Every company has its own team building style. Some groups like to get creative with DIY art projects, while others like to do something good for the community. Whether you want to have fun, get some exercise, or take part in a volunteer project, we’ve come up with 12 of our favorite team building ideas in Houston to get you started. This list will give you plenty of ideas to choose from — and you can always mix and match to design your own outing.
1. Learn to climb at inSPIRE Rock Climbing Gym
Let’s start with a classic team building exercise: rock climbing. There’s no better way to get your team working together and learning to trust each other than by adding a little height to an activity! The professional instructors at Team Synergy work out of the inSPIRE Rock Gym to give your team a well-rounded experience on the indoor climbing wall and outdoor ropes course.
2. Host your own workshop at a Peerspace venue
For a fully customizable team building option, rent an event space on Peerspace from a local host. Whether you choose a rural ranch retreat or a large conference room in the city, you can hire your own workshop facilitators and design your own event. Ask your host about any A/V gear or furniture rentals that you need, or call up the Concierge service to hire a professional caterer or photographer for your outing. This is a great option for teams who want more flexibility than you might get from a pre-planned workshop package.
3. Sharpen your aim at the Backyard Axe Throwing League
Axe-throwing is becoming a popular team building idea in Houston and other cities in Texas. The Backyard Axe Throwing League hosts events at their indoor Houston location but can also bring the targets directly to your retreat facility or Peerspace rental. (Outdoor venues only!) Your team of up to 100 people will spend two-and-a-half hours learning to throw an axe and then competing against each other, tournament style. Don’t worry: there are professional instructors on hand to help you play safely! You can also order food and drink from the on-site bar and food menu.
4. Solve the clues at Crazy Cat Escape Room
If you’d rather sharpen your mind than sharpen an axe, why not bring your team to an escape room instead? The Crazy Cat Escape Room offers team building workshops designed to build on the skills you learn while solving their puzzles. Groups of up to 30 will be split between three rooms, including the Deadly Dining Room and the Western Saloon Robbery. Afterwards, you’ll debrief with a trained workshop facilitator to help you retain everything you’ve learned!
5. Make arts and crafts at Acute Workshop
DIY projects are a great way to hone your collaborative skills. Acute Workshop makes it easy by providing all of the materials you need to create customized signs, pillows, boxes, and other items made out of wood or canvas. All you need to do is bring your own snacks and drinks!
6. Let out your frustrations at Tantrums
Rage rooms are all the rage these days. You’re guaranteed to build team spirit when you give your team permission to break all of the office equipment in sight! At Tantrums, you’ll have the option of smashing computer monitors, printers, phones, dishes, and other items that were on their way to the landfill. You can choose from themed rooms for a customizable team building event. If you don’t feel better after your tantrum, then at least you got a workout!
7. Get behind the wheel at Speedsportz Racing Park
For team building of a different sort, bring your crew to Speedsportz Racing Park for a corporate event on a go-kart track. The venue can accommodate groups as large as 100, with conference rooms and catering options available so you can make it an all-day event. And, of course, you’ll have access to the half-mile go-kart track for some competitive Super Mario Kart action!
8. Throw a painting party with the Mad Potter
You don’t need a potter’s wheel to have a fun pottery painting experience. Mad Potter makes for a great team building idea in Houston, with mobile painting parties that you can set up anywhere, including your office or Peerspace rental. Everyone on your team will get the chance to paint an item of their choice that they can bring home with them. The Mad Potter will take care of drying, glazing, and firing your items within three to four days.
9. Play trampoline sports at Flip N Fun Center
For an active team building outing, take a trip to the Flip N Fun Center, where you can spend the day playing games in a trampoline park. You’ll also have access to bumper cars, laser tag, and an arcade. Party packages are available for groups of all ages. This is the perfect venue for a game of dodgeball and other team building sports!
10. Host a corporate event at the Houston Zoo
Rent a private venue at the Houston Zoo for an epic backdrop to your team building experience. There are several spaces to choose from, including the Reptile House and the Carruth Natural Encounters Building, which includes a crawl-through tunnel through the piranha exhibit. You’ll also have access to A/V gear and furniture rentals, and can add on additional activities to your event, such as animal encounters, team building workshops, catering, and live music.
11. Go horseback riding at Blisswood Ranch
Head out of the city for a rural adventure at Blisswood Ranch. This venue offers a true Texas experience, with horseback riding, archery, scavenger hunts, and other group activities to get your team working together in the great outdoors. With 500 acres of land, you can bring your entire team for an all-day outing, or book the bed and breakfast for an overnight stay.
12. Make gift boxes for local hospitals with Cheeriodicals
Finally, take the opportunity to give back to the community with a volunteer project facilitated by Cheeriodicals. Your team will build gift boxes for patients at children’s and veterans’ hospitals in your area. This team building idea in Houston is suitable for groups of 20 to 2000 people, some of whom may choose to deliver the boxes in person. It can take place as a standalone activity or as part of a larger event at your corporate retreat or Peerspace rental.
Houston is a diverse city with plenty of team building options to choose from. We think this list offers a variety of indoor and outdoor activities for teams of all sizes. Whether you host an event at a rented venue or bring one of these workshops to you, your team will end the day with a new perspective — and maybe even some new pottery to take home with them!