110+ Fun Indoor And Outdoor Games For Family Reunion

Family reunions are joyous occasions when people meet their immediate and extended families and have fun together. Besides preparing delicious food and setting up beautiful decorations, planning engaging and entertaining games for family reunions is essential. This part can get tricky since you need to pick activities or games that suit people of all age groups.

Since chalking out unique activities can be a time-consuming task, we bring you a list of the best family reunion games to ensure your folks have a ball. Besides, they will help you make beautiful, fun memories that each of you will cherish for a long time.

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110+ Fun Games For Family Reunions

No family reunion is complete without games. Here are a few games that could make your family reunion a memorable one.

Indoor Games

Being indoors does not necessarily translate to board games, screen time, or boredom. You can include a variety of indoor games for family reunions so that everyone is entertained.

1. Telephone Game

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If you want a game to ease the tension between family members who have just met, you can ask everyone to play the telephone game. It is one of the best icebreaker games for family reunions.

You will need:

  • Lots of participants

How to play:

  • Divide your players into smaller teams.
  • Let everyone sit in a line.
  • The first player of each team whispers a fact about themselves to the next person in the team.
  • The next person passes on the message to the next person, and it continues. They can even add a fact about themselves to make the game more entertaining.
  • The last player should say the message out loud.
  • The team that gets the initial message right (or partly right) at the end is the winner.

2. Baby picture

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Do you know your family as well as you think you do? A family reunion is the best time to test it. Ask your family members to get a baby picture of themselves for this game.

You will need:

  • Baby pictures of family members
  • Marker
  • Bulletin board and pin tacks

How to play:

  • Label every baby picture with the name of its owner behind it.
  • Write numbers on the bottom of the pictures.
  • Stick the pictures on the bulletin board.
  • The aim of the game is to let the family members guess who the babies are.
  • The player who recognizes most members would be the winner.
  • You can give out prizes for the best smile, least changed, and most changed.
protip_icon Point to consider
If most people find it hard to guess the persons in the pictures, you can retell a funny childhood incident of the person in question. It will maintain the continuity of the game and make it more exciting.

3. Storytime

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Storytelling is a wonderful activity to bond with your family. Elders never get tired of telling stories to children and making them smile. Similarly, children never get tired of listening to those sweet memories. Make the most of your time together and recreate those stories.

You will need:

  • An item that reminds you of something

How to play:

  • Ask each member to bring something that has a story behind it. It could be a piece of clothing, a letter, or a food item.
  • Let them share the story.
  • You can let the children decide which story was best and reward the person.
  • You can even go further and ask the narrators to enact the story for more fun.

4. Family bingo

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Family game is another game that serves as an icebreaker and helps you get to know each other. Everyone enjoys playing family bingo as it adds a personal touch to the favorite game.

You will need:

  • Sheets of paper and pens for all players

How to play:

  • Make a grid on the paper and write different qualities in each box. For example, you can write, “The first member who went to University,” “The eldest cousin of the family,” “A family member who loves ice cream,” and so on.
  • You can copy them on all the sheets or write different ones on each sheet.
  • Ask the players to fill out the boxes. Assign a time limit.
  • The player who manages to fill the maximum boxes in the given time would be the winner.
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Try to make questions that everyone can answer. If you are playing it with teenagers, don’t write overly complicated questions about the family’s history.

5. Never have I ever

Never have I ever for games for family reunions

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Never have I ever” is a popular and much-loved game to play with a large group of people. Be prepared for a great laughing session as you play this game with your family.

You will need:

  • Candies (ten per person)

How to play:

  • Distribute the candies amongst the players. Each player should have ten candies.
  • The first player starts by saying, “Never have I ever…”
  • If someone has done that thing, they have to put a candy in the middle.
  • The first person to put all the candies would be the winner. They also get a chance to win all the candies on the table.

6. Family trivia

Family trivia for games for family reunions

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It is similar to family bingo, but with a quiz involved, so there is much more fun and laughs when playing.

You will need:

  • A sheet of paper and pen

How to play:

  • Ask each of your family members to write down trivia facts about themselves.
  • Compile a list of questions around these facts. For example, you can form questions such as, “Where did Grandma and Grandpa meet?” or “Who was the only child born in 2009?
  • Divide your players into teams.
  • The team that answers most of these questions would be the winner.

7. Charades

Charades for games for family reunions

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Charades is one of the classic games you can play at a family reunion. The best part of this game is that players of every age group can compete and have lots of fun together.

You will need:

  • Paper chits
  • Pen

How to play:

  • Write different categories on the chits of paper. You can choose from movie name, celebrity, book name, animal, or activity.
  • Divide the players into teams.
  • One player should come forward, pick a chit, and act out what’s mentioned on it.
  • The other members of the team have to guess.
  • The team that makes the maximum number of correct guesses would be the winner.

8. Two truths and a lie

Two truths and a lie for games for family reunions

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The unique game will have you all laughing and bonding within no time.

You will need:

  • Paper
  • Pens

How to play:

  • Divide the players into teams.
  • Each player has to write two truths and one lie about themselves.
  • The first player of each team takes turns in reading out what they have written.
  • The other team has to guess the lie.
  • The team that gets the correct answer first scores a point.
  • The team with the maximum points wins.

9. Noodle doodle

Noodle doodle for games for family reunions

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It is a hilarious game for family reunions, especially if you play it with children. It is a game that doesn’t need much planning and is super fun.

You will need:

  • Noodles

How to play:

  • Divide your players into teams.
  • Assign each team a word. The word can be of any length, but the desired length should be three to five letters.
  • The aim of the game is to make the word with the noodles using a fork.
  • You can even set a time limit to make the game more exciting.

10. Make a story

Make a story for games for family reunions

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If you want your family to spend an entertaining evening, play this game. It will get everyone’s creative juices flowing, and you will have a wonderful time.

You will need:

  • A sheet of paper and a pen

How to play:

  • The first player begins by writing a line on the paper before passing it on to the next player.
  • The next player adds a line to it and passes the paper.
  • This way, each player adds a line to the paper, making a story no one can predict.
  • After all the players have finished making an entry, you can read out the story and share great laughs.

11. Watermelon seed spitting contest

Watermelon seed spitting contest for games for family reunions

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It is a game in which you can flaunt your spitting prowess and enjoy.

You will need:

  • Watermelons
  • Knife
  • Chalk

How to play:

  • Draw three lines on the floor at five, ten, and 15 feet from where the players will sit.
  • Cut the watermelons into wedges and give each player a wedge.
  • Each player must take a bite of their watermelon slice and spit the seeds as far as they can.
  • You can even take the game outdoors and make the players spit the seeds through hula hoops for more fun.

12. Drawing time

Drawing time for games for family reunions

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Whether you have budding artists in your family or two left thumbs, it is a game that will get everyone in splits.

You will need:

  • A sheet of paper
  • Pencil

How to play:

  • The first player draws a random shape on the sheet of paper and passes it on.
  • The next player adds another shape to it and continues.
  • When you see the final drawing, you cannot stop your laughter.

13. Mobiles off

Mobiles off for games for family reunions

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It is not easy to stop people from using their phones during meals. You should make it entertaining so that they do not feel the urge to pick up their phones.

