Whether your family all resides in one city or is spread across the country, a family reunion provides a way to get your kin together and to mix and mingle with your relatives. If you are planning a small gathering of your family members, prepare some leisure activities to ensure that the guests do not lose interest in the festivities. A number of games can be played with even the youngest members of the family reunion crowd. These games allow you to have a grand time at your reunion without shelling out any cash for supplies.
Get the party hopping with a sack race. Use old burlap sacks, or make bags by sewing old sheets or blankets on three sides to create a rectangular sack. Tape or paint two lines in the grass. One will serve as the start and the other as the finish. Give each participating family member a bag and ask her to step inside and stand on the starting line. Start the race and watch your family members leap across the grass, going for the family reunion gold.
An egg toss is an enjoyable, albeit messy, game for all ages. Steal some eggs from the dozen resting in your fridge and take them to the reunion. Pair up family members into egg toss teams. Create two lines roughly a foot apart with each team mate lined up with and facing their partner. Ask players to toss their eggs to their partners, who will try to catch the eggs. Continue play in this fashion, moving the lines apart gradually. The team with the last remaining intact egg wins the game.
Tug of War
Highlight physical strength at your reunion with a test of tenacity. Using an old rope, set up a tug of war. Allow families to take each other on, or delight the children by having the games set up so that the adults play the children, and perhaps letting the tots win. To add more excitement to the event, spray down a patch of dirt between the two teams to create a muddy pit into which the losing team will fall.
Send your reunion guests on a quest with a scavenger hunt. Before your reunion, visit the reunion site and create a list of things that can be found within a reasonable proximity of the venue. Type up your list, and make enough copies for each guest to have one. Give the reunion members copies of the list when they arrive, and encourage them to work on finding the listed objects during the reunion. Offer the winning family member a prize for his efforts.
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