Style My Soul Explores…
“What is one activity you recommend for family reunions? Why?”
Listen to Your Favorite Podcasts
Although binging on your favorite television shows is always a great idea, it doesn’t leave room for much more. This is why it’s a great idea to put on your favorite podcast and indulge in another activity together while you listen to it. You can go on drives, cook, paint, or even just bask in the sun as you all collectively enjoy podcasts that stimulate and entertain you all.
- Harry Morton, Founder, Lower Street
Try a Trivia Challenge
One activity that I would recommend for family reunions is a family trivia game. It can be a fun and engaging way to bring everyone together while also promoting teamwork and healthy competition. To play, you can create a list of trivia questions about your family history, traditions, and personal anecdotes. You can also include questions about popular culture or current events to add some variety. Divide the family into teams and have each team take turns answering the questions. You can keep score and offer small prizes for the winning team or just play for bragging rights. Not only is this activity entertaining, but it can also help strengthen family bonds by encouraging everyone to share stories and memories. It can also be a great way to introduce younger family members to family history and traditions they may not have been aware of. - Yara Abboud, B2B Content Writer, yarawriting
Explore a Local Outdoor Spot
It’s no secret that staying indoors can make the free-flowing conversation more challenging because most people feel more insular than open. Even though you may know your family well, it’s helpful to engage in an outdoor activity to facilitate bonding. Talk to your local guides or do some online research to find picturesque spots close by that you all can explore together. This will make reconnection much more organic and natural at the family reunion, and it’s undeniably a great precursor to a warm dinner indoors.
- Guy Sharp, Relocation Advisor, Andorra Guides
One activity that I recommend for family reunions is a group scavenger hunt. This is a fun and interactive way for family members to work together, bond, and explore their surroundings. By dividing into teams and searching for clues, family members can engage in friendly competition while also getting to know each other better. This activity is suitable for all ages and can be customized to fit the location and interests of the group. Plus, it encourages communication, problem-solving, and teamwork skills. Overall, a scavenger hunt is a great way to create lasting memories and strengthen family relationships.
- Sean Harris, Managing Editor, FamilyDestinationsGuide
A cooking or baking competition is a fun and interactive way to get everyone involved in meal preparation. The best thing about cooking is that you can split into teams and compete to see who can create the best dish or dessert. This activity promotes creativity, teamwork, and communication, and it’s a delicious way to spend time together. - Nick Edwards, Managing Director, Snowfinders
Bring a Family Heirloom
Family reunions are often organized to encourage people to set aside a day, a weekend, or perhaps a week to be together. Consider that the activities during these gatherings can be as simple as a meal and much more extensive, such as physical adventures. One activity that is sure to provide focus on the family, both in the past and present, is to ask everyone to bring a family heirloom. This item could be anything from a photo to a special item passed down through the generations. Some people might get creative and bring a recipe and the prepared dish. Others may wear the item for all to see. Others may bring something that can be examined and added to, such as the family tree! Perhaps many family members will not recall the history of the item, and this will create friendly competition! The importance is to have memories evoked when everyone sees the items, and the shared memories and stories will surely be the highlight of the family reunion. - Ashley Kenny, Founder, Heirloom
Organizing a Potluck
Potlucks are a great way to get everyone involved in the reunion. Everyone can bring their favorite dish to share with the group, and it’s a great way for everyone to sample each other’s cooking. Plus, it’s a fun way to bring everyone together to enjoy a meal.
- Ranee Zhang, VP of Growth, Airgram
Sharing Personal Stories and Memories
The odd stories and memories that pop up during family reunions make them even more endearing. But what if you make a full-fledged activity out of this? After all, only a few people are forthcoming about talking and sharing, and with reliving old memories, even fewer people indulge in this positive experience. With every family member dipping into their reserves and sharing beautiful memories and maybe even unheard-of stories, your family reunion is bound to be an unforgettable and emotional experience. More importantly, it’ll bring forth everyone’s sentimental side and bring your family closer. - Tony Angeleri, Vice President, Lone Wolf Paintball
Create Shared Puppet Show Memory
One great activity I recommend for family reunions is a puppet show. Building puppets out of recycled materials and making an entertaining skit provides family members with an opportunity to work together, be creative, and share in the laughter that ensues from their masterpieces. The final product can be used as an added attraction to the reunion and enjoyed by all, young and old alike. Creating a puppet show allows people to step away from technology while promoting outside-the-box thinking; often it’s these kinds of activities that result in some of the best memories! - Amy Ling Lin, CEO, Dear Sundays
DIY Craft Kits
I would recommend a Chalk Couture DIY Craft Kit. They come with everything they need and are reusable so the family could share the supplies and make personalized gifts to remember the occasion. It works on a variety of materials so they could even make their own T-shirts to wear during the reunion. - Mandee Ross, DIY Crafter, Gwyn’s Foxy Nest