Ice Breaker Games For Adults To Break Those Icy Barriers!

Ice breaker games for adults are perfect for parties, if you’re hosting a business-related event or office retreat, or if you are just looking for some fun team-building activities. Icebreaker games will help make everyone feel more relaxed, comfortable, and at ease in a group-setting. If you are not sure which games would be most suitable to break the ice, here are some ideas to consider for your next party or event.

TRUTH OR LIE – Truth or Lie is nothing more than a grown-up version of Truth or Dare, which is typically played by teenagers. All you need to have on hand for this fun game, are a few pens and some paper.

Have everyone write down some true and false statements about themselves. Be sure to instruct people to make the false statements sound realistic, so not to give away the falsehood of the statement. For example, “When I was 18, I went to Hawaii and did the hula with the mayor.” In this example, the person might have gone to Hawaii, at age 18 and did the hula while visiting, but in reality did not do the hula with the mayor.

When everyone has finished writing their statements, ask each person to read them aloud, one by one, and allow others to guess whether that particular statement is true or false. Since this is just one of the ice breaker games you are playing, there is no need to keep score or get too competitive at this time. Let everyone get warmed up and friendly with one another rather than trying to have winners with this game. The ultimate object with this game will be to get everyone talking and laughing.

MAGIC WORD – Magic Word is a game that can be played in different ways. If you want to start infusing and encouraging a little friendly competition, you can award a small prize to the winner at the end of the party.

As guests arrive, give them each a colorful beaded necklace and tell them the “Magic Word” for the night that must not be uttered. Make sure the “Magic Word” is something that could easily be said by your guests and not something far-fetched. For example, to make the “Magic Word” be “alligator” would probably not be a good choice unless your guests all happen to participate in safaris and you’re hosting a party related to this theme. If you’re hosting a business-related event or office retreat, you would want to select a word related to your product line or business. Bottom Line: Make that “Magic Word” real to your group.

The object of the game is for guests to collect as many necklaces as possible by getting the other guests to say the “Magic Word”. All tricks allowed and if one guest overhears someone saying the “Magic Word” and says so before another guest can jump in and say so, that person gets the necklace.

CUP STACKING – Another fun game is Cup Stacking, which can also be enjoyed by adults and not just children. You will need lots of plastic cups in various sizes that are strong and sturdy. Place the cups on a flat surface and have each guest take one cup and stack it on top of another cup. As the mountain of cups grows, it will be hard not to knock any down.

This is a game that could be played in various ways. For example, you could split everyone off into teams and have them compete against one another, or you could make a competition of several people against each other all at one time. In either case, you would need to give each team or person the same number and size of cups.

The above games are all fun, enjoyable, and suitable as ice breaker games for adults at parties, business-related events, or office retreats. Just remember to make sure you take photos to capture the moments, especially when the tall mountain (s) of cups are about to crash down!

Fun Picnic Games for Adults

Think picnic games are just for kids? Think again. Every good picnic needs entertainment for adults as well. Here are a few good picnic games that work well for teenagers and adults.


Charades is a great picnic game for both adults and children. In its most common form, it’s a simple yet entertaining acting game, in which one player acts out a word, topic, or phrase, and other players attempt to guess the word or phrase. Players are usually divided up into equal teams. The secret phrase or word is chosen and then written on a piece of paper by the opposite team.

In charades, players aren’t allowed to make any verbal sounds or cues, so decent acting skills are crucial. Also, make sure you agree on a time limit for reach round.


One of the world’s most popular board games, Twister is played on a large plastic mat spread on the ground. The mat has four rows of colored circles, usually red, yellow, blue and green. A spinner is attached to a square board, which is divided into four sections: right foot, left foot, right hand and left hand. Each of these sections is divided into the four colors on the board. The game is initiated when someone spins a combination, such as left-hand, green, and players must move the matching hand or foot to that colored circle.

Eventually, due to the limit of squares, players will have to assume difficult positions. If a player’s elbows or knees touch the mat, they are eliminated. The last player remaining wins.

Disc Golf

Disc Golf or Frisbee golf has become enormously popular over the last decade. In fact, there are currently over 3,000 disc golf courses in the U.S. However, you don’t need an official course to play this fun-filled game. Making your own disc golf course is easy, as long as you have ample space and a little imagination. Instead of baskets, stake your picnic spot out for trees that can serve as holes and that progress across the landscape. Just make sure you steer clear of any water hazards where you might lose your disc!


Croquet is another great picnic game. This lawn game involves hitting balls through wickets with mallets. It can be played with multiple players, and croquet sets, which include mallets, balls and wickets, are available for as low as $40.


