Enjoy Memorial Day with a Scavenger Hunt

It feels like summer has already arrived here in Minnesota, but the unofficial start of summer is this weekend, Memorial Day! While I can’t wait to enjoy the day off with my family, I know it’s important to remember the true meaning of this important American holiday.

What started as Decoration Day after the Civil War didn’t become Memorial Day officially until after World War II to honor all the fallen men and women of America’s Armed Forces. In cemeteries all across the nation, graves will be decorated with flowers and flags to honor those who gave everything to protect the freedom we all enjoy. Flags will also fly at half-staff to remember the sacrifice of those brave soldiers and raised at noon to remind us all that it’s up to us to make sure that their sacrifice wasn’t for nothing.

While this is a sobering holiday, it’s also important to enjoy the freedom that American soldiers have been protecting for over 230 years. Awesome parades and family fun will be happening all over America.  Even if you don’t have a big parade near you, it’s always great to get outside with your family. Have a picnic, play some games, and enjoy the day off.

If you need an idea for a fun Memorial Day activity to do with your family, why not have a scavenger hunt?

I have two scavenger hunt options for you. 🙂

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Give Thanks for Great Family Games with Printable Thanksgiving Crossword Puzzle

So you have your table decoration plan, the dinner all set, and the rest of the house ready for Thanksgiving. The feast is all planned out, but what about after? Granted the turkey induced coma will keep your guests occupied for a while but if your family is anything like mine, Thanksgiving is an all day affair with leftovers offered later because there is always a mountain of food after the Holiday feast.

So instead of sitting around chatting in little groups, why not bring everyone together for some family fun?

Give Thanks for Great Family Game - with Printable Crossword

Here are a few games that can be enjoyed by the whole family throughout Thanksgiving Day.

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Frightfully Fun Family Games for After Dark

Halloween is coming up fast, and you know what that means. It’s time for costumes, trick or treating, and sweet sugar highs. Here are some great games to conquer the sugar rush.

Frightfully Fun Family Games for After Dark

First after dark game idea is the game of Sardines.

It is played in complete and utter darkness. It can be played outside, but I prefer playing it inside. Playing inside seems a bit more scary and far more controlled. Usually it is played with a medium to large group of people. I would recommend ages of preteen on up because younger children might panic in the dark. Make sure your house is clean and anything really valuable is put away because accidents are prone to happen in the dark.

Close all the blinds and turn off all the lights in the house. You can even cover over backlit clocks and such to eliminate as much light as possible. Set clear room boundaries: for example you can keep it all on one level or designate certain rooms as off limits.

Then choose one person to go off and hide while the rest of the party waits in a small room or even outside the front door for 1-3 minutes. The person hiding must find a spot and STAY THERE and be as quiet as possible!

After the time is up, everyone starts looking for the person that is hiding. Remember to go slowly and give your eyes time to adjust because nothing ruins a great game faster than someone getting hurt. The seeking party can talk or in my case giggle uncontrollably and nervously. Whoever finds the person hiding must hide with them until everyone finds them. This usually ends up with everyone crammed in the same spot like…Sardines. 😀 Read more