25 fun-filled adventurous activities at Discovery Village for groups

07 March  |  Team Building

Don’t let the monotony of the daily humdrum of your life get to you. Whether you’re 13 or 30, it’s time to let down your hair and indulge in some much-deserved fun. Allow Discovery Village resorts in Bangalore & Kabini to take you on a lush, green and unconventional retreat that combines luxury and fun while making it a point to follow only eco-friendly practices.

Discovery Village is perfect for corporate team outings looking to build the team spirit, families that want to enjoy some downtime, small or large groups that want to interact and build new bonds as well as school children that just want to explore their adventurous side.

And what does Discovery Village have in store for you? Let’s find out!

1. Reverse Strategy – Rabbit, Hunter and a Wall

Serves as an: Ice-Breaker

Good for: Building team coordination

Difficulty Level: Low

Move over Rock, Paper and Scissors. This game may remind of the ever-popular game while taking a refreshing approach. Participants are first divided into two groups and shown the three hand gestures – rabbit, hunter and wall.

The rules of the game are simple. Hunter can kill the rabbit but a wall can block the hunter and a rabbit can jump over the wall.

When the game coordinator signals for the game to start, each team has to make a gesture. If both the teams make the same gesture, it is a tie and the game restarts.

2. Pen in the Bottle

Serves as a: Warm-up

Good for: Building hand-eye coordination

Difficulty Level: Medium

This is a hilarious game that can be played by all age groups. A pen is tied to a string around the waist of a person. Then the person has to walk over some distance and try to lower the pen in a bottle.

This can be played by individuals or in teams. Depending on the speed of the person walking, the string will shake and swerve making the game harder.

3. Key Punch

Serves as a: Team-Building exercise

Good for: Encouraging creativity, planning and communication

Difficulty Level: High

The aim of Key Punch may sound simple but isn’t. A team has to collect all the keys in the right order before the other teams do it. The rules are tough and this game can get real competitive real fast.

This game is great for fostering the team spirit as everyone in the team has to work together and communicate to win. Only one person is allowed at a time inside the perimeter where the keys are kept which makes communication within teams of the utmost importance.

4. Land Mine

Serves as a: Team-Building exercise

Good for: Encouraging leadership, creativity, and communication

Difficulty Level: High

This game emulates the real dangers of walking across a land full of mines. One team member gets blindfolded while the other communicates with them using only 4 words to guide them through the obstacle course. This activity requires patience and complete trust in the teammate who serves as the eyes for the blindfolded person.

The game also develops a better sense of communication between teammates as they can only use 4 words. The blindfolded person has to rely on their other senses to complete the obstacle race and have faith that their teammate will guide them well.

5. Coin Toss

Serves as an: Ice-Breaker

Good for: Building communication and developing listening skills

Difficulty Level: Medium

Remember the old Chinese Whisper where you’d sit in a circle and utter gibberish in your friend’s ears? Coin Toss is just like that and so much more.

For starters, Coin Toss requires all participants to line up in a straight line and a ‘message’ is whispered to the last participant. They then have to relay the message to the next person in line and ultimately the first person standing in line has to say it out loud. Since the message isn’t really a proper word, the end result can be quite hilarious. A team wins if the message is correctly relayed and loses if not. This game requires a ton of concentration as any one person in the team can cause the whole team to lose.

It is recommended to have at least 8 participants to play this game to ensure it is fun and not super easy.

6. Hot Plate

Serves as a: Team Building Exercise

Good for: Building team spirit and encouraging leadership skills

Difficulty Level: High

Emotions run high while playing Hot Plate as this game isn’t child’s play. The objective of the game is to cut out a plate made from cardboard or any other material at hand and tie strings to it. Once that is done, a ball needs to be balanced on this plate and transported from the starting point to the finish point.

The rules don’t dictate anything about the size, shape or length of the cardboard cutout or the strings which drives teams into a frenzy trying to figure out the physics behind it to make it work. It’s important for teams to have a leader emerge and take control of the conversation and take everyone’s valuable inputs and arrive at the best answer.

7. Bull Ring

Serves as a: Team Building Exercise

Good for: Building team spirit and encouraging leadership skills

Difficulty Level: High

Stretched ropes, metal rings and blindfolds – This game has it all. The game is so challenging that participants attend a 45-minute training session first and then have only 15 minutes to play the game.

The objective of the game is to use a metal ring over stretched twines to lodge a ball over the mouth of a hollow pipe or a bottle. Simple as it may sound, getting to this part is where it gets really exciting.

Participants go through the entire Discovery Village to get to the game. They cover trees, walk through extremely narrow paths and even wade through a rivulet and some of it is done while being blindfolded.

This isn’t an easy game from start to finish but is quite rewarding and can be played by large groups of all ages.

