Need some unique and bonding-assured team building ideas in Kansas City? At Peerspace, we get it! Home to the 2020 Super Bowl Champions and the birthplace of award-winning recording artist Janelle Monáe, Kansas City, MO, is considered one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Midwest.
Local teams and visitors alike will find plenty to do in this sports and music-loving metropolis on the banks of the Missouri River. So what are you waiting for? Start planning your event today with one of these 11 fun team building ideas in Kansas City that cover a range of educational and cultural activities!
1. Host a workshop at a Peerspace venue
Not every team building idea in Kansas City has to take place outdoors. If you prefer to keep your team building activities to a private indoor space, then you need to check out Peerspace. As the largest online marketplace for hourly venue rentals, we make it easy to find and book unique spaces across Kansas City and beyond.
For instance, consider booking one of these amazing KCMO venues for your team building event:
- This Campbell Dome Home in Overland Park (pictured above) for up to 30 people, with distinct architecture, a tropical courtyard, and a pool, you’ll team will be able to shrug off the office in comfort
- This downtown event space that can be used for anything from a photo studio to a yoga class, with an ADA-accessible entrance and a full kitchen available on-site, too
- This rustic rural farmhouse in Independence, MO, for private, homey events
These spaces are available to rent by the day or hour from local hosts on Peerspace, where you can find a range of similar spaces in and around Kansas City. Many of these venues come with Wi-Fi, A/V gear, furniture, and an amazing ambiance for planning your team building workshop. If you need something else, such as catering services or camera equipment, then ask your host for support.
2. Do “ranch chores” at Faulkner’s Ranch
Tired of refilling the coffeepot and putting paper in the printer? Then spend a day at Faulkner’s Ranch, where you’ll participate in “ranch chores” instead. These team building activities include “goat dressing” and “cow milking” (though not a real cow), as well as seasonal activities like scarecrow-making and pumpkin-carving.
Plus, the corporate packages come with a DJ and a buffet meal. Or, you can take part in a chili cook-off for even more hands-on, competitive fun just south of Kansas City!
3. Paint your masterpiece with Art Experience
Art Experience is a personalized painting class led by professional artists who will bring all of the supplies you need. Previous workshops have been held at Martin City Brewing Co. and KC Wineworks. However, they can also come to your office or Peerspace venue or host a virtual class through Zoom.
Each of your team members will paint a different portion of the image on their canvas. Then, you’ll put the pieces together to create a collaborative painting of a local landmark like Union Station.
4. Escape the room at Breakout KC
Escape rooms are among the top team building ideas in Kansas City, but not every escape room has a workshop designed for corporate teams. That’s why Breakout KC is a great choice: they have a Team Lab created specifically with team building in mind.
You’ll participate in an interactive workshop both before and after the escape game. It will include individual personality assessments that help each of your team members discover their strengths and find a role on the team.
5. Take a cooking class at the Culinary Center
For a less intense team building experience, take part in one of the group cooking classes at the Culinary Center of Kansas City. They offer a variety of team building options, from an interactive “Fun Lunch” to a three-hour Mystery Box Cookoff in which you’ll compete to make a meal (without a recipe) from a box of secret ingredients.
These activities can be held at their kitchen and event space in Overland Park, which fits up to 150 seated guests. You can also opt to book a private venue through Peerspace, like this fun, colorful home, and invite them over.
6. Learn to throw axes at Blade & Timber
Blade & Timber is an axe-throwing facility with two locations in the Kansas City area. This fun team building activity includes training with a certified coach and the use of a private lane for an hour and a half. Each lane can accommodate up to six people, or you can rent out the entire venue for a private event. Both Kansas City locations have food and drink available for purchase.
7. Paint your own pottery at the Ceramic Cafe
For a DIY souvenir that you can take home with you, head to the Ceramic Cafe, a pottery studio that offers paint-your-own pottery classes for private groups. You can choose an unfinished item from dozens of options, including bowls, mugs, piggy banks, and more. Then, paint your pottery using stencils, sponges, and stamps. Pick up your masterpiece a week later after it’s been glazed and fired. You can also choose a glass fusion workshop instead.
8. Try your luck at Game Show Battle Rooms
Play exciting games like Friendly Feud, Wheel of Phrases, and Name That Price at the new Game Show Battle Rooms location in Overland Park. This team building experience can accommodate up to 64 players for a one-hour showdown that everyone on your team can participate in. This is a more immersive activity than pub trivia and you can customize the questions to suit the interests of your team.
9. Experience equine therapy with Horses and Heroes
One of the most innovative team building ideas in Kansas City is equine-assisted therapy at Horses and Heroes. The group offers veterans experiencing PTSD, depression, and other related ailments free equine assistance and alternative therapies. They also offer corporations like yours small group facilitations with their equines.
This experiential learning technique is for a variety of purposes, from mindfulness therapy to corporate leadership training. You can also book a team building session for your group to improve your communication skills by working with horses.
10. Have a picnic at Nelson Atkins Museum of Art
Enjoy one of Kansas City’s most beautiful expanses of greenery with an outdoor team building experience at Nelson Atkins Museum of Art. It’s also the perfect setting for a company picnic, offering group activities, like mini golf, and a snack bar on the premises for drinks and small bites. There are also picnic tables that you can reserve or play it by ear and see if enough are available on your team building day. After snacking and golfing, check out the sculptures that grace the museum’s outdoor grounds, too.
All in all, this is one of the those team building ideas in Kansas City ideal for groups that love nature and culture.
11. Take the Lunch Challenge at Harvesters
Finally, turn your team building experience into a charitable outing by supporting the Harvesters Community Food Network, a regional food bank based in Kansas City. Their Lunch Challenge is ideal for groups of 10 to 50 people, which includes a cooking competition designed by a dietitian.
While here, you’ll learn to make a healthy lunch using common food pantry items. Pair your outing with a Virtual Food Drive or donation to raise funds for this volunteer-driven organization.
Team building ideas in Kansas City: conclusion
Kansas City is a welcoming city that can accommodate corporate groups from all over the region. From the arts and cultural districts of Overland Park to the historic core of River Market, you’ll find a variety of indoor and outdoor activities to get your team inspired.
Plus, you can host your own event at a Peerspace venue for a customizable team outing in Kansas City! Use your exciting Peerspace venue as the base for all your activities or find a space to unqwind at the end of your day on the town. Your local host can help connect with catering services and entertainment, making it the perfect way to end a day of bonding you’ll never forget.
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