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. 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. Do “ranch chores” at Faulkner’s Ranch
If you’re tired of refilling the coffeepot and putting paper in the printer, 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. 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!
2. Host a workshop at a Peerspace venue
Not every team building idea in Kansas City has to take place outdoors. Instead of a ranch, host your event at this 100-person retreat space in Independence, MO, with an indoor guitar-shaped pool. Or, rent 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.
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, and furniture included, but if there’s something else you need, such as catering services or camera equipment, ask your host or call up the Concierge service for support.
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, but they can also come to your office or Peerspace venue. 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 new Team Lab created specifically with team building in mind. You’ll participate in an interactive workshop both before and after the escape game, including 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, or at your own private venue.
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 activities 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 can be customized to suit the interests of your team.
9. Experience equine therapy with Horse Sense
One of the most innovative team building ideas in Kansas City is equine-assisted therapy, offered by Michelle Salzman at Horse Sense. This experiential learning technique is used for a variety of purposes, from mindfulness therapy to corporate leadership training. Book a team building session for your group to improve your communication skills by working with horses.
10. Have a picnic at Paradise Park
Enjoy one of Kansas City’s most beautiful parks with an outdoor team building experience at Paradise Park. It’s the perfect setting for a company picnic, offering several group activities, including mini golf, laser tag, go-karts, an indoor climbing wall, and more. Pick one or more of these activities for a fun, all-day outing, with catering and A/V options available on site.
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. 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.
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!