Waldo, the bespectacled character from the popular search-and-find books, is hiding in spots across Durham as part of an annual celebration of the character and local business. Waldo can be found in 40 different Durham businesses through July.
Here's how it works: You can pick up a "Find Waldo Local in Durham" passport at The Regulator Bookshop (or go online to print one out) with the names of the participating sites. Get your passport stamped or signed for each Waldo you spot. The first 100 to get their passports stamped or signed at 15 or more sites can bring them back to The Regulator to collect prizes. A grand prize drawing is July 31. Prizes include a six-volume deluxe set of Waldo books and gift certificates to local businesses.
It's presented by Sustain-a-Bull and The Regulator Bookshop and is part of a national program through the American Booksellers Association. The Sustain-a-Bull website has more information about the program, a list of participating sites and the passport to download.
Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill also has its own Where's Waldo activity, I'm told. Head to the store at 752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. to learn more.
Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh, which has led the program in Raleigh, isn't doing it this year. My kids and I did enjoy searching for Waldo in Raleigh during the last couple of summers. This is a fun summer activity for kids and families and a great opportunity to check out some businesses you might not otherwise visit.