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This is an old time favorite that’s fun and easy for all ages. Make it more “family reunion-friendly” by replacing number and letter combinations with family members’ names on bingo cards. As each family member’s name is called, have that person stand so everyone can put a name with the face.

Puzzle Race

Divide family members into teams with equal numbers of players. Give each team a jigsaw puzzle that is identical in number of pieces and level of difficulty. Be sure to give children easier puzzles.

Start a timer, and give everyone a set amount of time to complete the puzzle. The team that finishes their puzzle first wins. If no one finishes in time, the team with the most complete puzzle wins. Winners choose their rewards from a table of inexpensive gifts.

Family History Photo Swap

Before the reunion, contact family members and ask them to bring family pictures, both new and old. Have everyone label the back of the pictures with a pencil, marker or sticker so that they can retrieve these once the reunion ends.

Scatter the pictures randomly across several large tables. Encourage family members to look or even trade.

Water Balloon Toss

To start, the lines are about arm’s length apart. To start the game, each person tosses the balloon to his or her teammate. Each line takes a step backward. Players toss the balloon again. Take another step back. This continues until someone drops the balloon.

A team is out when its balloon bursts. The game continues until only one pair has an unbroken balloon.

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