Grand Rapids, MI, has been called everything from the “craft beverage capital of the US” for its local breweries, to “Furniture City” due to its collection of office furniture suppliers. As the largest city in West Michigan, Grand Rapids has long been a cultural and industrial hub in the region. It still plays a major role in fields like health care, manufacturing, IT, and more. No matter what industry you work in, plan a fun group outing with one of these 11 team building ideas in Grand Rapids!
1. Climb the trees at TreeRunner Adventure Park
Take to the trees with a team building outing at TreeRunner Adventure Park, where you’ll enjoy seven courses covering three difficulty levels. There are over 70 obstacles designed to inspire and challenge your team. Start on the main deck, which leads to a 365-foot zip line. Then, test your balance on the zig-zag bridge, tight-wire walk, swinging platforms, and more. Groups of eight or more can participate in a team building experience that includes facilitated workshops and a debriefing session, while groups of more than 50 can rent out the entire park for themselves!
2. Host a private event at a Peerspace venue
If you prefer to have your team building activities take place on the ground, rent a venue from a local host on Peerspace and create your own agenda. Choose this conference room and event space in Wyoming, MI, that has room for up to 100 people. Or, head to the shore to this historic gathering space in South Haven that can accommodate a group of 10 to 25 participants.
Whichever venue you choose, you can reach out to the Concierge for help lining up a caterer, photographer, or another local vendor. From furniture rentals to A/V gear, Peerspace can help you make all of your team building ideas in Grand Rapids a reality!
3. Hunt for clues at Grand Rapids Escape Room
For a team building activity that’s ready to go right out of the box, take a trip to Grand Rapids Escape Room, where you’ll have 60 minutes to solve each puzzle. Break up into groups of 10 people or fewer per room, with a maximum of 25 participants on site at any one time. Choose from themed rooms like The Cure, Judgement, and Licastro’s Lair. Some of them are harder than others, so you’ll have to work together to succeed. Be sure to debrief afterwards!
4. Learn a new recipe with The Local Epicurean
The Local Epicurian describes itself as “wild food for urban people,” so expect an eclectic menu when you book a team building workshop in their kitchen. You can choose the Tiramisu or Pesto Challenge, in which you have only four minutes to memorize a secret recipe. Alternatively, there’s Bridge Building, in which you’ll use fresh pasta to build a “bridge” between islands. These events are designed for groups of six to 36 people and take place at their educational kitchen in Grand Rapids.
5. Take a tour of the Frederik Meijer Gardens
The Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park is one of the most impressive attractions in Grand Rapids. Art and plant lovers alike will find something to admire at this venue, from the 15,000-sq.ft. tropical conservatory to the indoor and outdoor sculpture collections. Take your team on a 45-minute guided tour, with the option of an tram tour available seasonally.
6. Host a painting party at Brush Studio
Brush Studio offers a variety of team building ideas in Grand Rapids, including canvas painting classes, wooden sign workshops, acrylic pour parties, and more. For an especially collaborative experience, try a puzzle piece canvas workshop, in which everyone paints a different piece that creates a complete image when brought together. Their downtown studio is not BYOB, but they do have beer, wine, and other drinks available for purchase. In addition, outside catering is allowed.
7. Row your boat with GR Rowing Association
Grand Rapids is located on the Grand River, so you don’t have to travel far for an adventure on the water. The Grand Rapids Rowing Association offers a corporate team building workshop, in which you’ll learn to work together to row your boat. They describe it as “the ultimate teamwork sport,” with activities that take place both on and off the water. If your team enjoys their four-hour workshop, you can form your own rowing team for a year-round team building activity!
8. Take a hands-on art class at GRAM Studio
The Grand Rapids Art Museum is more than just an art gallery. The GRAM Studio offers a range of hands-on classes for artists of all ages and experience levels. Their drop-in workshops cover skills such as basket weaving, stained glass, resin casting, and more. Attend one of their public classes, or ask about scheduling a private event at their studio or your Peerspace venue.
9. Race go-karts at Grand Rapids Grand Prix
No matter what the weather is like outside, take your team to Grand Rapids Grand Prix to race go-karts on a two-level climate controlled track. These electric karts have adjustable seats and pedals to make them comfortable for all drivers, with speeds of up to 35 mph. You can book a private meeting room for up to 80 people, with Wi-Fi and A/V gear and catering options.
10. Go bouldering together at Terra Firma
Get some exercise at the Terra Firma bouldering gym, a 12,000-sq.ft. facility open to climbers of all experience levels. Since there are no ropes or harnesses (just lots of padding!), it’s easier to learn than rock climbing, but you’ll still get a safety briefing on your first visit. Reserve the entire venue, and bring your own food and drink for an exciting team building experience.
11. Dress like a lumberjack at FlannelJax’s
Finally, find out what all the fuss is about at the newest axe-throwing venue in town. While there isn’t a formal dress code here, it doesn’t hurt to dress up in your finest flannel. FlannelJax’s has several different activities to choose from, including crosscut sawing, in which two people work together to saw through a log. There’s also Thump the Stump and, of course, axe-throwing.
Grand Rapids offers some of the best team building activities in Michigan, with both indoor and outdoor adventures making the list. Whether you go on a tour or take a workshop, you’ll return to the office with a new skill or a fresh perspective on teamwork. And if you want more flexibility to design your own event, book a Peerspace venue and host your own retreat or workshop!