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Table of Contents
- Planning a Backyard Obstacle Course Race
- Backyard Obstacle Course Ideas
- Video of Our Backyard Obstacle Course
- Preparing Guests for the Obstacle Course (prior to the party)
- Preparing the Kids for the Obstacle Course (at the party)
- Completion Rewards (aka favors)
- Other Helpful Party Tips
Planning a Backyard Obstacle Course Race
Backyard Obstacle Course Ideas
“Bar-bar” (aka climb under rope)
- Metal stakes (or use trees as posts)
- Caution tape
“Walk the plank” (aka the “Don’t fall in the pool obstacle”)
- 2 buckets (we purchased ours at the Home Depot)
- Plank (long)
- Friction (anti-slip) tape
- Rope to tie buckets to plank
- Kids pool
- (For added fun, you can add rubber ducks or plastic sharks to the water.)
- Hay bales (contact a local farm to see if they will sell to you)
These balance beams are quick and easy to build with just a few pieces of wood.
Hula Hoop Crawl
- Hula hoops
- Gorilla glue
One of Tough Mudder’s signature obstacles in their courses is their Electroshock. During the Electroshock, you have to run through wires hanging from above and avoid being shocked. For a kids backyard obstacle course, this is a bit too intense, but we did create a kid-friendly, electroshock-inspired obstacle with streamers and balloons. There is no shocking, but there are balloons and streamers in your face that limit your view to get to the other side.
To put this obstacle together, we built a simple box frame and then attached an old window pane across the top. We used the window pane to hang steamers and balloons.
- Window pane
- String (for ballons)
- Caution tape
You can add a pumpkin carry (or sandbag carry) to any obstacle course race as an easy “fill in” obstacle. Because my daughter’s birthday is in the fall, we purchased small pumpkins for them to carry for a small distance. You can achieve the same concept though with sandbags or logs.
- Small pumpkins (or sandbag/logs)
Simply collect one or more old tires and have the kids jump in and out of them. We borrowed this jumbo tire from a local gym, but you can likely find free tires on most tag-sale sites.
Other Natural Obstacles
I love using natural obstacles in our backyard obstacle course race. This is going to vary by person/house as these obstacles are specific to your yard. In our yard, we have lots of woods, a river, several fallen trees, hills, and even a set of outdoor stairs. We have used all of these obstacles in our prior backyard obstacle courses.
The best part is they are free and you don’t have to do too much prep!
Other Obstacles We Considered
The possibilities are endless when it comes to designing your backyard obstacle course race. We did more DIY obstacles to keep the cost down and used many natural obstacles, however there were other ideas we were considering.
- Small “walls” to jump over (built with thick plywood)
- Rope ladder on the ground to jump over
- Cones to run in and out of
- Kid-safe spear throw (similar to Spartan Races)
- Rings hanging on a slack line
- Hurdles to jump over
You can buy several supplies on Amazon to make quick and easy obstacles. Here are a few that we were considering:
Video of Our Backyard Obstacle Course
Preparing Guests for the Obstacle Course (prior to the party)
Preparing Kids for the Obstacle Course (at the party)
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We had such an amazing time yesterday while we celebrated my daughter’s 4th birthday. And a huge shout out to my husband for leading a great pre-run pump up. You can watch a full run through of the course on my Instagram Live channel or see all the details in a post on the blog coming soon. #obstaclecourse #obstaclerace #mudrun #mudrun2018 #birthdaymudrun #birthdayobstaclecourse #kidsmudrun #kidsobstaclechallenge #kidsobstaclecourse #party #4yearoldparty
Completion Rewards (aka Favors)
Other Party Tips
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