What kid doesn’t love to play hide-and-seek? And if you’re like me, you’ve probably explained (what seems like a million times) to your child that hike-and-seek in public places is not a good idea. Hide-and-seek in a park? I don’t think so. In a supermarket? Nope. But the hide-and-seek rock trend is a new craze that really rocks. It’s crafty. It’s fun. It’s inexpensive. It’s something the whole family can do together. And if you look at the posts on the Napa Rocks Facebook page, painting, hiding and finding rocks seems to be connecting people and encouraging them to explore Napa in new ways – and playing hide-and-seek in public places.

Shannon Daniels, a stay-at-home mom, visited family in Washington State with her three kids this past summer. Her cousin invited them to “do rocks” with the kids. Shannon had no idea what she was talking about, but soon found out painting, hiding, and finding rocks was a big thing! The idea is simple. People paint small rocks bright colors or write short messages on them and hide them – preferably in plain sight – so that people find them. The person who finds the rock takes a photo of it or a selfie with the rock and posts it to a group page on Facebook. Then they can replace the rock with one they’ve painted or re-hide the rock they found.

While in Washington, Shannon’s family walked down by the waterfront to look for rocks and always found some, even without clues that they were there. Her kids, ages 4,7, and 17, loved it, and when they were getting ready to return home they asked Shannon to start a group so they could continue the fun in Napa. Shannon started a Facebook group in July thinking friends would participate, but it took off and membership skyrocketed – the group now has more than 2,600 members. In fact, rock-painting groups are popping up around the country, and Shannon’s efforts have inspired similar rumblings in American Canyon and nearby Fairfield.

Shannon wants to make sure that people know the Napa Rocks group is for fun. There is no pressure to participate – she says, “Do what is fun for you. Find a rock or multiple rocks you like, keep them! Don’t like to paint? Don’t. Don’t like to search for rocks? Don’t. Don’t want to re-hide a rock you found? Don’t.” Anyone is welcome to join the Napa Rocks group. Just visit the group on Facebook and request to join. New to the rock game? Shannon has set some general guidelines for participation.

Paint/decorate a rock (acrylic paint works great, with a top coat of Mod Podge)

  • Write find on Facebook at Napa Rocks on back
  • Post a picture and a hint to where it can be found (park, school, etc.)
  • Hide rock for others to find

Found a rock?

  • Take a picture and post it so the person who hid it knows it was found. Easy to follow if you post your found rock under the original post as a comment.
  • Keep the rock or re-hide it
  • If re-hid, post a hint to where it can be found

Please follow these guidelines to avoid confusion.

  • Do not hide in or around small businesses unless you are the business owner.
  • Make sure ALL rocks are marked Napa Rocks. If they are not marked, please leave them where you found them.

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