A neighborhood house hunt is a fun way to get acquainted with your own neighborhood, but get a little more adventurous and you could use these same ideas to explore historical neighborhoods, upscale neighborhoods, downtown commercial districts, and more.
Take a walk (or ride) around your neighborhood and find unique things about specific properties. Note the street name and house number. Find things that will be there when your hunt begins (ie. not a dog chasing a squirrel up a tree). Pick things that can be spotted from the sidewalk so there won't be any issues with tresspassing. Every neighborhood is unique, so this is a list you will have to compile for yourself.
Neighborhood House Hunt Examples:
Divide your guests into teams and give each a pencil and a copy of the list. Instruct them to record the number of the house and the street name beside each item as they find it. Encourage them not make it obvious when they find an item or they may tip off their opponents. Give them a time limit.
The winner is the first team back with a completed list or the team with the most correct answers (which ever comes first). Be sure to carefully check the lists before a declaring a winner.
It is important to announce the search parameters at the start of the hunt (ie. which block[s], how far up and down the streets, whatever you decide). Recording the street name is only necessary if you are conducting your hunt around the block (or several blocks) as opposed to up and down one street.
Be proactive in the area of safety. Be sure that children are supervised by adults, and do not send teams into any locations that might be even remotely dangerous.