8. Pipeline

Serves as a: Team Building Exercise

Good for: Building team spirit and encouraging leadership skills and creativity

Difficulty Level: Medium

Just imagine a mobile game that allows you to draw lines in order to get the ball rolling from one end of the screen to the next. Pipeline is exactly that. Pipes are cut into halves and handed over to team members. The first team member is the only one who is allowed to touch the marble. Teams have to get really creative and decide what angles are best to get a ball or a marble rolling from one end to the other and finally into a bucket. Participants aren’t allowed to move their feet when the pipe is in their hands or use their hands to block the marble from falling.

This game is preceded by an hour-long training period which allows for an intensive 20-minute face-off between two teams.

9. Tower of Hanoi

Serves as a: Team Building Exercise

Good for: Building team spirit and creativity

Difficulty Level: Medium

The old mobile game has finally made a real-life comeback. Hanoi involves three vertical rounds and n number of round disks of varying sizes that have to be stacked in ascending order from smallest at the top and the largest at the bottom. The objective of the game is to take the disks from the first rod and recreate the tower in the second or the third vertical rod.

This requires intense concentration and communication in the team as it is a time-bound event and one mistake can increase the number of moves resulting in defeat.

10. Tug of War

Serves as a: Team Building Exercise

Good for: Building team spirit and leadership skills

Difficulty Level: Low

The good ol’ Tug of War. This doesn’t need any explicit explanation but here goes. Two teams are required to pull on a single rope which is marked in the middle by a flag. Both teams have to use a creative strategy and mighty strength to pull the rope towards themselves. The team that successfully pulls the rope towards themselves wins.

11. Big Foot

Serves as a: Team Building Exercise

Good for: Building team spirit, creativity and leadership skills

Difficulty Level: Medium

This game has, unfortunately, nothing to do with sighting the elusive ‘Big Foot’. The game is quite literal and participants have to line up according to the size of their foot. Simple, right?

Here’s the twist. Not only are participants blindfolded during the game but they also cannot state the size of their foot. They have to give each other clues to figure out the size of their foot and stand in ascending order.

Naturally, amidst all the confusion, a participant emerges demonstrating leadership skills and the rest of the team have to think of creative ways to let members know their foot size without saying the actual number out loud.

12. A-Frame

Serves as a: Team Building Exercise

Good for: Building team spirit, creativity and leadership skills

Difficulty Level: High

This is the level of adventure that normal life just doesn’t serve. In the game, a group of 5-6 participants has to choose a leader amongst themselves and then go about building an A-frame using bamboo sticks or lashing poles. The frame will then be suspended using 4 guy wires to support it.

Here comes the fun part. The leader of the group has to then climb onto the A-frame and the rest of the team has to transport the leader – frame and all – from point A to point B. The leader has to instruct the team members on how to pull the wires to create enough tension so that he/she can be walked to win the game.

13. Hoopla Pass

Serves as an: Ice Breaker

Good for: Building team spirit and creativity and communication skills

Difficulty Level: Low

This is an easy game to get everyone warmed up or can be played as a filler. Participants are made to stand in a circle while a hoopla must be passed through every person without ever touching the ground.

This forces everyone on the team to work together and come up with creative ways to pass the hoopla ring through the bodies and ensure the ring doesn’t touch the ground.

14. Helium Stick

Serves as a: Team Building Exercise

Good for: Building team spirit and creativity and communication skills

Difficulty Level: Medium

The objective of the game is to have everyone on the team lower a long stick at the same time. Here’s the twist: Participants can only balance the stick on their outstretched index fingers.

This game requires great concentration and coordination skills as everyone has to bend and balance the stick at the same time. If any team member is found to be not touching the stick, the whole team will be disqualified.

15. Human Foosball

Serves as a: Team Building Exercise

Good for: Building team spirit and creativity and communication skills

Difficulty Level: Medium

Imagine if your foosball table came to life. This game is exactly that. Human Foos Ball can accommodate 40 players at a time making it perfect for large team outings. Discovery Village’s attempt to bring the foosball table to life is a fun-filled activity enjoyed by all ages. Participants have to stand in lines just as the players are lined up on the foosball table and kick the ball and prevent the other team from scoring.

It is up to the teams to take on an offense or defence strategy or balance them out to win the game.

16. Untie Me

Serves as a: Warm-Up

Good for: Building team spirit and creativity and communication skills

Difficulty Level: Medium

This game has one person tied up in knots (literally) while the other person must quickly undo the knots except one knot at the wrist. This can be played in teams of 2 against other teams or as a time-bound game.

Undoing the knots requires some quick thinking as well as oodles of creativity.

17. Kangaroo Half Relay

Serves as an: Ice Breaker

Good for: Building team spirit and creativity and communication skills

Difficulty Level: Low

This game is pure fun and enjoyed by people of all ages. Each team is given an object – a ball, stick or pipe that one team member must hop on and get from point A to point B and back hopping all the way as a kangaroo would. The team member then hands off the object to the next person in line and stands at the very back of the line. The game is over when the first person makes it to the front of the line. 

