Cbus Mom Challenge – Take the Family Geocaching for a Chance to Win FREE Admission for FOUR to COSI

Are you brave enough to take part in the 1st Cbus Mom Challenge? Do you like adventure? Do you enjoy spending time with your family? Do you have or can you get a GPS device that offers longitude and latitude? Great! You qualify to be challenged.

I came up with the Cbus Mom Challenge to say “thank you” to YOU, my readers, for reading my blog. It it includes two-fold family fun:

1.) Get the family outside before the weather gets dreadfully cold and go geocaching.

2.) There are two caches hidden, which means a chance for two families to win. Each cache contains the code to win one of two sets of 4 admission tickets to COSI for a day of family fun. One set of 4 tickets is general admission.  The other set is 4 tickets for general admission and vouchers for COSI‘s newest exhibit - Adventure: In the Valley of the Unknown - become an explorer and go on a remarkable archaeological quest. Explorers will chase clues, solve puzzles and conquer mazes to gather an ancient four-part code. What fun!!

I thought it’d be a great way to get outside as a family before winter kicks it in high gear, and tickets to COSI are great even for people who are members. Many of you may be looking for ways to keep visiting family busy during the holiday season, and COSI is a great day outing for all ages.



I hid two caches in two different parts of town. One is in Whetstone’s Park of Roses and the other is hidden in Highbanks. Please only one cache per family/reader.

Cbus Mom Challenge runs Friday, October 29, 2010 – Friday, November 12, 2010

Geocaching is basically high-tech scavenger hunting, take a look at my adventure going this summer here.

Here are the rules:

1. Take the kids geocaching to find where I hid the cache. If you are a member of geocaching.com, look for Cbus Mom Challenge.  If you are not a member and unfamiliar with geocaching, geocaching.com has easy instructions on how to do it. Here is the location information and clues to find the hidden caches:

Hidden caches:

FOUND by Travels With Pirates AKA @selimacat on Twitter Cbus Mom Challenge: Highbanks: N40°09.056′  W83°02.435′   40.15094,-83.04058 (the picture is a clue of whereabouts)

FOUND by Momo Fali and @momofali on Twitter: Cbus Mom Challenge: Whetstone Park of Roses: N40°02.533′  W83°01.667   40.04222,-83.02778 (the picture is a clue of whereabouts)

**I used a free GPS app for my Droid to give me longitude/latitude: GPS: Where am I?**

2. Take the envelop I left. Inside the envelop is a secret code and my email address. I also left behind a little trinket for the people who hunt for the cache and are not readers of my blog. The cache is a Ziploc disposable clear box with a clear blue lid. Be sure to look behind things, such as -cough, cough, ahem - logs.

3. Leave something behind for the next geocacher. Take the envelop with you, and then you need to follow the rules of geocaching and leave something behind for the next visitor. The next person to find the cache will take your prize and leave something else (little tip: leave something that is kid-friendly).

4. Email me. If you found my envelop, email me the secret code with your snail mail address and I will send you the 4 admission tickets to COSI.

5. Leave a comment on my blog. Let my other readers know that you found the cache, and if you want to share anything about your experience that’d be great! I would love to hear if it was hard to find or if your kids loved/hated geocaching.

Easy-peasy? I know this adventure won’t appeal to everyone, but I guarantee that once you go geocaching you will love it. It is great fun with the kids!

COSI generously provided eight tickets of admission as a gift for the Cbus Mom Challenge. Thank you, COSI!

About cBus Mom

cBus Mom offers suggestions and reviews of kid-friendly activities in Central Ohio. I am a Columbus, Ohio mom and I like to get out and explore with my kids.

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6 Responses to Cbus Mom Challenge – Take the Family Geocaching for a Chance to Win FREE Admission for FOUR to COSI

  1. cBus Mom October 29, 2010 at 2:45 PM #

    Highbanks information on geocaching.com: http://coord.info/GC2HEV7

    Whetstone information on geocaching.com: http://coord.info/GC2HEVA

  2. Rachel (Hounds in the Kitchen) October 29, 2010 at 5:17 PM #

    Sounds like fun! Lil calls geocaching ‘treasure hunting’ and likes to go with Alex. Maybe I’ll send them out for an adventure tomorrow.

  3. Chris Jonard October 30, 2010 at 5:24 PM #

    I have never been, but think I might give it a try! Sounds like a blast! I have been wanting to do it…here is a good reason to. :) Thanks, Kristin.

  4. Susan M October 31, 2010 at 9:51 PM #

    Thanks for doing this–it was incredibly fun and I think we now have a new family hobby!

  5. Momo Fali November 6, 2010 at 1:37 PM #

    We found it! It took three trips to the park before I knew what I was doing, but it was a great exploration adventure for the kids (and good exercise for mom). Thanks!

  6. cBus Mom November 6, 2010 at 5:54 PM #

    Thank you Selimacat AKA Travels With Pirates and Momo Fali for traipsing out during the colder days of the year to geocache for the Cbus Mom Challenge. You both rock!!