Vacations usually mean that it’s officially time for wild family get-togethers. Whether it’s your cousin driving down from another state or your aunt coming down from a different city, it is always fun when the family is around. We all look forward to such family reunions, don’t we?
That being said, planning for the perfect family reunion can be a huge task. From taking care of the food to making sure to buy the best gifts and looking for the best way to pass the time with each other, it can get overwhelming. So, we’re here to take a bit of the pressure off your shoulders! Scroll down to explore our list of the most fun games that will make your family reunion an entertaining and memorable affair.
Best Family Reunion Game Ideas
1. Egg And Spoon Race
What You Need: Eggs and Spoons
One of the most popular games of them all, the egg and spoon race, is ideal for a big group of people. While it may get messy, it is definitely worth a try!
Start with each member choosing a partner and standing about 30 feet apart, facing each other. Then, all participants have to put spoons in their mouths. This is followed by the first player putting an egg on their spoon and running to their teammate standing across from them. They will then need to transfer the egg from their spoon onto their partner’s without letting it drop. After this, the other teammate has to run back to the other side with the spoon to win.
If you are up for a competition, you can also add a few obstacle courses in between and make the game a bit challenging.
2. Water Balloon Toss
What You Need: Water and Balloons
This is a perfect family reunion game idea for a hot summer day. For this game, every player needs to pick a partner and stand 2 feet apart, facing each other. You have to start tossing the water balloon, and after each toss, you need to take a step backward. The team that throws the balloon to the fattest distance without letting it pop is the winner. You can make the game more competitive by awarding prizes to the winning team.
3. Scavenger Hunt
What You Need: Timer and Items to hide
As the name suggests, a scavenger hunt is about solving hints to reach a treasure or searching for specific items in the challenge to beat the other teams. You can either play as individuals or break into groups of two and solve the puzzles.
You can start by making a list of items from your house and designing clues for the players to find those items. Hide this stuff in the backyard, lawn, or the corners of your home. The first team or player to solve the clues and find the treasure will be the winner.
4. Ping Pong Toss
What You Need: Ping pong balls, 10 plastic cups, Water, and Permanent marker
This is one of the most famous carnival games for family reunions. You can begin by labeling cups with different value points – 1cup labeled #4, 2 cups with the #3, 3 cups with the #2, and 4 cups with #1.
Proceed by filling up plastic cups with water, wherein #1 cups have the least amount of water, #2 with comparatively more water, and so on until #4 has the most amount of water.
Place these cups in a triangular formation on one end of a large table or any other flat surface. Designate the spot across the table for each participant to throw the ball from.
The players need to try and bounce the ball off the table to land in one of the cups. Every participant gets 5 chances. Once the ball lands into the cup, they will get the number of points marked on it. They have to ensure that the ball lands inside the cups to gain points. At the end of 5 tosses, whoever has the highest number of accumulated points wins!
What You Need: Bingo sheet, Pencils, Small pieces of paper, A hat, and Prizes
Playing Bingo with your family never gets old. It is a highly flexible game, and the best part is that you don’t need a lot of running around and can rather be laid back while engaging in a fun and relaxing game.
You can customize the Bingo and play it using family names. Start by writing each participant’s name on a piece of paper and keep them inside the hat. Proceed by handing everyone the bingo sheet with a 12 square grid and asking them to fill it.
The game begins as soon as the squares on everyone’s grid are full. You can then pull one paper chit from the hat and call out the name.Put that name aside and repeat the process. You can use gifts and prizes to hand out to the winners making the game even better.
6. Burlap Potato Sack Race
What You Need: Potato sack
As the name suggests, it is a race that involves every player putting both legs into a sack and race each other. This game is even more fun when played with a big group of people divided into teams. Each player must hop to reach a marked point and back to the starting point, followed by tagging the next player in line. This is then repeated by the next person taking it forward to the course. The first person or team to reach the finish line will be the winner.
7. Tug Of War
What You Need: A long thick rope, Whistle, Children’s pool, and Ared flag (to mark the middle point)
One of the most excruciating yet fun games of all, the tug of war is a classic. You can keep it simple by competing with just a rope or make it even more exciting by introducing a children’s pool filled with soapy water right in the middle of the two teams.
Divide the family members into two groups and have them line up on either end of the rope. Blow the whistle once both the teams have settled down in their respective positions. The battle will now begin where both teams will tug the rope, pulling the other team to their side. The team that pulls all the opposite team members to their side or whichever team tugs harder and doesn’t end up inside the pool wins!
What You Need: Monopoly board game
There would hardly be anyone in this world who has not played Monopoly. This board game is the perfect way to enjoy nice and quiet family time indoors. However, don’t confuse it with being relaxing because it is highly competitive.
The game involves players starting with a bit of money divided equally amongst all. They take their turns across the board, followed by purchasing, renting, and selling their acquired properties in an attempt to become the richest. You come across several challenges along the way, such as going to jail. The game will end once everyone is bankrupt.
What You Need: Kan-Jam game set
This is a rather exciting and eventful game of frisbee. Player can participate in teams of 2, and they have to stand across the field next to a specific target, for instance, a trash can. The game starts with both you and your teammate taking turns throwing the frisbee onto the opposite target, while the other one helps you make it to the target with a swat of one hand.
