Family reunions create special memories and are a singular way to bind family together and reacquaint family members who haven't met or seen each other in ages. With all of the family reunion planning details, be sure to include some interactive games that help family members talk to each other and have fun together. Here are some winning ideas for family reunion games that will be exactly what your family reunion needs.
Before the Event
Have each family coming to the event bring a family heirloom or item of significance to take turns sharing the story of the item's meaning. Be sure to videotape the stories for the future. This is a great activity to include in the evening after dinner.
Have a lively talent show inviting family members to work together to create an act to share. The act could be a song, dance, recital, jokes or anything worth sharing! This works best when it is not announced ahead of time, but invites cousins, aunts, uncles and grandparents to team up and work on something to share. The practicing makes a good afternoon option, and the resulting show is a fun evening for all.
Have everyone write a unique thing about themselves on a slip of paper and put it in a hat or bowl. Then, mix them up, and everyone picks one. Players take turns reading their slip aloud and guessing whom it describes. If the player guesses wrong, the other players can take a guess. Award points for correct matches! Everyone learns plenty about each other and has a great time.
Mix up the families into two teams and have a game of softball, kickball, or touch football with everyone cheering for the players!
Family Scavenger Hunt
Prepare a list of attributes or funny qualities (greenest eyes, looks most like Uncle Morty, reddest hair, biggest feet, most children). Make a few copies of the list. Divide players into teams and give each team a copy of the list. Each team has to figure out the person matching the description and write that person's name as the answer. The team with the most correct answers wins! In the case of a tie, the team that turned in their sheet first wins first place.
If your family reunion is going to have a rather large guest list, as many do, planning a family reunion is going to be too much work for one person to handle alone. Plan to enlist the help of your willing family members, and recruit those who are semi-willing. We'll even show you how to convert semi-willing into enthusiastic assistants.
Family reunions are supposed to be fun, happy times. Unfortunately, some people at the reunion might hold grudges. How can you smooth their ruffled feathers and stop fights before they start?
A family reunion speech generally ends in tears, in the best way possible.