Find Waldo Local in Gresham!

Where's Waldo? In Gresham, of course. The famous children’s book character in the striped shirt and black-rimmed specs is visiting local businesses in Gresham this July. Those who spot him can win prizes, including buttons, book coupons and more.

  • To participate, pick up a “Find Waldo Local in Gresham!” passport with a list of all of Waldo's hiding places from Maggie Mae's Kids Bookshop or any of the businesses listed below. Get your passport stamped or signed for each Waldo you spot.
  • The first 125 Waldo seekers to get their passports stamped or signed at ten or more sites can bring their passports back to Maggie Mae's Kids Bookshop to collect an "I Found Waldo" button and a "$1 off" coupon.
  • Collecting store stamps or signatures at seventeen or more businesses will entitle diligent seekers entry into a drawing on July 31, with prizes including Waldo books and more. The grand prize winner will receive a 6-volume deluxe set of Waldo books. 
  • Waldo and his friends have also lost a few items at Maggie Mae's; find Waldo’s key, Woof’s bone, Wenda’s camera, Wizard Whitebeard’s scroll, or Odlaw’s binoculars at Maggie Mae's for an extra stamp on your passport.

We'll have a closing celebration on Tuesday, July 31 from 5-6p.m. at Maggie Mae's Kids Bookshop, complete with prizes, activities and more.


List of Participating Businesses:

  1. Maggie Mae's Kids Bookshop
  2. Big Town Hero
  3. Blondie's Pizza
  4. Gresham Bicycle Center
  5. All About Kids
  6. Foxtrot Vintage
  7. Nancy's Floral
  8. RedFred Collective
  9. Off the Charts Games
  10. World Class Taekwondo
  11. Sugar Cubed Cakes
  12. The Tiki Putt
  13. Frenzi Frozen Yogurt
  14. Accent on Attitude
  15. Biscuits Cafe
  16. Wall Street Pizza
  17. Mt. Hood Lanes
  18. Gresham Public Library
  19. iCandy
  20. Origins Coffee Shop

Where’s Waldo is the creation of Martin Handford, whose entertaining drawings of crowd scenes swept the world in the late eighties. Since then, the Where’s Waldo books have held a cherished spot on bookstore shelves the world over. There are now over 63 million Waldo books in print worldwide and they’ve been translated into over 30 languages. An entire generation has grown up searching for Waldo and his cast of wandering companions.

In celebration of Waldo's longevity and popularity, his American publisher, Candlewick Press, is once again teaming up with the American Booksellers Association and 250 independent bookstores all across the country, including Maggie Mae's Kids Bookshop here in Gresham, for some hide and seek fun as well as to encourage communities to patronize their local businesses.  There is no charge to participate, and the hunt lasts for the entire month of July.