Do you have a large family that gets together every year? I am one of 6 children, so we used to get together a lot, especially when all of our kids were younger. It seems we do not get to see each other as often as we used to and I miss seeing everyone. On the rare occasion we are all in the same state at the same time, we round up as many of us as possible. Sometimes we will reserve a spot at a favorite restaurant, meet at one of our houses or a pavilion at a nearby park. One thing we have always made sure of was that we did something fun while we were together. As we have a reunion coming up soon, I wanted to get some ideas for activities we could all do. Here are a few ideas I found:
- Scavenger Hunt: Who does not love sending a bunch of your family members on a wild goose chase for a white elephant prize? Um, me! We LOVE scavenger hunts and we usually give up before any of us succeed, but we do have fun!
- Field Day: If you are meeting in a park, why not have some family Olympics? Nothing spells fun like a sack race, ring toss or bobbing for apples. The last time we tried to do this, none of the adults could cross the finish line for the sack race. We were smoked by the kids!
- Family Trivia: This is a really cute game that is a lot of fun for everyone. All you need is some key information on each family member and you are ready to go. If you are not sure who to ask to gather the information, all you need to do is go to the gossip of the group and get the information from them!
- Board Games: When everyone is breaking off into smaller groups, board games are a great idea. If the adults are talking or have splintered off, the kids are usually bored, so board games for them is perfect! One of my favorite game companies is Winning Moves for their huge selection and top notch customer service.
Fun Family Reunion Activities
I love my family and when we get together, it is always a blast. Usually my younger sister and I will get our heads together and say or do something silly to get everyone cracking up. We are only 11.5 months apart, and we have always been close, so we can get a little trouble brewed up pretty easily. When we were looking for fun family reunion activities, we thought bringing a handful of games with us would be a good idea. Joe, my contact over at Winning Moves has recently returned from a successful trip to the 2013 Toy Fair where they debuted several new games for 2013. Joe was generous enough to send me a group of those awesome games for our reunion. Here is what I received:
- 5ive Straight-$20.95: This is a great game for the thinkers in the group as you need a strategic mind for this one. The goal of the game is to get 5 colored pegs in a row, which is not as easy as it sounds.
- Classic Sorry-$20.95: This game is a family favorite and has been for years. This is one game we can play over and over and never get tired of it. I should mention that the last time we played this game, my sister took quite a bit of delight saying “Sorry” as loud as she could when she sent me back to start.
- Stop It-$5.95: This card game is a ton of fun and when makes it great for the kids in the group is they don’t wait for a turn. The goal of this game is to play your cards and go out on a round before someone slams a STOP IT card and puts your streak to a quick end.
- Pass The Pigs-$12.00: Here is another game where you get to all play at once, so no one waits for their turn. There are 4 pairs of colored pigs to roll in hopes of matching yours to the picture on the card. This is a fun and fast paced game for all ages.
- Yahtzee-$13.95: This is a classic game of chance and numbers that everyone loves to play. Who is going to be the first one to rack up the most points from their roll of the dice?
I think Joe did a fantastic job of choosing the right games for a fun family get together. This successful company began back in 1995 when 4 giants in the game industry got together. They worked hard to build a reputation and forged close bonds with Hasbro, who owns Milton Bradley and Parker Brothers, who you probably recognize the names of. Now many of the games from these two companies are manufactured and distributed by Winning Moves. You can purchase games for your next reunion from Winning Moves online as well as at Amazon and other fine toy retailers.
One reader will win one of each of the 5 games I received for a total value of $74.80.