One of the challenges in planning a family reunion is keeping all the generations happy. While we love activities that get the different age groups interacting together, sometimes you need to offer fun things for each generation to do. And one of the hardest groups to plan for is your teenage family members!
Teenagers can be tough. Some teens may be interested in helping with the little kids; others may want to hang with the grownups. Still others may be dragged along and want no part of organized activities. While you can’t make everyone happy all the time, you can offer options for the teens.
Un-organized sports. Instead of (or maybe after) the “official family softball game,” just set up a volleyball net and leave the ball there. Or have badminton racquets and a birdie available. Let everyone know they’re there, and see what happens. If you have a hard-top space, a basketball hoop makes for a great game of HORSE. No net, but you’ve got a yard? Flag football! Anything that gets them up and moving will be fun!
On the opposite side of the spectrum, why not a video game tournament? Sure, it sounds like the opposite of what you want, but it’s the way many teens interact. If you’re not into video games yourself, you may want to ask the gamer in the family to help you plan this out. You’ll want to be sure the game is rated “T” or below (because the little kids will want to watch it, too!) and it has room for friendly competition.
Board games are another great way to get teens talking. Think interactive games like Pictionary, Apples to Apples or Jenga. The goal here is not to keep track of wins or losses, but to get the teenagers laughing together!
If you’ve got teens who want to help with the little ones, have them be team leaders for kids’ activities. They can help get the kids organized, pass out supplies, and generally keep the peace. The teens are interacting, the little kids have fun, and you get some much needed help!
What activities do you have for teens at your reunion? Tell us in the comments!