Your members, like you, have a lot on their plates. Often they must choose between their own activities and the responsibilities and obligations of their family’s commitments (like getting the kids to practice). That means less time for their own.
That’s one of the reasons why some chambers have tried to incorporate families in at least a few events every year. The thought is if the attendee can make the chamber event part of “family time,” there’s more of a likelihood they will attend.
But what exactly is a good family event? Are you stuck for ideas?
You won’t be after reading these suggestions from chamber pros.
Ideas for Family-Focused Chamber Fun
Family Fun Night
At the Cottage Grove Chamber of Commerce, they host a Family Fun Night where members can have booths. Activities include face painting, entertainment, and an outdoor movie.
Piggy Back Activity
The Chagrin Valley Chamber of Commerce piggybacks their event off of a popular event in the area, the Hunter Jumper Classic. They sponsor that event and then host a family picnic afterward, gaining lots of exposure.
Play to the Area
What is your area known for? What’s important to it? At the Greater Augusta Regional Chamber, their deep roots in agriculture inspired them to host Farming in the Valley. The focus is to educate kids (and their adults) on the importance of farming and how our food gets to the table. The chamber encourages members to host booths and everyone enjoys it.
If you ask children what they want to be when they grow up, you’ll hear a lot of talk about athletes, rock stars, and actors. But you’re also hearing entrepreneurs and business owners increasingly more. That was the idea behind the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce’s Kids Expo. “The event offers kids ages seven to eighteen an opportunity to create, develop and market a product or service that they are passionate about. Strictly for kids only, adults are not allowed to help sell or market the child’s product or service.”
The chamber pros had many other suggestions on family-focused chamber fun. Learn more here.