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8 Fun Employee Appreciation Event Ideas

Perhaps you show appreciation for your employees constantly: pizza and donuts in the breakroom once a month, a holiday party at the end of the year, or casual Fridays in the office. These are all fine gestures to maintain a pleasant office environment, but how about an employee celebration to get the team out of the office for a day? Be inspired by these creative employee appreciation event ideas.

1. Roll out the red carpet for an unforgettable movie screening

Rent a historic theater, auditorium, or performance venue and have a movie screening/red carpet event! Peerspace offers theater-style event venues in metro areas across the country. Also available are Concierge services to help you pull out all the stops with room layout, decor, and catering. Your event can be casual and family-friendly, with customary concessions — and extra butter on the popcorn — or an all-out, splashy Oscar party, complete with appropriate attire and upscale hors d’oeuvre. 

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2. Enjoy a night out bowling

Bowling alleys are being resurrected and updated all over the country! What’s not to love about taking it old school and hitting the lanes? Form teams and partake in friendly competition, or find out who’s the ultimate bowler at your company. Some bowling alleys also feature themed nights, such as ’80s or outer space.

3. Take them out to a ball game

A college football, basketball, or baseball game is guaranteed to be a great time. For your employee appreciation event, reserve seats for your team to root for their team. Tickets to some college games will be expensive and hard to come by, but smaller schools and many baseball teams may have more accessible options. Embrace the moment! Transport everyone on a bus, distribute T-shirts, and have a catered tailgate with weather-appropriate food and drink.

4. Channel your inner Julia Child or Gordon Ramsay

Not everyone has a culinary school in their city, but Taste Buds Kitchen and Sur La Table locations are just about everywhere! If not, call your favorite caterer, baker, or restaurateur and ask them for a chef’s cooking class. These interactive events are fun and educational. When done right, they  can even create friendly rivalry over whose pie crust is the flakiest. It’s a terrific partnership: learn a new skill and eat the delicious results!

5. Dance the afternoon — or evening — away

A good music festival doesn’t have to be Coachella or Bonnaroo, although you’d definitely win “best manager on the planet” if you took your team to one of these. Instead, find a regional music fest and take the team along! Plus, during the summer, some cities host free musical performances and concerts.

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6. Blow off some steam with axe-throwing

Don’t have a lot of time to devote to this particular employee appreciation event? Take the team to try axe-throwing! Let’s face it: escape rooms are great for brain teasers and teamwork, but sometimes you just need to smash something.

7. Hit the beach and soak up the sun

For the sake of serenity, find a body of water and stake a claim on the edge. Offer options: some may want to try their hand at boating or fishing; others may prefer to kick back on the beach and enjoy each other’s company (or even take a nap in the sunshine). Choose a Peerspace to use as your home base, like a Serendipity Beach retreat in Salisbury, MA, and enjoy a lobster or New England crab boil for dinner. There are plenty of other beachfront venues across the country, too! For example, here’s a luxurious Malibu, CA, villa.

8. Venture to an amusement park

Choose an amusement park that’s most convenient to your region: Busch Gardens, Hersheypark, Kennywood, Six Flags, and Cedar Point are a blast if you’re situated in the northeastern part of the United States. For West Coast dwellers — particularly California — there’s Disneyland, Universal Studios, and Knott’s Berry Farm. Your employees can branch off and do their own thing, then everyone can meet up halfway through the day for lunch and to regroup. 

If you make any gesture at all to express your appreciation to your employees, they’ll be happy for the acknowledgement. The trick is to push it over the top by making it exciting and unexpected. They deserve it! We hope you’ve enjoyed perusing through these employee appreciation event ideas.

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