Nickelodeon's Paradise Run

Nickelodeon Paradise Run
Paradise Run Contestants. courtesy Nickelodeon

Nickelodeon is back with another game show for kids! This time it's Paradise Run hosted by Daniella Monet. The show premiered on February 1, 2016.


Three teams of two children race around the Hilton Waikoloa Village in Hawaii competing in three challenges in locations around the hotel. The teams are Team Makani (Wind), Team Nalu (Wave) and Team Ahi (Fire). The first team to complete the challenges receives a four-day, three-night trip at the hotel. The other teams receive unnamed consolation prizes.

In the premiere episode, the kids were aged 11-12 years.

Paradise Run Game Play

The teams race to three locations around the hotel to compete in challenges. After completing the challenge, they must take a selfie on the provided tablet with an item from the challenge and take it with them. These were the challenges included in the premiere episode.

Challenge 1 was "Lost and Found," in which teams had to look at pictures of Daniella and find the items she was not wearing in and around a Hawaiian Pool Party. Teams must say "Pau" (done) in Hawaiian for the judge to approve and give a "shaka" or shake their head for the teams to continue.

Challenge 2 was "Hula Hustle." In this challenge, one team member must learn the hula with certain dance moves (in this case the moves were based on animals) and teach it to the other. Then both members of the team must perform it for the judge.

Challenge 3 was called "Order Up." Teams must complete orders of shaved ice and bring them to three locations. The catch is that at least one cup must go to the three locations and there is to be no littering.

After completing the third challenge, teams receive riddle tiles which must be solved in order to find the final location suite where the final selfie will be taken with the team's parents. The winner receives the trip and the other teams receive consolation prizes.

The Host

Daniella Monet is a singer and actress who is likely best known for her portrayal of Trina Vega in Nickelodeon's show Victorious. She's also had roles on Zoey 101, Nancy Drew, 8 Simple Rules, and American Dream. She is 26 years old and hails from West Hills, California.

Her musical recordings come as a result of her role on Victorious as well as voicing the character Tootie in a handful of movies from The Fairly Odd Parents.

Monet is a staunch supporter of animal rights and is active with PETA.

The Verdict: Should You Watch With Your Kids?

The Xerox is strong with this one. Scott Stone Productions took every element from The Amazing Race and put it here. We had the contestant reaction shots, the challenges and everything else, and here, while fun for kids, it is not original at all. Daniella Monet was barely there as a conduit. She appears on the video screen for most of the show and only appears live at the beginning and at the end.

Kids will probably like Paradise Run and that's really what Nickelodeon is looking for, but for me, this is not paradise at all.

About the author: Jason Block is an avid game show fan and former contestant -- you might remember him from Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. He is a regular contributor to Game Show NewsNet (find them on Twitter and Facebook too) and can be heard on podcasts at talking about sports, politics, and video games.