You will need:

  • Chits of paper
  • Pen

How to play:

  • Write different questions on the pieces of paper and place them on each chair before the meal. Some examples for the questions are “Where did you go on your last vacation?” and “What do you remember about your school days?
  • Everyone has to pick the paper and talk to their neighbors about it.
  • It acts as a great conversation starter and helps people bond.
  • You can shuffle the papers or the seating for the next meal so that everyone gets a new topic next time.

14. Talent show

Talent show for games for family reunions

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Did you know that your second cousin has a hidden talent for singing like a nightingale? Or your grandmother can swing a hula hoop or has a hidden love for theater? Play the game to know everyone’s talent.

You will need:

  • Mic
  • Items that people might need for their talent

How to play:

  • Each family member should come forward to display their talent.
  • You can even give awards to the best ones.

Jordan Page, a youtuber and a self-proclaimed expert at planning family reunions, says family talent shows are a hit in family reunions. She says, “One thing we do that is so fun and is tradition is a BIG family talent show! All week long, the kids get together and the cousins plan skits and acts. Showcase both real and faux talents… it’s okay to have some spontaneous acts, too (i)!”

15. Family map

Family map for games for family reunions

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When your family is geographically distributed over different places, the game helps others appreciate how far they live and how much they have traveled to be with you. It is also helpful to improve geographical knowledge.

You will need:

  • A world map
  • Marker

How to play:

  • Each member marks the area where they live on the map and give a fact about that place.
  • If several members are from the same place, they can state different facts or ask each other questions.

16. Family jigsaws

Family jigsaws for games for family reunions

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A large family calls for a large family photo. You can enlarge an image or more and customize it into a jigsaw puzzle for the reunion. Alternatively, you can take several family photos from different occasions and make mini jigsaw puzzles to add more fun and excitement to the reunion.

You will need:

  • Family photo

How to play:

There are several ways of playing family jigsaws.

Option 1:
  • Take prints of several family photos.
  • Get them customized into different jigsaws.
  • Distribute the sets to different teams and ask them to assemble them.
Option 2:
  • Take a family photo with all your family members.
  • Enlarge it and get it converted into one large jigsaw.
  • Set up the area for the jigsaw game.
  • Give each member a couple of pieces every day during their stay and ask them to put them in the right place on the jigsaw.

17. Who am I?

Who am I for games for family reunions

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The game will help your family members get to know each other better even if they have not met for a long time.

You will need:

  • Sticky notes
  • Pen

How to play:

  • Write down the names of family members on the sticky notes and place them facing downwards.
  • Divide the players into teams.
  • The first player of each team picks a note and sticks it on their forehead without looking at it.
  • They have to ask the other players ‘yes’ or ‘no’ questions to figure out the name on the note.
  • The next team continues in the same way.
  • The team that gets the maximum right guesses wins.

18. Hot potato selfie

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Here is a game that gives a modern twist to the traditional passing of the parcel. Get teenagers and younger children involved in this game for loads of fun and giggles.

You will need:

  • A mobile phone with a selfie camera

How to play:

  • Open the camera app and set the timer.
  • Keep passing the camera quickly.
  • If the timer ends and the camera clicks a player’s selfie, the player must do something the other players say.

19. Frozen t-shirt game

Frozen t-shirt game for games for family reunions

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If you wish to have great fun, this game can be a hit.

You will need:

  • T-shirt for every player
  • Waxed paper
  • Baking sheet
  • Freezer
  • Water

How to play:

  • Dip t-shirts in water and wring and fold them.
  • Place a waxed sheet between the t-shirts, put them in the baking sheet, and freeze.
  • Distribute them among the players just before the game starts.
  • The first player to get into their frozen t-shirt would be the winner.

20. Family tree

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If your family is artistic, consider involving them in an enjoyable arts and crafts project. Creating a family tree is a great way to showcase your heritage to younger family members.

You will need:

  • Cardstock
  • Paint

How to play:

  • Draw an elaborate family tree on the cardstock.
  • Ask each member to dip their thumb in paint and make a thumbprint to mark their place in the family tree.
  • It would be a beautiful and creative art to teach the younger generation about their
  • You can also make small ones and gift everyone to remember the reunion.

21. Award night

Award night for games for family reunions

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Your family deserves to be recognized for being awesome. Create an awards night to commemorate your special family.

You will need:

  • Cardstock
  • Marker
  • Scissors

How to play:

  • Cut the cardstock into smaller rectangles like the ones used in award shows.
  • Write down a category on each of the cards. For instance, “Best smile” and “Youngest/oldest member of the family.”
  • You can ask your family members to vote.
  • Hand out “awards” and make everyone feel special.

22. Burn a CD

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Every generation has its favorite playlist. Why not ask everyone to share their playlist with others during the family reunion?

You will need:

  • CDs (USB sticks will also do)
  • A list of songs from each family member

How to play:

  • Ask each family member to name five of their favorite songs of all time.
  • Make a list according to the time they were released.
  • Divide your family members into groups.
  • Ask them to burn the CDs (or copy them in the USB drive) with songs from each generation.
  • Play the songs for everyone.
  • The team that makes the best songs CD wins.
  • Everyone gets a copy of the CD as a keepsake.
  • You can also sing songs live and record them for a better experience.

23. Ball game

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Though the name is quite common, it is a different ball game suitable for a family reunion.

You will need:

  • Inflatable rubber ball
  • Marker

How to play:

  • Write a bunch of questions on the ball.
  • Throw the ball to different players.
  • The player who catches the ball has to answer the question in front of them.
  • The game is an excellent way to get to know the members of your family.
  • You can also add a timer or different ways of catching the ball to make the game more interesting.

24. Family recipe book

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Every family has its secret recipes that have been passed down through generations. Then, they also have new recipes that the younger generation experimented with and shared at potlucks. Bring all these together in a book at a family reunion.

You will need:

  • A slam book
  • Recipes
  • Pictures

How to play:

  • Ask each member to write a recipe in the slam book and attach its picture.
  • They can also give some trivia about where they came across this recipe or how many times they had to try to get it right. They can also include notes about deviations from the original recipe they had to make to perfect it.
  • They should write the recipes in random pages before passing on the book to the next member.
  • Once done, divide the members into teams.
  • Let each team take turns in guessing who provided the recipe.
  • You can photocopy the book and give a copy to each member as a memento of the reunion.
  • The winning team gets the original copy.

25. Hot lava

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Children love lava games. If you are a parent, you already know how entertaining it is. It is a great game for family reunions, regardless of the age of the participants.

You will need:

  • Furniture
  • Chalk

How to play:

  • Mark one end of the room as the starting point and the other end as the endpoint.
  • Place furniture strategically in the room.
  • The aim of the game is to reach the endpoint from the start point without stepping on the floor.

26. Cookie eaters

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This game will make you laugh from the moment it begins, especially after a wine tasting. The best part is that you can play it anytime using the cookies you have at home.

You will need:

  • Cookies
  • Timer

How to play:

  • Each player places a cookie on their forehead.
  • The aim of the game is to eat the cookie without touching it.
  • Set the timer to one or three minutes to make the game more entertaining.

27. Dancing game

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It is another superb game for family reunions that guarantees to keep them moving, irrespective of their age.

You will need:

  • A device to play music

How to play:

  • Select a player. They will be the spy. Send them out of the room.
  • Select another player. They will be the master dancer. Everyone has to follow their steps.
  • Start the music.
  • The spy has to take a look at the dancers and guess who the master dancer is. They get three chances.
  • If they guess the master dancer right, the master dancer becomes the spy for the next round. If not, they continue being the spy for the next round too.

