Thursday, April 25, 2024

Make a Game of It

Team building doesn’t have to be all about ropes courses. A little healthy competition can really bring the gang together—and Houston has two great options to choose from.

By Amy Durham

Team building doesn’t have to be all about ropes courses. A little healthy competition can really bring the gang together. In the Houston area, two new options for fun and games have opened spaces perfect for teams with a passion for play.

Attendees at Home Run Dugout in Katy || Courtesy of Home Run Dugout

Home Run Dugout—like Topgolf, but for baseball—has upped the batting cage game considerably. Rather than a chain-link fence and some worn-down AstroTurf, the batting bays at this Katy location feature soft-toss pitching machines and simulated gameplay. The bays also can convert into a projector screen with audiovisual equipment for a presentation. Available for corporate events and full-venue buyouts, the 46,000-square-foot venue also holds a miniature baseball field with stadium lights, a full-service restaurant offering an upscale ballpark menu, a concert stage, and three bars. Team members can enjoy the outdoor patio and Biergarten around the baseball field, with seating that’s shaded from the Texas sun and heated in the winter. Private dining with batting is available for up to 225, and up to 500 attendees can be seated outdoors.

If using your head rather than your batting arm is more your style, The Game Show Studio is now open near downtown Houston. Attendees are divided into teams to play The Game Show Studio versions of classic TV game shows. A host leads everyone through the hilarious, fast-paced games personalized for your group. Game time is offered in a one-hour block, and up to 18 attendees can join in the fun for each experience, with multiple game show experiences available during the hour. Of course, everyone must wear a giant yellow name tag before they “Come on down!” homerundugout.com | gameshowstudio.com

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