Annual family reunions are a great way to get everyone to gather together, share family stories, reminisce and make new memories. If you only see some of your relatives once a year, it can be helpful to use games to help break the ice. The right games will also help keep younger family members entertained and give everyone a chance to interact and socialize. Depending on the number of people attending and whether you are indoors or outdoors, there are a wide variety of games you can play. Here are some of our favorites:
Best Games for Indoor Family Reunions
If you are hosting an indoor event, you won’t be able to organize a baseball game or a classic round of Red Rover, but there is still a lot you can do. Board games are easy to have on hand and are a great way for people of all ages to bond. The sillier the game, the better because kids will get a kick out of seeing the adults let loose.
The name alone should have you sold, but if that isn’t enough, the game is easy for kids to learn and requires a certain level of strategy. Players can target other players to try to get them out of the game and the stakes only increase as people and cards are eliminated.
You have probably seen videos of families playing this game since it is guaranteed to trigger hilarity. The game ends with someone unexpectedly getting a fist full of whip cream in the face. What’s not to love?
The concept is simple: all you have to do is read phrases off a card and your team has to guess what you are saying. The trick is that the speaker has to wear a plastic mouthpiece that makes it difficult to talk. Again, both kids and adults will have fun with this game and there is practically no learning curve.
This age friendly game requires zero preparation and couldn’t be easier to play. All you need is a “hot potato,” which can be any object that is easy to toss. If you are playing with little kids, choose a soft, sizable object so that it is easier for them to catch. Put someone in charge of stopping and starting the music. Whoever has the hot potato in their hand when the music stops, loses. You can play while sitting in a circle or make things more interesting by allowing everyone to stand up and move around.
Best Games for Outdoor Family Reunions
If you have plenty of outdoor space and/or access to athletic courts and fields, then the possibilities are practically endless.
There is nothing that says summer fun more than a game of softball and a family reunion means that you will probably have plenty of players to choose from. Mix up teams so that different ages and factions of the family are paired up. Keep the games short so that kids don’t lose interest. In fact, if you have a big enough family, you can even organize a tournament.
Water Balloon Toss
The water balloon toss is fun and a good way to beat the heat if you are having a summer reunion. Line up partners across from each other and a few feet apart. With each successful toss, both partners have to take a step backwards. The more distance between players, the harder it is to catch the balloon without letting it pop.
Two teams and a giant rope and you have the right formula for some friendly, family competition. It really couldn’t be easier to set up and play and everyone will have a great time cheering for their family members.
The classic egg race is another great outdoor game. Players have to cross the finish line first while carrying a egg on the end of a spoon. The egg serves as a great equalizer so that even the fastest runners are forced to slow down and balance their egg or risk losing the race.
Organizing a scavenger hunt will require some work ahead of time, but some creativity and organization can make for a truly fun day. You can use more general clues or cater the game so that it relates to your family. Test everyone’s knowledge and send them searching around the park for answers to clues. It will get everyone up and moving and enjoying the outdoors.
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