Obstacles + Mud = 8 Year Old Boy Nirvana

I am not sure it gets much better than spending a Saturday morning, climbing over obstacles, trudging through mud pits and swinging on ropes - oh, unless you get to do it with your Mom and torture your sister too! This past weekend was the Kids Challenge Obstacle race and it was pure Nirvana for my boy. 

 

The course is built for kids who have a sense of adventure! The course race series is designed for kids ages 5-16, with 13-15 fun and challenging obstacles and mud. Even though it says it's for kids, some of the hills were quite the challenge for the adults too.  Don't worry, there are plenty of water stations at the front and throughout the course and always the option to skip an obstacle if you want.  All of the obstacles are doable with little to no help from parents.  My kiddo was very proud that he did all of the obstacles with no help from me.  Such a fun way to spend some family time, while being out and active! After running jumping and climbing your way through the obstacles, you end with a fun slide down into MUD! You can get REALLY muddy or not so much - the choice is yours.  If you happen to get really muddy, you'll need to hit the rise station at the end of the course. 

A few tips:

*Wear snug fitting clothes, maybe in a moisture wicking fabric. Big cotton t-shirt will get caught in some of the obstacles and really carry around that mud and water

*Trail shoes if you have them, if not a pair of old tennis shoes you don't mind not being able to keep.  If you decide not to keep them, there is a place to donate them to charity

*Get there 45 minutes early.  It will give you time to check in, take pictures, stretch and get a little water before the race starts. 

*HAVE FUN! That's the whole point of doing such family fun thing is to enjoy every minute of it with the kids. 

 

The Kids Obstacle Challenge is  the largest touring adventure and obstacle course event series for kids in the nation! Every participant received a backpack that you could fill with some snacks and few other freebies, as well as a finisher medal.   And the best part is, it's a FAMILY adventure - parents get to run with their kids for free!

Visit https://www.kidsobstaclechallenge.com to see when the race is headed to your city! 

First Ever Winter Fest!

For the first time ever, Worlds of Fun has opened their gates for winter fun! And by winter, I almost mean summer because it was 75 degrees yesterday when we visited. 

The park is decorated with thousands of lights and a 7foot Christmas Tree that is gets "turn on" via the giant switch every night at 5:30.  So many lights with different themed and hundreds of photo opportunities for that perfect holiday card.  There are shows every hour with all your favorite songs, rides, ice skating, cookie decorating, letters to Santa, photos with Santa, hot chocolate, rides and so much more! 

The ice skating and cookie decorating are extra, but the giant cookies and the sweetest Mrs. Claus ever are well worth it! *pro-Mom tip, decorate the cookies at the very end or at least when you are finished with the rides, because they come in a box that you will have to carry around!  Tickets for admission start at $25, but you can purchase other tickets that are all inclusive and have meals too. *pro-Mom tip - buy online and save a little money, especially on parking. 

There are so many characters waling around and wanting to take pictures, quite a few rides open and all of Snoopy's Play Place and cool petting zoo.  I would say it's best to get there as close to 5 o'clock as possible.  That way you could do the merry go round or another ride and be right up front for the tree lighting at 5:30.  It's fun for all ages and not to missed this year! 

*Disclosure: I was given tickets for admission, but all thoughts are mine as always.  If you have any doubts about if it's worth, my 18 year old (who doesn't like much of anything) said it was fun!!!