Meetings & Conventions: Short Cuts September
Short Cuts:The Art Of Scavenging
What headless Southeast Asian man looks like he
has gone too far with the Slim-Fast? It's a simple enough question,
at least for determined participants in a museum scavenger hunt
arranged by New York City-based Watson Adventures (212-726-1529).
(The answer: Siddhartha, depicted mid-fast in a damaged statue at
The Metropolitan Museum of Art.)
For the typical hunt, the concept's creator, Bret Watson, equips
groups in teams of four to six with quirky clues, which they use to
navigate their way through a museum (or park or zoo) and answer
some offbeat questions.
"No knowledge of the museum is required whatsoever. In fact,
it's probably a hindrance," says Watson. What is needed: "teamwork,
creative thinking, a sense of humor and comfortable shoes." When
the allotted time (generally two hours) is up, teams share their
adventures and collect prizes at a post-hunt party.
Watson, who is not affiliated with the museums, leads groups of
up to 160 for scavenger hunts at the Met. Other sites in the New
York area include the American Museum of Natural History and the
Brooklyn Museum of Art, both accommodating groups of up to 80.
Outdoor hunts can be held at the Central Park Zoo.
LOREN G. EDELSTEIN
Move over, Mall of
Now another behemoth has its own ZIP code. Royal Caribbean's
3,114-passenger Voyager of the Seas is so massive that not only
does it have its own post office, it also offers such amenities as
an ice-skating rink and a rock-climbing wall.
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