shutterstock_27843538My favorite reality TV show is The Amazing Race. Pre-teens and teens will enjoy an adventurous birthday party based on this show. However, it is also an ambitious theme that takes some good organization and planning. Here are some tips on how to approach an Amazing Race birthday party and make it a bit more do-able.

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First, invite enough guests to be able to sub-divide them into groups of three or four. You can decide the groups based on the kids’ order of arrival at the party. The first three or four kids can be team #1 and will be the first to leave on the race, the next three or four can be team #2, and so on. It may be a good idea to have an adult supervisor with each of the teams who has a cell phone on hand in case the kids need help.

This is clearly going to be an out-and-about party, and planning the race location is key. If you live in a place where the kids can race around a town center safely, that would be one good party area. If not, have the kids race around a mall or your neighborhood.

Here are some other things you will need to give advance consideration for this party:

  • The routes the teams will take to complete the race
  • Various activities that will be done at each locale
  • What the clues will be, and roadblock and detour challenges
  • If money will be needed to complete the activities
  • Which (if any) stores the kids will visit (be sure speak with each store’s manager about your party activities)
  • How many adult helpers you will need to have one at each race location.

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  1. We are planning a Reality show banaza beginning with the party guest picking colored bandana’s out of a bag to determine the team they are on. They will then get an address (on our street) to find and at that house reach into a bucket with ice or crickets and grab a set of keys. The team then races back to our house to find the owner of the keys, now the driver of the team and they are off… next stop the police station (party girl’s dad works there) to match 5 shoe prints to the bottom of shoes and run in place for 2 min. get next clue and off to the fire house to roll a hose that has been layed out. It must be done correctly! Then off to a freinds house to reach into a bowl of cooked spaghetti (they won’t see it) to get the exact amount of change to purchase a pack of gum at the local Walgreen’s then they will come back to the party girls house for a cake with gummy worms, bugs all over it and “pond scum” to drink (lime sherbet and white soda). Finally the girls will have a fill in the blank game of “secret identity”. Each girl at the RSVP gave me a secret about themselves for this part of the party. Things like; I’m allergic to nickel, my grandpa was a founding father of The Hill in St. Louis etc.
    Only thing missing is a great party favor!

    Kristi Urbeck said on January 6, 2007
  2. [...] Look to the Amazing Race Party Plan for more ideas related to this theme! [...]

    Lisa said on January 8, 2007
  3. [...] Copy one of the reality TV Shows that are so popular: Amazing Race, Survivor or Fear Factor: Can take place at a park, backyard, or other outside venues, such as a mall for the Amazing Race. [...]

  4. I am trying to plan a party at a park for a picnic – the amazing race is what I am doing as an activity. where would i find more ideas on how to do this in a park?

    Lisa said on June 2, 2008
  5. Thats a good idea i did that for my13 year old son last year what i did for some activities is and they had a blast……..

    1) find 3 diffrent types of plants or leaves
    2) take a pic of a tteam mate doing a funny dance move


    just be creative fo rmore help email me back at

    mj said on July 15, 2008
  6. Local Mom’s put on their own version of
    “The Amazing Race – Friends Edition”
    Kelly and Heather, both mothers from Florida thought it would be a great idea to get their graduating daughters and friends together for one last summer event before going off to college.
    So, on Saturday, August 2, 2008 Kelly and Heather put on “The Amazing Race – Friends Edition”. They based their “race” on the popular television series “The Amazing Race”. 10 teens were randomly put into 5 groups of 2. All 5 teams were video tapped to memorialize all the crazy antics. Each contestant was given a yellow Amazing Race shirt and a clue.
    Off and running, the teens scattered, deciphering the clue and running to reach the first destination before all the others.
    The first leg of the race was a ¾ of a mile jog which landed them at a pool where they plunged in for a brisk backstroke. After jogging back to the next clue destination, each team was assigned a randomly chosen driver. Those drivers graciously consisted of parents, friends and teachers of St. Cloud High School. Once the groups piled into their cars, they raced off to the Publix on Rt. 192. The kids were handed their instructions which advised them to dress up in goofy clothes and race through the supermarket finding specific items.
    The next clue directed the youths to the Ice Factory where they skated a NOT so quick turn around the rink… backwards! There were a lot of bumps and bruises but they were clearly having a blast!
    The Amazing Race always features a food event. Kelly and Heather thought it would be appropriate to include it in their race, too. Some of the items included blue cheese, sardines and, the most repulsive piece… cow tongue. Surprisingly, one of the boys loved it… go figure!
    The teams had a great time urging unsuspecting strangers to perform a 20 step dance routine. One team snared an unaware golfer at the Remington Golf Course, much to his chagrin and his friend’s enjoyment.
    It was a real close finish but, win or loose, everyone had a fantastic time.
    After the race, the teens, parents and volunteers enjoyed pizza and watched the videos. Seeing their peers tripping, singing, running, skating and generally making a fool out of themselves, caused the most uproarious laughter. I’m sure they will cherish that day for years to come!