28. Hide and seek

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Hide and seek is a classic game for family reunions, especially during campfires.

You will need:

  • Loads of hiding places

How to play:

  • Select a player. They will be the seeker.
  • The other players must hide while the seeker’s eyes are closed.
  • The seeker must find the other players.
  • You can tweak the rules of the game for more fun.

29. Ice cream eating contest

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It is the perfect game for summer reunions. Get loads of ice cream and different toppings and let your family compete against each other.

You will need:

  • Ice cream and toppings

How to play:

  • Let everyone make ice cream sundaes of their choice. The only rule should be about the size of the sundae.
  • When the game starts, the contestants have to wolf down their sundaes as fast as possible before it melts.
  • The first one to finish their sundae is the winner.

30. Chipmunks

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Turn your family members into chipmunks with this hilarious game for family reunions.

You will need:

  • Bowls of bite-sized food, such as grapes, gummy bears, or M&Ms.

How to play:

  • Each player takes turns in stuffing the food in their cheeks. No swallowing allowed.
  • Count each piece as the player puts it inside their mouth.
  • The player who can hold the maximum number of pieces would be the winner.
  • Ensure you do not involve children below eight years for this game.

31. Pictionary

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Get your team to guess the word, movie, or phrase given to you as you try to convey them with your drawing within a given time.

You will need:

  • Board or cardboard
  • Markers
  • Paper chits

How to play:

  • Divide the players into two teams.
  • Ask one player from one team to pick the paper chit and read the object’s name.
  • The player draws the related picture of the given word, movie, or phrase.
  • Let the team players guess the answer within the given time limit.
  • The team that gets the most correct answers wins the game.

32. Twister

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As you twist your body to reach the correct colored dots without falling over, get tangled up in laughter.

You will need:

  • Twister game mat
  • Color spinner

How to play:

  • Lay the game mat on a flat and spacious surface.
  • Divide the players into two teams.
  • Run the spinner for the team one by one.
  • Whichever color the spinner will stop at, let the player from the team reach that color spot. Only that player will continue reaching
  • every color box the spinner lands on using various body parts.
  • The team whose players do not fall while playing wins the game.

33. Indoor bowling

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Use household items such as bottles, containers, toys, and softballs to set up a mini bowling area in your living room.

You will need:

  • Softballs
  • Bottles
  • Containers
  • Toys

How to play:

  • Arrange the bottles, toys, or containers as pins in a triangular formation on a flat surface or ground.
  • Take turns to knock these items using a softball from a certain distance.
  • Let the game continue, and see who becomes the bowling champion in your family.

34. Simon says

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Play this classic game of commands and test your memory and attention skills.

You will need:

  • At least five players
  • Spacious room or a hall

How to play:

  • Choose one player as the leader who gives commands.
  • Instruct other players to act or follow whatever the commands will be given, provided that the leader adds “Simon says!” before the command.
  • Those who do the wrong action or perform an action even when the leader has not mentioned “Simon says” will be out of the game.

36. Musical chairs

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Groove your body into the background music and compete to get your seat from the remaining chairs when the music stops.

You will need:

  • Chairs
  • Music system
  • Group of people

How to play:

  • Arrange the chairs in a circle. Remember to arrange the number of chairs to be one less than the number of players.
  • Start the music and let players walk around the circle.
  • Ask the players to take a seat when the music stops.
  • The player who will be left standing will be out of the game.
  • Proceed with the game again with one chair less than the number of players left after each round.
  • The player who secures the seat in the last round wins the game.

37. Lego building competition

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Compete to see who can build the most outstanding Lego creation in the specified time frame.

You will need:

  • Lego pieces

How to play:

  • Gather various types of Lego sets and bricks.
  • Select a theme for the competition, such as the tallest tower or the longest train.
  • Set the time limit.
  • Let the player use their creativity to build a Lego construct.
  • Once the time is up, the one with the best and most creative structure will win.

38. Paper boat contest

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Make paper boats and challenge one another to see whose boat stays afloat or goes forward first.

You will need:

  • Craft papers
  • A tub full of water

How to play:

  • Give at least one sheet of paper to each player.
  • Teach them how to fold the paper into a paper boat.
  • Once they are done making their boats, tell them to put their boat at one end of the tub.
  • Now, the players have to make their paper boat move forward by blowing into their paper boat.
  • They can also make ripples in water using their fingers.
  • The one whose paper boat moves to the finish line first will win.

39. Mime play

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In this mime-style game, you will know how much each family member knows each other.

You will need:

  • Paper sheets and pens
  • More than 4 players

How to play:

  • Divide the players into two teams.
  • Write the name of a family member on each piece of paper.
  • Select a player from each team to draw the paper chit.
  • The player reads the family member’s name and then acts out the family member quietly like a mime, performing their notable actions or mannerisms.
  • The other team members guess the family member. The team with the maximum number of correct guesses wins the game.

40. Card tower challenge

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With steady hands and patience, build a card tower as tall as possible without falling over.

You will need:

  • Deck of playing cards

How to play:

  • Give a deck of cards to each player.
  • Instruct the players to build a card tower as tall as possible within the time limit.
  • Once the time is up, the player with the tallest card tower wins.

41. Obstacle course

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Create a course of obstacles out of cushions, furniture, and other household items, and compete to see who will reach the finish line quickly.

You will need:

  • Household items, such as pillows, tables, and chairs

How to play:

  • Design an obstacle course with various household items, such as passing the pillow tower, crawling under tables, and jumping over tools.
  • Divide the participants into teams or let them play individually.
  • Let the players take turns to complete the obstacle course within the allotted time.
  • The player or team who finishes the course in the fastest lap wins the game.

42. Cup stacking

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Build a pyramid out of plastic cups as big and as soon as you can.

You will need:

  • Paper cups

How to play:

  • Provide each participant with a set of paper cups.
  • Set a flat and stable platform, such as a kitchen top or dining table, to play the game.
  • Let each participant stack as many cups as they can within a set time limit.
  • The one who creates the tallest cup tower wins the game.

43. Name that tune

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Test your musical knowledge by playing short snippets of songs and guessing their titles, lyrics, or artists.

You will need:

  • Music system

How to play:

  • Prepare the snippets of various songs or music clips.
  • Divide the players into two teams or let them play individually.
  • Play the snippet for about ten seconds for the first time.
  • Let the participants raise their hands to answer.
  • One who raises their hand first will get to answer. If they answer correctly, they get the point, or it will be passed to another player to answer.
  • You can play the snippet longer if no one answers correctly.
  • The team or the player with the most correct answers wins the game.

44. Tic-Tac-Toe tournament

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Play a series of tic-tac-toe matches and decide on the ultimate tic-tac-toe champion of the house.

You will need:

  • Paper and pen or a tic-tac-toe board set

How to play:

  • Draw a tic-tac-toe on a piece of paper or use a game board.
  • Let two players play at a time, and let them choose X or O as their symbol.
  • Each player takes turns placing their symbol on an empty space in the grid.
  • The first player to complete a row, column, or diagonal with their symbols wins that round.
  • Play multiple rounds with different players to determine the ultimate champion.

45. Memory game

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Test your memory as you try to recall the items on the table as quickly as possible after a brief glance.

