Children’s Week (29 April – 5 May)

Be strong Randis, and aspire to be the hero you were meant to be.
– Lady Jaina Proudmoore
Heed the spirits, young Grunth. It is there that true heroes hear their calling.
– Cairne Bloodhoof
Orphan Matron Nightingale

There are costs with war… ones often overlooked. Those costs are the orphans – children who have lost their parents to the far-too-numerous conflicts that rage across Azeroth. Those children who have no one else to turn to often come here to live until they are old enough to fend for themselves.

One week out of the year during the Spring, …[we take] time to give something back to these innocents. This time is called Children’s Week.

– Orphan Matron Nightingale, Stormwind City
– Orphan Matron Battlewail, Orgrimmar

Orphan Matron Battlewail

See also:


Note: At this point, the Alliance tourist quests are not yielding reputation, so Alliance toons will only receive 510 rep for completing the chain.


Alliance and Horde characters have different (though similar) quests for this season (event page may be found here). The main Children’s Week questline involves taking a young orphan to see the sights of Azeroth. This isn’t the most complex quest series, but can lead you to parts of Azeroth you haven’t seen before. The Cataclysm changed the whole questline (especially since several of the original tourist spots were damaged). If you haven’t toured the changed lands, this will give you a good excuse. If you already have the appropriate griff routes, you can complete the entire series in about 45 minutes (shorter if you’re a mage with ‘ports, of course). It’s a decent amount of all-team reputation for the time (1510 Alliance or Horde rep). For the Alliance, the quests begin with Orphan Matron Nightingale who is standing outside the Stormwind Orphanage at the eastern end of Cathedral Square. For the Horde, the quests begin with Orphan Matron Battlewail near the middle of the Drag. You need to speak with the matron and ask her about Children’s Week before she will give you the quest. A minimum of level 10 is required to start these quests. Please note that while mobs will not target your orphan directly, he can still be affected by AoE, so it’s safer to dismiss him while running between destinations and whistle him back up when you get there.

The whistle itself has a 7 (real-time) day lifespan, but if you lose your whistle during the Children’s Week event, you can request a replacement whistle by talking to the Orphan Matron. You may also request a new whistle after completing the quest and getting your pet in order if you hadn’t completed the achievements before finishing the quests.

After the initial quest, which just requires you to summon and speak to the orphan, the orphan will give you three tourist quests. After completing all three quests, the orphan will add the kite quest and the ice cream quest. Finally, the orphan gives you the quest to turn in the whistle and claim your reward. In 2006, the rewards were upgraded from merely xp and rep to allow your choice of a (bind on pickup) non-combat pet (rat, turtle, or piglet) or a pouch of 5g (Curmudgeon’s Payoff, “A bag of 5 gold. For those who like telling children there’s no Great Father Winter…”). In 2011, Scooter the Snail was added for those Veteran Nannies who had already managed to acquire all three other pets.

Mr. Wiggles the Piglet
Mr. Wiggles the Piglet
Whiskers the Rat
Whiskers the Rat
Speedy the Turtle
Speedy the Turtle
Scooter the Snail
Scooter the Snail

References:

  • Orphan Matron Nightingale is probably a reference to Florence Nightingale, legendary nurse, whose foundation continues to promote nursing and care for orphans. It could also be a subtle reference to the TV series Alias, but the first explanation is a better fit.
  • Randis is possibly a reference to Randis Albion, a Blizzard artist.

Coincidentally, Japan celebrates “Golden Week” from the end of April to the beginning of May. 5 May is celebrated as Children’s Day, when prayers are made for the health and happiness of boys and girls. Until fairly recently, 5 May was celebrated as “Boys’ Day,” with a separate “Girls’ Day” on 3 March. The first week of May in the United States is also Children’s Mental Health Week as part of both National Mental Health Month and Heal the Children Month.

