The 2016 Summer Olympics are coming up in Rio, Brazil. History will be made, records will be broken and heroes will emerge. The summer games occur once every four years and nobody wants to miss it. Unfortunately, a trip to Rio might not be in the budget for most families. However, the event can easily be enjoyed in the comfort of your own home and poses a great opportunity for family bonding and entertainment. Here are some tips on how to enjoy the games with friends and family. Follow specific events and athletes: It’s almost impossible to keep up with the many events happening at the Olympics, but by picking a couple of sports and athletes to focus on, the games become much more engaging. As a family, pick 2 to 5 sports to follow throughout the tournament and keep track. Read the backstories of the top stars, pick a favorite, and cheer them on throughout. You can find a list of sports and athletes here: https://www.olympic.org/Backyard Games: The Olympics are not only meant to be watched, but also participated in. Set up some games in the backyard for the entire family to compete in. You can create a soccer match, volleyball, long jump or a game of your own creation. This a great way to get the whole family and even friends involved in on the fun. You can even have your own medal ceremony! Viewing Parties: There’s always a reason to throw a party, and the Olympics is no exception. Invite your friends, family, neighbors and whoever you want to enjoy the events. Maybe watch the USA swim team go for gold, or a rising star earn their 6th medal. Whatever the event is, make it big and memorable. Although nothing can beat experiencing the real thing, these suggestions are great alternatives. The family will learn more about each other, challenge their athleticism and enjoy tons of laughter. Let the games begin!
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