Family reunions are always great…but why not make them greater?
Here are a few of my favorite family reunion games, followed by a little info on our most recent Utah family reunion at Maple Mountain Retreat. If you are still looking for some fun family reunion ideas, I feature just under 100 activities from other bloggers (at the end of this article) that are sure to bring a smile to everyone's faces. Make sure you check them out! Many of these games also work for church parties and large group functions.
PVC Pipe Game. I should probably come up with a better title, but this game is so, so fun. Cut your pipe to be about 9-10 feet tall, and then have everyone stand in a circle with the ends of their poles touching. This will put everyone a the correct distance apart (if they seem too close, have them take a couple steps back). The moderator of the game will then call a direction: Left or Right. While leaving their pole in the standing position, each person must move that direction and grab the pole next to them before it falls. If the pole falls, or if the person goes the wrong direction, they are out. You will continue until there are only two people left. These two people will stand directly across from each other and continue with the directions until one person is out. This is a fun game for a variety of ages.
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Giant Jenga Game. This one is really easy to play, and can involve everyone of all ages. Aside from your wood, there is nothing else you have to buy for this game. You can simply play Jenga with the wood, or you can write an activity on each piece that the person must do. We prefer playing it with the actions as it pulls everyone from their comfort zones and leads to LOTS of laughter. Some of our “actions” included: “lick a rock” “spell your name with your bum” and “perform your own indian rain dance.” Of course you can make yours more mild or extreme to match your family's level of comfort.
Bubble Soccer. This game is hilarious as well, and equally fun to watch. All the players put on their bumper bubble balls and go after the soccer ball. This game always leads to physical contact, so I would avoid putting little kids on the field that could get trampled by adults.
Maple Mountain Retreat
If you live in Utah, I HIGHLY recommend looking into the Maple Mountain Retreat, located in beautiful Mapleton, Utah! We came upon them by accident when a previous booking in Beaver, UT didn't work out. We had a huge lodge booked in Beaver, but after some dishonesty with the owners, we were left looking for something else last minute. We were so glad, because the Maple Mountain Retreat ended up being much nicer, more affordable, and had lots more space for our family. My aunts and uncles were all collaborating on how to buy the place because our family loved it so much. I did arrange a discount for my readers, so if you end up deciding to book, tell them you came from mothersniche.com for $100 OFF per night (excludes weekends).
I was slightly worried when I looked up the weather report for our upcoming reunion, because it was rainy almost the entire time. The best thing about this place is that there was SO MUCH to do indoors, that no one even cared. Everyone was busy swimming in the indoor swimming pool, playing raquetball in the raquetball court, playing basketball, playing card games, and watching movies in the main living area.
Here's everything this place features to do:
*Indoor swimming pool and hot tub
*Indoor basketball and racquetball court
*Game room with pool table, large screen TV, ping pong table, DVD player, Satellite TV
*Tennis Court with Outdoor lighting
*Walleyball in Racquetball Court
*Weight and Exercise Room
*Outdoor Playground and playhouse
*Large indoor gathering room with large screen TV and fireplace
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Family Reunion Game Ideas
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There wont be enough time to do all these amazing games…but why not try?