We’ve seen a variety of ideas for entertainment while social distancing, including people placing teddy bears, hearts, and rainbows in their windows for others to search for from their cars or while walking the neighborhood. We LOVE seeing people spreading joy in this simple way!
The Bear Hunt was inspired by the 1989 children’s book We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, written by Michael Rosen and illustrated by Helen Oxenbury. You can see an animated version on YouTube. We don’t know the origin of the hearts and rainbows, they simply make people happy.
Our readers are AMAZING and submitted all of the listings for the map below! Use it to find 🧸 bears, ❤️ hearts, or 🌈 rainbows in your neighborhood for your own teddy bear hunt.
Please keep in mind that we have not verified any of these listings, the map is entirely user-generated. Map markers are also in a general area, not necessarily in front of the exact house. We want to be sure you still have to search a little. 😉
Have something displayed at your house? Click here to add your street to our map. Please allow up to 24 hours for your lising to appear.
**With Florida’s Safer at Home order going into effect on 4/2, we are not encouraging people to take leisurely drives around town to hunt for bears. Please use this information in your own neighborhood and walkable area**
HOW TO USE THE MAP:
- Click on any icon to see the street name and what is displayed (bear, heart, and/or rainbow). Click on the Map Legend (top left corner below, or at the bottom within Google Maps) to see a list of street names and other details.
- Listings are being added in groups, if you view the map legend you should be able to see the list divided up by date. You should be able to uncheck any grouping and they will disappear from the map, useful if you’re going bear hunting more than one day and want to see what is new. (We are new at this so we’re figuring it along with you)
- There is also a link to open in Google Maps, you should be able to view location details within the app as well.
- The group titles within the map legend will show the date and time of each map update.
Listings can be anywhere in or near Polk County, including Lakeland, Winter Haven, Mulberry, Bartow, Auburndale, Plant City, Lake Wales, Davenport.