Family Activities

“Ohana means family-no one gets left behind. Or forgotten.” from the movie  Lilo and Stitch. Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois

Families are, for most of us, the center of our lives.

Family activities bring members together to play, create, cheer, support, compete, teach, and have fun together. Family gatherings and activities create memories. These moments are where our relationships are enriched and traditions are carried on and created.

Family activities are not only family reunions and barbeques, they are watching a child’s baseball game, gathering to carve a pumpkin, going fishing, or going to a small town museum. Family activities are also watching a movie together, going for walks, and going to get ice cream. It’s coming together, for whatever your family loves best.

Family activities that include older members:

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Childhood Story Starters for Reminiscing

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Things to Know About Activities for Senior Men

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Remembering My Childhood

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Remembering Christmas

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Halloween Mad Libs

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8 Great Things to Know About Coloring with Seniors

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Reminisce with a Grandparent

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Movie Star Reminiscing

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Fun Things to do With an Older Family Member

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Thanksgiving Story Prompts for Family Gatherings

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Simple Homemade Crafts for Gifts or Bazaars

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Staying Active Together for Caregivers and Seniors

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Simple Activities We Forget About Doing

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Simple Activities to Beat the Heat

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Activities for the Visually Impaired Older Family Member

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Spring Posy

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Reminiscing at a Party

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5 Minute Reminiscing with a Senior

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History Lessons

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Remember When? Autumn

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Homemade Gift Certificate Ideas to Give to a Grandparent

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12 New Things to Explore With an Older Family Member

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Remember When? Summer Time

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Fun Photo Inspirations for Grandparents and Grandkids

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Backyard Games to Play with an Older Family Member

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5 Ways to Reminisce with Mom

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The Cheerful Postcard

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Creating an Easter Care Package

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World Storytelling Day

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Getting Started with Genealogy

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10 Ways to Help an Older Parent Stay Connected

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Winter Story Starting Lines

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Christmas Reminiscing

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Honoring Veterans

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Halloween Reminiscing

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Using Drawings to Reminisce

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Celebrate Grandparents Day!

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Just a Visit, But So Much More

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Reminiscing About Farming and Country Ways of Life

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Pets are Therapeutic For Elders

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Reminiscing with Dad

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Read With a Grandparent

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A Postcard Tradition

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Reminiscing with Mom

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Summer Reminiscing

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Making Everyday Tasks an Activity

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