You will need:

  • Household items, such as kitchenware, books, food ingredients, toys, or apparel
  • A sheet
  • Paper and pen

How to play:

  • Place various things you can find around the house on a table.
  • Let the participants take a glance (for about 5-10 seconds) of the items.
  • Cover them up with a cloth.
  • Let each participant recall and write the items they saw on the table.
  • The one with the most correct items written will win.

46. Tabletop tennis

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Turn your dining table into a table tennis board and begin a healthy competition to get the title of table tennis champion of the house.

You will need:

  • Table tennis paddles
  • Ping-pong balls
  • A long and sturdy table
  • A net or cardboard for the divider

How to play:

  • Attach a table tennis net or a DIY cardboard at the center of the table.
  • Give a paddle to each player.
  • Provide one ball to any of the two players to start the game. You can also ‘toss a coin’ to decide who will serve the ball first.
  • Allot a time limit for each round.
  • The one who scores the highest points wins, and the one who drops the ball the most loses.

47. Jigsaw puzzle race

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Try solving jigsaw puzzles in a given time to see who can finish their puzzle first.

You will need:

  • Jigsaw puzzles

How to play:

  • Divide the participants into two teams.
  • Give the same or similar puzzle sets to each team.
  • Set a timer and let them start solving the puzzle.
  • The team completing the puzzle first or within the given time will win.

48. Crazy eights card game

Crazy eights card game

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Brush up your strategic and analytical skills to play the classic game with your family.

You will need:

  • A deck of cards

How to play:

  • Shuffle and distribute five cards to each player.
  • Place the remaining cards facing down in the middle with the top card facing up. This is the discard pile.
  • Take turns to match the rank or suit of the top card. For example, if the top card is three hearts, the player can only play any three or any heart card.
  • If the player does not have a suitable card, they must take a card from the remaining pile.
  • The first player to discard or play all their cards wins the game.

49. Yoga challenge

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Follow the instructions of the yoga videos as you relax with the family while competing to see who can make and hold the pose perfectly.

You will need:

  • A yoga mat
  • A digital screen

How to play:

  • Look through the beginner’s yoga videos and tutorials.
  • Play the video and follow the instructions keenly.
  • Let the participants attempt different poses.
  • The one who can hold the poses correctly for the specified time will win that round.

50. Origami craft

Origami craft

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Charge your creativity and brush up your art skills to make exciting paper origami crafts. Compete together and have fun.

You will need:

  • Origami papers
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Craft sheets

How to play:

  • Choose several easy-to-make or challenging origami crafts, such as a swan, butterfly, or frog.
  • Look through the instruction videos carefully and fold the paper as mentioned.
  • Have fun creating different and colorful origami animals, birds, and other elements.

51. Cooking challenge

Cooking challenge

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Lay out selected ingredients on the kitchen top and hold a competition to prepare a dish using the ingredients.

You will need:

  • Cooking ingredients
  • Kitchenware

How to play:

  • Divide the participants into two teams.
  • Provide a set of ingredients to both teams.
  • Let the team cook their dish using the ingredients within the given time.
  • Taste the dishes and score the taste and presentation of each team’s dishes.

52. Continue the story

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Let everyone bring out their creativity in this interesting game to make a fun and interesting storyline without any instructions.

You will need:

  • More than four players

How to play:

  • Divide the participants into two teams.
  • Allot specified time for each round.
  • The teams will take turns to play. Give a sentence or phrase to the team and have each team member continue the story.
  • Instruct the team to give an ending to the story when the time is over.
  • The team with the most interesting plot will win the game.

53. Jenga with a twist

Jenga with a twist

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Play a classic game of Jenga with a twist by writing fun challenges or questions on each block.

You will need:

  • Jenga blocks
  • Small pieces of paper

How to play:

  • Build a Jenga tower carefully.
  • Place small pieces of paper with some challenges in between the Jenga blocks.
  • Allow each player to remove a block at a time and perform the action or challenge written on the paper.
  • If the player successfully removes the block, instruct them to add it on the top of the Jenga tower.
  • If any player fails to remove the block and collapses the tower, they face additional challenges and penalties and lose the game.

54. Block building competition

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Unleash your inner architect and engineer as you try to make the most incredible block structure.

You will need:

  • Building blocks

How to play:

  • Divide the participants into teams or let them play individually.
  • Provide them with different types of blocks.
  • Allot a specified time for all players to build the tallest or most creative building block structure.
  • Once the time is up, judge their creations and score their building blocks.

55. Coloring

Coloring

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It is a fun and educational indoor game, especially for families with younger children and tots.

You will need:

  • Coloring pages or blank sheets
  • Marker pens
  • Crayons
  • Pencil colors

How to play:

  • Provide everyone with coloring pages or blank sheets.
  • Let them either draw something using their creativity or have them color the page.
  • Give full authority to them to choose their coloring materials, colors, and designs.
  • Display or share every coloring page or drawing with everyone and discover the hidden drawing master of your family.

56. I Spy

I Spy

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Increase your observation skills, take turns to spy on an object within the room, and give a subtle clue to your team players.

You will need:

  • More than four players

How to play:

  • Select one player as the ‘spy’ and have the player choose any object in the room.
  • The spy then hints at other players, announcing, “I spy with my little eye, something that is (the description or color of the item).”
  • Other players take turns to guess the object.
  • The spy can give additional clues and hints if needed.
  • The player who correctly guesses the chosen object becomes the new spy for the next round.

57. Dominoes design

Dominoes design

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Arrange the domino tiles carefully to create a spectacular cascade of falling tiles.

You will need:

  • Dominoes, blocks, or tiles

How to play:

  • Arrange the tiles, dominoes, or blocks in a line carefully.
  • You can utilize the whole space in the room depending on your creation.
  • Once the dominoes are set up, topple the first domino to start the cascade reaction or domino effect.

58. Red light, Green light

Red light, Green light

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Play this classic stop-and-go game and boost your patience and the art of being a statue.

You will need:

  • More than three players

How to play:

  • Toss a coin and decide on one player as the ‘traffic light.’
  • The ‘traffic light’ player will stand at one end of the room while other players have to come closer.
  • The ‘traffic light’ player will turn away and call out ‘Green light,’ signaling other players to start moving.
  • The ‘traffic light’ player will then turn towards the players, calling out ‘Red light,’ the players must freeze completely.
  • If the ‘traffic light’ player catches anyone moving, they are out of the game.
  • The game continues until any player reaches and tags the ‘traffic light’ or only one player is left.

Outdoor Games

If the weather is good, why not take your family members for a jolly time outside? These outdoor activities for family reunions are fun and simple, and all your family members can participate. So let’s bring on the sports spirit and have a blast that will create lasting memories!

59. Leapfrog

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Recall your childhood by playing this classic outdoor game. It is perfect when most of the members are on the younger side and fit.

You will need:

  • Chalk

How to play:

  • Divide the players into teams.
  • Make each team stand in rows.
  • Mark a finishing line with chalk some distance away.
  • The first player in each row sits in a crouching position with hands and knees on the ground.
  • The player behind them jumps over them and crouches.
  • The next player jumps over both of them and comes to the crouching position.
  • When the last player jumps, the first player has to jump over all the players and get to the crouching position again.
  • The game continues until a team reaches the finishing line. The first team to do so would be the winner.