    Kelly said on August 6, 2008
  7. Someone pointed out this website to me when I was looking for an Amazing Race plan for my teen daughter. It’s basically an amazing race where you buy each of the legs separately. When I looked at it there were legs at a house, poll, library and mall.

    Chuck Milford said on August 16, 2008
  8. We have a packaged party plan built around the Amazing Race currently available through Ebay called “Amazing Chase”. Four different legs are available for about a dollar each. The web is full of great ideas but these packages guide you through the party planning in detail and provide all the documents you need. We found that amazing race parties are simply the most fun you and your kids can have on a birthday, but they take a lot of effort. The memories are worth it!

    Ralph Huygens said on August 24, 2008
  9. Check this site for amazing race-style party plans:

    Ralph Huygens said on October 7, 2008
  10. I am having a party of the amazing race. I am doing each stop a different country and my friends bro is being a piolet. Also at one of the beaches i go to in california there is an amazing race once a year. I am trying it this year for ideas.

    Frank said on April 11, 2009
  11. I had this party when I was nine or ten, and it must have been one the best birthdays ever. We came up on the theme on our own (I have been a junkie of TAR since I was a kid) so here are some ideas we used that make it even funner.

    *Why not film it? You just need a FlipVid or a home video camera, and then you can relive the party again and again!

    *Teams of two make it more fun and competitive. After all, you don’t want 1 winning team and 1 losing team. Then everyone will be seperated by winners and losers…not good.

    *Have multiple legs! After the first leg, take a breather for food–the mandatory rest period–then let them set off in the order they arrived. We basically did that with two legs at my party. I came in first with my best friend the second leg, and I was so thrilled.

    *Give out prizes. No, not a million dollars or vacations to Cancun or vehicles but just a gift card to an ice cream store (Ben & Jerrys is ALWAYS a hit) will really motivate them. Kids adore prizes.

    It is a great, great party idea, and thank you for sharing this with the world.

    Hanschen said on December 20, 2009
  12. [...] your party on one of today’s most popular reality shows: The Amazing Race, Survivor, or Fear Factor. This party can take place at a park, in your backyard, or at another [...]

  13. you could do it at the mall too

    samm said on May 9, 2010
  14. You can get some great downloads for envelopes and clues at this site:

    KaysMom said on July 6, 2010
  15. [...] one of the reality TV Shows that are so popular: Amazing Race, Survivor or Fear Factor: Can take place at a park, backyard, or other outside venues, such as a [...]

  16. My son Karl is turning 10 and we are planning the amazing race pary. I live in a large complex, and would love you ideas.

    Thanking you

    Dominca Schler said on September 2, 2010
  17. How much time do you allow for the race?

    Sharon said on September 27, 2010
  18. I had and Amazing Race Party a couple of years ago. The legs of the race was broken down into places they went. (not for real) For example, Switzerland -the team had to choose between two task Say Cheese–had to go to store and take pics of 6 different cheeses or Bank on It—pick someone you can count on. They had to count a bunch of change and come up with exact amount. Another place was Egypt. They could choose between Pyramid (take a pic of 3 teams members and 2 complete strangers make a human pyramid or they could choose King Tut- who doesn’t mind getting wrapped up in the game. One contestant got wrapped up in toilet paper by the othe team members. Also they went to Italy which was a road block one person on team had to eat spaghetti (used the banquet meals) with no hands. Another one was Holland they had to choose between tulips (two lips) and match lips with famous celibrities or Windmills and take pic of 3 windmills in people’s yard or store that they use for lawn decorations.

    Lisa Johns said on April 14, 2011

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