Can you build a strong, competent, harmonious team in a day? Maybe not - but you can definitely try! And one of the most effective ways to do so is to have them participate in team-building activities.
WCan you build a strong, competent, harmonious team in a day? Maybe not - but you can definitely try! And one of the most effective ways to do so is to have them participate in team-building activities.
But traditional team-building sessions have become boring for lots of people. Many of the just go through the motions and can’t wait to escape back to their desks. So here are some unique and fun ways to get your team engaged and motivated and renew their purpose in the workplace. The best part is that they’re all available right here in Seattle!
Go ahead, check them out - and thank us later!
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1. Fox in a Box Seattle
Fox in a Box is Seattle’s premier escape room game - and we offer corporate team building events!
We’ve hosted events for the likes of Facebook, Microsoft, Amazon and Deloitte.
The game involves being shut in a safe and supervised locked room environment. Teams must complete certain tasks - like finding clues and solving puzzles - within 60 minutes to escape the room. It’s a fun and challenging experience that encourages teamwork.
You can choose from our 3 uber-cool, thrilling adventures - Mission Bunker, Prison Break, and Zodiac Killer.
2. Minute Madness
Minute Madness is a game in the format of the famous show, Minute to Win It. Teams take on 1-minute physical challenges for 60-minutes in a row. Whoever completes the most tasks accurately, wins.
It’s a fast-paced and active exercise that requires one to think on your feet - so functions as a great team-building activity!
This unique sport is a combination of basketball, hockey and lacrosse - and it’s played while driving bumper cars! You have to hit the ball against the goal to score points. The team with the most goals, of course, wins.
The venue can accommodate a staggering 80 participants at a time - which means if you have a large, unwieldy team, this is the perfect challenge for them! The team must very quickly learn a range of skills and coordinate with each other to play successfully.
4. Hidden Stripey Guy
As the name suggests, this is the adult version of Where’s Wally. In Hidden Stripey Guy, your team must work together to find a, well, hidden stripey guy. The hunt will take them all over Seattle. The unusual treasure hunt is a great lesson in coordination, communication and teamwork.
The boss of scavenger hunts is here! ScavBoss is a 90-minute treasure hunt, played by competing teams.
It can be played indoors or outdoors, and better still, the games are interactive with cool storylines and tough-to-crack puzzles - themed around your company!
6. Let’s Roam Corporate Team Building Scavenger Hunts
Staying on the theme of hunts - this exercise is dedicated specifically to team building - so you know it’s gonna be good. Teams must use an app to explore some of Seattle’s greatest landmarks in a set time, solving riddles and clues on the way.
You can customize your experience with a dedicated event planner. You can even create your own trail and put in your favorite pit stops.
The company also offers virtual team building games, like charades, pictionary, andoffice trivia. What a great way to bring people together during times of isolation!
7. High Trek Adventures
This is a great way to get your team out of the office into Washngton’s great outdoors. The company offers multiple team building packages. They include at least an hour on the high ropes course & ziplines. There are also options to keep your feet firmly planted on the ground, with low ropes and obstacle courses! Why not work in a work out to help workplace bonding?
And if that doesn't work, head straight to the eSports lounge at GameWorks for multiplayer arcade games. The arcade is a walk down memory lane, as it stocks all the most popular games from the past 40 years.
You can play in tournaments at the company’s multiple locations, or have them come to you. What better way than a friendly vintage video game tournament to get people to bond?
1. Hot Stove Society
Cooking and eating a hearty meal is probably the easiest way to bring people together, and Hot Stove Society knows this very well.
As part of their team-building exercises, you first munch on some appetizers and sip some cocktails, and then tackle timed culinary challenges as teams.
Options for the challenges include Asian Noodle Lover Class, Lunch Club: Style Your Picnic Basket, and Taste The Tradition of Filipino Kamayan.
The final dish is judged a la Masterchef, and then enjoyed! Yum.
2. Gingerbread Wars
Gingerbread Wars is a food competition that brings the fight to your own space - and it’s Christmas-themed. Team compete in holiday trivia, a Snowman Hustle challenge, and an epic gingerbread-house-making contest for 90-minutes. What’s better - this time you can eat the stuff you make!
3. The Great Guac Off
More competitive deliciousness is available at the Great Guac Off. As part of this mobile avocado-themed experience, teams can take part in 90-minutes of avocado-themed trivia, and a heat-less guacamole cookoff. You can even get custom trophies! What a great way to refresh and motivate your team.
4. Salish Lodge & Spa
How'd you like to bond with your colleagues while enjoying some great drinks? With the Salish Lodge & Spa’s Cocktail Challenge, you can! The Lodge’s bartenders help teams to create their own drink. They share tips, techniques, mixers and ingredients. The teams must compete against each other to create the best-tasting sip - and of course, all the new creations are enjoyed by their creators at the end.
5. Eat Seattle Tours
From competitions to leisure: Eat Seattle Tours takes your team along to sample the city’s haute cuisine. You can go on Chef-Led Food Tours through the Pike Place Historical District, or try the Street Foods of South Lake Union.
This includes delicious sourdough bagels at Rubinstein, innovative Korean-Hawaiian fusion cuisine and Middle Eastern hummus-and-pita platters. Let your team munch their way through to everlasting friendships!
