By creating fun family reunion activities and family reunion themes, you will be making family memories and creating traditions for future generations.
Use every opportunity you have at the family reunion to build and strengthen family relationships and to have fun together.
There are SO many factors that contribute to what kind of activities you can plan for the family reunion.
Do you plan the activities around the location? Or do you plan the location around the family reunion? It's sort of like the perpetual question - what comes first - the chicken or the egg?
In the past, extended families lived close to one another. It was easier to get everyone together for an afternoon picnic or Christmas gift exchange. These days, distance separates loved ones and it’s harder to stay in touch.
Consider your family hobbies, interests and limitations when planning family reunion activities.
Gather input from various family members via survey and then plan accordingly. (But keep in mind that you won't be able to please everyone all of the time.)
While it's not a must, establishing a specific family reunion theme can help determine activities. Listed below are a few possible family reunion themes. Follow this link to see details on each.
Family History Celebration
Back to School
Game Show Contest
Christmas in July
Break the silence. Hold ice breaker activities and provide conversation starter questions.
Catch up on the holidays. Host an UNbirthday party and break a piñata. Or celebrate Christmas in July with custom Christmas ornaments and a white elephant gift exchange.
together. Paint the fence in the back yard, do a community service
project or hold a car wash. Volunteer for a local non-profit
Food brings people together, so keep everyone
fed and watered. (This one's personal - just ask my husband! He knows I
get grumpy when I'm hungry.) Most reunions are in the summer - make sure
everyone has plenty of water to drink! Cook meals together, separately, have them catered or go potluck style. You could also play fun food games or do food craft projects.
Include t-shirts. Family reunion t-shirts are hugely popular - and they make the entire family look and feel as if they are on the same "team." Find a local t-shirt designer, order online or make your own. Get to know your cousins while tie-dying shirts everyone brought from home. Wear your family reunion shirts for a group photo of everyone in attendance.
Go treasure hunting. I love the printable kids treasure hunt games. You could also put together your
own scavenger hunt (and then do nature crafts for kids!). Go geocaching.
Display a family tree. Help everyone see how each individual is a part of the bigger whole. Show how the family fits together.