Looking for a fun new game to play outside with your kids?  How about Dance Tag or North Pole South Pole?  Is Zombie Hunt more your style?  Never head of these games?  You will soon.  These are new backyard games designed by kids as part of the Backyard Game of the Year contest sponsored by CLIF Kid. 


In fact, these games are three of the six finalists chosen to be presented at the CLIF Kid Backyard Contest event in San Francisco on July 14th.  For the contest, six kids that were chosen as finalists will teach other kids how to play their original backyard game ideas for a chance to win a $10,000 scholarship. 


An expert panel of judges, which includes best-selling author Richard Louv and Olympic Gold Medalist Jonny Moseley, will select the grand prize winner at the event.

The six finalists and games are:

  • Dance Tag by Lana, age 7, Peculiar, Mo.
  • Footloose Derby by Madison, age 7, Port Orange, Fla.
  • North Pole South Pole by Abigail, age 7, Albany, Ore.
  • Sidewalk Chalk Adventure by Healy, age 6, Wolfeboro, N.H.
  • Tortoise & the Hare Ball by Dhani, age 8, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
  • Zombie Hunt by Jack, age 8, Greenfield, Wis.
After the play-offs, instructions for all six games will be available at the CLIF Kid website.  I can't wait to find out what Footloose Derby is all about!


Best of luck to all of the kids competing in this contest.  You're all winners in my book!

6 kids to compete for 'Backyard Game of the Year'
Head to San Francisco's Marina Green on July 14th to find out which original backyard game will be chosen 'Game of the Year.'