Chaska Curling Center opened in December 2015, and has really taken off. In that short period of time, it has grown to 1,200 curlers currently, making them largest curling membership in the country. Lately, they’ve found that corporate team-building activities have become popular in the center, which can hold up to 48 guests for events. Larger groups upwards of 100 can be accommodated by splitting the group in half.
The live-action, escape room adventure, Puzzle Break, opened its newest location earlier this year at 2124 Second Avenue in Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood. The 6,000-square-foot venue is one of the largest of its kind in the world.
For a team-building exercise that’s off the beaten path, Trapped in a Room with a Zombie provides an hour’s worth of puzzles, problem-solving, communication and yes, a zombie, to your next corporate event.
Glassblowing is one of those art forms that people appreciate, but think they could never do it themselves. FOCI Minnesota Center for Glass Art, a nonprofit glass studio and education center, wants to change that.
FOCI’s mission is to engage the Minnesota community in the study and appreciation of glass arts, accommodating beginners to experts enrolling in one of its many classes. For those just starting out, Office Manager Kelly Nezworski suggests the Glass Discovery or Crash Course classes first.
There are many ways to bring a team together, but few that offer the beauty of birdwatching. Beaumont, in particular, is a popular area for groups to go birdwatching and the Beaumont CVB can expertly line-up options. Victor Emanuel Nature Tours (VENT), for example, is a 40-year-old company based in Austin that operates more than 150 birding and natural history tours in Beaumont and other Texas locations, as well as all over the world. More than 350 bird species are spotted in and around Beaumont each year, many of them by corporate groups on team-building outings.
San Francisco Marriott Marquis and San Jose Marriott have introduced “Meet Well,” a new team-building initiative that gives groups a healthier option. The initiative will include healthy banquet and coffee break menus, active meeting options, wellness topics and speakers, body-friendly seat spacing, meeting planning perks and volunteer options.
Along the shady banks of the Guadalupe River between Canyon Lake dam and New Braunfels, Texas anglers spend much of the summer casting a long line in search of trout. For those who don’t spend their summers knee-deep in cool river waters, fly fishing may bring to mind visions of a young Brad Pitt in the 1992 film “A River Runs Through It.” Deeply contemplative and requiring extreme patience and skill, fly fishing lends itself well to unplugging from life’s stresses and focusing on the beauty of nature.
Teaming up with true North Team Building, Doral Arrowwood is taking team-building to a whole new level. The company has created a new competition called The Remarkable Race. Based off of the popular TV show The Amazing Race, the activity is targeting risk versus reward, collaboration and time management skills through multiple team-building activities.
Looking for a thrill-seeking experience? There’s nothing quite like the new adventure campus coming to Hilton Oak Brook Hills Resort & Conference Center to fill the void. This unique setup, slated for spring 2017, will feature three challenge areas, anchored by a low teams challenge course where groups can work on skills such as problem solving, trust and communication. Other options include a high ropes course and “Leap of Faith,” where leaders and managers can improve upon an ability to trust others.
A new trend in team-building is afoot—and it involves endorphin-inducing sweat sessions. Physical activity engages both brain and body, encourages participants to take risks, bonds people together over a common goal, and has positive effects that endure long after the pulse has returned to its normal rate. Minnesota has no shortage of venues that specialize in heart-pounding experiences for all kinds of groups. Forget stuffy networking events or tepid get-to-know-you activities; it’s time to get your next gathering moving.