The Cars 3 Road to the Races Tour is Bringing Life-Sized Fun to a City Near You, and It’s Free!

Just over a month from now, Disney•Pixar’s Cars 3 will be hitting theaters everywhere.  To gear up for the big event, we visited the NY installment of the Cars 3:  Road to the Races Tour!

Cars 3: Road to the Races Tour

Road to the Races is a free and super fun event making pit stops across the country.   They’ve got a ton of activities for kids of all ages, and you even get a sneak peek of the movie.  If you’re a fan of Lightning McQueen and his friends, you’re not going want to miss this one.  Take a look at all the fun we had, and you’ll see what I mean!

We started off with Alamo Rent A Car’s street art booth where the kids helped color in a giant Cars mural.  They colored, they autographed, and they walked away with a pack of colored pencils to use at home.

Cars 3 Road to the Races Alamo Street Art

Over at the Coppertone booth, the kids not only had fun, but they picked up a new skill.  First they had their sunscreen touched up, and then they learned how to change a tire, which is something I can’t even do.  Maybe I can cancel AAA now?

Cars 3 Road to the Races Coppertone Booth

My son LOVES to race cars, so the Mattel booth was his favorite by far.  He would have spent the whole day there racing his sister if we had let him.  They also had old and new die cast cars on display.

Cars 3 Road to the Races Mattel

Crest and Oral-B brought some carnival style to the tour with a photo opp and spinner game.  I was hoping they’d win a Cars toothbrush, but they were much happier to have received the Cars temporary tattoos.

Cars 3 Road to the Races Crest and Oral-B

Dole also made an appearance and handed out some Cars 3-inspired recipes.  Samples weren’t available at our location, but all or most of the other stops give you the opportunity to sample fruit and vegetable smoothies.

The kids were disappointed they didn’t get to try the smoothies, but they quickly got over that once they realized they were going to pose for a picture with #95 himself.

Cars 3 Road to the Races Life Size Lightning McQueen

That would have been more than enough to make their days, but they also had their pictures taken with Cruz…

Cars 3 Road to the Races Life Size Cruz Ramirez

And the sleek next-gen racer Jackson Storm was there to celebrate too!

Cars 3 Road to the Races Life Size Jackson Storm

They were pretty much in heaven at this point, but there was one more thing to do, and this is the one that really knocked their socks off.  For our last activity, we headed to the Cinetransformer Mobile Movie Theater where we were shown behind-the-scenes footage AND a sneak peek of the movie that is exclusive to this event.  I wasn’t allowed to take any pictures, and I won’t spoil the surprise for you by describing it, but I will tell you that it was amazing.  My family was pretty excited about the movie before this, but now we’re all just dying to see the whole thing.

Again, this event is not only heaps of fun, but is completely free and open to everyone, so there’s no reason not to visit.  They’ve already been through some cities, but there are quite a few left on the schedule.  For a full list, hop over to  (Make sure you scroll past the schedule for a chance to get priority entry.)  The Road to the Races nationwide tour wraps up in California with a visit to NASCAR at the Sonoma Raceway June 24-25, 2017, and the life-size character cars will also roll onto the red carpet for the Cars 3 world premiere on Saturday, June 10, 2017.



About Denise

Denise is the owner of Game On Mom, a family-friendly blog. She is the mother of a 6-year-old boy and a 7-year-old girl, she eats too much pizza, and a tangled Slinky is no match for her.


  1. Looks like I missed a fun day. I wish I’d known about it sooner!

  2. I cannot wait to see this movie! I loved the previous ones 🙂
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  3. I am so disappointed I missed this event when it came to my area. It looks like your kids had so much fun! I am excited to see this movie, hoping it is better than Cars 2.
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    • Haha….I was hoping for the exact same thing. After seeing the sneak peek, I’m feeling confident that it’s going to be a good one.

  4. This seems like fun for the whole family… I do hope they come through my state or I might have to take a trip to see the Cars exhibit… my nieces would love this… thanks for sharing a great summer family idea!
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  5. This is fantastic! I loved the movie and how about that life-sized Lightning McQueen?? So cool.

  6. Janice says:

    The life size cars are so cool

  7. Neely Moldovan says:

    This looks like such a fun time. I bet the kids loved it. The cars are so neat!

  8. This looks AWESOME! I wish the life size cars were coming to our city but we live in a super small town. I know my kids would love this.
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  9. Awesome experience for your kids! The pictures sure showed that they had a fantastic time. I will check if they will be coming to an area near us. I would love to take the grandchildren to see it.

  10. Oh this is so much fun we love CARS and all the characters they are so cute and the movie was amazing.

  11. I would love to take my niece and nephews to this. Im6going to check out the schedule and see if it will be in my area.

  12. Jessica W. says:

    It’s already come and gone in my city. Darn! This looks like so much fun!

  13. What an exciting fun day for the kids to enjoy. I miss being a kid!

  14. Lauryn R says:

    How fun!! All three of my kids would absolutely love this, especially my son! 🙂