No picnic game is more popular among adults than horseshoes. The objective of horseshoes is to toss a metal horseshoe at a stake and either ring around it or be the closest out all competitors to the stake. Teams are generally composed of two players. The standard length between the person pitching the horseshoe and the stake is 37 feet, though it can be adjusted depending upon players’ expertise.

Fun Board Games for Adults

The vast majority of board games available today are fun board games for adults. They may be fun for other age groups as well, but they fit in the adult category because adults have already lived through those younger years. It’s what qualifies them to be adults.

That said, it should be obvious that not all board games are fun for every adult. Fun board games for adults I’m associated with might not be the same fun board games for adults you have contact with. Among the dozens that I’ve played as an adult, there have been a small fraction that I haven’t particularly enjoyed. They are few and far between though.

When speaking of adult board games, I’m not going to devote time to those that have risque content. The adult-ness referred to here will only be a reference to an age group, not to games that are for “adults only” because they would be rated R if they were movies.

There are some traditional gateway games mentioned fairly often by those who make suggestions for board games for adults – and I think understandably so. Ticket to Ride and sometimes Carcassonne are most frequently brought up, and I agree that they should be as I would also recommend them, especially for adults who have not yet played anything remotely like a Euro board game before. Yes, that’s how these fun board games have earned the moniker of gateway games. Once people see how much fun these are, they tend to look for more fun board games that they haven’t played before.


Sequence is a combination card and board game for 2-4 players. It is somewhat reminiscent of the classic Pente in that you need to get a row (or two, depending on the number of players) of five chips – vertically, horizontally, or diagonally – for a victory.

The board shows all the cards in the deck twice except the jacks, which are wild and have special properties. Play a card and place a “poker” chip of your color on a corresponding card space. Then don’t forget to draw a card to replenish your hand. If you don’t pick up a new card before the next player plays, you have to finish the game with less cards in your hand than you deserve, which can severely limit your options – especially if you forget more than once.

Sequence is a light-weight board game strategy-wise, so there’s plenty of time for socializing, if that’s what you like to do while playing with friends and family. Still, there is enough challenge to make you think a little before placing just any old card anywhere.

Wits & Wagers

As its name suggests, Wits & Wagers is a combination trivia and betting game that is great for parties. It plays quickly, especially if you enforce the time limit imposed by the hourglass. And it doesn’t really matter if you know the answers to the trivia questions; you can still win by intelligent wagering.

A question is read from one of the cards included. All answers are numeric. (This includes years.) Players write down their answers secretly within 30 seconds. When all are ready, answers are revealed simultaneously and are arranged on the betting table from low to high. When sorted properly, players then have 30 more seconds to place their “poker” chips on the answer they think is closest (without going over) to the correct one.

Winnings are paid only to the player or players who guessed the correct (closest) answer according to the odds shown on the betting table. The farther away from the median answer, the higher the odds.


Alhambra is another combination card and board game. Cards are money in four flavors usually identified by card color (though other cues can be used by those who have difficulty with colors) and come in various denominations. Normally, you pick up cards on your turn or discard some of your cards to pay for one of four tiles available on the board.

These tiles, most of which have dark-colored “walls”, are used to construct your own personal Alhambra. The tiles also come in different colors. Twice during the game and once at the end, players score points based on how many tiles of each color are in their Alhambra.

The challenges come in deciding when to purchase a tile, when to bide your time and collect more cash, where to place a purchased tile in your Alhambra (as there are restrictions), and which tile to go after.

When playing with three or four people, you can usually do a fair amount of planning ahead. With five or six people, chances are that the tile you were waiting to buy is going to be taken by someone else before your next turn.

With just a little more strategy involved than in Sequence, this board game will provide many hours of fun for most adults.


Party games like Outburst and Balderdash are two more fun board games for adults that you might like to try. Balderdash is virtually the same as the generic “dictionary game”. Having the actual game just makes finding good words to stump people with a lot easier.

Outburst is similar to Family Feud in that you’re trying to come up with lists of items in a category as a team. The main and significant differences are that everyone on the team participates at the same time and that the items in the unknown list are not necessarily the ten most popular answers. Sometimes you’ll wonder why in the world they didn’t list an item that your team came up with, and other times you’ll be puzzled at where the creators came up with an item that none of you thought of.


Quiddler is a card game that works best with players of roughly equal vocabulary levels and spelling ability. You have a hand of three to ten cards (depending on which round it is) that have letters instead of numbers. After drawing a card, you try to spell one or more words using all the letters except one, which you will discard. When one player accomplishes this, the rest have one more chance to do the same, or to at least play as many cards as they can. Any cards left in your hand score negative points. Bonuses are awarded for the longest word and most words each round.

With these suggestions as a starting point, you should be able to find your way to many, many other fun board games for adults.