Illustrations by Jynnette Neal

Game on, people!

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It’s sorta like The Amazing Race, neighborhood version. Double-dog dare neighbors to catch you if they can, and compete in our hiding-in-plain-sight scavenger hunt.

The challenge will lead all participants to the best attractions, restaurants and outdoor activities that simply must get checked off your bucket list. The hunt includes 19 items, each worth a certain number of points.

The goal is not to complete the most activities, but to rack up the most points.

Individuals or teams should take a photo at each checkpoint to document progress and send it to no later than June 30. Receive bonus points for posting your photos on social media with the hashtag #LHScavengerHunt. The winner will receive a prize.

So take your mark, and let the fastest funsters win.

Ready, set, go!

  • Paddle board on White Rock Lake. Say ’sup to boaters and kayakers from your stand-up paddle board. It’s a great way to exercise and see the lake from a new vantage point. (20)
  • Picnic at the Arboretum. Enjoy a peaceful lunch on lush grass surrounded by beautiful blooms. See our list of the best Lake Highlands food items to pack in your basket on page 22. (10)
  • Find a pothole and report it to 311. Porky works hard to make our streets smooth for motorists, but he’s just one pig. Help a hog out by grabbing your favorite stuffed animal and sniffing out your own pesky pothole. Report it to the City here. (10)
  • Pick up a piece of trash at White Rock Lake. Be on the lookout for litter when you’re biking or jogging. If you’re feeling extra, volunteer at For the Love of the Lake’s monthly shoreline spruce-up. (10)
  • See an art exhibit at the Bath House Cultural Center. Walk through the display celebrating 100 years of WRR, Dallas’ municipally owned radio station. (10)
  • Find a Texas historical marker. Start at McCree Cemetery, Lake Highlands Elementary School or Highland Oaks Church of Christ. See how many others you can find at (5)
  • Snap a photo at a mural. Grab a camera and your bestie and find the mural at the Evolution Store at 6769 Abrams Road. (5)
  • See a show at the Wildcat Drive-In. The venue was created by Lake Highlands neighbors Jackson Marburger and Drew Harman to give residents a safe way to gather during the pandemic. (10)
  • Indulge in a mega shake from Brickhouse Burgers & Shakes. Just remember to hide your calorie counter and wear your stretchy pants before you treat yo’self. (5)
  • Play disc golf at BB Owen Park. (10)
  • Check out a book from the new state-of-the-art library in Vickery Meadow. (5)
  • Eat a Dilly Bar on the Dairy Queen patio and enjoy the majestic view of downtown. (5)