|Robert Sherman Productions|
OPENING SPIEL: Let's meet today's players: (insert two/four players). Today, (insert two/four players) are here, starring on Baby Races! And here's the host of our show, Fred Travalena!
Baby Races features little children playing games that's designed for them with the help of their parents.
The contestants on the show were young children whom came with their parents to play in a series of events. Two teams play on each show.
Some of the events were:
- Sand Trap - the children play miniature golf. They try to put a golf ball into a hole using miniature golf clubs. Sometimes they threw the golf ball in the hole, but still got credit for it.
- Cow Catcher - the children ride on their daddy's back and try to round up some toy cows and place them in a corral. Note: The father always dressed in a horse costume for this game.
- Paint by Numbers - the kids throw number shaped sponges dipped in paint at their fathers. At one time, a kid just walked up and put the paint covered number sponges on his dad, but still got credit for it.
- Sit On It - The parents build sandcastle mounds with buckets, and the kids destroy the mounds by, as the name suggests, sitting on them.
- Wacky Woodpecker - The kids, wearing cone-shaped "beaks", use the beak to collect additional beaks from 2 on-stage "trees".
- Spill The Beans - The kids carry plates of beans on their heads and dump them in a bowl held by a parent or a relative. At the end of the game, the bowl is placed on a scale to determine the score, with the result always rounded to the next whole number.
- Worm Toss - the kids throw worms, one at a time, across a mat (representing water) into a pair of over-sized pants worn by their dads.
- Thermometer Ball - The fathers lift the kids up and down so the kids can "slam dunk" small basketballs into a large tube (resembling a thermometer).
- Anteater Antics - The kids try to pick up magnetic ants by using a magnetic beak.
Games were played in a 45 second time limit (with the exception that the first game, the only one where the children competed directly, sometimes lasted for 30 seconds), and each item in each game was worth one or two points, except in the last 2 events points are doubled (two or four points).
The toy storeEdit
At the end of the game, each kid received a certificate showing his or her total score, and also got to choose a prize from a "toy store" in front of a video wall. Participating adults also received prizes.
The games were played for fun, not competitively; as Fred Travalena said, "Everyone's a winner on Baby Races." when the show closed out each episode.
"And remember, on Baby Races, as you can see, everyone's a winner! See ya next time!" - Fred Travalena 1993-1994
"This is Gene Wood speaking for Baby Races!" - Gene Wood