My inlaws love to play horseshoes, guessing weight of watermelon, jellybeans etc. small game of baseball for kids, and last yr (not sure on money situation with you) but we went to reunion and they had a local band for entertainment. Hope this helps and enjoy. (05/03/2006)
We are having our 12th annual reunion this July. Each year a family will plan the games.
1. Each adult was given a color flag to cheer on that team color. (That way all the adults were envolved). Teams were broken down by color and each team had a 5 and under, a 10 and under, a 15 and under and 18 and under and more than one in each age if more are available. There was a station for a slip and slide, a station for a water balloon toss, hula hoops to spin, football to throw through a tire, a 3 legged race, carry an egg in a spoon race, roll a watermelon over the line, a dash race to end all games.
2. Another year we had a treasure hunt. We live on a river, my son used a treasure chest (it was an wooden ammunition box he had), and we put in old jewelry, with coins - quarters and 50 cent pieces.
Inside a bottle, we wrote out a letter about where the treasure was buried and burned around the edges, rolled it up and put it in the bottle. After the big dinner, all the kids had to go into the river to play, someone was up river and put the bottle in to float to the kids. When the child found the bottle and read the instructions out loud, they started on the hunt. The kids absolutely loved it.
3. A dart board with balloons. Each child was give the same amount of chances to throw - maybe 3, and received a gift off the gift table. If they didn't hit a balloon, they went to the end of the line to try again. Eventually, they all hit a balloon and all was happy.
We had a lot more but these are the ones I remember the most. This should give you some ideas and you can go from there. If you find it too expensive, you can call on different families to provide a particular gift, like candy bars ( which the kids seemed to like the best), 99 cent gift store toys, kites, etc.
This year, the family told me they are going to do Deal or No Deal, like on TV. (05/03/2006)
By Eletha Cole
Our family enjoyed a game last year which involved dividing into even numbered teams (we had 4 teams of 8 each.) Try to have a mix of ages represented fairly on each. The 1st. person on each team opened a suitcase interesting front of them and had to put on everything inside the suitcase (for example, hats, socks, knee-highs, pants, skirts, sweaters, etc.). Each suitcase or bag should have similar type items.
Once each person was dressed they were to run to a certain
point, run back, then take off the outfit for the next person on
their team. Everyone was laughing hysterically, esp. when some of our more reserved family members joined in and had fun. We also were able to get some great photos for this year's photo poster. (07/13/2007)
The best thing we ever did was a "WomanLESS" beauty pageant. it was hilarious! All the guys/men dressed up as women. We laughed until we cried! (08/14/2007)
We play tug of mud! Heres how you play: this game like tug of war. U have kids take a rope and u make a huge mud pile! The team to fall into the mud first loses and the team that comes out clean wins! But here a glitch, the team who loses has to find a partner from the other side (who won) and throw them in the mud along with themselves and have a mud fight! (12/16/2007)
Our reunion lasts the weekend. So, when I sent out the letters ahead of time telling everyone when the reunion was, I told them to be sure to show up on Friday for the Toilet Paper Ration. The first year, this sparked a question mark for attendees as to what it was. For those that were able to attend Friday night, we all gathered around in a circle. I made an announcement that, because we are family & we are here all weekend, we would need to ration the TP.
I had a roll of TP & asked them to roll off just what they thought they would need all weekend, not to be too greedy but to take enough. I started it off by taking 2-3 sheets of TP. Then passed the roll around to let everyone take some. After everyone got TP, I told them, we now needed to tell a favorite family memory or something about themselves, even the most embarrassing moment - one thing per TP sheet. Some had to tell more than others, but everyone got to say at least one thing.
The first year we done this, one member (that was usually quite) had us in tears by stating a very sentimental statement about a loved one that had just passed the year prior. The next year we done this, I had to think of a twist so it wouldn't be the same. After everyone had their TP sheets, I had them pass it to their left. You can go on & on with different twists. Another game we played was Props. Bring random objects, pass them around in a circle & have people use their imagination as to what it is. Both of these games are for all ages to play & be a part of. Good luck! (04/07/2008)
I'm hosting a family reunion thought these games might help someone. Sack Race, Family Trivia, Three-legged race, Egg toss, Family Hunt (Give people a list of personal characteristics - eg green eyes, tattoo, etc), Family talent show, Guess who (everyone brings in a certain type of photo, baby, bad hair. yr book and the family guess who it is) Giant human chess using hats to determine who is what piece, dart board with paint balloons. Hope this helps, if you have any other questions about the games email me at sammie210 AT gmail.com (05/19/2008)
Our 48th family reunion is taking place this coming weekend. For our reunion we have a registration fee. In previous years it was $5 per family and we decide to up it to $10 this year to help with costs. If you have large families this will really help with the cost of everything you need plates, utensils; prizes for the games..
We have a treasurer and vice president and I'm the president, which is a fairly cushy job. I just read the minutes and any new info that happen during the previous year.
My husband is in charge of the sports/games. This will be our third annual Flap "Jack" race. We just cook up a whole bunch of pancakes and you have to carry a stack with one hand across to your team member. The kids love it; Sack races, Three legged races, guess who picture boards, guess how much is in the jar, etc. There are tons of ideas for the frugal. (06/02/2008)
By Vandra Jack
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