The Caper at the Oceanside Zoo

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An exciting scavenger hunt style non-murder mystery party set in a zoo for kids. This is the 5-8 player game. Invite up to 24 players to play as teams, ages 6+. Get ready to sleuth a fun animal mystery at the Oceanside Zoo.

Select the party ready option above, and our staff will fold and slip the clue cards for rounds one, two, and three into the envelopes to prevent you from seeing spoilers on the round cards. If you do not select this option, you will have some assembly required with your kit.

Please note: younger guests may need some adult assistance in reading and solving clues! The game includes a fun scavenger hunt in round one and ends with an exciting challenge to find Garry Gator - the notorious prankster!  This game is ideally hosted at a home, as there are scavenger hunt clues to be found in general home locations (i.e. kitchen, kid's bedroom, etc.) 


Helpful Links:

 Sample game materials

 Host character list

 Free, printable invitation

 Direct your guests here - the corresponding pre-game site at Your Mystery Party


Mystery Synopsis:

Oh no! Garry Gator the prankster is at it again! He escaped last night and hid five of his zoo animal friends in secret locations around the Oceanside Zoo! After his night of mischief, Garry Gator has crawled back into his swampy exhibit and is fast asleep. But before he conked out, he slipped some riddle-containing envelopes under the head zoo keeper's office door!

We need to hurry and solve Garry Gator's riddles to figure out which of his friends he hid and where their secret locations are in the zoo before the customers arrive or the Mayor of Oceanside will have to shut down the zoo!

If you wish to host this (or any other) game for profit, you will need a commercial license - click here.

Minimum age:
6 years (9 years is the recommended maximum age)
Difficulty rating:
Easy breezy, 2/10
Gender of character roles:
Minimum # of players:
5 players
Kit sizes:
Only 1 kit option, 5-8 players.
Expandable teams?:
May be expanded up to 24 total players by making the teams on your own.
Date of publication:
Last revised on 2/8/18
Unique content:
Menu suggestions & bonus party games