Scavenger Hunt Set for Villa Rica Gold Museum

As part of the Family Fun Initiative, the Villa Rica Parks and Recreation Department announces its first annual Fall Family Fun Day Scavenger Hunt to be held at Pine Mountain Gold Museum and Stockmar Park in Villa Rica, Georgia on October 13, 2012 from 10:00am – 2:00pm. The event is geared toward families, including children of all ages.

The event will begin promptly at 10:00 am with a guide tour of the museum and grounds. The sprawling nature trails are chocked full of interesting information, local history, and gorgeous scenery. Walking shoes will definitely be needed for this event. Partakers will have the opportunity to pan for gemstones in Pine Mountain’s gold panning area using a process similar to that of the original Gold Rush days.

A lunch of hot dogs, chips, and waters will be provided for all participants in the beautiful pavilion area beside the museum. Those wishing to may bring their own picnic lunches as well. Prizes will be awarded throughout the event. Face painters and balloon artists will be on hand to entertain all in attendance at no additional charge. During this time the families will have the opportunity to visit the animals in the live petting zoo area of the park. A gift shop is available on site to purchase souvenirs, including stunning jewelry and colorful gemstones.

The Scavenger Hunt will encompass the park grounds and the museum itself. Families will be given a set of items or information to locate and are encouraged to find all of the items on the list.

The Villa Rica Parks and Recreation Department has begun taking registrations at the main office at Gold Dust Park and are limiting participation to the first 100 people in order to keep the event at a reasonable level. The cost for the event is only $10.00 per person for those ages six and older. While still needing to register, children five and under are completely free. For more information, families should contact the main office at (770) 459-7011 or go online to www.villaricaparks.com.

The Pine Mountain Gold Museum is Georgia’s only gold museum located at the site of an historic gold mine and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2008. This award winning tourism spot includes a 4,800 square foot museum, 50-seat theater with a 20 minute documentary about the history of the Villa Rica Gold Rush, covered gold and gemstone panning area, 27 acre park with over three miles of self-guided walking trails with interpretive signage, and a covered picnic pavilion. The park is open to the public Monday through Saturday from 10:00am – 4:00pm, with a nominal charge for the gold museum and no charge to enjoy the park grounds and nature trails.

The Villa Rica Parks and Recreation Department is known throughout the State of Georgia for providing innovative, quality leisure programs, facilities and activities that are designed to meet the diverse needs of the constituents it serves. Customer satisfaction has been assured because the programs and activities are well-planned and managed by competent staff and trained volunteers. Likewise, community centers and public places are safe, inviting, accessible and well-maintained. As a result, Villa Rica residents feel empowered to take part in community life and have developed a sense of pride in their parks system. The controlling theme of the Department’s recreation philosophy helps contribute to a better quality of life for the citizens of Villa Rica.

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