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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Paradise Run is a kids' competition show set in the Hilton Waikoloa Village Resort in Hawaii. Contestants are put through a series of challenges that test their teamwork and problem-solving skills and that showcase some of the venue's most appealing amenities, so the show sometimes feels like an extended commercial. That aside, the tasks are physically challenging, require critical thinking, and force the partners to work together to move along in the competition. There are some brief squabbles among players when things don't go as planned, but overall the focus is on having fun, competing fairly, and doing their best.
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What's the story?
In PARADISE RUN, pairs of kids compete in three challenges at a Hawaiian resort to win an all-expenses-paid stay at the hotel. Six competitors partner up to form Team Makani, Team Nalu, and Team Ahi, and host Daniella Monet explains their tasks, which make use of the venue's recreational and lodging features. The teams must complete each challenge, grab a souvenir, and snap a selfie before moving on to the next step. The first team to find their parents at the finish line wins a four-day vacation and spending cash for nearby activities.
Is it any good?
If you can look past the fact that the show's setting doubles as a commercial for the beautiful host resort, this isn't a bad choice for family entertainment. The tasks challenge players physically and mentally, and they have to get along and work through their missteps without getting frustrated at each other. For teams of siblings and friends, that's not always an easy thing to do.
Nickelodeon alum Daniella Monet will entice some kids to check out Paradise Run, but she doesn't sell the show. The focus is on the kids and how they work through the ups and downs of the competition, and this has good messages about fair play, teamwork, and perseverance. Plus, there's no shortage of beautiful scenery in this little corner of paradise.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about what it's like to compete. How does racing a clock or another team make challenges harder than they otherwise are? What are the struggles of working with teammates? How does it feel to win? To lose?
Kids: Which tasks in the show would be easier for you? Whom would you pick for a partner in a game like this, and why? Do you like being a leader, or are you better at following someone else's directions?
What does your family like to do for recreation? How does where you live influence your hobbies? Are you swayed by what you see on TV? Does seeing this show make you want to go somewhere tropical?
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