Amazing Race Birthday Party

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We had an Amazing Race party at our house for my son’s 11th birthday. I got the idea when I did a google search for “ideas for 11 year old birthday”. The first site I saw was I have to give a HUGE thank you to Sharon for sharing the invitation and card templates and some great ideas for this party. I must have went back to her site a thousand times over the course of planning this.

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We had thirteen eleven and twelve-year-olds (6th graders) to our house for 2 1/2 hours. I planned out seven challenges and then we had pizza and cupcakes. I can not believe how much fun the kids all had! The party started at 3pm, but I anticipated that we wouldn’t start the challenges until 3:30 pm accounting for late comers. We ended up started around 3:40 pm, but there was still plenty of time.


All of the challenges ended up taking about an hour. It is really important to have plenty of volunteers to oversee the activities and that they are prepped beforehand as to what the activities entail. Especially when more than one team comes rushing at you for their next clue and might need help navigating where to go or how to complete the challenge. So…here is how our party went!

First, we gathered the kids together at the mat, picked names out of the hat to make teams and handed out the color bandanas. For each challenge they received an envelope. To make it easier, I divided the challenge envelopes into colored baskets representing each team (I couldn’t find yellow, so I used white). Then we read the instructions (see below).


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Challenge #1: 

In this challenge, the kids shoes were spread all over the front yard and they had to help their other team member find and put their shoes on.

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Challenge Credit: Mom of 6

Challenge #2: 

This challenge sent them to the back deck where four 100 piece puzzles were set up and they had to work together to build it. I was naive to this challenge. I though this would be the easiest one, but it was the challenge that took the longest! The teams were building for at least thirty minutes. A few minutes after the first team got their puzzle built we released the other teams even if they weren’t yet done.

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Challenge credit: Chica and Jo

Challenge #3: 

For this challenge one team member needed to be blindfolded and dig into a bowl of cold spaghetti for coins. The other members of the team then had to inspect the coins for the year of the birthday boy- 2004. Once found, they could move on to the next challenge. But they each had a pound and a half of spaghetti and about 20 coins to sort through!

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Challenge credit: See Shell Space
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Challenge Credit: Mom of 6

Challenge #4: 

Here they had to build a marshmallow shooter out of a cup and balloon and then get three marshmallows into a bucket that was sitting on top of their team members head.

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Challenge Credit: Mom of 6 and Grandma’s Briefs
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Challenge Credit: Mom of 6

Challenge #5: 

I set up a “mini” pumpkin patch using small pumpkins. There were 4 pumpkins that had a colored ribbon taped to the bottom representing each team color. They had to sort through all of the pumpkins in the patch until they found their color. Then they had to bring the pumpkin back and have a relay while balancing it on top of their heads!

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Challenge Credit: Me!

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Challenge #6: 

The teams each had a bag with the letters to spell “Happy Birthday Luke” along with other random letters mixed in. They had to unscramble the letters and spell out the phrase before they could move on.

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Challenge #7:

For this challenge there were 10 ping pong balls (9 white and 1 pink and black) in a box with a small hole cut in the top. There was a belt threaded through the box to attach it to the kids’ waists. They had to jump up and down until the pink and black ball fell out. First team done, is finished with the Amazing Race and wins!


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Challenge Credit: Mom of 6 – slightly edited by me

And we have our winners….The Yellow Team!
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Each member of the winning team received a small prize bag with a few items in it and a winning medal.


On to Pizza and Cupcakes! What a GREAT day!

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Finally, for thank you notes, Luke personalized these and we included a $5 Dunkin Donuts Gift Card for each guest. They also got to take home their bandanas and a pumpkin if they wanted.


14 thoughts on “Amazing Race Birthday Party

    Marie Sadler said:
    October 26, 2015 at 1:34 pm

    Great post!

    Sent from my iPhone


    Sharon at MomOf6 said:
    October 28, 2015 at 9:54 am

    Your party looked like it was a lot of fun! I am so glad that you were able to use the printables from my site! Thanks for sharing them!


      Danielle Beerli responded:
      October 28, 2015 at 9:57 am

      Thanks so much for providing so much detail on your party and the printables! It was a great base for planning. The kids all had a blast!


    Celeste said:
    September 2, 2016 at 10:54 am

    Did you happen to have a tie breaking challenge planned just in case? I love this adaptation of momof6’s birthday!


      Danielle Beerli responded:
      September 4, 2016 at 9:19 pm

      Thanks! We didn’t need it, but we did have a tie breaking challenge just in case. If tied, we had three trivia questions about the birthday boy. The team who got the most questions right, would win.


    Amanda said:
    November 10, 2016 at 10:28 pm

    Where did you get the template for the envelopes? Did you place each clue in an envelope for each team, or did you read the card to all teams at the same time?


      Danielle Beerli responded:
      November 11, 2016 at 7:35 am

      Hi Amanda,
      I got the envelope image from a google search and then enlarged it to fit on the envelopes. It is the same image you see at the top of the post. We read the rules and gave the first clue out at the same time, but then each team had an envelope for each clue because they would come back for a new clue whenever they finished a challenge.


    Catherine Keeler said:
    January 18, 2017 at 12:33 pm

    Hi Amanda,
    Looks like a blast! Question, how many kids did you have and how long did it take to complete all the tasks?


      Danielle Beerli responded:
      January 18, 2017 at 12:39 pm

      Hi Catherine,
      I don’t know what Amanda did at her party, but we had 13 kids and it took a little under an hour and a half. Surprisingly, putting together the puzzle took the longest.


    phyllis dina said:
    July 19, 2018 at 8:46 am

    love this themed party. I am hosting a get together fr my grandson just for fun, as i had a tea party for my grandaughters, this looks like it will be so much fun!! im thinking it will be on a smaller scale though like 6 to 8 kids


      Danielle Beerli responded:
      July 19, 2018 at 2:53 pm

      Hi Phyllis!
      You can totally adapt this to a smaller group and have pairs of two rather than groups. Have fun!!


        Phyllis said:
        July 22, 2018 at 6:30 am

        Thanks so much! I am not computer savvy!! I’m not 100% sure in how to print the downloads can I fiward to my daughter and have her print for me? Then will I need to copy onto colored paper?? Do we also need to number the clues do that we know what to hand out next? Your site is great btw!!


        Danielle Beerli responded:
        July 25, 2018 at 7:24 pm

        Hi Phyllis,
        You can see if the templates are still available on momof6’s blog which is linked in my post. Or you can probably screenshot them and then write over with a text box. I only mounted the invitation on colored paper. The other clues I put in the envelope and marked the color on the outside and then numbered each clue so we were sure to be in order. I used the team colored baskets to organize (pictures above). Hope that helps!!


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