Sacramento is considered one of the most diverse cities in the country, coming in 13th in terms of ethnic, linguistic, and birthplace diversity. That multicultural perspective contributes to the city’s vibrant art, musical, and culinary scenes. Whether you’re touring the Wide Open Walls mural festival, sampling local food trucks, or participating in the country’s biggest Thanksgiving Day fun run, you don’t have to travel far to get inspired. Check out our picks for the 11 most exciting team building ideas in Sacramento that will bring you and your colleagues closer together.
1. Host a field day with Xoso Sports
Xoso is a local sport and social organization, with leagues for softball, kickball, soccer, ultimate Frisbee, and more. They also host networking and volunteering events for young professionals, including pub crawls and field days. You can hire Xoso to run your team building event, with options for all ages and abilities. Choose from trivia, tournaments, sports, indoor games, and other activities.
2. Plan a workshop at a Peerspace venue
If you want to design your own team building event from scratch, rent a venue from a local host on Peerspace. You’ll find a range of indoor and outdoor event spaces available by the day or hour, such as this midtown event space in Boulevard Park with room for up to 120 guests.
Or, rent a private ranch in Ione for a relaxed country retreat less than an hour from Sacramento. With a pool, firepit, and fully stocked bar on site, you’ll have plenty of activities to keep you busy. There are also hiking trails and options for biking and horseback riding, as well as farm-to-table catering services available directly from your host.
Each Peerspace venue has its own set of amenities, but you can call up the Concierge service if you need something that isn’t available at your venue. Whether you need A/V gear delivered for a presentation or a professional photographer to take photos of your event, the Concierge can help bring your team building ideas in Sacramento to life.
3. Go for a ride on the Sac Brew Bike
For a bit of exercise without leaving the city, hop on the Sacramento Brew Bike, a 15-passenger vehicle that runs on pedal power. With five bikes available, there’s room for your entire entourage. Choose from a pub crawl, scavenger hunt, sightseeing tour, or anything else you have in mind. You can bring your own beer and wine on board for a laid-back ride through Sacramento!
4. Escape the puzzle room at Enchambered
Put your skills to the test at Enchambered, one of Sacramento’s most immersive escape rooms. With three different games to choose from, this is the perfect outing for a small group. Teams of six to 10 players each can solve the clues in games like Containment Breach and Skull Witch, with each game lasting for a maximum of 60 minutes. Play more than one for an all-day outing.
5. Learn to cook at the Natural Foods Co-op
Take a cooking class at the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op, which has been providing local, sustainable food options since 1972. Their Cooking School and Community Learning Center is committed to offering “farm to fork” workshops for cooks of all levels. Choose from Italian, Thai, Indian, or Mexican menus, or learn to make homemade pasta in groups of up to 30 people.
6. Study improv at the Sacramento Comedy Spot
If learning through laughter sounds like fun to you, book a 1.5-hour team building workshop at the Comedy Spot. Their coaches will lead you through improv games that build communication skills and confidence, and can be adapted to suit your industry or government agency. You can also bring them to your office or Peerspace venue, with a minimum of 12 people per event.
7. Run 10K in the Run to Feed the Hungry
The Run to Feed the Hungry only happens once per year, but it’s a great team building idea in Sacramento to look forward to — you can even make it an annual tradition! This 5K or 10K run draws over 27,700 participants every Thanksgiving morning. Don’t worry: it starts early enough in the morning that you’ll still make it back home in time for Thanksgiving dinner. Funds go to support the Sacramento Food Bank, and you can run as a team of 12 or more participants.
8. Learn to climb at the Boulder Field
Boulder Field is a climbing gym and fitness center in a 33,000-sq.ft. warehouse, with a training area, cafe, lounge, and more. They provide 3-hour team building sessions with a focus on trust, problem-solving, and strategy for groups of up to 24. You’ll break up into smaller groups to play a series of climbing games, taking into account each participant’s climbing ability. This is a fun team building idea in Sacramento that doesn’t require any previous climbing experience.
9. Jump into the water at the Sac State Aquatic Center
If water is more your thing, take part in a corporate team building experience at the Sacramento State Aquatic Center. Their Water Enrichment Training (W.E.T.) program is designed for groups of up to 200 people, and includes both physical and mental challenges. You’ll need to bring sun screen, swim suits, towels, and water shoes, and they’ll provide life jackets, canoes or kayaks, and other land- and water-based equipment for a day of fun on the American River.
10. Paint your own pottery at Alpha Fired Arts
Get creative at Alpha Fired Arts, a paint-your-own-ceramics studio where you can choose from over 425 designs. Use stamps and stencils to paint your piece, then leave it at the studio for the staff to glaze and fire it. This is a great team building idea in Sacramento that doesn’t take a lot of effort or planning. They also have a clay sculpture and pottery studio on site.
11. Play virtual reality games at Zion VR
Finally, step into the future with a team building session at Zion VR. Activities focus on building trust, communication, adaptability, and more, and can be customized to suit your team’s needs and preferences. Whether you want to improve your team’s time management skills, creativity, or team spirit, you’ll find dozens of games to choose from at Zion VR. You’ll have up to 10 VR stations, which can be shared by two people each, and are all connected via voice chat.
Planning a team building event is easy in a city like Sacramento. With access to scenic outdoor spaces, as well as artistic studios and athletic facilities, you can create the perfect team building program for a group of any size. Remember, if you need a location to host your activity, search for a venue on Peerspace to find a customizable event space that’s just right for your team!