Few experiences are as exhilarating and satisfying as summer family reunions. Of course, this may not be the case for individuals whose family consists of no more than two or three members who live close by; but for those who share a bloodline with scores of people spread across the country (or the world), a summer family reunion is the perfect occasion to see these old faces and rekindle these wonderful relationships.
Of course, if you are planning on seeing your loved ones during a family reunion this year, it is important to come prepared with a few fun family bonding activities to add some excitement to the day. And to help, we have provided four lively and challenging activities for family reunion that will help you have a blast with those whom you love.
1. Memory Games
If you have a large family, take a moment to think of the individual names that go along with the faces; can you recite them all? And even further, can you name one or more specific facts about each and every member of your extended family? Either way, you can turn this into an incredibly fun activity for your next family gathering.
To begin, have everyone toss a picture of themselves into a hat (this works best if you ask each visitor beforehand to print a self-portrait). Then, going around in a large circle, each member of the family pulls out a picture, at which point in time the participant must name the person and provide a unique fact about their life. Hopefully the family members know each other well enough to where no one’s face goes unnamed – although this activity may be best attempted with those who can brush off any forgotten faces with a laugh and a smile.
2. Climb a Mountain (or Hill, Instead)
There are fewer things more rewarding than incredible physical accomplishments, especially those achieved in conjunction with family members. To be sure, completing a physical task together provides a sense of success, which increases wildly when this experience can be shared together with loved ones.
And if you live in an area with mountains (or hills), why not bond with your favorite family members by heading outdoors and conquering a peak? This is a wonderfully healthy way to spend a day together, allowing each member to exercise their bodies and minds, and share time with their family.
Here, preparation is key. Before you go, consider the physical limits of yourself and your family members. For those who rarely get a chance to move about, don’t hesitate to head to the park and climb a few hills together. If you live in a more mountainous area, however, and your family is used to getting outside and enjoying nature, pick a challenging hike and head to the top together. You’ll be amazed at the sense of achievement you’ll inevitably feel at the end, as well as the strong bond you can develop with your family as you move forwards.
3. Make a Family Map
Do all of your family members happen to live in the same town, county, or even the same state? If not, then this may be the perfect activity for you, and one that the kids will love to test out when you get together for the upcoming family reunion.
To get started, lay out a large piece of poster board (or other piece of large white paper) on the floor in front of everyone. If there is an artistic member of the family, have them draw a picture of the United States (or even the entire world) on the paper in front of you.
Once you have a complete map of the United States or the world, have each person or family put a small marker down on the map where they live, or even a picture of their face or another family photo. This is a wonderful way to help the little ones learn where each member of the family spends their time during the rest of the year.
Of course, you don’t have to stop there, however; in addition, you can have the children draw different landmarks on the map near where they live. For example, if a family lives near a waterfall or a river, the kids could make note of that on the map in front of them. Or they can simply draw a picture of any other notable landmarks or places they pass by on a daily basis.
Activities for Family Reunion
Are you preparing to get together with your entire extended family for a weekend this summer? If so, don’t forget to bring with you everything you need to try these family reunion activities and have a blast with the most important people in your life.