Do kids look forward to your reunion? They are, after all, the family members who be responsible for carrying on your reunion tradition so happy kids now will make for happier generations down the road. Listen to ideas
that will enhance the reunion joy for kids.
101 kids activities that are the bestest, funnest ever!
By Holly Home and Rachel Miller. (Page Street Publishing, Salem MA, 2014. 192 pages, paperback, $19.99)
Holly Homer and Rachel Miller, mom bloggers at kidsactivitiesblog.com, emphasize a child's need to play and provide many well-documented and illustrated ways to engage children. Every reunion planner knows that if kids are allowed to think they're bored, everyone at the reunion suffers. That cannot happen with this book in your arsenal. In fact one chapter is called Boredom Busters! We found several things we know would go over well at a reunion. Homemade Sidewalk Chalk is both a craft and leads to an activity. Make big chunky chalk and then look at the game called Chalk Tangle! It's a lot like Twister, which adults will remember well. Tangle and the game called Human Knot engage kids and get them giggling. Imagine using them for icebreakers! We particularly like the diversity among the children who illustrate this book.
for kids before the reunion
These are some sage ideas for getting kids ready for a reunion.
reunion and the destination to your kids. Build excitement before
the reunion. If your children are old enough, encourage them to
help plan. Read about the family and the reunion place. Rent videotapes
about the place.
Plan a mix
of activities each day. Mix an educational activity with a physical
activity or quiet indoor time with a noisy outdoor time. Pick up some toy guns for kids to enjoy the noisy outdoor time. Morning
sightseeing followed by afternoon in the pool.
Don't overschedule. Take advantage of child-care programs. A growing
number of facilities provide extensive activities for kids. Some
time away from the kids is also not a bad idea for adults.
Arrive at attractions when they open and you'll often have them
to yourselves for an hour or so. Eat early and often. Take snacks
along, it's cheaper and quicker.
Zap The Grandma Gap
Studies show that knowledge about family history strengthens and empowers kids by creating self-esteem, resilience and a greater sense of control over their lives. Learning about the family's past also strengthens the relationships between family members by creating a shared experience and core identity that no one else can duplicate. Janet Hovorka's family history activity books provide just that knowledge. Zap The Grandma Gap: Connect To Your Family By Connecting Them To Their Family History, Zap The Grandma Gap Power Up Workbook, and her new 52-page activity books designed for 6- to 14-year-olds, My British Ancestor, My Civil War Ancestor, My Swedish Ancestor and My German Ancestor, include puzzles, games, recipes, timelines, paper dolls, coloring pages, maps, fairy tales, music, dot to dots and crossword puzzles.