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Historical village offers children a treasure hunt with prizes

By HISTORICAL VILLAGE - | Nov 30, 2020

PHOTO PROVIDED Children will look for treasure throughout the Sanibel Historical Museum and Village to earn a prize.

There is fun to be had for youths at the Sanibel Historical Museum and Village as they go on a treasure hunt throughout the buildings and then choose a prize from the treasure chest at the Rutland House.

Children are given a sheet of instructions outlining where they can find the treasures in each building. They get a clue and then must find, for example, the sundial in the garden. There is something to find in each of the nine historical buildings. Located in the Village Gift Shop, the treasure chest of prizes includes little toys, tattoos and other goodies. This time of year, many of them are holiday-themed.

Recently, Elyse and Aubrey Anderson and Zara and Iris Luna-Bord took part in the game.

“This is my favorite museum I’ve ever been to,” Elyse Anderson said.

Executive Director Emilie Alfino explained that is exactly what they like to hear.

PHOTO PROVIDED Children will look for treasure throughout the Sanibel Historical Museum and Village to earn a prize.

“It’s exciting to get children interested in history, and the treasure hunt does just that. Children ask all kinds of questions as they make their way through the buildings looking for treasures and anticipating the prize at the end of their quest,” she said. “Of course, the treasure hunt interests the parents, too, which is a wonderful bonus.”

The treasure hunt is offered year-round at the village. Alfino reported that the facility welcomes approximately 1,000 children each year, so the educational opportunities are substantial.

The village is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Masks and social distancing are required.

Admission is $10 for ages 18 and older; children and members are free.

Due to COVID-19, guided tours are available by reservation only in groups of no less than six and no more than 10. To schedule an advance-notice tour, contact Jan Symroski at 239-472-1856.

For more information, call 239-472-4648 or visit www.sanibelmuseum.org.

The Sanibel Historical Museum and Village is at 950 Dunlop Road, Sanibel.