Unique ‘Catch That Ghost’ Family Puzzle Event For Sunday, October 21


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North America has just one math museum: the National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath) in Manhattan. The museum, which is open 364 days a year and has attracted more than 1.5 million visitors since opening, is designed to enhance public understanding and perception of math in daily life through exhibits, programs and galleries.

Now for catching that ghost…

Acclaimed puzzlemaker Eric Berlin, who is founder of Puzzle Your Kids (a website that provides a free weekly puzzle to kids around the world), created “Catch That Ghost,” a family-friendly custom-designed puzzle event that MoMath will host on Sunday, October 21 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The ghost-themed puzzle event, which is expected to draw hundreds of people, will send teams of three to six players to different locations throughout Manhattan’s Flatiron District, a news release notes. From the lobby of MoMath, where the puzzle begins, the teams will embark on an adventure in which they will combine math and information from their surroundings to discover clues that will lead them to the finish line. (Don’t worry if this sounds intimidating — Volunteers will be available at the checkpoint locations to give hints that guide participants to the final puzzle.) Prizes will be awarded, but perhaps the greatest prize of all is enjoying this unique math event — the first of its kind in New York City — with family or friends.

In a post about the event, Berlin, who’s also the author of the Winston Breen series of mysteries for children, states “Yes, the MoMath Web site currently says the deadline for registration is Friday at noon. Ignore this. If we’re not full, you’ll be allowed to join.” To take part in the event, which is suitable for players ages nine and up, you must check in at the lobby for MoMath, which is located at 11 East 26th Street, New York, NY 10010, between Fifth Avenue and Madison Avenue, according to the MoMath website. Check-in is between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Plan to spend about three hours solving the mystery. Portions of the event will occur outdoors. Wear comfortable shoes and bring writing utensils and other basic supplies. (A clipboard and at least one smartphone with internet access is recommended for each team.) 

This isn’t the only exciting program that MoMath is hosting this weekend. Tomorrow (Saturday, October 20) from 6 to 8 p.m., the museum will host Equilibrium, an evening of “mathematically rich, hand-on games” for adults. The special guest for this event, which is adults-only, is Ben Orlin, author of “Math With Bad Drawings.”  The event costs $10 to attend if you register online here.

Attending one of these events? Please reach out — in the comments or on Twitter — to share your experience!

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