The Bay Area is full of fun things to do, but finding the right spot for a team building activity can be a challenge. The tourist areas are too crowded, and a typical happy-hour activity just won’t do. We’ve come up with 12 of our top team building ideas in the Bay Area to get you out of the office and trying something new. Whether you prefer a day out in nature or a group activity at one of the Bay Area’s world-class museums, this list has something for everyone!
1. Take a trip to the Exploratorium
The Exploratorium is one of San Francisco’s most memorable museums. There are hundreds of hands-on exhibits to keep you busy for hours. Crawl through the pitch-black Tactile Dome or play with light, sound, wind, fog, and other senses and elements. The Exploratorium is suitable for all ages, but to get the most out of your trip, plan to visit after dark, when all of the field trips will be over and your team will have the whole museum to yourselves!
2. Rent a retreat venue on Peerspace
For customizable team building ideas in the Bay Area, rent an event space on Peerspace and design your own activities from the ground up. From modern conference rooms in Union Square and elegant meeting rooms in the Mission District to a family vineyard in Sonoma, you’ll find venues that aren’t available on other rental platforms. Many of these spaces can be customized to meet your needs, with A/V equipment and furniture rentals available, as well as professional caterers and event staff for hire. You can ask your local host or call up the Peerspace Concierge service for help bringing your team building ideas to life!
3. Play mini-golf at Urban Putt
If you’re looking for a team building outing that doesn’t require a lot of planning, but is still a step up from happy hour, why not play a round of mini-golf at Urban Putt? This indoor 14-hole course is known for its eclectic decor, as well as its full bar and food menu. You can rent out the entire venue for up to 130 guests for a daytime or evening outing that your team is sure to enjoy.
4. Get behind the wheel at Sonoma Raceway
For something a little more thrilling, take your team to Sonoma Raceway, where you can learn precision driving or ride on the state’s longest go-kart track. The on-site business facilities have everything you need for team building activities or a company retreat. Whether you race against each other or work together as a team, there’s no better way to get out of the office than to get behind the wheel of a racecar speeding down the track!
5. Go on a scavenger hunt with Handstand
Handstand brings a unique spin to team building ideas in the Bay Area. Unlike most scavenger hunts that just bring you around to the usual tourist spots, Handstand offers fully customizable adventures based on your mobile device. You’ll solve puzzles, take pictures, and explore new parts of the city. The games are based in different neighborhoods and take up to two hours to complete. The app can be customized to suit groups as large as 10,000 people!
6. Complete a mission at Chabot Space & Science Center
The Chabot Space & Science Center in Oakland offers one of the most elaborate team building experiences you’ll find in the Bay Area! The Challenger Learning Center is ideal for groups of 16 to 32 people, and involves a two-and-a-half-hour space mission in two simulated environments: a mission control center and space shuttle. For something less intense, try Tapping the Wind, a 90-minute challenge in which groups of up to 30 work to design the most efficient wind turbine.
7. Escape the maze at Laser Quest
Laser tag is always fun, but the team building activities offered at Laser Quest make this the perfect outing for groups of up to 20. You’ll spend a half-day going on missions in the laser tag arena, and can also take part in the Key Quest escape game for even more challenges. With locations in San Jose and Modesto, this outing is easy to get to from anywhere in the Bay.
8. Tackle the Fort Miley Adventure Ropes Course
For outdoor fun without leaving the city, plan an all-day team building adventure at Fort Miley in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Offered by the Pacific Leadership Institute, this is a great way to build trust and courage by working your way through increasingly difficult activities on the ropes and zip lines. You can bring up to 75 people for a full- or half-day workshop.
9. Play puzzle games with BreakoutIQ
Want to plan a team building activity without leaving the office? BreakoutIQ brings the fun to you, with mobile escape games, custom trivia, and other activities for groups of 500 or more. You’ll break up into teams of four to six people to solve puzzles hidden throughout the room. Whether you host an event at your office or a rented Peerspace venue, bring BreakoutIQ along to facilitate!
10. Go bowling outdoors with RallyBowl
Chances are no one on your team has ever played bowling like this! Instead of bowling at an indoor alley, you’ll play outdoors on a course that incorporate elements of mini-golf. The alley can even come to you: RallyBowl’s portable lanes use normal pins and bowling balls but are designed with obstacles such as hoops, ramps, and even trampolines! Host it outdoors at a Peerspace venue for a fun team building idea in the Bay Area.
11. Learn aerial arts at Bandaloop Studio
Bandaloop Studio in West Oakland makes acrobatics easy, even for those with fear of heights! This half-day workshop uses harnesses to help your team learn to “dance” on the walls. Unlike rock climbing or parkour, you don’t need any special skills to learn new moves and gain a new perspective. Your team will take part in exercises to get comfortable with vertical dancing.
12. Enjoy the outdoors at Long Branch Farms
Finally, take the opportunity to get out of the city with a team retreat at Long Branch Farms. Drive along the coast towards Half Moon Bay and stumble across this Old Western Town with several event spaces, including a church and a saloon. Your team can take part in a variety of activities, such as a chili cook-off, casino games, dodgeball, and more. With so many options to choose from, this is a great venue to provide large teams with a full day of exciting activities.
We’ve come up with this list of 12 great team building ideas in the Bay Area, but don’t be limited to the options you find here! Browse Peerspace for more venue ideas, or call up the Concierge service to see how you can bring one of these activities to your rented venue. Hire a caterer or group facilitator to come up with the perfect combination of food and fun for your team!