How are you? I'm new on this forum and already on begging I have one question for you. I will be really, really happy if you will help or just try to help me.
I would like to how travel agency (whit which you travel somewhere) organized an animation for you? Was there something that you specially like? Was there something that you were missing?
Thank you very much for all answer!
Not sure what you mean.. animation?? as in a cartoon?
Well, thank you for the welcome.
No, with "animation" i mean how they provide entertaiment for you (did you play same games (ok, this is for younger travellers),...or something like it).
So you are looking for things like ice-breakers - games that you can play to help people to get to know each other and become friends?
I have played a few of these games.
In one, Split the people into two groups. You take a long piece of rope, and you put it down your shirt and out your pant leg, then the next person puts it up their pant leg and out the top of their shirt. This continues to the end of the line, and then you pull it all out again. The fastest group wins.
Or, I've played this one: Make up a BINGO style sheet with information in each square that may fit people in your group. (if you know the people, you can actually tailor the info to specifically fit your group). Use a diversity of information regarding hobbies, background experiences, cultural references etc. (E.g.., travelled more than 60 miles to get here; is an only child; didn't see Titanic; . . . the possibilities are endless). People then play BINGO by meeting other people in the room, introducing themselves and getting prizes.
I got that description from http://www.openconcept.ca/index.php/Facilitation/30. It has other ideas as well.
Is this what you are looking for?
The best "animation" story I have is not exactly animation but an ice breaker game that we played in my college Camping and Hiking class (we had to take gym classes in college too).
In the first game, our teacher madea circle on the floor with rock climbing rope, and told us all to get inside the circle. We were about 30 people crammed into a 6' diameter circle. So the idea was to work together not to fall out. So he then told us to get out of the circle and he decreased the size to about 5' and told us to get in again. He kept on doing this until we were a mass of students tangled together. I remember I was hanging onto someone's back, and had someone else's face in my abdomen area, while another was holding onto my hips. It was a blast and we became instantly familiar with one another.
The second game was a bit more complicated. We had two ropes at about 30 feet from one another and the class was split into two groups. Each group stood behind either rope. We took a hat and that became the "magic" hat. The idea was that the empty space in between the two ropes was lava, and that only one person can traverse the lava on foot at a time. That person must be wearing the hat. So you have to figure out how to get your entire team to the other side of the opposite rope without "falling" into the lava. One more catch: each person on a team can wear the hat once. So the person wearing the hat can carry other people who aren't wearing hats. The idea is to get the people without hats over to the other side without them touching the ground. You fall or anything else, you have to go back and start again. So we had guys carrying one girl on their back and another in their arms. It sounds more complicated than it actually is, and it's a blast.
But as for animation on tours, we had some animation at the all-inclusive we went to in Cuba. Some of the games they played involved naming a Mr and Miss Barcelo Solymar, by having a group of guys and a group of girls (respectively) compete in a bunch of ridiculous stunts like singing while gargling, and charades and such.
In case you mean 'entertainment' generally, rather than specific party-games, it depends on the type of holiday or tour you book.
If there are no activities described in the tour, you can always ask at hotel and hostel receptions where the best places to eat and drink are. They will give advice too on theatres, shows etc.
Plus of course all the other travellers you meet along the way - they will provide plenty of animation!
If you want a game that anyone can play that crosses language and age barriers then I suggest "Cherades" (In case I spelled that wrong, it is pronouced, "Sher-Ads" with a long A). Devide your tour group into 2 groups. Each group takes strips of paper and writes down things that you can all act out. Get a tour guide (who is the judge in this game) to make sure that the subjects are things everyone knows. (He/she could write a list of more things and people could check things off if they know them and weed out duplicates, too.) Everyone agrees on simple pantomimes if there are catagories (example, make a box with your hands if it is Live TV). There is a time limit in this game of 1 minute per volunteer. Then you put all the pieces of paper in a bucket and the first volunteer draws a subject and acts it out without speaking or singing. That volunteer then acts out what the piece of paper said. He or she is allowed to tell the team how many words are in the subject after the category with fingers. The team states everything out loud and when they get it right, the volunteering actor/actress can say what he/she heard that was correct out loud so people know. When they get the correct answer within the time limit, that team gets a point that is recorded by putting the piece of paper in their pile. After the bucket is emptied of all its pieces of paper, the team with the most points wins.