It's time for your Family Reunion, and you're looking for family reunion activities that will make the occasion memorable. Planning things that span the generations to keep everyone entertained can be a real challenge, but that doesn't mean you need to fall back on the old egg toss or three-legged race. Here are some fun and new ways to keep everyone, from youngest to oldest, entertained.
Story Telling Game
The goal of this game is for the whole family to make up a story together. Go around the room, having each person add to the story in turn. For example, the first person starts with, "Once upon a time there was a little girl who loved flowers." The next person might say, "So everyday she walked to the woods to pick some." The third person might add, "One day, on her way to the woods, she encountered a big, scary bear!" And so on. The game ends when the story comes to a logical conclusion, or until everyone cracks up laughing because it's gotten so silly.
This is a classic for whenever large groups get together. Divide up into mixed-age teams, and give each team a list of objects to find. Try to aim for a combination of easy-to-find household objects, silly objects and more obscure items. If you want, you can award extra points for hard-to-find items. Allow a set amount of time, and the team with the most items when the timer goes off wins. For a fun family twist, you can hide photos or sturdy family heirlooms, such as Uncle Bob's bowling trophy, around your home and your yard.
Rent a Karaoke machine for the day, and let everyone in the family take a turn at being a star. This is sure to get everyone laughing and having a great time. Just make sure to keep the play list family-friendly. You don't want your youngest to be singing "I Touch Myself" in front of Grandma.
Stage a little awards ceremony, giving out prizes for Oldest Family Member, Youngest Family Member, Person Who Traveled the Farthest, etc. Make it extra fun by having each winner give a little acceptance speech as they get their prize.
Ask everyone to bring a baby picture of themselves to the reunion. Post them all up on a bulletin board, and see who can correctly guess who is who. This can be an especially tricky game in families who share a strong family resemblance.
These ideas will keep everyone from the Grand Matriarch all the way down to the youngsters of the family entertained, helping you make the most of your time together as a family.
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