Mission Washington, D.C.: A Scavenger Hunt Adventure (For Kids) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-05-13 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 31 user ratings

" Looking forward to taking this to DC! " said.

"What a fantastic way to learn American history! I compliment the author and her ingenious way of letting Young visitors to Washington D.C., explore the city. As agents they must collect 100 points but the step by step explanations of monuments, historical documents, statues and artifacts are basic enough for even the Young visitor to grasp.
More than anything, it is an truly interesting way to bring your children to this city and let them discover for themselves so many interesting facts. I believe their parents will learn alot too!
I like the graphic setup and I'm sure your visitors of all ages will appreciate all the work that went into making this book.
Letting the children "special agents" make up their own code names for the Mission is a great way of involving them in the play and learn activities.
As a former elementary school teacher, I highly recommend this book as it stimulates and rewards the visitors.
So glad there are others in the series.
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"Ms. Catherine Aragon has taken what normally would have been a boring experience for children just running from one visitor site to another in Washington, D.C. into an engaging fun educational experience. Using the idea that children love going on scavenger hunts in the backyard, in a park or anyplace else.

In this book its readers become Special Agents who have been assigned the task of finding the items listed and observing what they see in order to answer the specific questions being asked. In order to assist them need to follow the instructions being given to them by their case officers [their parents] and go to accompany their case officers wherever they decide will be the next location to complete their assigned task; even though the book has already listed all the sites they’d eventually need to go.

This book gives the basic important information anyone needs to know about each of the sites being visited, that adults visiting Washington, D.C. alone could actually use this as an educational guidebook for themselves.

For educating all of its readers, both the adults and children, regarding the location for the United States government, and helping them to hit all of the important tourist sites; I’ve given Ms. Aragon 5 STARS.

I’ve read this book via a KINDLE Unlimited download.

NOTE: Reading this book via the KINDLE edition will require a small pocket notebook to track of the points being received for the successful completion of each assigned task.
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"This is the second book I’ve read in this series. And just comparing the two side by side, the first thing that pops out at me is the consistency in quality from one to the other. The author applies the same meticulous attention to detail, layout, and design of her visually laden pages, and to the crafting of the prose. Assuming she does this throughout the series of books (still too early to tell, having just read two), this is a “if you loved one, you’ll love them all” kind of thing.

Parents looking to occupy their kids on vacation will find these books a boon. More to the point, they excel at cramming a ton of education into a vacation trip without making any of it seem like anything but a ton of fun. So you will not have to fret for what to occupy them, or what activities to find that you might both enjoy as parents and child alike.

Being something of a history buff myself, and feeling a bit travel-starved (I don’t get to jet set nearly as much as I’d like too—like try, never), I find these books are surprisingly educational and a nice mini-vacation for me as an armchair traveler, as well. And they offer plenty of incentive to take a bus ride or a train where possible to get to D.C. if Jet Blue or some form of discount travel isn’t available.

If you’re leaving the country with one or more young kids in tow, I’d definitely recommend packing this title (especially as, in e-book form or nestled into your cell phone, it takes virtually no room). Though possibly load it on your kids’ phones as well if you expect to hold on to yours! Or any of their free-kindle-app empowered appliances.
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"The author has hit on a clever travel book format that turns a valuable educational opportunity into a really fun game. Do your children have what it takes to become special agents? Find out by accepting a series of assignments and gathering important Intel (spy-speak for information) under the supervision of their case officer (a parent or trusted adult).
The ‘assignments’ are presented just like they are in spy movies: aerial photos of key locations, close-ups, and clues that lead to key pieces of ‘Intel’ on each one. Each assignment is like a scavenger hunt (“only better”). Intel gathered has to be brought back to the case officer for verification before the point/s for finding it can be awarded. Once the requisite number has been reached (it’s a challenging total), there’s a Mission Control website that will issue a certificate of success. What a brilliant idea for getting children really engaged in what might otherwise seem to them a lot of trudging around looking at buildings and statues!
There are a few important rules, like the case officer has the final say on which assignments will be attempted! That’s to help parents deal with an eager bright child whose hunger for points has turned “Do we have to?” into “I want to complete every single assignment.” While reading the book I was caught up in the spirit of the thing and imagined myself again the child I was: eager to play a good game and go chasing off to discover all the fascinating things that make up the bedrock history and culture of Washington DC.
The wonderful thing about this digital age is that the book can be downloaded on to the e-reading devices of all personnel involved: so that all agents can be following the clues simultaneously and haring back to their case officer to collect the points, having used either the pre-digital method (notepad and pencil) or by tapping/swiping the Intel via the note-taking facility on their phones or whatever device they have.
CONCLUSION: any bright child of any age (10-110?) visiting Washington DC should have this vital set of assignments concealed on a device somewhere about their person. Terrific fun for all (and you’ll learn a lot).
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