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Family Reunion Games for Ages 1 to 100

Kyle Greco

March 4, 2020

If your family is going to have a reunion this year, you should have already started planning. I’m not here to harp on you about it, though. It’s not my grandmom who’s going to be disappointed. 

Since you’ve already picked out the right family reunion t-shirt idea for the big hootenanny, it’s time to move on to other parts of the party plan. Namely, what are you all going to do? You can only listen to Aunt Marie talk about who used to come to the reunion for so long. So without further adieu, let’s review the best family reunion games that can be fun for everyone. 

Outdoor Games Everyone Will Love

Classic Yard Games 

The best kind of family reunion games are the ones where everyone can play. A good rule of thumb to determine if a yard game is suitable for the situation is if an adult can play it with a beverage in one hand. By my math, that makes



-kan jam 

-ladder golf 

all worth adding to the day’s festivities. Each one is simple enough for kids to play, but competitive enough that adults will want to get in on the action, especially if it means they don’t have to put down their drink. Personally, my family has a tradition of playing bocce at family reunions, because we’re nothing if not a bunch of on-brand Italians. 

If you’re planning on having the reunion during the summer months, you have to do a water balloon toss. Win or lose, the kids will love it, especially if the adults are involved, too. There’s nothing quite like seeing your dad’s Cousin Boris get soaked.

Relay Races

They’re a great way to get a big group to compete against one another. A potato sack race is probably the quintessential relay race, and is sure to bring smiles to the faces of young ones, while reminding the young at heart of a time when their knees worked. 

An egg race is another great idea: each team member takes a turn walking while balancing an egg on a spoon. If the egg breaks, the team is disqualified. 

The three-legged race might not be a relay race per se, but it is hilarious fun. Watching your uncles fall over each other as their sons practically skip to victory is a priceless sight to see.

Rain Can’t Put a Damper on These Indoor Games

Coordinating a family reunion requires planning for every kind of situation. What if the caterer doesn’t bring enough ziti? What if Uncle Gunther starts to ramble on about “hippie freaks?” And what if it rains? In case of inclement weather, try these can’t-fail indoor party games.


You might want to use this one regardless of what the weather brings. Break up into teams– it could be divided by which part of the family you’re from, or something more random. You’ll be the host and ask the questions. They could be about anything: 

– music 

– geography

– Your family’s medical history 

Okay, maybe not that last one. Aunt Marie’s got that one covered. Sweeten the pot by offering up something for the winners, like a trophy or a commemorative shirt. 


When charades start during a family reunion, we’re all winners. You get a great range of ages and interests, which means interpretations will be varied. 

That results in things like Grandpop trying to act out Nicki Minaj, which is truly a priceless moment. If your family is super competitive, I guess you can keep score, but it’s really all about laughing the hardest.

Freeze Dance

You already know that it’s not a party without some tunes. Still, some people are a little shy about getting out on the dance floor. 

Give them a little extra incentive to get their groove on with a freeze dance competition, with the winner receiving a small but thoughtful prize, like a custom family reunion t-shirt! It’s a fun game that makes kids feel like they’re on a level playing field with adults, while making the adults feel like kids again.

No matter what the day brings, everyone is sure to have a great time playing these games!

Kyle Greco

About the Author

Kyle Greco is the resident writer at RushOrderTees, where he blends word nerdery with his love for T-shirts. A graduate of The College of New Jersey, he is interested in exploring the intersection of clothing and culture. In his spare time, he makes music, builds guitars, and cooks with his wife. He enjoys hot dogs, sports, and collecting too many hats.