Last year for the summer we did a historical Amazing Race. If you are not familiar with the show the Amazing Race, it is a reality tv show where teams race around the world solving puzzles and doing tasks. The winners receive a million dollars. Of course, we simply raced around our county and had a lot of fun but no prize money.
My kids really wanted to do another Amazing Race this summer, but we are awaiting the arrival of a new baby. So since we can’t do it, I thought I would share what we did last year to inspire you to get out there and have some fun!
We live in Flagler County, Florida and we are blessed to have a lot of great historical sites to visit. But I am confident that if you search your area you too will find a lot of fun and educational things to do and places to visit. You can even use DenSchool’s daily reasons to celebrate to help you come up with tasks. Each week DenShool adds new things to celebrate!
Leg 1 – For the first leg we went to Fort Matanzas. I called ahead and made plans with the rangers so we could be sure to have the arrangements we needed.
Each family received their first clue which was route information by email. After doing a little research, they found out where they were headed and when.
Once at the state park, the teams received their first detour. We used Fort Matanzas’ pre-made Junior Ranger Program and their pre-made scavenger hunt for the detour. Having these programs already to use really simplified my life and the ranger even presented the children that completed the Junior Ranger program with a badge!
When we completed the program, we headed to the picnic table area. There the children received their first roadblock. A roadblock is a task that only one member of the team completes. But the team must decide who is doing the task BEFORE they know what it is. The whole team had to run a lap around the park and then choose who was hungry after a jog. It was hilarious – here they thought they would have a delightful feast – instead they had to choke down baby food – vegetables only!!! Some of the kids had a really hard time and others simply would NOT do it!