Minneapolis is known for its short but beautiful summers and long, cold winters. With that in mind, we’ve focused on indoor activities on our list of 11 fun team building ideas in Minneapolis. From escape rooms to cat cafes, there’s plenty to do all year-round in this friendly Midwestern city. If you need a venue for your workshop or retreat, check out Peerspace to book a private event space from a local host. Many of these venues come with A/V equipment and furniture rentals available. Plus, you can call up the Concierge service to book a caterer and other event staff. Choose one or more of the activities on this list to round out your team building outing!
1. Solve the escape room at PuzzleWorks
Escape rooms are having a moment, and Minneapolis, like many cities, has several options to choose from. If you haven’t visited one yet, take your team to a venue like PuzzleWorks, which has three escape rooms on site, including a bank vault and a hospital room. The rooms are best for four to 12 people at a time, but you can book multiple rooms and take turns in each one. You can even request a customized puzzle with a hidden announcement or reward for your staff!
2. Host a unique team outing at a Peerspace venue
Sometimes, the best way to enjoy team building ideas in Minneapolis is to design it yourself! With a Peerspace venue, you’ll have the flexibility you need to choose your own facilitator, event staff, and caterer to ensure that your team has the highest-quality experience you can offer. Find a venue from a local host, such as an off-site meeting space or a photo studio with natural light. Then, call up the Concierge service to arrange for any add-ons you need, such as A/V gear or furniture rentals. Your team will have a great time out of the office at a memorable venue!
3. Learn a new recipe with Way Cool Cooking School
Cooking lessons are a classic team building activity, and the Way Cool Cooking School offers some of the most creative cooking challenges in Minneapolis! You can choose from the Food Truck Challenge, which includes coming up with your own food truck theme and a signature recipe, or the Jet Setter’s Dinner, which incorporates cuisines from all over the world!
4. Play with construction equipment at Extreme Sandbox
If you’ve ever passed a construction site and wondered what it would be like to drive the heavy machinery, now is your chance to find out! With two locations in Minnesota, Extreme Sandbox is a one-of-a-kind team building idea in Minneapolis. Groups of up to 100 can take part in a social team gathering, which is all about having fun with the equipment. Smaller groups can participate in more intensive scenario-based training, in which you’ll have to complete challenges and learn to work together as a team in a 10-acre giant sandbox.
5. Show off your trivia skills at Game Show Battle Room
Game shows are some of the most popular shows on TV, and a team building experience at the Game Show Battle Room allows your team to get in on the action. With games like Name That Price, Friendly Feud, and Wheel of Phrases, you’ll get to take part in your favorite game shows — without any copyright infringement! Team building events are suitable for groups of up to 64 people, with groups of 32 playing in one of two game show arenas.
6. Have a Nerf battle at Tactical Urban Combat
If paintball is too intense for your team, have fun with Nerf projectiles at Tactical Urban Combat, an indoor arena in Eden Prairie. You’ll play a series of five-minute games such as Capture the Flag and Search and Destroy, while navigating the obstacles in the arena. Up to 20 people can play at once, so if you have a larger group you can take turns alternating between games.
7. Practice your aim at Bad Axe Throwing
Axe-throwing is the perfect after-work outing for the amateur lumberjack. Host your happy hour at Bad Axe Throwing, where you’ll have one or more lanes to yourself and an private instructor to show you the ropes. Food and drink are available on site, or you can bring your own. Make sure to take plenty of team photos in front of the Viking throne and ship inside the venue!
8. Take an improv class with Brave New Workshop
Improv is a great way to bring a new team together for the first time or break patterns that are holding your team back. Brave New Workshop offers “team activation” experiences to apply the lessons of improv to the office. Whether you want to encourage your sales team to think on their feet or build communication and problem-solving skills throughout the workplace, a customized improv workshop can offer the change you need. Attend a workshop at their theater, or invite a trained facilitator to offer the event at your office or Peerspace venue.
9. Learn to paint at Bottle & Bottega
Bottle & Bottega is a great team building idea in Minneapolis that brings a new twist to the “paint and sip” concept. You can choose from standard workshops, such as painting wood or canvas, or Illumin-Art, in which you’ll embed battery-powered lights into your painting. Regardless which type of workshop you choose, Bottle & Bottega will provide all of the equipment you need and even clean up afterwards! Of course, you can BYO wine to drink during the event.
10. Visit the cats at Cafe Meow
Not everyone loves cats, but if your team does, take the opportunity to visit Cafe Meow, where you can drink coffee and hang out with 10-15 cats that are available to be adopted. Cafe Meow also offers fun workshops, including “Catgo” (their version of Bingo), Yoga With Cats, or Paint Your Cat With Canvas. Visit one of their public events, or make a private group booking.
11. Go rock climbing at Vertical Endeavors
For an athletic activity that you can do any time of year, head to the indoor rock climbing wall at Vertical Endeavors. Their New Heights workshop is designed specifically with team building in mind and can be customized to suit your group. This two to three-hour program will help build trust and cooperation between new and experienced climbers alike.
Minneapolis is a fun and vibrant city, with plenty of options for team building ideas in and around the city. Whether you choose one of the activities on this list or browse Peerspace to look for a unique venue to host your outing, your team will enjoy the chance to get out of the office for the day! Remember, call up the Concierge service if you need help customizing your booking.