60. Line up

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The game calls for teamwork and listening to the leader. Family members of all age groups can participate in this fun game and enjoy fine-tuning their team building skills.

You will need:

  • A list of commands

How to play:

  • Select a player from the lot. This player will be the caller.
  • The other players have to line up facing the caller.
  • The caller will shout out a set of commands the players need to carry out.
  • The commands can be as simple as “Stand,” “Sit,” “Touch your head,” or complex, such as “Line up according to your age,” “Line up according to the number of teeth you have.”
  • There will be giggles and falling over in no time as your family members mishear the commands and act haphazardly.

61. Potato sack race

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It is a popular game for school children, but you all can have fun with your family. Try out the potato sack race for a memorable afternoon.

You will need:

  • Potato sacks (made of burlap) or even pillowcases will do
  • Chalk

How to play:

  • Mark a start and end line on the ground. The lines should be at least 15 feet apart.
  • Make the players stand at the start line. Each player must put their legs in a sack and hold it up by their waist.
  • When the race begins, everyone has to hop across the track in their sacks without falling down.
  • The first person to reach the finish line would be the winner.

62. Lemon and spoon

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It is another classic game for people of all ages. Lemon and spoon is something you would be quite familiar with from your school days. You can include everyone in the game and make it more fun.

You will need:

  • Lemons
  • Plastic spoons
  • Chalk

How to play:

  • Mark a start and finish line with the chalk.
  • Each player has to stand at the start line and hold the spoon in their mouth.
  • Place the lemon on the other end of the spoon.
  • When the race begins, the players walk along the track to the finish line.
  • The lemon should not fall during the race. If it falls, the player is disqualified, or you can ask them to start over. No player should use their hands to hold the lemon.
  • The first person to reach the finish line would be the winner.

63. Egg race

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If you enjoyed the last game, lemon and spoon, you will have a blast with this one. The game is a favorite at family reunions.

You will need:

  • Eggs
  • Plastic spoons

How to play:

  • Let each player choose a partner.
  • Each of them has to face each other and stand about 30 feet apart.
  • Both players have to hold a spoon in their
  • The first player puts an egg on their spoon and starts walking towards their partner.
  • Once they reach there, they must transfer the egg to the partner’s spoon.
  • The partner has to now walk back to the other side.
  • The first team that completes this task would win.
  • No player should use their hands.
  • If their egg falls, they are either out of the game or have to start over.

64. Water balloons

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It is a perfect game for family reunions in the summers. You will be surprised by the interest everyone shows in throwing water balloons on others.

You will need:

  • Balloons
  • Water

How to play:

  • Fill the balloons with water.
  • Pair the players and make them stand facing each other. Start with a two-foot distance.
  • Each player must toss a balloon and then take a step back.
  • The aim of the game is to see which team tosses a water balloon farthest without bursting it. Don’t be disappointed if the players start lobbing the balloons on each other instead.

65. Bobbing donuts

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The game would be a hilarious addition to your family reunion. Make sure you have your cameras ready to capture the fun.

You will need:

  • Donuts
  • String

How to play:

  • Tie a string between two trees or poles.
  • Tie donuts and hang them on the string at regular intervals.
  • Make each participant stand in front of a donut with their hands tied behind them.
  • Each player has to eat the donut without using their hands.

66. Hula hoop competition

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Whether you are a pro at swinging a hula hoop or you have never tried it before, the game is sure to bring forth a lot of laughs.

You will need:

  • Hula hoops

How to play:

  • Make each player try their luck with the hula hoop.
  • The person who manages to swing it the longest would win.
  • You could also make teams and ask them to compete against one another.

67. Pinata fun

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Every big gathering needs a pinata. Though pinatas are traditionally used at birthday parties, they can be used for a family reunion too.

You will need:

  • A pinata with the stuffing of your choice—candies, small toys, and small items useful for homes.
  • A stick
  • Cloth for blindfolding

How to play:

  • Hang the pinata to a branch of a tree or a horizontal pole.
  • Blindfold a player and spin them around so that they do not know which direction they are facing. You could let the eldest member start first.
  • Give them a stick.
  • Let them guess the direction of the pinata from the onlookers’ shouts and move around to hit it.
  • You can give a time limit or specify the number of hits to make the game more interesting.

68. Paper airplane competition

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Children love making paper airplanes. And if it is for a competition, they will be more eager. You could pull in adults for more enjoyment too.

You will need:

  • Construction paper or newspaper
  • Glue (optional)

How to play:

  • Ask every player to make a paper plane.
  • They can work alone, in a team, or take the help of an adult.
  • When the time is up, line them up to fly their airplanes. The one that flies farthest wins.

69. Lawn bowling

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You don’t have to go to a bowling alley anymore. You can create a bowling alley on your lawn itself.

You will need:

  • Empty plastic bottles
  • Water
  • Food colors
  • Glitter
  • Large ball
  • Chalk

How to play:

  • Fill the plastic bottles with water. Add food color and glitter to it.
  • Place them like pins
  • Draw a line with the chalk.
  • Each player can throw the ball to see how many bottles they can toss.
  • Tally the final scores in the end.

70. Ring toss

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Create your ring toss stall for your family reunion. It is easy to make, fun to play, and would be memorable.

You will need:

  • Empty plastic bottles
  • Paint
  • Three-inch embroidery hoop
  • Embroidery thread or wool
  • Crate

How to play:

  • Remove the labels of the plastic bottles and paint them.
  • After they dry, place them in the crate.
  • Take the embroidery hoop’s inner loop and tightly wrap wool or thread around it so that no part of the ring is visible.
  • Throw the hoops around the bottles. The person who hoops the maximum bottles in three shots wins.
  • Instead of bottles, you could place small objects such as keyrings or toys in the crate.

71. Ping pong toss

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Similar to ring toss and equally fun, ping pong toss games can be played by family members of all ages. As it is pretty simple and easy to play, watch the older members of your family enjoying it along with the younger ones.

You will need:

  • Bowls
  • Sticky notes
  • Marker
  • Ping pong balls

How to play:

  • Stick the sticky notes on the bowls and give them different numbers. These numbers are points.
  • Place the bowls at different places over the lawn.
  • Each player gets five balls.
  • They have to throw each ball in the bowls.
  • The number on the bowl in which a ball lands is the score.

72. Balloon pop

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It is a boisterous game that will get your family members out of boredom in a snap. However, participants could get energetic, so it is better to make the rules.

You will need:

  • Balloons
  • Strings

How to play:

  • Inflate the balloons and tie them around the ankles of all players.
  • Walk around and burst the balloons of other players by stomping on them. Don’t use hands or other items for bursting.
  • The player who bursts the maximum number of balloons or the last person with a balloon on their leg wins.

73. Scavenger hunt

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A scavenger hunt is an evergreen game that can be enjoyed at a camping reunion. It is so much fun to play that you will not realize time flying by as you go on a thrilling adventure to solve clues and complete challenges.

You will need:

  • A list of random objects you need the players to find

How to play:

  • Divide the players into teams according to their ages. Make sure you pair children with at least one adult.
  • Distribute the list among the teams. The list can have, “Find a green leaf with jagged edges,” or “Ask a stranger on the road to sing a song for you.” You can make the list as simple or complicated as you like.
  • The team that finishes the tasks first and returns to the base would be the winner.
  • Make sure each team carries a camera to record their findings.

