Get ready for Backyard Birthday idea #5-Amazing Race Party!
My 13 year old niece, Mia, recently told me about a birthday party she went to that was one of the best one’s she’d ever attended – an amazing race birthday party!
You will need volunteer moms and dads that are at each location and all the kids will need their bikes and a bottle of water.
Here’s how it went…
First, as a party favor, they each received a drawstring back pack with a colored bandana in it that indicated what team they were on. They could keep their water bottle, sunscreen and their phone on the back pack as the rode. Here are some inexpensive choices from Oriental Trading Company:
Pinned to each bandana was a clue about Egyptian sand dunes that led the guests to a sandbox at a park. The guests all jumped on their bikes and rode down a trail and had to find a volunteer mom that was guarding the sandbox. They located a colored flag that the host mom made from an extra bandana and dug up their next clue.
This clue was about African animals – the guests had to ride down a path that had animal printout pictures and remember the order of the animals, then they had to go to the parent volunteer at the end of the path and recite the animals in order. If they got it wrong, they had to ride back down the path and try again. When they got it all correct, they received a clue.
This one was about a library in Europe. They had to go to the library and look in a certain book, on a certain page and memorize the first sentence. Then they had to tell the parent volunteer the sentence correctly to receive their next clue.
This clue was about New York City and led them to a street corner. They had to take a picture of the street sign with their cell phone. Then, they had to show a parent volunteer waiting at the corner and then they got a clue that told them to go to the local Subway Restaurant where the host Mom was waiting to buy them lunch.
Then, they all rode home for cake and to watch an adventure movie and relax!
I loved this idea because it was original and gave the kids exercise and some great team-building time. You can easily cater it to what will work for your kids and your neighborhood.
Thanks for sharing this, Mia!