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You’re planning a super secret surprise birthday party for your best friend, Marco. Marco knows you really well, and suspects you are planning this surprise party. He is very impatient and wants to find out all the details. He’s also good with technology and social media. In this game, you want to keep Marco from finding out about his party while you pick up supplies and prepare. Can you run all of your errands and get to the party location before Marco figures out what’s happening?


You wake up and realize it’s the day of the surprise party! All the weeks of planning have paid off; Marco still has no idea his surprise party is today. At least you hope that’s the case. You look at your phone and see that there’s a text from Marco:

“We’re still meeting up to play video games at 3:00, right? Do you want to hang out earlier at the skatepark…. Or are you busy?”

Hmm. Does that sound like he’s suspicious? You definitely can’t meet up ahead of time; you have too much to do before the party at 3:00! You start getting ready and look at your schedule:

12:00 PM     Pick up decorations

1:00 PM       Pick up cake

2:00 PM       Decorate for party

3:00 PM       PARTY TIME!!!

You hear your phone buzz; it’s another text from Marco. It’s going to be a busy day!


You run downstairs to grab breakfast. As you’re eating your Cinnamon Toast Crunch, your little sister walks up to you with a guilty look.

“What’s up?”

“Uhm, your PS5 controller isn’t working and I definitely have no idea why.”

“Oh no Mikayla, what did you do?”

“Nothing, I was just drinking my juice and somehow your controller fell into my cup!”

Man! You know that there’s more to that somehow but you don’t have time to continue the interrogation. It’s 11:00 AM; good thing you have time to stop by Game Stop and grab another controller before you start your party errands. After all, you can’t have a video game party without controllers!



“Ewww, mom, why?!” you ask as you put on your seatbelt.

“You look so cute today, I had to grab a pic to post on my new Instagram account!” your mom exclaims, as she inspects the picture she just took of you with her phone. 

“Mom, seriously, that’s not cool! Would you like it if I took a picture of you when you first woke up and posted it online??” you exclaim, feeling frustrated.

Mom thinks for a second. “You’re right; I’m sorry. I definitely would not like that. Is it ok with you if I post this picture? You look so adorable!”

Well, she’s respecting your boundaries, and you do look nice in your party clothes. “Ok, as long as you promise to always ask, first.”

She flashes a big smile as she posts the picture to her Instagram account, then starts the car. While she’s fidgeting for something in her bag before you leave, you: