How do I get everyone involved and having fun?

When you don’t have family reunions often but love having long lost aunts, uncles, and cousins show up, you don’t want them to feel left out or uncomfortable if they’re not close to a lot of the family.  You’re all family but sometimes distance and time will cause those uncomfortable “dead-air moments” and the inevitable cliques will start forming – exactly what you’re trying to avoid.  Here are some great ice-breakers games that will get everyone involved and you’ll learn lots about a distant relative.

Greedy People Are So Fun
Everyone Sit in a circle.  Pass around a bag of M&M’s (for more fun, buy several bags and dump them all in a huge bowl).  Tell everyone to take as many as they want, but not to eat them yet.  Every group has the people who reach in with both hands and scoop half the bowl – don’t worry; they’ll get theirs in the end.  Once everyone has their M&M’s and is asking when they can eat them, inform the group that for every M&M they took they have to tell something about themselves. "Argh! 100 M&M’s!? 

  • Um, one, my name is Chuck. 
  • Two... I am tall.
  • Three, I…play the clarinet." 
  • Fifteen minutes later… "Ninety-nine, I have a brother. 
  • One hundred…uh…uh…my brother’s name is Matt! Done"!

The gluttons will writhe in agony.

Straight-Faced Unabashed Liar
Each person gets an index card.  Then tell everyone to write down three statements about themselves – one true and the others lies.  Then everyone will stand up, one at a time, and read their information while the rest of the group tries to guess which statement is true.  To really befuddle the listening ears, pick the most outrageous stunt you’ve ever done for truth and make more realistic (but still untrue) statements your lies.

Truth or Dare, Without the Dare
Everyone sits in a circle.  Ask a question and go around the circle, with everyone answering it in their own way.  This can be a ton-o-fun if you ask the right questions; therefore we’ve provided you a list of questions that will help get the laughter started.

  • What was your most embarrassing moment?
  • If you were a pie, what kind of pie would you be and why?
  • If you were to choose a vegetable most resembling your personality, what vegetable would you pick and why? Remember, a tomato is a fruit.
  • Choose one word to describe yourself and why.
  • Choose one word to describe the person on your left and why.
  • What thought first crosses your mind when you hear, "Once upon a time…"?
  • Which Disney character are you most like and why?
  • What is the most attractive trait you could hope for in the opposite sex and why?
  • Who was your favorite character in "Star Wars" and why?
  • If you were to grow a mole on your forehead, what shape would you want it to be and why?
  • What is the best carnival ride you’ve ever been on and why?
  • Have you ever swallowed a coin or other monetary element and why would you do that?

Tug of War, Corn Hole, or Horseshoes
Any of these games are always a popular camaraderie sport!  The Outrigger’s got the games you just supply the teams.  Make it a little more interesting by breaking the teams into parents vs. kids, male cousins vs. female cousins, et cetera.

Scavenger Hunt
Break everyone into small groups and give them a list of things to find.  Instead of doing common items, like paperclips and post it notes, compile your list to include things that they will find around the Outrigger like an unopened hibiscus bloom, an unopened clam shell, or a receipt from the Deckside Café for an ice cream sundae.

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