Monthly Archives: July 2015

Interactive mystery for kids

It was 25 years ago today (July 27, 1990) that we performed The Legend of Pandora’s Box for the first time! The client was the Oak Brook Park District.

It’s a children’s mystery designed for Grades 3-6, and it’s one of our most popular shows.

Video:  The Legend of Pandora’s Box

Children love a good mystery and we provide an interactive mystery that gets kids involved and thinking.

Mystery for kids
The Legend of Pandora’s Box

Our CHILDREN’S MYSTERY (Grades 3-6) starts with a short play, presented by professional actors, that outlines the “case.” (PLEASE NOTE: in keeping with family-sensitive values, there are NO murders in our children’s mystery programs – only good, clean, baffling fun!) The audience (up to 100) work in teams to solve the mystery. The children must solve riddles, puzzles and coded messages. They can also “buy” clues with Mystery Shop Investigation Bucks.

As much fun as our play offers, The Mystery Shop offers your children so much more:

Teamwork. Each child contributes toward a solution as part of a randomly chosen team.

Friendly competition. Teams compete against each other.

Observation and recall. Clues are hidden within the play so children will have to listen carefully and remember what they heard.

Decision-making. Clues and hints can be bought but there aren’t enough Mystery Shop Investigation Bucks to buy all the clues. The kids have to spend  carefully.

Deductive-reasoning. While the puzzles and riddles aren’t hard, they will take some thought and concentration.

Book your interactive mystery now by calling 630-690-1105 or e-mail at  We’ll be happy to “clue” you in!

Kids Mystery
The Legend of Pandora’s Box


“Chained Melody” Anniversary

It was 14 years ago today (7/20/01) that The Mystery Shop performed our Chained Melody script for the first time. The client was the Bloomingdale Library. PLOT OF CHAINED MELODY   MELODY CARLISLE is a BIG rock star. She likes strawberries, Taco Tico and the color purple. She never goes anywhere without her Pomeranian dog,… Continue Reading…

Fourth of July Mysteries

The Mystery Shop wishes you a Happy 4th of July!  Need a break from the parades and fireworks?  Try a little murder! MYSTERY NOVELS AND CRIME FICTION   The Fourth of July Wake by Harold Adams Murder on Parade by Donald Bain (as Jessica Fletcher)  Hair of the Dog by Laurien Berenson  The Cat Who… Continue Reading…

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