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Mice on Main – A Great Way to Spend Some Time with the Kids!

In the great green room
There was a telephone
And a red balloon
And a picture of –

The cow jumping over the moon.

So begins Margaret Wise Brown’s timeless children’s classic, “Goodnight Moon,” the endearing story of a young bunny in striped pajamas who has to tell everyone and everything – in his room and in the world – goodnight before he can go to sleep for the night. Most any child or parent who has had a preschool child during any time in the last 50 years or so probably knows at least part of the brief and charming poetry that fills the pages of the book. So it comes as no surprise that a great many kids – with parents or grandparents in tow – have had a good time indeed in downtown Greenville as they search for those elusive “Mice on Main.”

“Mice on Main” is a sort of scavenger hunt that was the idea and school project of a local high school student who wanted to do something good for the community. The game has found a happy home in Greenville, and has become a popular way for families to entertain their young children since the bronze mice were installed in their “hiding places” more than a year and a half ago.

Children are invited to search, with the help of a list of clues, for nine bronze mice, which can be found in various locations beginning at the fountain in front of the Hyatt Regency Hotel (where the first mouse, Mr. Mickey, can be found sitting happily with a bronze version of his favorite book, “Goodnight Moon”) along the nine blocks that make up Main Street between the Hyatt and the Westin Poinsett Hotel.

The mice are located on both sides of Main Street. Each mouse has a name, and the sculptor has given each mouse a number, so they can be easily identified. Some are up from the ground, others at street level. The mice are nicely sculpted, and add a light touch and a bit of humor and whimsy to the city streets.

Depending on the ages of the children and the level of dedication to the task, the hunt can take anywhere from 45 minutes to a couple of hours. To many, sharing the thrill of a morning or afternoon of discovery over ice cream cones is the perfect end to the perfect day.

Mice hunters can ask for a list of hints at the Hyatt. Internet-savvy seekers who want to start the game even before they get to Main Street can do a Google search (or any other search engine, for that matter) for “Mice on Main” – an adorable list with cute little mouse illustrations will be the mark of a “mission accomplished.”

After an inspiring day in downtown Greenville, young hunters might just want to wind down and end the day with one of their favorite bedtime stories, to hear …

Goodnight stars
Goodnight air
Goodnight noises everywhere.

(Image provided by The City of Greenville.)

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