Philadelphia’s forward-thinking businesses know how to put a new spin on classic team building experiences. From new takes on old museums to high-tech workshops that use drones and VR technology, you’re bound to find something here to surprise and energize your team. We’ve put together this list of 11 fun team building ideas in Philadelphia to get you started. Some of these take place at specific venues, while others can be hosted at your office or a retreat space.
If you’re looking for a space to host your activities, search Peerspace for a unique venue from a local host that suits your group size, budget, and location. Many of these locations have furniture and A/V equipment included, or you can call up the Concierge service for special requests, such as additional gear, or professional catering and photography services.
1. Take an off-beat art tour with Museum Hack
The Philadelphia Museum of Art is a must-see attraction for anyone visiting Philadelphia for the first time — and there’s always something new for locals, too. Whether or not your team has been before, book a tour with Museum Hack to get a new perspective on both old and modern art. A Museum Hack tour includes ice breakers and team building activities, and can be designed to align with your group’s values and missions. Explore how themes like technology and health care show up in some of the classic artwork on display.
2. Book an unforgettable Peerspace venue for a company retreat
If you prefer to design your own team building ideas in Philadelphia, rent a local event space on Peerspace and create your own experience from the ground up. A Peerspace rental allows you to find the right setting for any occasion, with everything from centrally located retreat spaces to a beautiful outdoor lounge overlooking a lake. All you have to do is book a caterer and workshop leader to make sure that all of your food and facilitation needs are covered. This is a great way to host a variety of team building activities all in one place.
3. Learn improv skills with Comedy Sportz
Good teamwork is all about improvisation: being able to think on your feet and respond to others in a constructive and creative way. An applied improv workshop will help your team strengthen the skills they use in the workplace in a fun and interactive environment. Choose from activities that focus on team building, customer service, and communication styles. There’s no better opportunity to let your guard down to build trust and team spirit that an improv class!
4. Solve the puzzles at Escape the 1980s
Escape rooms are a hit with groups of all kinds, but they’re especially useful as a team building activity because they require you to make decisions as a team under pressure. This is one of Philadelphia’s biggest and best escape rooms, with a recommended capacity of six to 14 players per group. You’ll have an hour to solve clues in a retro environment that uses 1980s music and technology to set the scene. Stick around for dinner with a “Dine & Play” party in the Bourse, which allows groups of up to 42 to socialize while taking turns in the escape room.
5. Create your own menu at Really Cooking With Robin
Cooking classes make for a great team building idea in Philadelphia, especially since you get to enjoy the results of your work together. A team building event with Really Cooking With Robin is suitable for groups of 50 people or more. With two kitchen islands and wooden dining tables, everyone will get a chance to participate and sample from the delicious customizable menu.
6. Rent a private bowling lane at South Bowl Philly
Bowling alleys have always been a popular after-work gathering spot. For a laid-back outing that will bond your team without requiring too much facilitation, book a private room at South Bowl for bowling, billiards, and more. This classy venue has a full bar and buffet, and can offer a variety of options to feed and entertain your team. Add on additional options, such as a photobooth or DJ, to bring even more fun to the experience and create a memorable team outing.
7. Explore virtual worlds with Team Building VR
Team Building VR uses the latest virtual reality technology to take team building to the next level. The skills you learn in virtual reality settings can boost your confidence in the real world. Choose from experiences such as a Guided Meditation or a Face Your Fears session on the Oculus Go VR headset. Because this option is portable, you can host it at your office or Peerspace rental anywhere in Philadelphia and beyond. Request a free consultation to book your session.
8. Reach new heights at Elite Climbing rock gym
Scale the indoor climbing walls with a team building workshop at Elite Climbing rock gym. This activity includes on-the-ground exercises, belaying lessons, and more, to help your team build trust in each other and confidence in their own climbing abilities. This outing can last anywhere from 2.5 to 6.5 hours and includes a debrief afterwards to discuss what you’ve learned.
9. Aim for a bullseye at Stumpy’s Hatchet House
Stumpy’s Hatchet House is home to your local axe-throwing league in Bucks County. This fun activity is great for teams of all sizes. Just book one or more throwing pits and a private party room for a thrilling corporate outing. You can bring your own beer and play giant Jenga games between axe-throwing sessions. Don’t worry if you’ve never done this before: there will be a coach on hand to give you an introductory training session and offer some pointers!
10. Learn to fly with Master Your Drone
For a high-tech team building idea in Philadelphia that will teach your team a handy new skill, book a session with Master Your Drone and learn how to fly an unmanned aircraft. This is a 3.5-hour workshop that includes hands-on lessons and a scavenger hunt. Take your team to their venue in Wayne, PA, or host the workshop at your office or Peerspace rental (space permitting!).
11. Hit the ice with Philadelphia Curling Club
Philadelphia is known for its hockey team, but that isn’t your only opportunity to get on the ice. A team building workshop with the Philadelphia Curling Club will introduce you to a lesser-known sport that requires leadership and strategy. This three-hour event includes a safety briefing, on-ice lesson, and one hour of game play, and can accommodate groups of up to 16 people.
Philadelphia’s creative energy and innovative spirit will bring out the best in your team. Whether you choose a pre-planned activity, or host your own event at a Peerspace venue, we think this list of 11 team building ideas in Philadelphia will give you plenty of options to choose from!