74. Trust or fall

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Do you think you can trust your family with closed eyes? The game would give you loads of fun plus an edge of tension.

You will need:

  • A chair

How to play:

  • Place the chair on your lawn. Select a grassy area so that no one gets hurt.
  • All the players stand in a queue behind the chair.
  • The first player climbs up the chair, closes their eyes, and falls backward onto the next player. The next player needs to catch them before they fall.
  • The next player then gets on the chair, and the game continues.

75. Tug of war

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Who doesn’t love playing this game? We have all played it in school and other gatherings and had a lot of fun.

You will need:

  • Thick rope
  • Whistle
  • A small flag

How to play:

  • Place the flag on the ground to denote the center.
  • Divide your players into two groups, each holding one end of the rope.
  • When the whistle is blown, they have to pull the rope in opposite directions.
  • When a team manages to pull the other team over the marker towards themselves, they win.

76. Dizzy bat race

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It is a race with an awesome twist. Get your cameras ready if you don’t want to miss the fun.

You will need:

  • Baseball bats
  • Chalk

How to play:

  • Mark a start and finish line.
  • Make three players stand at the start line.
  • Place three baseball bats some distance away on the track.
  • When the race starts, each player has to grab a bat, stand on the ground, hold their forehead to the handle, and spin thrice.
  • Then they have to straighten up and run towards the finish line. It sounds easy, but the actual effect would be hilarious.

77. Wheelbarrow race

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You must have played the wheelbarrow race sometime in your life by sitting inside a wheelbarrow and being carted along the track. You can have a twist this time!

You will need:

  • Chalk

How to play:

  • Mark the tracks–start and finish lines.
  • Get each player to choose a trustworthy partner.
  • The first player would be the wheelbarrow.
  • The second player has to hold the first player’s legs.
  • The first player should use their hands to race along the track to reach the finish line.

78. Skip rope contest

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Just like the hula hoop contest, the game can produce endless hours of fun. You get to check your fitness levels on the way as well.

You will need:

  • Jump ropes

How to play:

  • Hand over a jump rope to each player and let them begin.
  • The one who jumps the longest wins.

79. Balloon knees race

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If you thought balloon pop was funny, wait until you play this hilarious game. Watching everyone waddling along will provide endless laughs for a long time.

You will need:

  • Balloons
  • Chalk

How to play:

  • Mark start and finish lines for the race.
  • Inflate the balloons and let the participants hold them between their legs.
  • The players have to race to the end without dropping or popping the balloon.

80. Three-legged race

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It is another classic game most appropriate for family reunions. The more the number of enthusiastic players, the funnier the game.

You will need:

  • Rope

How to play:

  • Divide your players into teams of two.
  • Make them stand side-by-side and tie their adjacent legs together.
  • The players have to walk and get to the finish line.
  • If you dare, you can hold a five-legged race as well.

81. Football

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Football is a much-loved sport and for good reasons. It is one of the best games to teach teamwork and develop camaraderie between your family members.

You will need:

  • Football
  • Curtains

How to play:

  • Hang the curtains at the opposite ends of the lawn to serve as goalposts.
  • Follow all the rules of football except tackling other players.
  • Divide the players into teams and get going.

82. Volleyball

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If your family reunion is at a beach, you must include volleyball in your games list. Enjoy the sunset while you throw the ball across.

You will need:

  • A volleyball or a beach ball
  • Volleyball net

How to play:

  • Set up the volleyball net in an out-of-the-way place where you will not be disturbed by passers-by.
  • Divide the players into two teams and start playing.
  • You can go as casual as you like.

83. Badminton

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If you have a budding tennis or badminton player in your family, this game get even better. Even if there is not, badminton can be enjoyed at family reunions.

You will need:

  • Badminton net (you can use a volleyball net too)
  • Rackets
  • Birdies

How to play:

  • Set up a net on your lawn.
  • Make teams of two, grab a racket each, some birdies, and start hitting the birdie back and forth over the net.
  • The scoring follows the regular badminton scoring system.
  • The first team to score 21 points would win.

84. Frisbee aim competition

Frisbee aim competition

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Combine frisbee throwing skills with aiming skills as you try to hit the target in as few throws as possible.

You will need:

  • Frisbee
  • Hula Hoop or bottle as a target

How to play:

  • Set up a target on the lawn, such as hanging a hula hoop from the tree branch or keeping a bottle on a stool.
  • Mark a line from where the players have to throw the frisbee.
  • Take turns to hit the target with the frisbee.
  • Give points for every target they hit.
  • You can increase the throwing distance to increase the difficulty level.
  • The team or person with the highest number of points wins the game.

85. Frisbee catching competition

Frisbee catching competition

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Join this energetic frisbee challenge, where you must catch the frisbee thrown by an opponent.

You will need:

  • Frisbee

How to play:

  • Divide the participants into two teams.
  • Appoint a thrower and catcher from each team for each round.
  • The thrower will throw the frisbee from one end, and the catcher has to catch it within a specific zone.
  • Give points to the thrower or catcher for every successful miss or catch.
  • The team with the highest points at the end of the game will win.

86. Obstacle course race

Obstacle course race

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Set up and win a backyard obstacle course filled with hurdles, tunnels, and challenges to compete against siblings, cousins, and other family members.

You will need:

  • Tables
  • Tires
  • Ladder
  • Rope
  • Net
  • Hoops

How to play:

  • Prepare an obstacle course field in your backyard, laying net, ropes, hoops, tires, and other items.
  • Either divide the players into two teams or let them play individually.
  • Players take turns to complete the obstacle course within the allotted time.
  • The player or the team with the minimum time taken to complete the course will win.

87. Basketball

Basketball

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Shoot hoops, practice dribbling, and compete in a friendly basketball game at your local or makeshift court in the backyard.

You will need:

  • Basketball
  • Hoop

How to play:

  • Set up a hoop and net at a certain height in your backyard.
  • Divide the players into teams.
  • Play a basketball match for the designated time.
  • You can also play ‘shoot the hoop,’ where the players must put the ball into the hoop, taking turns.
  • You can increase the throwing distance after every round.
  • The team with the most goals wins the game.

88. Four square

Four square

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Take turns to bounce a ball in a four-square court while keeping the game going by using different ways to bounce and avoiding elimination.

You will need:

  • Chalk
  • Basketball or handball

How to play:

  • Using chalk, draw a large square on the ground and divide it into four squares, each labeled as ‘A,’ ‘B,’ ‘C,’ and ‘D’ or ‘1,’ ‘2,’ ‘3,’ and ‘4.’
  • Allow four players to play at a time. Designate them in their respective boxes.
  • Let player ‘A’ or ‘1’ start the game by randomly bouncing the ball and serving it underhand to another player.
  • The receiving player has to serve the ball to the next player, bouncing the ball into that player’s square without letting it bounce twice. If the player fails to do so, they will be out of the game.
  • If you have many other players, let a new player take the place of the eliminated player.
  • The one who will remain in the box after all rounds will win the game.

89. Hopscotch

Hopscotch

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Hop your way through a numbered grid, throwing a stone and following the rules to reach the end without making a mistake.

