friends. Additionally, you can find inspiration to make your life more adventurous, active, and connected with videos and articles.

Where can I find the app?

The app is currently available for iOS devices on the Apple App Store. We are working on an Android version.

Does the app cost money?

The app is a free download that includes access to our most recent videos and articles. In addition, you can create your first customized, virtual host-guided, scavenger-hunt style adventure with a free trial. You can create additional competitive or family adventures that allow you to enjoy an afternoon of fun for much less than the average group activity. What’s more, when you sign up for exciting news and updates, you get a promo code for 30% off a future adventure!

Are there other payment options?

We also offer subscriptions that allow you to create, run and rerun a select number of events for a low monthly price. We also offer yearly options to save you even more money.

What phones does AweVenture support?

AweVenture is currently available for iOS. We are working on the Android version. To get up to date information on the status of the Android version, sign up for free updates.

Who is the app for?

The app is for people who want a more exciting way to spend time with family or friends. The videos and articles provide a lot of great insights and ideas to create your own adventures.

More importantly, we have two types of customizable, video-guided, scavenger hunt adventures. Our family adventures are focused on family fun, but can be used by anyone. For those that want to have a more competitive experience, we have competitive adventures specifically tailored to people that want to enjoy something more challenging to compete in teams to see who can finish the adventure first.

How do the adventures work?

With family adventures, if you have an upcoming event you want to make more exciting – a party, get-together, or just an errand you need to bring the kids along for – you can create a customized scavenger hunt event. You select one of our video adventure guides, such as a secret agent, ninja, or princess, invite anyone you would like to join, and choose the places you want to go.

With competitive adventures you can create team building games, competitive events, or just a fun get-together broken down in up to five teams that compete against each other to see who can solve the clues, find the items, and complete the adventure first. You can create a customized event by selecting a video adventure guide like a drill sergeant or hiking guide, inviting your teams, and choosing your locations.

Can I invite other people and can they follow along?

Absolutely! For family adventures, it takes only a few seconds to invite friends and family to join. They can accept the invitation, download the app, and follow along on their own devices.

For competitive adventures, you can invite all your friends and select up to 4 other group leaders to race against each other to see who can get to the finish line first.

How many adventures are available

We currently have six family adventures: a secret agent trying to stop an art thief, a cowgirl working to round up her horses, a ninja on a secret mission to deliver a package, a princess hoping to bring happiness to her people, our own Safari Jake looking to uncover a priceless artifact, and a quarterback who needs help to win the big game.

Additionally, we have four competitive adventures: a triathlon trainer trying to whip you into shape, a drill sergeant who will turn you into real recruits whether you like it or not, a hiking guide who wants to get you out into the fresh air, and a workout instructor who loves to get in a good workout, but has a short fuse.

You can catch all our current adventure guides and see a preview in the app.

Where can I preview the adventures?

You can preview the adventures in the app. Simply click the “Create a New Adventure” button from the home screen and watch a preview of any adventure you want to see.

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Expand Your Adventure

Want to take your adventure with you? Sign up for our free eBook “101 Adventure Ideas and Adventurous Things to Do” to discover exciting new ways to enjoy a life full of adventure.