How Make-A-Wish Foundation Used PlayTours to Create a Memorable Fundraising Scavenger Hunt at the Zoo



Make-A-Wish is a non-profit organization that grants life-changing wishes to children facing critical illnesses. The organization was founded in 1980 with a simple mission - to create hope and joy for children battling serious medical conditions. Through the generosity of donors, volunteers, and dedicated staff, Make-A-Wish has been able to grant thousands of wishes to children across the United States and around the world. 

Over a delightful weekend, Make-A-Wish Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana embarked on a heartwarming journey with PlayTours for their much-anticipated "Walk For Wishes" event. Held at the picturesque Columbus Zoo & Aquarium, the event aimed to raise funds and fulfill the dreams of children facing critical illnesses. Participants were invited to partake in an engaging scavenger hunt that seamlessly blended fun, adventure, and philanthropy. Throughout the event, attendees captured precious moments, answered trivia questions, and completed booth activities, all while exploring the zoo's magnificent surroundings.


The challenge that the Make-A-Wish team faced was to execute a seamless and exciting scavenger hunt without getting bogged down by time-consuming administrative tasks. They had to overcome a significant hurdle – how to ensure that the event would be efficient and well-organized without wasting too much time planning scavenger hunt and team-building activities from scratch. They needed a user-friendly and efficient platform that would enable smooth participant engagement and an unforgettable experience for all.


Enter PlayTours, the ultimate solution for creating captivating event-gamification experiences. The Make-A-Wish team harnessed the power of PlayTours' key features, allowing their volunteers to focus wholeheartedly on interacting with participants and creating magical memories.

Scan-to-Play: PlayTours' Scan-to-Play feature proved to be a game-changer. With a simple QR code scan, participants effortlessly joined the scavenger hunt without needing prior app downloads. This streamlined process eliminated the need for pre-event reminders, ensuring a hassle-free and engaging start for every participant.

In-Game Briefing: Prior to commencing the adventure, players went through an immersive in-game briefing complete with questionnaires. This ensured that each participant was well-informed about the scavenger hunt's essential details, setting the stage for an exciting and well-guided experience.

Gallery: All the photos and videos captured by enthusiastic players were thoughtfully organized in PlayTours' Gallery. This convenient feature allowed organizers to access participant submissions whenever needed, providing a rich collection of cherished memories and funny moments.


Thanks to PlayTours' seamless and efficient event-gamification platform, Make-A-Wish successfully hosted an unforgettable "Walk For Wishes" event that tugged at heartstrings and raised essential funds for their noble cause. Participants revealed in the joy of making wishes come true, and volunteers experienced the joy of creating an impactful and magical day for all involved.

PlayTours' user-friendly interface and innovative features facilitated a smooth scavenger hunt experience, allowing the organizers to focus on the core mission - spreading hope and happiness. The event was a testament to the power of technology, bringing together communities and fostering a sense of unity while supporting a cause close to their hearts.

Summing Up 

The collaboration between Make-A-Wish and PlayTours demonstrated how technology can be harnessed for a meaningful purpose, enriching lives and creating lasting memories. With PlayTours, the possibilities for event gamification are boundless, making it the go-to platform for creating engaging experiences at affordable prices.

Ready to embark on your own event-gamification journey? Try PlayTours for free now and be part of the magic that unfolds when technology meets compassion. Sign up at No credit card needed - just pure adventure awaits!

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