A creative parent on Bay Farm Island, a ten-minute drive from Oakland, due west from the Oakland Arena, has distributed small plush yeti characters in a public scavenger hunt for children to complete.
Part of Bay Farm Island is lined with a path featuring 26 fairy doors, identified with A-Z letters and corresponding illustrations (O for Octopus, for example). A trip here will delight everyone as you explore the area and find Yetis and fairy doors.
How to get started with the Yeti hunt
First, you’ll want to get an idea of where you’re going by looking at a map from home. The hunt is limited to the northwest tip of Bay Farm Island. Head toward Adelphian Way to park near the waterfront path if you want to take a scooter ride, find some Fairy Doors, and maybe spot some Yetis.
The Yetis all look the same, so you will have no trouble recognizing them. They will be out on display until the second weekend of January.
The creator of the game has written up some clever poems to invite families to play. You’ll find a PDF version of the map on the BayFarmYeti.com website and/or Instagram account.
Walking the full route to seek all 12 yetis will amount to about 3.5 miles, so you may want to tackle it with a jogging stroller, scooters, or bicycles. There is a playground around the halfway mark and a fire station along the way, too, so if you have the time to make it an all-day adventure, your little yeti hunters may not even notice how many miles they’re logging.
You’ll need to use this map to plan your route.
12 yetis are across the area and it’s a lovely place to explore.
Join the Bay Farm Yeti Explorer’s Guild here >
All photos by Whitney Moss