You will need:

  • Chalk
  • Stone or rock

How to play:

  • Draw a hopscotch grid on the ground with chalk.
  • The first player will choose a small stone and throw it to square one of the grid while standing outside.
  • The player will hop on one foot through the hopscotch grids but skip the square with the stone.
  • Once the player reaches the grid’s end, they will hop back while stopping to pick up the stone on one foot.
  • The player must now throw the stone into another square and continue the game. They will miss their turn if they miss to land it on a corresponding square.
  • Each player takes turns in sequence, repeating the process.

90. Kite flying

Kite flying

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Turn the blue sky lovely with beautiful colored kites and enjoy the thrill of keeping them flying on a breezy day.

You will need:

  • Kite
  • Thread

How to play:

  • Gather your kites and attach the strings to the kites securely.
  • Make sure you’re playing in an open area with enough space.
  • Hold the kite by string and release it into the air. You can also take other’s help to hold the kite at a distance to launch it in the sky while holding the thread.
  • Let your kites fly high in the sky, or turn it into a healthy competition where you try to cut each other’s kites.

91. Water gun battle

Water gun battle

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Arm yourself with water guns and engage in a wet, wild water gun fight with family members, trying to soak each other thoroughly.

You will need:

  • Water guns
  • Bucket of water
  • Color paper

How to play:

  • Arrange water guns or blasters for everyone. Divide them into teams.
  • Stick a colored paper of the same color on the clothes of members of the same team.
  • Prepare a bucket of water and let the players fill their water guns. Start spraying water on each other.
  • The players whose colored paper is soaked or torn will be eliminated.
  • The team that remains standing after eliminating all the players from other teams wins the game.

92. Duck, Duck, Goose

Duck, Duck, Goose

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Sit in a circle and play this childhood classic as you tap fellow participants on the head, hoping to be chosen as the next ‘goose.’

You will need:

  • A large enough space to sit in a circle

How to play:

  • Make all the participants sit in a circle, facing each other.
  • Choose a player among them to be a ‘picker.’
  • The picker will now move around the circle, tapping players on their heads and saying ‘duck’ for each one.
  • However, the picker will tag any player at any point as a ‘goose.’
  • The player who is tagged as ‘goose’ has to stand up and chase the picker immediately.
  • The picker has to sit back in the empty seat without being caught, or else they will get eliminated.
  • The goose will now be the ‘picker’ for the next round.

93. Kick your shoes

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Loose up your shoes and throw them with the feet only to see how far it can go.

You will need:

  • A large, mostly empty outdoor space

How to play:

  • Ask the player to loosen up one shoe.
  • Have them stand in one horizontal line facing forward or facing each other but at some distance.
  • Ask them to throw their loose shoe as far as possible using their feet only.
  • You can do it together or one at a time to avoid any clashes of shoes.
  • The one whose shoe goes the farthest from all wins the game.

94. Kick the can

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It is an interesting and strategic game where one player tries to guard a can while others attempt to kick it.

You will need:

  • Any used cans

How to play:

  • Place a can in a circle and designate an area at a distance as the goalpost.
  • Choose one player as the ‘guardian,’ and the other players will be ‘hiders.’
  • Ask the guardian to count to 20-50 while other players hide around the field.
  • The guardian starts looking for hiders, and if they find a hider, they have to quickly run to the can and kick it to the goalpost, calling out the name of the caught hider who is now out.
  • The guardian returns the can to its circle and resumes searching for the hiders. The game continues as usual.
  • A hider must swiftly come out of their place and kick the can in the goalpost to free their caught hider without getting caught or tagged by the guardian.

95. Miniature golf

Miniature golf

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Play a round of mini golf with obstacles and tricky holes, showing your golfing skills.

You will need:

  • Golf stick
  • Golf ball
  • Mini golf obstacle kit

How to play:

  • Create a mini golf course in your backyard using tunnels, ramps, and other obstacles provided in the kit.
  • Players take turns trying to hit the ball toward the hole while passing through obstacles.
  • Try to put the ball in the hole in as few strokes as possible.
  • The player with the lowest number of strokes wins the game.

96. Outdoor painting

Outdoor painting

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Take inspiration from nature and fill your blank canvas with beautiful colors and shapes in this outdoor painting session.

You will need:

  • Canvas or painting paper
  • Watercolor or acrylic pain
  • Color-mixing palette
  • Pencils
  • Paintbrush

How to play:

  • Gather your art supplies.
  • Choose a theme or a subject or take inspiration from the surroundings.
  • Ask the participant to use a pencil to sketch their creation on the canvas or paper.
  • Give each participant a palette and colors. Let them paint their pencil drawings.
  • Ask all the family members to vote for the best creation, and the one with the most votes wins.

97. Dodgeball

Dodgeball

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Engage in this exciting game of dodgeball, where you dodge, duck, and dive to avoid getting hit by the ball.

You will need:

  • Softball

How to play:

  • Divide the players into two teams.
  • Make a boundary line in the middle of the playing area.
  • Ask the teams to stand on their side of the boundary.
  • The players have to throw the ball toward the opposing team while dodging the balls thrown at them by the opposing team.
  • If hit, that player will be out of the game.
  • The game continues until all players of a team are eliminated.

98. Bubble blowing

Bubble blowing

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Delight in the simple joy of blowing and chasing soap bubbles on a sunny day.

You will need:

  • Bubble blowing kit

How to play:

  • Provide each participant with bubble kits.
  • Ask them to dip the wands in the solution and blow bubbles.
  • For a healthy competition, set a challenge, like ‘make the largest bubble’ or ‘the most bubbles at once.’
  • Have fun blowing bubbles all around while doing these bubble challenges.

99. Goal in the bucket

Goal in the bucket

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Brush up your throwing skills as you try to throw the balls in a bin or bucket.

You will need:

  • Plastic balls
  • An empty bucket

How to play:

  • Place a bucket at a certain distance from the players.
  • Players take turns to throw as many balls as they can in the bucket for 30 seconds or one minute.
  • Keep track of the scores of each player.
  • The one with the most balls thrown in the bucket is the winner.

100. Water Balloon Fight

Water Balloon Fight

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Cool off on a hot day with an epic water balloon battle. Stay dry or get soaked while dodging and tossing balloons at your opponent team members.

You will need:

  • Water balloons
  • A tub

How to play:

  • Fill the balloons with water and keep it in a tub.
  • Set a boundary area for the balloon fight.
  • Divide the players into teams or let them play individually.
  • On the ‘start’ signal, throw water balloons at each other while avoiding getting wet.
  • The player who will remain dry or the least wet will win the game.

101. Rock skipping

Rock skipping

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Test your skill by skipping flat stones across the pond or lake to get the most skips.

You will need:

  • Flat rocks
  • A water body with no people in it

How to play:

  • Gather around a nearby waterbody, such as a pond or lake.
  • Let the players choose smooth and flat rocks and stones.
  • Ask the players to throw the rocks in such a way that they skip and bounce. You can give a demonstration.
  • See how many times the rock skips for each player. The one with the most rock-skips wins the game.

102. Spin and goal

Spin and goal

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Challenge gravity and dizziness as you try to goal the ball after spinning in one place.

You will need:

  • Soccer ball

How to play:

  • Allow two players to compete at once.
  • Keep the soccer ball in the middle of the ground.
  • Ask the players to stand side by side and spin or rotate in one place with their heads down for a minute.
  • Once done, each player attempts to kick the ball in the goal without falling.
  • The one who does not fall and scores the goal wins.

