5 Fun Ways to Get into the Olympic Spirit as a Family

I love the Olympics…the competition, the camaraderie, the stories of triumph and perseverance. I love the way the world comes together for a common event. Since it only happens every two years I think it’s fun to…you guessed it…celebrate it! Here are 5 fun ways to really get into the Olympic spirit:

Throw an Opening Ceremonies Party

Our favorite thing to do is throw an opening ceremonies watch party. In our house you do not have to have guests for something to be a party…you just have to have some good snacks! There are a lot of fun snacks you can do for an Olympic themed party, and you can keep it simple or really go all out depending on what you want.

As you can see some years we have kept it simple and other years we have really gotten into it!

Olympic Themed Foods

  • An Olympic toast– gummy lifesavers to represent the Olympic rings in lemon lime soda or a bubbly drink of choice.
  • M&Ms– m&ms are almost perfectly the colors of the Olympic rings (just pretend the brown is black) so are a perfect snack. You can toss them in a bowl of popcorn, use them to top cookies, brownies or rice Krispy treats or just set out a bowl.
  • Cheeto Torches– place Cheetos in mini ice cream cones to make adorable mini torches!
  • Edible medals– use fruit by the foot and golden Oreos to make edible medals. Just open the Oreo and place both ends of a length of foot by the foot inside, then stick the cookie back together. Or for a more sturdy medal tape a chocolate coin to a strip of ribbon.
  • Gold candy– go for the gold by placing out a bowl of mini gold wrapped candy like rolos & twix.
  • Olympic Rings- You can draw inspiration from the Olympic Rings to make an Olympic ring dish. You could use fresh fruit: Blueberries, blackberries or dark purple grapes, green grapes, pineapple or bananas, and red berries would cover all the colors. I have also created a little Olympic ring dip station using blue corn chips, queso, guacamole, salsa and black bean dip.

You can incorporate a Team USA theme and go with a lot of red, white and blue foods, or you could also put a Parisian spin on it this year and include some foods that are common in France, like croissants, macarons, French fries or madeleines!


If you want to get extra fancy you can add some decorations to your celebration. I usually print off the official logo for the Olympics. You can also display flags for all the countries and even make your own Olympic torch using tissue paper and a paper towel roll! You can also Olympic rings or the colors of the Olympic rings.

Coloring Pages

If you are looking for an activity for kids as they watch the opening ceremonies print some of THESE cute summer Olympics coloring pages!

Read Olympic Themed Books

There are some real great children’s books to read for the Olympics. Some of my favorites tell the story of an Olympian that defied the odds to become a champion. I love reading about the grit and the triumph.

Here are a few that we enjoyed:

Flying High

Long Armed Ludy,

Touch the Sky

Unbeatable Betty

Wilma Unlimited

Bright Path: Young Jim Thorpe

Here are a few Olympic themed books that we enjoyed as well:

Animal Olympics, G is for Gold, Olympig, and Olympics.

If you are looking for a good overview of the Olympic games check out THIS video for kids.

Have a Family Olympics Night

You can get into the spirit of the Olympics by hosting your own family Olympics night. You could just compete against each other or invite other families to take part and compete as a family. There is tons of inspiration for hosting a family Olympics on Pinterest!

Here are the events that I thought sounded fun and easy to pull off:

  • Standing Long Jump
  • Hula Hoop Competition
  • Discus (Frisbee) Throw
  • 50 meter dash
  • Water balloon toss
  • Olympic Ring toss
  • Three-legged race

Go on a Virtual Trip to Paris

The Olympics are a great opportunity to learn about countries and cultures. You can take a little virtual trip to Paris by learning about the geography of the country, as well as some of the well-known landmarks, culture and foods.

THIS video is a quick virtual tour of Paris, THIS one shares a little history as well as a tour of the city.

If you want to get more in depth on the Eiffel Tower check out THIS video, and check out the Louvre in THIS one.

HERE is a video with facts about France for kids.

Another wonderful way to learn about French food and culture would be to enjoy some French foods. Plan a cook together a French dinner or try a few of the desserts that they are well known in the country. THIS post has French dinner ideas for kids.

Play Olympic BINGO

Another fun way to enjoy the Olympics is to play Olympic BINGO together. This could be a fun afternoon activity or you could include it as part of your opening ceremonies party or family Olympics night. You can print free Summer Olympics game boards HERE.

Are you a fan of the Olympics? What is your favorite Olympic event? Do you have a tradition for celebrating the Olympics? I would love to hear!

Go Team USA!


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Hey, I’m Megan, wife to Chad, mama to our three rambunctious boys, Grady, Marshall, Stafford and our sweet little girl, Ainsley Nell.  I have a passion for celebrating holidays, cherishing seasons, creating memories, collecting traditions, connecting hearts and chasing joy.   Thanks for coming along for our journey.