My daughter’s favorite TV show is the Amazing Race. She loves how the contestants go to faraway places to compete in local challenges in an attempt to win a million dollars. She would love to be on the show one day and already has one of her best friends lined up to partner up with her.
One day my daughter mentioned to me how she’d love to have a joint Amazing Race birthday party with her friend. I thought it was a wonderful idea and I encouraged them to do their research and plot out their quests. It wasn’t much later when she came back to me and said it would be better if the moms planned out the party so it would be more of a thrill for them. Hmm….makes sense, but it sounded like a lot of work.
Fortunately, Amazing Race birthdays have been done numerous times before and generous bloggers and pinners have posted about their adventures. We came up with all sorts of fun adventures like…
- Buying bunny ears and colorful leis at Party City…to be worn the entire race!
- Eating an entire slice of mud pie at Red Robin (1 slice per 2 girls)
- Looking up trivia questions at Barnes & Noble
- Herding “sheep” from one corral up the hill to another hill at a local park
- Singing the national anthem….LOUD…at their favorite store, Justice, to a sales associate
- Drinking down a Kale smoothie at Juice It Up
- And more!
The girls were given an envelope with their money and a taxi driver (parents) for the kids to tell them where to drive the car to. Being the techie of the group (and rather competitive too!), I thought it would be a blast to install Life360 on each taxi driver’s phone so we could track where each team was through the city. I wanted to know who was in the lead!
Life360 was also handy for our sheepherder. She was at the park, setting up, waiting for the girls to arrive. She used the Life360 app to see how far away each car was (there were 6 cars with 3-4 kids in each). She had 80+ balloons with sheep faces on them ready to be herded.
I set up a Place around the park on her Life360 app so when taxi drivers were within a mile, she would be alerted that someone was on their way. I also created a “Sheep” Place zone 500 feet around her herd on my app so I would know if someone was reaching the sheep herd before me.
As with any planned event, there are always some hiccups. We found the Life 360 app very handy in communicating directly to the whole group at once, so we’d all have the latest updates. I’m happy to say the Amazing Race Birthday party was a smashing success and being able to track everyone through the Life360 app added an extra element of intrigue and competition. The parents had so much fun, now we want to plan one for us big kids!