If you swat the disc at once and hit the target, you will get 1 point; if you hit the target without any assistance, you score 2 points, and if your partner jams it into the target, you get 3. But, if you throw the disc and hit the slot at one go, you are an instant winner. The first team that scores 21 points wins.
What You Need: Pictionary game, Markers, Board, and Duster
From your youngest cousin to your oldest granny, Pictionary is loved and enjoyed by all ages. To play this game, divide the players into two teams, depending on the total number people. Each player has to draw pictures on the board using the markers and have their teammates guess the word or phrase. Whichever team guesses correctly wins. You can then continue the game by switching the players until you have exhausted all options. In the end, tally the total points acquired to know who won.
11. Never Have I Ever!
What You Need: Shot glasses, Abig bowl, A drink, and A few pieces of paper
Get ready to reveal the wild secrets of your family! This game is best played with the adults and young adults of the family and can involve both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks of your choice.
Start by writing down a few questions on different pieces of paper, fold them into chits, and put them inside the bowl. These questions can be on the lines of, “Never Have I Ever been embarrassed in public,” “Never Have I Ever cried during a movie,” “Never Have I Ever stolen money from dad’s wallet,” and so on.
The players shall sit in a circle with shot glasses full of drink in their hands.Each player has to pick out a chit from the bowl. Every participant who has done whatever is said in the question has to take a shot. The game gets fun when people have a few shots and sometimes even get drunk!
12. Hot Lava
What You Need: Chairs, Couch, and Tables
If you and your family are into active indoor games that can be played right from the comfort of your living room, there is nothing better than Hot Lava. Even though this might get tiring, it can certainly be an exciting thing to do with the family.
Begin by marking the endpoints in your living room and have the players take their positions at the starting line. Now, as the name suggests, the floor is hot lava, so players aren’t allowed to step onto the floor but instead jump on from one couch, table, or chair onto the others around the room to get to the finish line.
Remember, any player who steps on the floor instantly loses. However, the player who stays away from the lava the longest and reaches the endpoint first wins!
13. Outdoor Giant Jenga
What You Need: Outdoor Giant Jenga game
We all love Jenga, don’t we? Well, a family reunion calls for a giant version of this classic. Enter: outdoor giant Jenga. Now, if you cannot buy a gigantic Jenga, all you need are a few DIY skills to create one yourself. It begins by building a tower, which you can do using the given instructions. Now, each member will start pulling out one block from either level of that tower and place it on the top, thereby completing their turn. The game will end once the tower falls.
14. Mad Libs
What You Need: Mad libs andPencils or pens
Another party favorite, Mad Libs, is loved by almost everyone. It includes making up a story, leaving out blanks for specifying the types of words, such as verbs, nouns, adjectives. Participants will have to fill in the blanks according to their choice with words from a list.Once all the blanks are filled, the players will read out the sentences aloud, and the first person to win 3 points will win the game.
What You Need: Uno card game
Uno has bagged itself the title of the prime game night choice.The goal of this game is to be the first one to get out.It starts by dealing 7 cards to each member and flipping over the first card on the drawing stack.Then, each player should play a card that matches the symbol, number, or color of the stack’s top card.You have fun options like playing the wild card to change the color, reverse card to change the game’s direction, and block card to make the next player skip his/her chance. If you combine a few card decks, you can include as many members in the game as you want.
16. Minute to Win It
What You Need: Food/Balloons/Green Chili
This game involves giving your family members any task to complete in 60 seconds. You can play it individually or in teams of two. Whether it is stuffing snacks, popping balloons, naming the most number of children in the family, or even eating a bowl full of chilis, there are endless possibilities to get creative with tasks in this one.
17. Who Am I?
What You Need: Pieces of paper, Pens, and Hat or bowl
This is a highly interactive game that acts as an excellent icebreaker, especially if you have a family member who you haven’t met in a long time.It is a guessing game where you can use a person’s characteristics and traits to help others guess the said person’s name.
You can start the game by placing each family member’s name in a hat or bowl.Each player must then draw out the name and tape it on another member’s forehead in a way that they don’t get to see it. Now, this member with the sticker will go across the room asking questions to others to correctly guess that particular family member’s identity. These questions can be on the lines of, “How many sisters do I have?”“Do I have grandchildren?” or “Do I like wearing formals?”
What You Need: Hats, Small strips of paper, and Pens
This is one of the best funny family reunion games that you can play with a big group of people. Begin by dividing the group into teams, giving each team one hat, 5 strips of paper per person, and a few pens or pencils.
Now, team members can write down some words, phrases, movies, or book names for the others to guess and place them in their hats. Then, each team will swap their hats, and players will take turns taking out the chits. They will then act them out to their team and make them guess correctly.
The main rule to remember is that actors cannot spell out the words and talk to the other members. After a few rounds, the team with the most right guesses will win the game.
Now that you know about the best family reunion games, it might be time to get out and give these a try. You can customize these games and contests by adding your own set of rules, making it all the more competitive. In fact, boost the teams’ morale by setting up a few prizes for the winners of each game and have a family reunion that will be unforgettable!