103. Archery

Archery

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Test your aim and precision with a bow and arrow as you aim for targets in an outdoor archery session.

You will need:

  • Bow
  • Rubber arrows
  • Target board

How to play:

  • Use rubber arrows and safety gear, if needed, to play this game.
  • Set up an archery range and a target board.
  • Provide each player with bows and arrows.
  • Give three or five turns to each player to shoot the arrows.
  • Give points as per the point value of the target area they hit.
  • The player with the highest score wins the game.

104. Collect the water in the jar

Collect the water in the jar

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Have fun with water in this summer outing with the family as you try to transfer water to the other’s container.

You will need:

  • Chairs
  • Various small buckets or containers of the same size

How to play:

  • Divide the players into two teams. The teams will take turns playing the game.
  • Arrange chairs, as per the number of players, for each team in a straight line.
  • The chairs would be such that the players do not face each other.
  • Give the first player in the line a small bucket or container of water and empty containers of the same size to subsequent players.
  • Instruct the first player to try to pour the water into the container of the second player without looking at the second player.
  • The other players will do the same subsequently.
  • Measure the amount of water in the last player’s jar.
  • Repeat the same with the second team. The team with the highest level of water wins.

105. Lawn darts

Lawn darts

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Safely play a game of darts by throwing darts toward a target set on the lawn.

You will need:

  • Darts
  • Target board

How to play:

  • Place the target board at a certain distance.
  • Provide each player with soft-tipped darts, suitable for children as well.
  • Give all the players three to five chances to throw the darts at the target.
  • Give points as per the point value of the target area they hit.
  • The player with the highest score wins the game.

106. Lock and key

Lock and key

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Play this classic childhood game, running around the field and chasing each other.

You will need:

  • None

How to play:

  • Choose a player as a tagger, while others have to avoid being caught by the player.
  • The tagger tries to catch other players. If the player is caught, the tagger will say ‘lock’ when tagging the player. The tagged player needs to remain at the same spot.
  • Other players must try freeing their ‘locked’ teammates by tagging them and saying ‘key’ while avoiding being caught by the tagger.

107. Bocce ball

Bocce ball

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Enjoy a game of bocce ball where players take turns trying to get their balls closest to the target ball.

You will need:

  • Balls

How to play:

  • Set up a bocce ball court in your backyard with a target ball (pallino) kept at the end.
  • Divide the players into two teams and give at least four balls per team.
  • One team throws the pallino at a random place in the court.
  • Now, each player takes turns to throw their bocce balls as close as possible to the pallino.
  • After all balls are thrown, the team with the highest number of balls nearer to the pallino wins.

108. Bean bag toss

Bean bag toss

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Test your accuracy by tossing bean bags into a hole on a wooden board. The game is also called cornhole.

You will need:

  • Bean bags
  • Cornhole wooden boards

How to play:

  • Place two cornhole or wooden boards at a distance from each other.
  • Divide players into two teams.
  • Ask the players to try to throw the bean bag in the hole of the wooden board of the opposing team.
  • Give points if the bag lands on the board and bonus points if it goes through the hole.
  • Set a specific time limit or rounds. The team with the highest points or fastest to reach the points will win.

109. Family Olympics

Family Olympics

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Organize a series of family-friendly mini-Olympic events such as a race, a long jump, or hurdles. Make sure to prepare some gifts and medals to award the winners.

You will need:

  • Hoops
  • Ropes
  • Nets
  • Chalk

How to play:

  • Choose a series of short and fun games for the family reunion that everyone can play, such as race, long jump, and hurdles.
  • Either divide the participants into teams or let each family compete as a team.
  • Let each member of every team participate in different activities.
  • Give scores for each individual game and activity.
  • The team with the most points wins at the end of all events.

110. Garden pluck contest

Garden pluck contest

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Everyone gathers fresh picks from the garden in this entertaining and challenging game.

You will need:

  • Garden with various plants

How to play:

  • Divide the participants into various teams.
  • Instruct all the teams to find a particular item from the garden, such as ‘5 wilted leaves,’ ‘4 different colored flowers,’ or ‘a round leaf.’
  • The team that gets to you first with the instructed items will win the game.

111. Lawn croquet

Lawn croquet

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Set up a croquet course in the yard and have everyone try to get the ball through the hoops.

You will need:

  • Plastic balls
  • Hoops
  • Mallets
  • Center peg

How to play:

  • Prepare a croquet course with hoops and mallets.
  • Let each player take turns to play the game.
  • Each player must hit the ball through the hoops in a specific order.
  • The player who completes the course and hits the center peg first wins the game.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What should you not do at a family reunion?

If you are organizing the family reunion, avoid overscheduling, do not force people to come, do not bring up topics that may bring bitter memories or hurt someone, and ensure people do not drink too much, as a drunken brawl between two relatives can tarnish the reunion with bad memories. Also, do not forget to keep a well-stocked first aid kit readily available.

2. How long should a family reunion last?

The reunion can be for a few hours or a day if all guests live nearby. However, if people travel from different cities or countries, the reunion may last for a few days. Availability and convenience of all guests play a major role in determining the longevity of the family reunion.

3. How can games help foster better communication between family members?

Games can foster better communication between family members by creating a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere, encouraging active participation and interaction, and providing opportunities for listening, sharing, and understanding each other’s interesting stories and ideas.

4. What are the benefits of playing games at family reunions?

Besides strengthening the bond between members, family reunion games help create core memories, bridge the generation gap by promoting playful and positive interactions, and, most importantly, help the members stay involved in each other’s lives amidst their busy schedules.

5. What are some tips for making family reunion games more enjoyable?

Select games that are light-hearted and fun without complex guidelines or rules. Avoid games that may be overly competitive or involve uncomfortable activities. Moreover, Keep the games short, interactive, and engaging with music or visual aids.

6. How can technology be used to enhance family reunion games?

Technology can enhance family reunion games by providing interactive digital platforms or apps that offer virtual multiplayer experiences, facilitating long-distance participation, and incorporating features like trivia or funny face filters to make the games more engaging and entertaining.

7. Are there any game rules that should be followed during family reunions?

During family reunions, it’s important to establish game rules that promote fairness, inclusivity, and respect for all participants. Clear communication, sportsmanship, and ensuring everyone has a chance to participate are some essential guidelines for a successful and enjoyable games session.

Family reunions are filled with a lot of laughter, fun, and food. You can try these games for your family reunions to make the event memorable. These games will introduce you to the competitive side of your family members. People of all age groups can play these games, and you can arrange exciting gifts for those who win these games. The games can help you relive good memories from the past and create new ones to cherish in the future. Also, don’t forget to click pictures or add a photo booth, if possible, to preserve those moments forever.

Infographic: How To Plan Family Reunions?

While the idea of a family reunion can be thrilling for attendees, it can be a lot of tasks and responsibilities for the host. Making a family reunion successful is as important as ensuring the success of any other event. The infographic below will help acquaint you with some handy tips and steps to plan a successful family reunion.

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Key Pointers

  • Family reunion games can make it a memorable event for all age groups.
  • Telephone games, storytime, noodle doodle, etc., are some fun indoor games you can try.
  • Potato sack races, water balloons, and pinata fun are interesting outdoor games for all age groups.


Bring the whole family together with joy and laughter! Check out this video for 6 incredibly fun family reunion games that promise an unforgettable time filled with laughter and bonding.

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