Idaho Family Vacations
Working with ROW Adventures, River Dance Lodge is able to offer some of the best outdoor family adventures and family rafting trips. An outdoor family vacation in Idaho generates high quality, uninterrupted time together. When you arrive, turn off the cell phones - they don't work here anyway - leave behind the laptop, and focus on life with your loved ones. The nearby river constantly moves, calming the soul and inspiring the spirit, strengthening bonds and deepening relationships. It's what we call "Family Magic."
The River Dance Lodge, a great Idaho family reunion destination, is fully equipped and ready for your next Family Reunion. With eight cabins that accommodate between four and ten guests, we have the capacity for groups as large as 64. We also have camping sites for even larger family reunions. Call and schedule in advance and you can make the River Dance Lodge one big "family reunion rental".
Family Reunions and the River Dance Lodge difference:
- Teaming up with ROW Adventures, the River Dance Lodge will provide your family reunion in Idaho with numerous choices of nearby activities like: Lochsa whitewater rafting, kayaking or scenic rafting on the Clearwater, guided fly fishing, Idaho horseback riding or hiking in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness. Just pick the activities you would like to do and we'll make all of the arrangements.
- One of the biggest worries with family reunions is "food". Who is going to bring it? How are we going to make it? The River Dance Lodge's on-site Syringa Café serves delicious Mediterranean and American food and is also available to cater custom meals for your reunion.
- Would you like to cook some meals yourself, or have a family reunion cook-off? No problem! Each of our cabins have convenience kitchens inside with microwave, coffeemaker, dishes and under-counter refrigerator and a charcoal grill outside. We'll even provide your family with the charcoal.
- The cabins sit in front of the Clearwater River which makes it great for members of your family reunion to grab one of our kayaks, rafts or fishing poles to have some alone time with nature.
- One of the best family reunion kid activities is swimming. The Clearwater River and the local sandy beach both provide a great play ground for kids. Tell them to grab their swimsuits and take a dip!
- After the end of each reunion day, and the kids are put to bed, you too can take a dip in your private hot tub or sit out on your cabin's porch while relaxing to the sounds of nature and reminiscing with long lost relatives.
Family Reunion Ideas and Activities
Every family reunion organizer looks for activities and ideas to make their reunion a success. After many season of hosting family reunions, and apart from the ROW Adventures activities, here are some fun and simple ideas we enjoy:
Getting to know you activities for your family reunion:
- "Give me your juiciest"- Give each person an index card with another reunion guests name on it (preferably someone they don’t know all too well), and a pen or pencil. After giving them a moment to stew in their own juices, get up on your soapbox and proclaim, "Now, everyone, mingle with everyone else (except the person whose name is on the card) and find out everything you can about the person on your card"! At River Dance Lodge family reunions rentals, we urge you to find embarrassing stories or facts about the people – it’s so much more fun that way. After wards, get back together and have everyone stand up and introduce the person on their card and the things they found out about them.
- "Make an effort to keep in touch afterwards; create a family website that everyone from the reunion can visit."
- "Police Lineup"- Here’s a good way to make people talk. Gather them all together and say, "Okay, line up by your height." This is just a warm-up. After that, have them line up according to birthdays. Then shoe size. Then the age at which they were potty-trained. They’ll have to talk there, that’s for sure. Need some more sample line-up questions? Here you go.
- Line up according to how many days it took for you to learn to ride a bike
- According to colors of hair, dark to light
- How many math teachers you actually liked
- How many times they repeated third grade
- How much they like George Bush (you may get a clump at the end of the room on this one)
- How many books they have read in the past two months
- The number of times they have eaten takeout in the past three weeks
- The size of their favorite animal (blue whale to small bacteria)
- How much they would have to be paid to eat roadkill
- How much roadkill they would eat for the specified amount
Family Reunion Games:
- "Capture the Flag"- The old favorite, chock-full of wheezing, gasping old men and giggling flag-guards who have done absolutely nothing.
Equipment Needed – A very large area in which to play, two rags that serve as flags, and a middle boundary.
How to Play – A classic. You break into two teams and set the sides. Both teams hide their flag. Then you break and go across the center, trying to steal the other team’s flag and make it back to your home area without getting tagged. If you get tagged, you’re caught and go to the other team’s prison. The only way to get out of prison is for someone on your team (who isn't also in prison) to touch you in jail. Then you can run free (be careful, you can get recaptured if you get tagged on the opponent's side of the field again). First team to get the other’s flag and bring it across the boundary line wins. A River Dance Lodge family reunion friendly warning – this game can be hazardous to your health. Don’t run around any more than you can handle. If necessary, slump down in the dirt and play dead until you can breathe again.
- "Scavenger Hunt"-
Equipment Needed – A list of things to hunt for (one copy per person or team)
How to Play – Give people or groups a list of things to hunt for, and the first one done wins. The common version is to have everyone find strange things (tennis ball, piece of string, coconut...) and bring them back.
Variations – There are a million variations to this. Here are just a few...
Cleanup hunt - This version is especially good near the end of the reunion. Give everyone a list of different types of trash (Dr. Pepper can, napkin, plastic fork, watermelon rind, etc), or just see who can pick up the most pieces of trash. No digging in the trash can allowed. They have to find them on the ground.
Service scavenger hunt - Give them a list of things to do: vacuum one room, read a book to a small child, wash a window, etc. You can even have them do each of these things at a different neighbor's home, and the neighbor has to initial the item as proof.
Family hunt - Give them a list of personal characteristics, and have them find family members who match (for example, green eyes, no hair, same color eyes, born the same year). We suggest tossing in a couple of easy ones like same number of arms, born after 1850, etc.
"Tug-a-War"- Possibly the greatest family reunion game ever!
Equipment Needed – Strong, thick rope (not nylon, which can stretch and break).
How to Play – Divide the group into two teams (try to make them even by total size, not necessarily by numbers). On the mark, each team tries to pull the other across a line – a small creek, mud hole, or the stream of water created by a hose.
Variation – One branch of the family against the other, male against female, etc.
The River Dance Lodge in Idaho has plenty of ideas for planning, games, activities and more. Please give us a call with any questions or request our lodge for your next family reunion.