Save the Whales Relay

Save the Whales Relay is an epic relay race that serves as a great way to cool your group down! Save the Whales Relay is an awesome summer game that you can bust out for your next event or camp. I mean, who doesn’t love giant inflatable whales, kiddie pools and Slip N Slides?!?!

PREP TIME – 15-30 Minutes

ITEMS NEEDED – 5-10 Inflatable Whales (or other water creatures) per team, Slip’N Slide (use plastic sheeting with plenty of soap and water as an alternative), Kiddie Pool (optional)

GAME TIME – 5-10 Minutes per round

PARTICIPANTS – 2 Teams of 5-10 (play tournament style to get the most out of it!)


Before you begin, purchase all the inflatables and materials you will need. We HIGHLY recommend that you get an air compressor to blow up the inflatable whales (or other animals you choose) so you don’t pass out, but make sure you don’t fill them so full that they pop.

Your next step is to lay out the slip n slide area. If possible, lay out two lanes for teams to traverse, but if you can’t do that, make sure it is plenty wide enough for two teams to be on at the same time. You can also set up a two kiddie pools for the teams to put their “rescued” creatures into.

Now that it is all set up, pull your teams together and explain that they will be sliding down the slip n slide to go and rescue one of the whales and then bring it back to safety by putting it in the kiddie pool. One person from each team will go at a time, racing against their opponents.

Once they have slid down, grabbed one of the inflatables, brought it back, and dropped it in the kiddie pool, they will then tag the next person in line and they will go. The first team to rescued all their whales and friends is the winner!

Alternative Method:

If you have a pool, you put the inflatables in the water and have your group dive into get them and then pull them out. With this method, you can use pretty much any size inflatables since the real work is in swimming out to it. Make sure to have a lifeguard on duty if you choose to use this method.


1. Play tournament style with at least 8 teams and work it down to the championship. Have everyone gather round and hype it up. You can even present the inflatables as a trophy to the winning team.

2. If you want to save some money, you can buy fewer whales. To do this, you’ll need someone to run the whales back to the opposite pool. It can be a little tiring, but it can work and you’ll only need to buy two whale inflatables.

3. Make sure to keep water running on the Slip N Slide and put down more soap after each relay, otherwise, it tends not to feel very good for those participating.

4. Don’t let participants walk or run on the Slip N Slide. They can run up to it, but it’s far too easy to fall and you want to make sure they are safe. Sliding on their knees or stomach seems to work best.

5. Take tons of pics and videos! Splice them together for an amazing recap video with plenty of slow-motion to capture the action-packed fun. Of course, make sure to share your best shots on social media as well!

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