Once again The Bookstore Plus on Main Street is the “Find Waldo Local” headquarters bookstore and has gathered even more businesses willing to hide Waldo for our seeking pleasure. (Yes, I look for Waldo. I let my daughter find Waldo on her own, but it’s still fun to see if I can find him first.) Last year my daughter’s search for Waldo brought her up and down Main Street. Now the search has widened from one end of Lake Placid to the other.
In the “Where’s Waldo” books, Waldo and his cohorts are on a world-wide hike when the elusive cartoon character goes missing along with his backpack and a series of other items. While visiting Lake Placid, it’s just Waldo who needs finding and he manages to stay within the extended village limits for this game of hide and seek. The only criteria for Lake Placid’s town-wide search is to find Waldo, get a stamp and return the completed passport to The Bookstore Plus.
The rules are simple. Collect 10 store stamps from participating businesses and take the passport card to the official Find Waldo Local headquarters (The Bookstore Plus) to receive a free Waldo button and $1 coupon off a “Waldo” book (for the first 125 Waldo spotters.) Collect 20 out of 25 “Waldo” stamps from the local shops and be entered to win a variety of prizes, gift certificates and games from the participating businesses as well as a six-volume deluxe set of “Waldo” books.
Pick up a passport from The Bookstore Plus and get searching. Each of the 25 participating Lake Placid businesses have “Shop Local, Find Waldo Here” stickers in their windows so start this scavenger hunt at any of the participating shops: The Bookstore Plus, The Breakfast Club, Just Bead It, Eastern Mountain Sports, High Peaks Resort, Emma’s Lake Placid Creamery, Darrah Cooper Jewelers, Bear Essentials Apparel, Moon Tree Design, Wyatt’s BBQ, NBT Bank, Delta Blue @ Northwoods Inn, Lake Placid Christmas Company, Ruthie’s Run, Critters, Fantasy Photographs, The Market, Jin Jin’s, Miracle on Icing, Mary Ballou Design, Booties and Birdies, Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf, Green Goddess Natural Market, Olympia Sports, and Bowlwinkles Family Entertainment Center.
Some shops hide the children’s book character in plain site while other businesses make the search more of a family challenge. My daughter walks into one store and easily spots the 6” cardboard cutout of the familiar cartoon dressed in red and white stripes. At different business she has to take more time. That is fine with me. I need to get some shopping done anyway.
On July 31 from 5–6 pm, The Bookstore Plus invites everyone for a grand celebration to honor Waldo with raffles and prize drawings. Waldo look-alike costumes are encouraged. Waldo has always been a bit tricky to find, but my daughter has until the end of July to continue the search. Enjoy!© Diane Chase is the author of the Adirondack Family Activities™ guidebook series, Adirondack Family Time™guidebooks have easy Adirondack family hikes, Adirondack swimming holes, Lake Placid Olympic activities, Adirondack trivia, Adirondack horseback rides, Adirondack snowshoe family trails and more. Look for the Adirondack family guidebook online or bookstores/museums/sporting good stores. Diane is currently working on the next Adirondack Family Activities™ guide.