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|Written by||Joseph Neustein|
|Directed by||George Choderker|
|Presented by||Fred Travalena|
|Narrated by||Gene Wood|
|Country of origin||USA|
|Executive producer(s)||Robert Sherman|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Original channel||The Family Channel|
|Original run||September 12, 1993 – August 27, 1994|
Baby Races is a game show that aired on the Family Channel from September 12, 1993 to August 27, 1994. It is hosted by comedian/impressionist Fred Travalena, and the announcer was Gene Wood. The executive producer was longtime Goodson-Todman employee Robert Sherman. It was also filmed at the Disney-MGM Studios at Walt Disney World in Florida (now Disney's Hollywood Studios).
The contestants on the show were young children who came with their parents to play in a series of events. Two teams play on each show.
Some of the events were:
- Sandbox Golf - the children play miniature golf. They try to put a golf ball into a hole using miniature golf clubs.
- Cow Catcher - the children ride on their daddy's back and try to round up some toy cows and place them in a corral.
- Paint by Numbers - the kids throw number shaped sponges dipped in paint at their fathers.
- Sit On It - The parents make sandcastle towers using buckets, and the kids demolish the towers by, as the name suggests, sitting on them.
- Spill the Beans - the kids carry plates of beans on their heads and dump the beans in a bowl held by one of their parents. At the end of the round, the bowl is placed on a scale to determine the score, with the result always rounded up to the next whole number.
- Wacky Woodpecker - the kids, wearing a cone-shaped paper "beak," used the beak to pick additional beaks out of two on-stage "trees."
- Worm Toss - the kids toss worms one at a time across a mat (representing water) into oversized pants worn by their fathers.
- Anteater Antics - the kids tried to pick up magnetic ants using a magnetic beak.
- Thermometer Ball - the fathers picked up their kids, lifting them up and down so that the kids could "slam dunk" small basketballs into a large tube.
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 point (occasionally two), with each kid's last game being played for two points an item.
The toy store
At the end of the game, each kid received a certificate showing his or her total score, and also selected a prize from a "toy store" in front of a video wall. Participating adults also received prizes, including a $300 gift certificate.
The games were played for fun, not competitively; the show's catchphrase was, "Everyone's a winner on Baby Races!"