Jubbling + ABC’s Wipeout + Kid Birthday Party = Inexpensive, Fun And Memorable Celebration

The Chunnel:  Lawn chairs with torn slip-n-slide on top.

The Chunnel: Lawn chairs with torn slip-n-slide on top.

My just-turned 9 year old son absolutely loves the ABC TV show Wipeout. He loves it so much that he will setup an obstacle course around our house and completing it is the last thing he’ll do before he goes to bed.

As the birthday party planner, I would normally go the “lets see a summer movie for your party” route because it’s easy to plan, lasts 2+ hours and I can sleep through it. This year, my kid wanted a Wipeout party and mom insisted we make it happen.

Wipeout Big BallsThinking about the details and the idea of corralling and keeping 7+ plus kids interested kept me awake the night before the party. How do you duplicate the Big Balls from the TV show? Then I realized that we just need keep it simple and we could reuse items we already own to create the course. So we thought of the things kids like to do/not do and we went through our house and yard looking for stuff to build the obstacle course.

The first obstacle was the dress up station where the kids had to put on a Farrah Fawcett wig, Army coat, pink-studded belt [all from our Halloween costume box and not my closet] and then do the hula hoop.

The grass is hot lava obstacle.

The grass is hot lava obstacle.

The next was the hula hoop (instead of tires) course that the kids had to run through, hop back and then run through again. The kids then had to traverse the rope crossing and not touch the grass – our poor man’s Big Balls. Four more obstacles completed the course.

After cake and presents, we had the kids run through it one more time and we added the water factor to complicate the course. Each race was timed and at the end, we gave small prizes to the winners. Total investment: about $25. We could’ve done it for nothing but we’re beginners as Wipeout party planners.

So if you’re planning a party soon, remember to keep it simple, accept help and try to reuse stuff you already own. It’ll Jubblingly keep the cost down and won’t affect the fun. And if possible, limit the party to 2 hours. Sub 10-year old boys can only keep it together for about that long before they start hurting each other.



  1. That’s cute! I think you should send this story to the makers of “Wipeout” I’m sure they would make a special segment for your story with you and your 9 year old son. I actually want to make a little version of the show “Wipeout” for my 11 year old after reading what your son has done. I work for Dish and I can tell you that my family and I have the Hopper that ensures that were able to watch all of our prime time shows that come on CBS, NBC, FOX and ABC. The Hoppers PrimeTime Anytime feature automatically records this show for us. It sounds like you and your family love watching this show as much as mine does; so I recommend that you look into getting the Hopper like we have, so you don’t miss a thing!

  2. Hey Nate –
    Thanks for the comment but it almost sounds like an ad for the Hopper. We don’t mind that you plugged the Hopper because it records up to 6 channels simultaneously for viewing on any TV in your house. Good luck with your son’s Wipeout party. It should be a blast and remember to keep it less than 2 hours our you will be Wiped-out.