One of Cleveland’s biggest draws is its commitment to celebrating the arts of all kinds. From its world-famous Rock & Roll Hall of Fame to monthly events like Mix at the Cleveland Museum of Art, you’ll find dozens of great activities in Cleveland to explore with your team. If you’re seeking more structured options, then choose one of these engaging team building ideas in Cleveland on our list. From hands-on science exhibits to yoga classes to outdoor adventures, these activities make a great addition to an all-day company retreat or work well as a one-time after-work outing.
1. Hit the targets at Class Axe Throwing
Class Axe Throwing is an easy team building idea that costs $280 per range with a maximum of 12 participants. If you’ve ever wanted to test your aim with axes, here’s your chance. You’ll get a private axe-throwing lane, with 30 minutes of instruction followed by an hour of games. Class Axe Throwing is a BYOB venue, so you can enjoy your own snacks and drinks while you play.
2. Host a workshop at a Peerspace venue
If you’d rather come up with your own team building ideas in Cleveland, browse Peerspace to find a range of stunning event spaces available to rent by the day or hour from local hosts. Then, call up the Concierge service to add event staff, catering services, and A/V equipment on to your booking if these amenities are not already included with your venue — all sourced from trusted local vendors.
From a private retreat space with robust Wi-Fi and a projector included to an industrial warehouse with a kitchen and a cyclorama wall, you can host art lessons, photography classes, craft workshops, and more. All you need to do is pair a workshop with a venue for a fun team building outing!
3. Have a company picnic at Mapleside Farms
Enjoy a “good ol’ fashioned company picnic” at Mapleside Farms, a beautiful 120-acre property in the countryside just 30 minutes from downtown Cleveland. You can take part in classic team building activities including horseshoes, corn hole, volleyball, and more. In the fall, you’ll find a 7-acre corn maze, a 311-foot slide, hay rides, and other seasonal Midwest activities. Rent one of the on-site event spaces, such as a 300-person barn; a rustic lodge; or a wine cellar.
4. Find your inner Picasso via a painting party with Artist at Heart
Book a session with Artist at Heart, which offers mobile painting parties that can come directly to your office or Peerspace venue, such as a gallery or creative workshop space. From canvas and wood painting, to cooperative murals, to wine bottle painting, these DIY workshops offer something tangible that your colleagues can take home with them at the end of the day.
5. Tackle the ropes course at Cleveland Metroparks
Ropes courses are an effective team building idea, and Cleveland has its own adventure course at Mill Stream Run Reservation in Strongsville, OH. The Go Ape Treetop Adventure has five zip lines and 42 obstacles that can be completed in two to three hours. While you’re there, visit the other great attractions at Mill Stream Run Reservation, including the Albion Woods Picnic Area, as well as the Chalet, which boasts Ohio’s fastest toboggan ice chute during the winter months.
6. Solve the puzzles at Trapped! Escape Room
Don’t miss the team building options available at Trapped! Escape Room, which offers a three-hour package that includes pre- and post-game activities, and a catering menu. Why choose a team building package when you could just complete an hour-long escape room on your own? Because debriefing with a trained facilitator can help reinforce the insights that you learn in the game, such as the unique strengths and personalities that each person brings to the team.
7. See the exhibits at the Great Lakes Science Center
The Great Lakes Science Center is one of Cleveland’s best museums, with hands-on exhibits, a 70-foot theater screen, and special events like the Curiosity Carnival. But what makes it an ideal option for a team building idea is its interactive corporate workshops, which include creative challenges, customizable menus, and more. Book the whole museum or the entire floor for groups of up to 1,000 people. Plus, you can even screen a digital presentation in the IMAX DOME theater.
8. Enjoy yoga and massage at the Studio Cleveland
Give your team some well-earned relaxation with a corporate wellness session offered by the Studio Cleveland. Attend a workshop at their 4,500-sq.ft. wellness center in downtown, or hire an instructor to come to your office or studio rental from Peerspace. This studio offers yoga lessons; guided and silent meditations; table and chair massage; nutritional coaching; and more. If you go to their studio, you’ll also have access to an infrared sauna, aerial silks, and two on-site showers.
9. Go on an adventure with Trek Network
Get outdoors with a team building session offered by Trek Network, which offers everything from hiking, rock climbing, fly fishing, and more. Head to one of their handpicked outdoor locations throughout Ohio. You can combine a three-hour team building seminar with any of their offerings, including an edible forest trek, as well as a living history encounter with a historic figure from the Midwest, such as Abe Lincoln or Mark Twain.
10. Volunteer at the Greater Cleveland Food Bank
Make an impact on the Cleveland community by supporting the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, which offers volunteer opportunities for teams of 10 to 100. You can help with sorting, packing, and distributing food. If you aren’t able to commit to volunteering at the facility, you can start a “virtual food drive” as a corporate project to raise donations while building team spirit.
11. Take a cooking class at Cafe Avalaun
Finally, take a private cooking lesson at Cafe Avalaun, a 100% gluten-free cafe and caterer that makes crêpes, pastries, and other tasty bakery items. You’ll learn how to make these dishes yourself with a cooking class for six to 12 people led by Chef Brian Doyle. Choose from a lecture and demo, an informational session, or a hands-on cooking experience followed by a full-course dinner.
Coming up with team building ideas in Cleveland is easy when you have so many great options to choose from. Whether you plan a painting party, a yoga workshop, or a cooking lesson, use Peerspace to find the perfect venue for your team. You can filter your search to find venues with the amenities you need, such as A/V equipment or an on-site kitchen. Bring a workshop facilitator to you for a stress-free and productive team building experience!