Scavenger Hunt Ideas for Family Reunions

by Zora Hughes

    While family reunions are ideal for getting together with relatives that you don't get to see very often, they can be a bit dull without the right type of activities. Scavenger hunts are excellent for family reunions as all ages can participate and they help strengthen bonds as family members work together to find listed items. Plan challenging and humorous scavenger hunts that are sure to get everyone laughing and making precious memories together.

    Give everyone at the family reunion a scavenger hunt list with statements based on personality and what people like to do. The list might include statements such as "has more than one dog," "loves horror films" and "has traveled to Europe." Participants must go around and talk to each other to find people who match each statement, then have that person sign his name next to the statement. Only two signatures from the same person are allowed per person. Make a few different copies of the scavenger hunt list so that everyone isn't going to the same people for certain statements. The first person to get his entire paper signed and verified, wins.

    Divide the family into groups that consist of children, young adults and older adults. Try to separate immediate families so that everyone can get to know extended family members better. Give each team a list of items to find related to the city or town where you are having the family reunion. This can include monuments, a famous restaurant, a popular street performer and a landmark. The teams must take pictures of the locations, items or people they find. You can choose to give clues instead of listing items to make it more challenging. Give the teams a two-to-four hour time frame for the hunt, depending on the size of the city.

    Plan a scavenger hunt with a list of family members. You must try to find one thing you have in common with each family member such as physical traits, the number of children you have and a favorite food. You cannot write down the same thing for more than one person, however. To add to the challenge, family members cannot speak and or communicate through notes. They must use their hands and other nonverbal communication to figure out what they have in common.

    Plan a family history scavenger hunt with all the elders in the family sitting at different tables in the room. Everyone else is given a list of family history questions to ask the elders, but they only have two minutes to do so. When the facilitator says "Go," everyone races to a table to ask the elder the questions on the list. After two minutes, the participants must run to another table. Repeat for several rounds. At the end, whoever has most of the questions answered accurately, wins the scavenger hunt.

    About the Author

    Zora Hughes is a screenwriter and novelist who has been writing since 2004. She has written news releases, public service announcements and website copy for the Chicago Mayor's Office of Special Events. She won the S. Randolph Edmonds playwriting award. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in television writing/producing and a Master of Arts Management in entertainment media management, both from Columbia College.

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