Rock-Hiding Viral Game Sweeps Ocean Pines, Spreads Joy

A grass-roots game of hide-and-go-seek that has swept the nation and has gone viral now finds its way to Ocean Pines. Rocks adorned with inspirational messages of encouragement and colorful designs are now hidden throughout ‘The Pines.’ Aubrey Sizemore, of Ocean Pines, said it’s an effort to spread joy to those who stumble upon the hidden token of motivation.

“We just want to make people happy and get them excited to find one of the rocks,” said Sizemore. The new source of inspiration is nestled in trees, popping up in playgrounds and hidden around local parks and businesses in Ocean Pines.

Sizemore’s neighbor Olivia Koval, 9, along with her sons Zane DeVito, 9, and Jonah DeVito, 7, all of Ocean Pines, have painted and hidden 80 rocks around the area.

“We want the rocks to look bright, happy and positive,” said Sizemore. “Something that will make you smile.”

Others in Ocean Pines are joining in on the fun and are painting rocks, hiding them, and then posting their findings online to the Facebook page, OP Rockss. The rocks are typically hidden in places where they can be found easily. When you find a rock, you are asked to snap a picture, post it to the Facebook page and then rehide the rock.

“We tend to write inspiring words on the rocks like ‘be happy,’ ‘smile,’ ‘have a great day,’ and ‘live, laugh, love’,” said Sizemore said.

For more information, contact Denise Sawyer, director of marketing and public relations for the Ocean Pines Association, at (410) 641-7717 ext. 3006 or To learn more about Ocean Pines, visit

Pictured from left to right: Zane DeVito, Jonah DeVito, Olivia Koval

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