The Special Ones Mystery Game

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Our whodunit mystery party game for 7 - 13 year olds

This is a thrilling, action-packed mystery combined with a mini-scavenger hunt for a cast of 8 prime suspects (kids) PLUS any number of guests (these children will play detectives and work to solve the mystery) and one adult character.

HOW THIS KIDS MYSTERY GAME WORKS

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  • You’ll need to provide 8 kids willing to take part in the mystery as the primary suspects (see below). You can also have adults play these roles as an hilarious alternative that will certainly amuse the kids.
  • The rest of the kids will take on the role of detective and it will be their job to actively solve the case.
  • Essentially, all the kids will have a crucial, interactive part in the mystery.!

There are 2 versions of this game. You will get both versions with your purchase.

The Know It All Version: 

The prime suspects get a sequence of actions to carry out as well as their detailed character descriptions and other pertinent details ahead of time – and they will know whodunit.

Your suspects won’t have to memorize a lot of dialogue but they will have to be familiar with a timeline of events and actions.

They’ll carry out suspicious activities to set themselves up as suspects and make sure the other kids know some key facts.

This is not a typical play in that all the dialogue is fully scripted. Our format will allow them to better play off the other kids and get them actively participating in the mystery.

We recommend that you give the prime suspects (kids or adults) about 1 to 2 weeks to get familiar with the script and to prepare their character. Set a time to get together, perhaps add some food and drink to the “rehearsal”, and just TALK through the script. Don’t have everyone read it word for word – it won’t help anyone really understand what’s happening and it’s pretty boring. We’ve always found that if you all talk through the action/sequence as your character, it helps loosen things up, the kids start finding the humor in their character and they get a better understanding of the whole picture.

The Narrator Version:

You’ll add a narrator/storyteller to narrate the mystery while the prime suspects act out what the narrator is saying.

The suspects will not need to know whodunit in this version. They’ll only get their character descriptions and some set up information ahead of time.

You’ll have the Simon/Simone adult character described below tell the story while your prime suspects act out what he/she is saying. In this version the suspects won’t need to know whodunit. 

NUMBER OF PLAYERS

Due to the interactive nature of this kids mystery game, it’s best suited for groups of about 16 to 50 kids.

AGE RANGE

Age 7 to age 13

LENGTH OF MYSTERY

Approximately 1 1/2 to 2 hours

PRE-EVENT PREP TIME

Anything and everything that can be downloaded is included with this game. You can prep the mystery in about 2 to 3 hours. You’ll need to print programs and other such documents, shop for inexpensive, easy to find items (arts and craft supplies and some scavenger hunt items) and organize the props (clues, etc.) and supplies but it’s all very simple to do.

The story set up and the suspects

“Dear Special Ones,

You know why you’re here. The President of the United States of America asked you to be here because you’re one of the Special Ones, an elite – by “elite” we mean “cream of the crop” – group of children with very special DNA and very special skills and intelligence.

The world is counting on you to save us all from Evil. So train well and train hard. And be warned and beware, wherever there’s good, there’s evil. And Camp Fredo is no exception.

(The kids will need to figure out that one of them has been sent to Camp Fredo by a bad guy named Viper to stop them from saving the world from evil.)

NAME OF MISSION: Operation: Dingleberry Muffin.

CODE NAME: C.O.O.L. KIDS (Covert Operatives: Off Limits)

MEETING PLACE: Camp Fredo, a top secret training camp on the outskirts of Gotham City.

YOUR CONTACT: Simon (or Simone) Snuffle (the adult character who will play the camp caretaker and your narrator in Version 2).

PRIMARY SUSPECTS (AKA The Special Ones): 

Note: These roles can be adapted for an all boy or all girl cast – look for alternate names in the script.

  1. Dare Devill: A very fearless young man willing to brave anything and do anything to save the day – or so he says. Danger is his middle name (really)!
  2. Lauren Little: Lauren seems to be awfully well, dim for a special one. What’s her secret?
  3. Gypsy Seer: She says her gift is that she can almost always predict what is about to happen. We’ll see about that, won’t we?
  4. Cody Frost: He can freeze people – but only people who don’t believe in his special power because, really, what’s the use of freezing people who believe in you (unless they want you to freeze them)?
  5. Treat “Doc” Thomas: His nickname is “Doc” because he can heal people and animals and things – not everything because he’s still developing his power, but lots of things.
  6. Hunter Safari: An excellent tracker due to his amazing sense of direction and his amazing sense of smell. Can he track down the bad guy – or is he the bad guy?
  7. Stephanie Snooze: Stephanie tends to be very sleepy all the time but there’s a reason for that. She says her brain needs it.
  8. Gina Grump: Okay so she’s grumpy all the time. She’s argumentative and she doesn’t like to play with others or cooperate. So you might be asking, why would she be a special one if she won’t play with others and is grumpy all the time? Ask her if you dare!

THE SPECIAL ONES MYSTERY GAME FOR CHILDREN INCLUDES FRIENDLY, HELPFUL SUPPORT BY EMAIL AND MASTER COPIES OF:

WHAT WILL YOU NEED TO BUY? You’ll need to provide a few easy to find, inexpensive items like some arts and craft supplies. We’ll let you know exactly what you need to get in our handy facilitators’ guide that comes with this mystery game.

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