6. Seattle Wine Tours
And now for a boozy break with a wonderful wine tour in Woodinville Wine Country! Seattle Wine Tours takes your team to some of the finest wineries in Seattle. You taste different wines, learn about winemaking and relax with your office fam.
1. Seattle Sailing Club
Want to make it all smooth sailing with your colleagues? (Heh, heh, heh. See what we did there.) Head on over to Seattle Sailing Club.
Trainers there will show you the ropes of basic sailing, and then you and your teammates can compete in races in Puget Sound! What a great way to bond and learn teamwork.
2. Lake Union Crew
From the choppy sea to the placid lake - take your team out rowing! The Lake Union Crew holds two-and-a-half to three-hour lessons. You can divide your team into groups of 8 and have a race! A little friendly competition could be just the thing to boost morale.
3. The Electric Boat Company
Another way to take advantage of Seattle’s water bodies is to head out on the water with The Electric Boat Company for their on-water scavenger hunt!
The team-building activity is called Clueless in Seattle. Every team must find its way to a geotagged location with the help of a tablet. They must answer questions, take pictures, and solve riddles.
So who’s the best navigator in your team? Time to don the captain’s hat and set off!
4. Ballard Kayak and Paddleboard
And finally, take your team kayaking and paddleboarding kayak amongst seals, sea lions, osprey, and great herons as part of the Ballard Locks Tour. It’s a completely unique experience to row among the set of locks in Washington Lake.
Your team will feel the incredible experience of gently rising with the “water elevator” to Lake Union’s water level. They will then travel through the ship canal, and turn back towards Shilshole Bay. What a journey! What better way to come together as a team amidst nature?
1. Seattle Glassblowing Studio
The second-best way to decompress - after hulk-smashing things together, of course - is to make beautiful things together, and Seattle Glassblowing Studio allows you to do exactly that.
With the help of experts, you can make smooth pendants, snowflakes, vases, bowls and much more.
Team experiences here include the Cast or Press Party, Blown Party, and Larger Groups. They can accommodate between 7 to 30 members.
How cool would it be to work together as a team to create a lovely artifact for your office?
2. Seattle Makers
What would you love to have on your work desk? A laser-etched coffee mug or art piece? At Seattle Makers, you and your team can make these together.
With the help of 3D Modeling software, groups can work to design and create things cut with lasers in three-hour workshops. You can use anything, from your favourite quote to your child’s drawing.
Our favorite, though, is the Collaborative Artwork workshop. For this, teams use lasers to etch Seattle’s skyline on panels. The panels are then put together to form one big piece, to be framed and delivered!
3. Lawless Forge
Another opportunity to make beautiful things together. Who amongst us hasn’t at some point dreamt of becoming a swordsmith and forging the most beautiful swords in the kingdom? Just us? Oh, alright then.
Even if you can’t make an actual sword, you can learn the basics of how to be a blacksmith at Lawless Forge. You’ll use all the tools, like anvils and hammers, and learn how to manipulate hot metal. In fact, you will sweat it out over a fire to make your very own utensils or crafts.
These could include a BBQ fork, a horseshoe knife, a rebar knife, and a bottle opener. What a handy set to have around the break room at work!
4. Willows Lodge
If you’re not feeling very crafty and would rather paint a little, head on over to this popular resort in Woodinville. They partner with Corks and Canvas Events for painting and MoltenWorks Glass Studio for mosaic glass design. If the outdoors are more your thing, you can also gallop around with horses via Roam Consulting and take on a ropes course at Aerial Adventure Park with Adventura.
5. Doodlebug Sportz
And we end with the ultimate painting experience - a paintball battle! The venue organizes matches between groups of employees, with all safety gear provided. Let the battle commence!
1. Jet City Improv
The team that laughs together works together! Check out Jet City improv, where trainers will host team games, exercises and competitions to help members communicate better. The comedy theater is the ideal environment to help your team open up and be themselves around each other without fear of being judged.
2. The Art of Storytelling
Storytelling is a huge part of communication. This two-hour professional workshop has professionals to guide your team members into becoming master storytellers. How does one communicate briefly but effectively? How to hold your audience’s attention? All this and more will be broken down step-by-step. Your team will then be divided into small groups to compose and share their own stories.
3. Mix ‘n Mingle
Still having trouble communicating with your team?Try this 90-minute networking event designed to help you! A host will conduct Interactive activities and keep the conversation going - so you can just focus on relaxing and being yourself.
4. Rage Industry
And just in case all else fails, there's the Rage Industry. Even the calmest among us must blow off some steam sometimes, as workplace stress can get to everybody. Rage Industry allows you to decompress together, no questions asked.
You can use baseball bats, hammers, crowbars and golf clubs to smash glassware, dishes and other breakable items. Protective gear is provided and you don’t have to clean up after! It’s win-win.
1. Seattle Works
And finally - it’s never a bad idea to encourage employees to give back. Seattle Work helps your team to volunteer for projects with local nonprofits. They could help with meal prep for underprivileged people, build garden beds, or help with painting and cleaning local classrooms, playgrounds and preschools.
So which area will you work on with your employees today, and which activity will you choose? Let us know in the comments!
And don’t forget - Fox in a Box Seattle Escape Room is one of the best places around for team-building activities. Book your slots now!