Games and Activities for Families

Here are games and activities you can do as a family: 

  1. 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.

2. 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.

3. Family Talent Show: 

Have each family member perform a talent in front of the whole group. Even people who think they don’t have talents should be able to come up with something.

Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Sing a song
  • Do a theatrical reading
  • Recite a poem from memory
  • Perform a skit with one or more family members (i.e. Who’s on First by Abbott and Costello)
  • Juggle
  • Play an instrument
  • Do a dance (individual or with a partner)

Quick tip: This is one of the best family reunion activities to record with a video camera and watch at future reunions.

4. Story Time: 

This is a great activity for the campfire. Ask everyone prepare a story about someone else in advance—remember, embarrassing is good, but maybe not too embarrassing—and plan to share it with everyone one night.

If you have a large group, choose one person from each of the nuclear families to tell a story about someone else.

Quick tip: Try to think of something that most of your extended family doesn’t already know. The best stories are those that reveal something unusual, sweet or funny about that family member’s personality.

5. Scavenger Hunt: 

A scavenger hunt can be about searching and collecting specific items or solving clues that lead to treasure. This can be as basic or intricate as you want to make it. Kids can play individually, or if you want siblings and cousins to build camaraderie have them play in teams of two or more.

Some of the items on their list can include:

  • A particular type of leaf or flower that’s native to the area
  • Kindling for the fire
  • Litter that can be recycled
  • A piece of pine bark
  • Wild mushroom
  • A signature from the oldest person at the reunion (let the kids figure out who it is)

If you want to get fancy, you can create clues that they have to solve along the way.

Quick tip: Set parameters by telling the kids that they have to stay within 50 or 100 feet of the campsite, or that they have to stay within eyesight of the camping area.

6. Family Trivia: 

Send a questionnaire to all family members before the reunion so you can collect information. This will help you compile the list of trivia questions to ask during the reunion.

During the gathering, split the group into several teams—the size and amount of teams will depend on how large your family is. You can do this Jeopardy-style or take turns asking each team questions like in traditional trivial pursuit.

You can create categories such as:

  • Love and Marriage
  • Work Life
  • Sports
  • Art and History
  • Middle Names
  • Detention (what different people have gotten in trouble for over the years—stick to minor, funny offenses)

And here are some sample trivia questions:

  • Grandma came to the U.S. in what year?
  • Uncle Jack played soccer for which Division I college team?
  • Someone in this group has always wanted to be an astronaut. Who is it?

7. Charades:

You can play with a traditional game set or come up with your own list of things to act out. If you want to create the cards yourself, have everyone in the group write the following little pieces of paper:

  • One movie
  • One famous person
  • One phrase
  • One book
  • One Activity

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