You've done the impossible and scheduled a time when the whole family can get together.
Make this gathering one to remember with a few family reunion games. Not only are they fun for all ages, but they're a great way to elicit lots of laughter and create lasting memories.
Make a Family Album
Set up an area where people can gather between activities and meals to do crafts. An extra screened-in, family-size tent, or pop-up shelter would be an ideal place to set up. Ask everyone to bring copies of family photos that can be compiled into a family photo album and encourage everyone to decorate their own pages over the course of the weekend.
Here is a list of basic supplies to get you started:
- Construction paper
- Scissors (consider using child-safe scissors)
- Crayons, markers, colored pencils or colorful pens
- Glitter (although it can get messy)
- A blank scrapbook
The Banana game
Ask all willing family members to line up. Tie a string around a banana and hang the banana from each player's waist so that it hovers just above the ground; then put a whiffle ball in front of each player. Participants must use their hips to swing the banana so that it hits the ball. The first player whose ball crosses the finish line--about 30 feet away--wins. It sounds awkward, but it's a riot.
Group ball games are some of the best family reunion activities because they allow everyone to play together. Some games you can easily plan for include:
- Bocce ball
- Baseball or softball
Water Balloon Toss
On hot days, this family reunion game is a must. Have everyone pick a partner and stand facing each other. Start standing two-feet apart, and after each toss, take one step backwards. The team who tosses the balloon the farthest without letting it pop wins.
Quick tip: It's always fun to have prizes on hand for the winners--even something small and goofy would suffice.
Another family reunion favorite, the egg race is great for a big group. Have everyone choose a partner, face each other, and then stand about 30 feet apart. All players have to put spoons in their mouths. The first player places an egg on their spoon and runs it to their teammate across the way. They must transfer the egg from their spoon to their teammate's spoon, without letting it fall. The teammate then has to run the egg back to the other side to win.
Everyone is racing against each other, and if you drop the egg, your team is out.