The thing about family reunions is that they are for all the family members, including little ones. You can’t ask the adult relatives to leave the children behind just because you don’t want them sitting around, bored and pulling down the mood of the reunion. So how do you keep the smaller family members entertained? Here are three things to remember:
Take Their Ages Into Account
How you decide to entertain your youngest guests at your family reunions will depend on how old the children are. If you have 5 infants, you will want to put aside a space to feed and change them, but you won’t need to provide board games. On the other hand, if the youngest is 5 years old, coloring books and Chutes and Ladders will be necessary. Preteens and teens would be better off with a deck of cards and more advanced games. Ask your guests for the age of the children when you send out the invitations.
Provide Something They Can Manage Without Adults
The parents are going to want to hang out and chat without the children. They haven’t seen each other for a while, and supervising children is a distraction from catching up. The best way to allow parents to do this is to arrange for the children to entertain themselves. You can do this by assigning an older child to watch the children, or you can set aside an area where the tables are all child-sized and the activities are easy for small hands to play. You might want to set out children’s board games or coloring books to give them something they can do without grabbing parental help.
Make Sure Some Activities Accommodate All Ages
Getting everyone together is the point of the family reunion, so including children in your reunion activities is important. Including smaller equipment for your sporting events (smaller croquet mallets or baseball bats, for instance) will allow children to join your teams, and picking activities that anyone can do is a good idea. The trick is to get creative in how you accommodate all your guests.
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