Winning it all at cityseek 2016 in Philadelphia

Early October, we dropped the kids off with my sister for the weekend, and drove into Philadelphia. We had signed up months earlier with three other couples for the 1st annual cityseek event. The event was a charity fundraiser for the Princeton Child Development Institute.

CitySeek is a team based scavenger hunt for adults through the Old City section of Philadelphia. You and your team of 4 to 8 members will earn points as you complete various tasks and explore the streets of Philly. These tasks will take place in various museums, shops, restaurants and bars as well as many historic sites such as the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. Along the way, you will have time to enjoy some great Philly foods and a beverage or two.

Our friend Sofia organized our team, and even made us some t-shirts. We all stayed at the Hilton Philadelphia Penn’s Landing, which was conveniently walking distance to the event. Namita and I got in early Saturday morning, parked in the hotel garage, and met up with our teammates in the hotel lobby. We all walked over to the event meeting place at Buffalo Billiards, signed in, got our gear and instructions, and then we were off to the races.  We spent the entire day (until around 4 or 5 pm (I forget exactly) running around the Old City section, looking for various clues. The answers to historical questions, getting a photo with a horse, getting a photo with a wedding party, etc. It was a lot of fun. We didn’t know how well we would do, of course. We figured we would compete, have fun, raise some money for charity, and then go out to dinner at Cuba Libre.

The event ended up raising over $25,000 with all of the teams participating. We somehow came in first place with the most tasks completed, and earned some great prize money (in the form of gift cards) to Cuba Libre and another bar. Yeah, unbelievable. The prize money ended up paying for dinner, and additional drinks at that other bar. I think we hit the hay around midnight, because of all the running around.

Sunday morning, we were out the door, and met up with my sister and her family for lunch at a Jersey diner near their house. Kids had a good time doing hayrides and other stuff.

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