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FAQ-A Storied Evening: A Fun Family Event at the Free Library

Do you have some questions about the Family Event? Check out this list of frequently asked questions.

Who is invited to this event?
This event is open to everyone and is ideal for families with children between the ages of 4-10. Ticket prices are $68 for a family of four and $17 for each additional person. Individual tickets may be purchased for $17 each. Children 2 and under are free.

Where and when is this event being held?
The event will be held at the Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine Street in Philadelphia on May 18th from 5:00-7:30pm.

What are the kids’ activities?
A digital scavenger hunt, geared to 6-10 year-olds, leads you throughout the historic Parkway Central Library to hidden clues themed around books by award-winning illustrator David Wiesner. You can also explore the creative works of David Wiesner through Art Projects led by Fairmount & Queen Village Art Center. Projects are geared to ages 4-10. The activities will be followed by a casual dinner.

What do I need to bring to participate in the scavenger hunt?

Please bring a Smartphone, tablet, or device with a QR Code Reader.

How many phones will I need?
Each team needs at least one phone to read the QR codes.

What's a QR code?
A QR or "Quick Response" code is a two-dimensional bar code which contains information. When you scan a QR code with a SmartPhone or other device, you will quickly be directed to a particular web page. A QR code looks like this:

How can I read QR codes with my phone?
You will need a QR-code app (you will find many free QR apps at your app store) and a SmartPhone or tablet equipped with a camera.

Is there Wi-Fi in the library?
Yes! The Free Library offers free Wi-Fi. A library card is required to login. If you don’t have a library card, guest cards are available.

Where can I find scavenger hunt clues?
Clues will be hidden in galleries on the first and second floors of Parkway Central Library.

Do I need to be part of a team to participate in the scavenger hunt?
We welcome individual and team players as long as one adult accompanies each group.

How is a team formed?

By you! Reach out to your friends and get a team together to hunt for clues.

How big can a team be?
We recommend teams be limited to a maximum of 4 children given that one adult is in charge.

How small can a team be?
Teams can be as small as one child accompanied by an adult.

Does a parent have to lead a team?
One adult is needed to oversee each team.

Do teams have to be organized by school?

We encourage schools to get involved by inviting parents to organize their children/children’s friends into teams, but this is an outreach effort rather than a requirement.

How many teams can a school field?
Each school can field as many as each would like, as long as there is one adult per team.

What if my friends go to different schools?
That’s OK. We encourage teams to be made up of any configuration of children, both age-wise and school-wise.

When does the scavenger hunt begin?

Doors open for the Family Event at 5:00 p.m., but the scavenger hunt has a rolling start. Your team or you individually may begin the hunt as soon as you’re all assembled.

Do all team members have to be present to begin?
If you’d like to hunt for clues together we recommend you wait for your teammates to arrive. Alternatively, you can start without a teammate and he/she can join you midway through the hunt. Just make sure he/she can get in touch with you as you’re searching for clues throughout the library.

Is there a winner?

Given the rolling start, there is no winner. You’ll have a lot of fun though.

How do we register?
Register online by clicking here.

Does my team have to register as one to be recognized as a team?

No team registration is needed. Families should follow the registration process, which allows you to buy a family of four package and add on individuals if you are bringing more than 2 children.

If you have additional questions, please give us a call at (215) 814-3520 or email Thank you.