Quest Given By Description Reward
Alliance
[-1] Children’s Week
Obtainable at L10
Orphan Matron Nightingale Use the Human Orphan Whistle to talk with the child you will be looking after during Children’s Week. Human Orphan Whistle, 10 Alliance rep
[-1] Cruisin’ the Chasm Randis Speak with Twilber Torquewrench south of the Sentinel Hill tower (57.5, 52.5) to rent a chopper and then tour the Raging Chasm in Westfall 27570 xp (16.54 g), 250 Alliance rep
[-1] Malfurion Has Returned! Randis Take the orphan to speak with Malfurion Stormrage upstairs in the Temple of the Moon in Darnassus. 27570 xp (16.54 g), 250 Alliance rep
[-1] The Biggest Diamond Ever! Randis Take the orphan to Magni Bronzebeard in Old Ironforge, beneath the High Seat. 27570 xp (16.54 g), 250 Alliance rep
The ramp down to Old Ironforge is immediately to your left as you enter the High Seat. Magni is located up the stairs to the left when you reach Old Ironforge.
[-1] You Scream, I Scream… Randis Buy your orphan a Cone of Cold from the shop of the same name. 27570 xp (16.54 g), 250 Alliance rep
The Cone of Cold shop is in the Mage Quarter of Stormwind City, near the Blue Recluse (49.1, 89.8). Hans Coldhearth is the ice cream vendor.
[-1] Let’s Go Fly a Kite Randis Buy your orphan a Dragon Kite Two-Pack and fly kites with him. 27570 xp (16.54 g)
The kites are sold by Craggle Wobbletop, a gnome pushing a cart full of toys. Craggle paths next the the Canals around the outside perimeter of the Trade District in Stormwind City. Note that the quest toys are only available for purchase when you have the appropriate quest.
[-1] A Warden of the Alliance Randis Purchase a Foam Sword Rack from Craggle Wobbletop and then return your ward to the Stormwind orphanage by speaking to Orphan Matron Nightingale in the Cathedral District. Your choice of:

  • Turtle Box (Speedy the Turtle pet)
  • Rat Cage (Whiskers the Rat pet)
  • Piglet’s Collar (Mr. Wiggles the Pig pet)
  • Snail Shell (Scooter the Snail pet)
  • 25xMagical Pet Biscuits
  • Curmudgeon’s Payoff (5g)

5500 xp, 500 Alliance rep

Horde
[-1] Children’s Week
Obtainable at L10
Orphan Matron Battlewail Use the Orcish Orphan Whistle to talk with the child you will be looking after during Children’s Week. Orcish Orphan Whistle, 10 Horde rep
[-1] Ridin’ the Rocketway Grunth Take your ward to the Southern Rocketway Terminus in Azshara (50.7, 73.9) and board the two-seater rocket atop the tower. 27570 xp (16.54 g), 250 Horde rep
[-1] The Banshee Queen Grunth Take your orphan to meet Lady Sylvanas Windrunner in the Royal Quarter of the Undercity. 27570 xp (16.54 g), 250 Horde rep
This is the only quest that requires going to the Eastern Kingdoms; just take quick zeppelin over and back from Orgrimmar.
[-1] The Fallen Chieftain Grunth Take your orphan to Red Rocks in eastern Mulgore to visit the funeral pyre of Cairne Bloodhoof. 27570 xp (16.54 g), 250 Horde rep
Fly to Thunder Bluff and take the lift down and head east to Red Rocks (near 62, 21).
[-1] You Scream, I Scream… Grunth Buy your orphan a Cone of Cold from the shop of the same name. 27570 xp (16.54 g), 250 Horde rep
The Cone of Cold shop is at the south end of the Goblin Slums in Orgrimmar (38, 87). Snixx Quickfreeze is the ice cream vendor.
[-1] Let’s Go Fly a Kite Grunth Buy your orphan a Dragon Kite Two-Pack and fly kites with him. 27570 xp (16.54 g)
The kites are sold by Blax Bottlerocket, a goblin pushing a cart full of toys. Blax can be found in the Drag in Orgrimmar. Note that the quest toys are only available for purchase when you have the appropriate quest.
[-1] A Warden of the Horde Grunth Purchase a Foam Sword Rack from Blax Bottlerocket and then return your ward to the Orgrimmar orphanage by speaking to Orphan Matron Battlewail. Your choice of:

  • Turtle Box (Speedy the Turtle pet)
  • Rat Cage (Whiskers the Rat pet)
  • Piglet’s Collar (Mr. Wiggles the Pig pet)
  • Snail Shell (Scooter the Snail pet)
  • 25xMagical Pet Biscuits
  • Curmudgeon’s Payoff (5g)

5500 xp, 500 Horde rep

Special thanks to Worgul of Alexstrasza, Orc Hunter, for supplying the Horde quest information.

