Family reunions are a wonderful way to strengthen long standing family bonds and forge new relationships with distant relatives. The most successful and rewarding family reunions include family members of all ages. Though adults need little more than a comfortable place to sit and catch up on the latest news, the youngest members of the family often need a little more incentive to enthusiastically spend an entire day with relatives they rarely see. This article will offer some suggestions on how to make a family reunion a little more appealing to the children.
Include Kid Themed Activities At Your Family Reunion. Just sitting and talking under a shady tree will hold children’s attention for approximately fifteen minutes. Adding some fun and festive activities to your day will allow children to burn energy, get exercise and engage with other family members attending the reunion. Consider including a relay race, treasure hunt, apple bobbing, or a good old fashioned board game tournament to the day’s agenda. Setting up these activities in a designated area will make it easy and enticing for those wishing to participate and also non intrusive for those who prefer quieter activities during the family reunion.
Add Kid Friendly Food To The Family Reunion. Children love to eat and are especially drawn to foods they recognize and find comforting. Though your guest list may hold far more adults than children, be sure to include some tasty and fun foods for the younger set. Pizza, chicken nuggets, hamburgers, hot dogs and assorted chips and dips will ensure that all the kids will enjoy the meals, thus creating a relaxed and happy atmosphere for all.
Include The Children In The Planning And Execution Of Your Family Reunion. If the planning and setting up of the bash falls on your shoulders, be sure to include the kids in this process. Ask their advice on the menu, guest list and activities. Let them open the RSVP correspondence and check off people on the master list of attendees. Enlist their help in setting up chairs or hanging decorations. Even the youngest children can pitch in. Including the kids in the decision making and execution of the event will make them feel very connected to the family bash and gain a sense of pride from their contributions.
Pair Up Children Of The Same Age For Activities At The Family Reunion. Though children may initially feel too shy to engage with distant cousins of the same age, assigning each a family “buddy” for the day will quickly break the ice and pave the way for a day of fun. Pair off children in the same age group to play games, get in line for food and treats and perform necessary chores throughout the day. The security of a friend and the absence of the pressure to greet and converse with all the children at once will allow the kids to warm up to each other more easily.
Engage The Oldest Family Members With The Youngest At Your Family Reunion. The senior guests of the event will surely love to spend time with their youngest relatives and children have much to learn from their elders. Pair up a young child with an older aunt or grandparent for a non strenuous game. Seat an uncle or older cousin with a toddler or elementary school age child for the family photo. Invite the older person to share memories of school or childhood vacations with the kids. A few subtle prompts from you for the varying generations to spend time at the reunion will result in a satisfying and enjoyable experience for all.