Family Fun Games for Family Reunions

For our family reunion each year, my siblings and our spouses meet at a geographical location central to all of us. We live so far away from each other. Last year we selected a city in the Midwest in the U.S. Unfortunately, there isn't a lot to do there. Fortunately, we all get along very well and are open to fun ideas and games.

One of the best games we ever played was a form of Scavenger Hunt that required us to use our cell phone cameras to document that we had located the items on the Scavenger Hunt list. Instead of bringing the items back to the judge, we showed the judge our photos.

The judge is the one who developed a list of items. They were pretty bazaar but most scavenger hunt lists are meant to be challenging so this was no different. These items were not necessarily things that we could plan to collect. For one, we were staying in a large hotel and were not familiar with the hotel or the hotel grounds. What a challenge.

Each couple became a team and had to work together. Fortunately we all get along well but it was lightweight fun anyway. Our lists were handed out to us after breakfast time and we immediately went into action looking all around for our hunted items.

We were given only eight hours to collect the photos. The stakes were high. A prize was being offered and we all wanted it. Frankly, we didn't know what the prize was but we were so competitive that it didn't matter. We just wanted to win!

If you ever play this game, and I recommend it, here are a few suggestions taken from our list although you will have fun coming up with your own.

1. A green van

2. Man with a bald head

3. Something orange made in Mexico

4. Pink flowers

5. A pickup truck with the back gate down

6. A fish sandwich

7. Red ants

8. A woman carrying a red purse

9. A chef's hat

10. A bag of popcorn

11. Teenager smiling

12. A diaper

14. Deck of playing cards

15. Little girl wearing yellow

The list we worked with was so challenging! We didn't know if we would be able to find any of the items on the list so we decided to be creative and stretch our interpretation. That's where the fun really began. For instance, we "accidentally" spilled a dab of catsup on some white flowers. When we took the photo, the flowers certainly looked "pink" to us. We turned the photo in as Pink Flowers. The judge liked our creativity! Eventually, we found nearly every item on the list. It took a lot of imagination. The results from all the teams were hysterical.

When we discovered a person who fit an item on the list, we respectfully told them about our game and asked permission to take their photo. No one resisted. In fact, the bald man wanted to follow us around and play on one of our teams.

Our competitiveness and our laughter made this game a great way to have a rel=nofollow []family fun reunion.

Darcie Davis is an author and game inventor who looks for opportunities to encourage creativity and have fun in any setting. To get more ideas about Family Fun or Family Fun Reunions check out