Connect To The Youth In Your Family By Connecting Them To Their Family History

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Family Reunion Ideas

Along with Sandra Walsh's great ideas for a scavenger hunt "Amazing Race" about your family history, she also sent the schedule for the family reunion she organized with her grown children and their families.  What a wonderful party planner she is--as you can see below.  Each day had a theme, and lots of fun activities.  You can see how they fit in the family's history along with lots of fun,  building that family unity and family narrative that is unique to their own family.  They were making some great new family history along the way.  I'm sure these ideas can spark some ideas that will be unique to your family too.

Thanks so much Sandra for sharing!

Sunday, July 1
Theme:  Undercover Boss
5:00 p.m.         And we’re off!  Adult children and spouses meet at Texas Road House in Bountiful for dinner and visiting.  Mom and Dad appreciate spending this time with each of you.  We have some family business that we’ll discuss either at the restaurant or back at the parents’ house following dinner.  The rest of the evening is free to settle into the routine of being in Utah.  Jeremy’s family is staying at Mom and Dad’s home.

Monday, July 2
Theme:  Survivor
10 a.m.            Meet at Mom and Dad’s house to start the day.  Today we’ll get our groove on at LAGOON amusement park in Farmington.  We’d like to experience a family ride on the ferris wheel, then you’re free to divide into groups of daredevils or wimps to explore the rest of the rides and shows.  Enjoy lunch or a snack with your $10 treat voucher whenever you choose.  If you plan to spend the day at Lagoon, you may want to pack sandwiches or take along plenty of granola bars to keep your energy going.  Park hours are from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.  The rest of the day is on your own.
2:30 p.m.         Mom and Dad will leave the park early to go pick up Grandma Holmes in Ogden and bring her back to NSL for the rest of the reunion.
4:15 p.m.         Mom and Dad plan to go to the SLC airport to meet Alan’s family when they arrive.  Al’s family will be staying at the Hampton Inn Salt Lake City Central (2055 S. Redwood Road; 801-886-0703) for the next three nights.

Tuesday, July 3
Theme:  Modern Family
9:15 a.m.         It’s Family Photo Time!  Please meet at the Farmington Rock Chapel (272 N. Main, Farmington) dressed in your shades of blue and brown and be ready to smile.  Dad will have stories to tell you about the Walsh family connection to this historic church, built in 1862. Our photographer is Joey Ferguson, a friend of Dad’s from the Deseret News. Photos will include: a large family group picture; Mom and Dad and grandkids; and Mom and Dad with their four adult sons.  Other poses may be available by request.
11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.     Free time. 
3:30 p.m          Set up for the extended family reunion picnic.  We’d like one representative from each family to help us get things ready.  The location is:  Foxboro Regional Park and Splash Pad, bowery No. 3 (west side), 1140 West, 1100 North, North Salt Lake.
4 – 8 p.m.        Play at the splash pad, visit with the relatives, or enjoy various games this afternoon.  We’ll plan to eat about 5 p.m.  Local fireworks will light up the sky over North Salt Lake about 10 p.m.  You may watch from Brandon’s backyard or from Mom and Dad’s house.  Popcorn provided.

Wednesday, July 4
Theme:  ESPN Sports Center
9:00 a.m.         Meet at Mom and Dad’s house.  Family teams will depart at 9:30 a.m. for an AMAZING RACE experience around Salt Lake City.  Follow your clues to discover unusual sites around the area – with a few challenges or perhaps even a roadblock along the way!  Remember:  gnomes may be watching you!  There will be a lunch stop at a surprise location en route.
Afternoon:       You’ll have a little free time to relax or do whatever you’d like.
4 – 6:15 p.m.   Chris and Karen have invited everyone over for a Patriotic Cookout at their home in South Jordan.  Please stop at one of the local grocery stores to pick up a side dish, drinks or dessert to go along with the menu.
6:15 p.m.         Walsh men and boys will leave for an evening of baseball with the Salt Lake Bees.  There will be a fireworks show at the end of the game.
6:15 p.m.         Tonight the Walsh women and girls will get their giddy-up on at the West Jordan Stampede and rodeo.  Western attire is optional.

Thursday, July 5
Theme:  Let’s Make a Deal
8:30 a.m.         Our final family reunion activity will be a Pancake Breakfast at Mom and Dad’s home in NSL.  Thank you for making the effort to participate in these events and for being with us.  We love you all a great deal and are glad to have you in the Walsh family!  Now, with our blessings, it’s on to your next adventure!

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