Mall Scavenger Hunt Riddles

If you want to plan a fun activity that involves players having to use their brains, here are 20 mall scavenger hunt riddles you can use.

These riddles are perfect for using with people of any age, so this can be a great scavenger hunt for kids, youth groups, birthday parties or even with a group of adults.

We’ve also provided a free printable worksheet of all the riddles – keep reading to get your copy.



None needed, other than printing off the riddles for each player or team. The worksheet we’ve provided has been created using the Avery 8871 template, but can also be printed on regular paper.


This mall scavenger hunt idea is flexible as it can be played no matter how many people are participating. It can therefore be played with just one kid, pairs, small groups of 3-5 players or just one large group.


Explain to the players that you’re going to be giving them some riddles and that all of the answers are stores that can be found in a mall.

There are several ways you can then have them complete this mall scavenger hunt – here are some ideas:

  1. All In One – Give each team / player all 20 riddles at the start. It’s then a race to see which team can answer them all first.
  2. One By One – Give each team the first riddle. They have to work out the answer before they can be given the next clue.
  3. Picture This – To add an additional element, make this a photo scavenger hunt. Choose one of the above options, but teams then have to find the store in the mall and take a photo of themselves outside it.

Before sending them out to work on the riddles, go through any applicable rules from our list.


Your local mall may not have all of the stores listed below. If that’s the case, here are a couple of suggestions for what you can do:

  • Leave those riddles out and renumber the rest of them
  • Keep those riddles in and give them some kind of special mark – teams still have to work out the answer, but they’ll know that the stores won’t be listed on the mall directory


The first team to answer all of the riddles – no points need to be awarded for this scavenger hunt.


Here’s the list of 20 different scavenger hunt riddles where the answers are stores in the mall.

Beneath this list is a link for the printable worksheet containing these same riddles – please feel free to print as many copies as you need when organizing this game.

1. Build-A-Bear Workshop

No matter whether you’re a girl
Or whether you’re a boy
This is a store where you create
Your very own plush toy

2. Macy’s

In this shop you will be able to find
Anything you need for home living
It is also the store that in New York
Plans a big parade for Thanksgiving

3. Bed Bath & Beyond

The first word is where you lay down at night
The second is where you shower
The third and fourth are said by Buzz Lightyear
When he’s the man of the hour

4. Burger King

If you like your food flame-grilled
This place will have your loyalty
The restaurant’s name sounds like
It is patty royalty

5. Target

The logo of this company
It is one that you should know
It looks just like what you would shoot
With an arrow and a bow

6. Old Navy

This next store’s name
It should be easy
They are not young
But are out at sea

7. Pandora

An online company has the same name
And they have music that you can stream
But this one is a place inside the mall
That sells lots of items that do gleam

8. Victoria’s Secret

The models of their underwear
Look like they’ve been on a diet
It has the name of a woman
Who is keeping something quiet

9. Banana Republic

To find the next store on the list
This clue should help give you a hunch
It sounds like it is a country
That sells yellow fruit by the bunch

10. Hot Topic

You’re doing very well at this
And you might be feeling bold
Next up on this scavenger hunt
Is a subject that’s not cold

11. Sprint

Keep an eye out as you’re walking round
In case this is one you go straight past
They sell electronic devices
That sound like they might go very fast

12. Sears

The name of this next shop
Sounds like you’re taking meat
And sealing its juices
By adding some great heat

13. Hallmark

They have a cable channel
That on your TV you can view
In the mall they have gift wrap
And all kinds of different cards too

14. Rainbow

This next one is a clothing store
You’ll get it if you have brains
It has the name of what you see
If the sun shines when it rains

15. McDonalds

If you want some fast food
This is where you go
This old man had a farm

16. Dollar Store

I hope you like these mall riddles
Especially all of the rhymes
Your next clue has you going to
Somewhere that you might spend ten dimes

17. The Body Shop

Despite the name of this mall store
It does not sell a cadaver
Instead it stocks lots of items
You can work into a lather

18. Yankee Candle Co.

If a New York baseball team
Gets bored of playing games
They should go and work here
And sell things that have flames

19. Dairy Queen

You’ve already found food royalty
But he will not be alone
It sounds like his wife is drinking milk
While sitting on a throne

20. Nail Salon

You’re getting through this list so quickly
You’re going at a very good clip
The last stop on this tour of the mall
Is where your fingers get a French tip

Printable Mall Scavenger Hunt Riddles

Mall Scavenger Hunt Riddles

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