Achievements

Name Description Points
Aw, Isn’t It Cute? Obtain one of the Children’s Week reward pets 10
Bad Example Eat the sweets listed below while your orphan is watching:

  • Tigule and Foror’s Strawberry Ice Cream
  • Red Velvet Cupcake
  • Lovely Cake Slice
  • Dalaran Doughnut
  • Tasty Cupcake
  • Delicious Chocolate Cake
  • Dalaran Brownie
10
Aimee, the dark-haired high elf who stands near the northern Dalaran bank, sells the Red Velvet Cupcake, the Dalaran Doughnut, the Dalaran Brownie, and the Lovely Cake which produces the Lovely Cake Slice. The Tasty Cupcake is crafted by cooking, the recipe is a drop from Northrend starting area mobs. The Delicious Chocolate Cake is also crafted by cooking, the recipe is a possible reward from the Shattrath or Dalaran cooking dailies.
Daily Chores Complete a daily quest every day for five consecutive days with your orphan out. 10
Note that the daily quest must be non-gray to you in order to count for the achievement. Also, note that the completion counter appears to merely be counting quest completions, not days, so you can get this achievement in one day with five dailies.
Hail to the King, Baby Defeat King Ymiron in Utgarde Pinnacle with your orphan out. 10
Home Alone Use your Hearthstone while your orphan is with you 10
School of Hard Knocks Take your orphan into the battlegrounds and complete the feats listed below:

  • Capture the Flag in Eye of the Storm
  • Assault a flag in Arathi Basin
  • Assault a Tower/Bunker in Alterac Valley
  • Return a fallen flag in Warsong Gulch
10
You must have your orphan out when the action completes in order to get credit. As an example, for Alterac Valley, you need to summon your orphan and right-click on a flag in an enemy tower/bunker; your orphan must still be around when the flag becomes contested (turns gray). You don’t need to wait for the building to be destroyed. Similarly, in Arathi Basin, you need your orphan out when you click a an enemy-held or neutral flag. In AV or AB, you don’t get credit for defending a flag. In Eye of the Storm, you only need to summon your orphan just before you turn in the flag, not when you pick it up. In WSG, it’s probably best to leave the orphan out, as you never know when you might have the opportunity to return a dropped flag. Unlike other similar achievements, you must be the one performing the action. It’s not sufficient to just be a member of the squad that does it.
For The Children Complete the above achivements
Earns the title: Matron/Patron
10
Veteran Nanny Acquire Egbert’s Egg, Sleepy Willy, and Elekk Training Collar on one character 50
Since the pets are soulbound and the quest can only be done once per year, this requires the character to make it through at least 3 Children’s Weeks. Since these are the Outland pets, 2010 was the first year that a character could get the achievement. See Outland’s Childrens’ Week for more info.

Children Say the Darn’dest Things

Note that these pictures were taken when the terminal quests were to visit Jaina Proudmoore or Cairne Bloodhoof in the days before the Cataclysm. The spirits (and comments) of the orphans remain unshaken by Deathwing.

Randis & Jaina Do fish ever get thirsty?
I’ve been to Ironforge before. It smells funny there.
Did you just come out of a dungeon? Did you get me anything?
What happens if your snot freezes in your nose?
If overalls are held up by the snaps at the top, then why do they have belt loops?
Mushrooms always grow in damp places and so they look like umbrellas.
When I grow up, I wanna be the king of Stormwind!
If you try to fail and succeed, what did you just do?
What does “zug zug” mean?
I have a rock in my nose.
If you’re a real hero of the Horde, then I wanna see you fight a dragon! Yeah!
If your glove is too big, does it still fit like a glove?
Your armor looks scary. Are you scary too?
If a turtle doesn’t have a shell, is he homeless or naked?
Would a fly without wings be called a walk?
When lightning strikes the ocean why don’t all the fish die?
Grunth & Cairne