Wild and Crazy Kids
was a game show on
, that aired
, in which large teams, usually
consisting entirely of children, participated in head-to-head
physical challenges. It was hosted by Omar
, Donnie Jeffcoat
. Gaynes replaced
in the second season.
The show also aired on YTV
Canada. In 2002
, a remake hosted
by Mati Moralejo
was aired for seven
Three games were played per show, with one host emceeing each game.
The teams were identified by the color of the shirts they wore,
which varied from show to show. The games varied in style; many
were takeoffs on playground games
with unusual rules added, or messy
games involving pies
(the latter was referred to as "blap" on very
late episodes). Occasionally, the show taped special episodes
at a water park (Raging Waters and Wild
Rivers, both in California, were featured during the show's run.) There were
no prizes awarded at all for unexplained reasons.
Examples of games used on the show:
- Contestants had to find the name of a food on a giant word
search board. The contestant who found the word first got to dump a
bucket of whatever the word was over the other contestant's head,
gunging the contestant. Buckets included chocolate sauce, raw eggs, SpaghettiO's,
flour and whipped
cream. One child also got a bottle of mustard squirted in his hair.
- A large scale pie fight was intended to pit children against
their camp counselors; however, the fight quickly got out of
control and turned into a massive free-for-all, with participants
throwing pies at anyone and everyone else, no matter which team
they were on due to the fact that both Donnie and Annette wanted to
get revenge on Omar after Omar hit both of them with pies earlier
in the show.
- Kids did a long jump and landed in a pit of mud or shaving cream.
- Children and their parents jumped up and down on Moon shoes to break shaving cream filled
balloons. Whichever team broke the most balloons won.
- A game of Simon Says which looked more like a comedy routine by
leader, Brian Seeman.
teams ride the Colossus roller coaster while
holding cups of water; the team with the most collective water
- A game of polo using bumper cars and a very
large (about 1 m in diameter) rubber ball.
- The playground game "red light/green light" - each player held
a cream pie, with which they had to pie hinself if they got caught.
If the player reaches the other side without getting caught, he
gets to use his pie to hit the grownup waiting there.
- Slip 'n' Slide races
- A modified version of "Steal the
Bacon" involving three teams where the object to be retrieved
was a bucket of a mystery substance; contestants who lost a round
got its contents dumped onto their heads. To win a round, a player
had to either steal the bucket without getting tagged by both
opponents or tag a thieving player.
- The game most notably repeated was Dizzy Bat Home Run Derby. The game consisted of two
teams (one of kids and one of adults) batting in three innings. The
kids would attempt to hit home runs off of pitched balls. Hit balls
that did not leave the field in fair territory counted as an out.
Once the kids had three outs, the adults would bat. During their
half-inning, a grownup would have up to three chances to hit home
runs off a batting tee; however, the adult was first required to
hold his bat upright against his forehead and spin around it three
times; furthermore, each adult would only get thirty seconds to hit
the balls. Three adults would bat every half-inning. At the end of
the original and second versions, the kids, who lost both times,
demanded a rematch. Donnie, who hosted these games, then declared a
sequel or a part three.
- A game was played where kids would drive remote controlled cars
around in an arena where a construction worker was driving a
steamroller. The object, of course, was
to not get one's car run over by the steamroller. The team with the
last remaining car won. Variations on this game included a
blindfolded player attempting to steer a remote controlled car
through a gauntlet consisting
of opposing team members (also blindfolded) armed with mallets, and a player attempting to steer a car
through a beach obstacle course lined with small explosives buried
in the sand. The further the contestant progressed in the gauntlet,
the higher his score; the team with the highest collective score
won the event.
- Parents sat above their kids holding buckets of slime. Kids had
to pick a number. The parent who had the bucket with the number the
kid chose got to dump the bucket of slime over the head of the kid
seated below them. Kids and parents then reversed.
- A massive maze with students challenging
their teachers. The group with the most correctly finding the exit
to the maze won. Ultimately the teachers prevailed.
- Children would ride down a water
slide, with a bucket attached to their head, and would also be
wearing a backpack on their front filled with tomatoes. From the
top of the slide to the bottom, the object was to remove tomatoes
and place them in the bucket.
- Also at a water park, children would
ride down a high speed slide, skim across a pool, and attempt to
knock down as many of a row of inflated 'bowling pins' that were attached to an overhead
cable with velcro, as possible.
- A game of "Human Battleship" which is played like the classic
board game. When a player is hit, he or she would have a bucket
filled with a type of food dumped on them.
- A tug of war which pitted 50 kids against 3 giant pro
Wild and Crazy Kids was revived on Nickelodeon, premiering on July
29, 2002 as a seven episode weekly summer series hosted by Mati Moralejo
- Occasionally, Wild & Crazy Kids would have celebrity
appearances, such as Lark Voorhies
from "Saved by the Bell", Jonathan Taylor Thomas from "Home
Improvement", Michael Fishman from
"Roseanne", Marc Summers from "Double
Dare", Chuck Norris, Hulk Hogan, and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
- A young Tobey Maguire appeared on
the show long before he was famous, promoting the short-lived
Fox sitcom Great Scott!
- Olympic skiier Bode Miller appeared on the show in 2002.
- Professional baseball player Bruce Hurst appeared in one of the
"Dizzy Bat" baseball games, with another appearance made by
professional baseball pitcher Scott Bailes.
- Daryl Sabara and Alexa Vega of the Spy
Kids movies appeared for one episode during the Nick GaS
revival of the show.
- Former Detroit Lion QB Rodney Peete was in an episode throwing
footballs to kids jumping into a swimming pool.
The show was executive produced by Woody Fraser, and aired 65
episodes between 1990 and 1992. It was produced by Woody Fraser
Productions in association with Nickelodeon and Reeves Entertainment Group
appeared on several