This can be played by large groups against other teams or as a time-bound event to make it even more exciting.

 

18. Frenzy

Serves as a: Team Building Exercise

Good for: Building team spirit and creativity and communication skills

Difficulty Level: Low

Frenzy is a simple game with only one objective – Collect as many balls as you can from the main hoop and drop it in your hoop. This game can be played by 4 teams at a time provided that there is an equal number of members in every group.

The main hoop has 40 balls in it and teams have to figure out the quickest way to grab those balls and place it in their own hoop which is kept at a considerable distance from the main hoop.

This game requires massive coordination and team play as the formation of the players is make or break to win the game.

19. Twister

Serves as a: Team Building Exercise

Good for: Building team spirit, creativity, coordination and communication skills

Difficulty Level: Medium

This is exactly like the American game of Twister. A colourful carpet with numbers is laid out. 4-5 participants play the game and they have to turn the spinner and place their hand or leg on the number that it lands on.

The game seems easy enough in the beginning but after a few turns, it begins to look like convoluted yoga poses. If a participant falls over, they are eliminated. Twister requires some serious coordination and concentration skills.

Although only a handful of people can play this game at a time, new players can take the place of an eliminated participant.

20. Bazooka

Serves as a: Team Building Exercise

Good for: Building team spirit, creativity, coordination and communication skills

Difficulty Level: Medium

Bazooka involves getting the whole team involved in the game. The objective if the game is to remove the plastic balls inside the barrel from the top by flooding it with water.

The plastic balls should be able to float and come up soon enough, right? Wrong! The barrel hangs 12 feet off the ground is full of holes. Teams are not allowed to turn the barrel upside down or turn it on its side.

 

A game involving intelligent strategy, Bazooka is sure to get your mind working on double time to figure out how to get the plastic balls out given the restrictions.

 

A brilliant activity that sees a natural leader emerge and the whole team pitch in their ideas, Bazooka is a memorable game that shouldn’t be missed at the Discovery Village.

 

21. Drums and Planks

Serves as a: Team Building Exercise

Good for: Building team spirit, creativity, coordination and communication skills

Difficulty Level: High

Ever try to balance your weight on a plank which is placed on a drum? Drums and Planks will force you out of your comfort zone and get you thinking strategically on how to get the whole team from point A to point B without hitting the ground.

This game requires intense coordination and communication skills to ensure the entire team makes it. Everything must be taken into the account – the number of the drums, the length of the planks, obstacles on the way and the uneven ground.

This is not an easy game but the rewards are high. You get to develop a sense of team spirit like never before as well as think analytically.

22. Cross Over

Serves as a: Team Building Exercise

Good for: Building team spirit, creativity, coordination and communication skills

Difficulty Level: High

Cross Over is a maze designed by Discovery Village to test your skills as a team and as an individual. The game is to be played by 4 teams that have an equal number of members.  The maze requires you to cross over the other team using pre-arranged bricks on the ground.

The game requires collaboration, creative thinking and leadership skills to finish and win.

23. Shapes and Colours

Serves as a: Warm-up

Good for: Building team spirit, creativity, coordination and communication skills

Difficulty Level: Medium

This game is a tricky one. Participants choose a table strewn with 36 coloured objects that must be placed in 6 separate piles. Easy, right?

Except the participants are blindfolded and have to rely on the instructor to help them out. They can hold up each object in their hand and ask the instructor for the color and rely on their other senses to place same coloured objects in one pile.

This requires great listening skills and concentration to make sure all the shapes are placed in the right pile.

24. Blind Square Activity

Serves as a: Team Building Exercise

Good for: Building team spirit, creativity, coordination and communication skills

Difficulty Level: High

Teams are given a rope that they hold in a circle which must be converted into a square. The catch is all but one member is blindfolded. The blindfolded members must follow the instructions of the member who can see down to a T. One mistake and the square won’t resemble a square anymore.

The blindfold allows members to rely more on their other senses, and improve their communication skills to avoid falling over and perfectly managing to turn the circle into a square.

25. hum

Serves as a: Team Building Exercise

Good for: Building team spirit, creativity, coordination and communication skills

Difficulty Level: Medium

Discovery Villages’ A to Z is a fun, creative game that involves analytical thinking as well as being quick on your feet. All a team has to do is collect 26 products but it isn’t straightforward. Each product starts with the letter of the alphabet and must only be collected in order. The location of each product must be cracked using the clues given.

This game packs a punch. It stimulates the brain as well as provides an outlet for team spirit to develop.

Have fun at Discovery Village

Whether you are a group of friends looking for a better way to spend the weekend or on a corporate team outing, Discovery Village is the place to be. Ranging from easy ice-breakers to difficult and analytical problems that require immense concentration, these activities are nothing like you’ve ever experienced before. Inspired by all the best games in the world, these activities are highly engaging and delightful leaving a smile on everyone’s faces. Don’t let the stress of everyday life get to you and come have fun at Discovery Village.

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