For those outside of Michigan, this former industrial city can be a bit of a mystery. Those who live here, however, know that it’s a place that locals keep coming back to — for its underground arts scene, its blooming urban gardens, and its newfound role as a tech hub. How can you help your team plug into this vibrant city? Whether you’ve lived and worked in the city for a while or are new to the area, let these 11 creative team building ideas in Detroit inspire you!
1. Take a ride on the Detroit Rolling Pub
Start off the weekend with a ride on the Detroit Rolling Pub, a pedal bar that can accommodate groups from six to 64 people across multiple bikes. Choose a team building activity such as a bar crawl, scavenger hunt, or historical tour. Then wrap up the night at the Punch Bowl Social or another partner venue. This is among the top team building ideas in Detroit for visiting groups.
2. Host a workshop at a Peerspace venue
If you’d rather put your own itinerary together and choose a special venue, browse the listings on Peerspace to find a local event space. With memorable venues available to rent all over the city, you can pick and choose the perfect team building experience for your team.
Rent an industrial-chic space in Eastern Market, or book a meeting room in a coworking space Downtown. If you want something less office-like, head to this renovated 1920s home or a private, luxurious oasis in West Bloomfield. Many of these venues have Wi-Fi, A/V gear, furniture, and other amenities included. Some of them even have games rooms and a pool!
If there’s something you need that isn’t available on site, call up the Concierge service to add the service or amenity to your booking. From catering services to photography gear, the Concierge works with trusted local vendors to ensure everything you need is delivered to your venue.
3. Enjoy a cooking contest with Mirepoix
For a classic team building idea in Detroit, book a cooking lesson with Mirepoix. They work with small and large companies alike to deliver customized cooking experiences in their professional kitchen. They have a hands-on competition called “The Duel,” and other options are available, too. For example, book a private cooking session, specialty tasting, or even a recurring cooking league. Choose this activity for a friendly competition that will improve your team’s cooking skills — and their team spirit!
4. Play with LEGOs at the Robot Garage
LEGOs aren’t just for kids — and you’ll understand why after you attend this fun event. The experts at Robot Garage have been working with LEGOs for years, and they offer a variety of competitive engineering challenges to inspire your team. You can take part in a Sumo Robot workshop, make a LEGO mosaic masterpiece with your company’s logo, and even give out custom LEGO trophies to reward the best-performing members of your team.
5. Solve the clues at the Great Escape Room
The Great Escape Room offers traditional escape rooms, scavenger hunts, off-site events, and more. Whether you want to work together to solve problems, or compete against each other in small groups, you’ll find several unique options here to choose from. Most rooms are designed for groups of 10 people, but their mobile escape game is perfect for groups of 40 or more. You can host the game at your own private event space or book a unique Peerspace venue.
6. Learn circus arts at the Detroit Flyhouse
The best place to practice trust falls is on a soft surface. The Detroit Flyhouse has plenty of matting to keep you covered in their studio devoted to the circus arts. They offer a range of classes, including everything from acro-yoga to aerial silks and hammocks. Book a team building workshop to get your group working together in a new way. No experience is necessary, and you can follow it up with a private party and face-painting opportunity.
7. Make art from recyclables at Arts & Scraps
For a different kind of artistic expression, check out the adult workshops at Art & Scraps. In their own words, they use “recycled industrial scraps to help people of all ages and abilities think, create, and learn.” In addition to their programs for school-age children, they offer professional development and team building workshops. Visit their Scrap Lab or bring their “ScrapMobile” to you!
8. Explore Lake St. Clair on the Detroit Cycle Boat
Spend some time on the water on a pedal-powered cycle boat — it’s the aquatic equivalent of the Detroit Rolling Pub. This vessel will take you out on the lake for a two-hour team building trip. The trip is suitable for groups of six to 16. You can bring your own food and drink on board, and connect your own playlist to the speaker. For a tropical theme, rent a tiki boat instead!
9. Take a bike tour with Wheel House Detroit
If you’d rather stay on land, book a traditional bike rental with Wheel House Detroit, which offers customized group tours on everyone’s favorite two-wheeled vehicle. Their three-hour tours can take you around the Near East Side, Corktown, Belle Isle, and dozens of other neighborhoods. They even offer a Beers & Bikes tour that stops at some of Detroit’s most popular breweries.
10. Get into alignment at Citizen Yoga Studio
Team building should be a chance to de-stress and get together in a more relaxed environment. At Citizen Yoga Studio, attend classes that help to improve posture and alignment. This way, you all can get your mind off your “to-do” list for better work/life balance. They offer private classes at their studio, which has showers and free parking, or they can come to your Peerspace venue.
11. Put pen to paper at the Detroit Writing Room
The Detroit Writing Room is a coworking space and community center for writers, with the goal of merging the business and creative communities. This isn’t your usual writing retreat: you can hire a coach to help your team with a press release, professional bio, grant application, website, or any other project.
Detroit is constantly changing. You will encounter even more team building ideas that we haven’t covered yet! And remember, you can always put together a workshop of your own at a local Peerspace venue. Just search the listings to find an event space that you like, then call up the Concierge service to customize your booking.