There are no shortage of fun things to do in LA, but many of the most popular attractions are geared toward tourists. Finding the right place for a team outing can be a slight challenge. If Disneyland or Madame Tussaud’s prove too cliche, try one of these 10 team outing ideas in Los Angeles to get your colleagues out of the office and trying something new. From outdoor film screenings to offbeat museums, these activities are sure to get your team talking for years to come.
Escape rooms are increasingly popular these days, and according to the folks at Escape Room Tips (ERT), Los Angeles is the “escape room capital” of the United States. ERT has played over 80 rooms in LA and keep coming back for more. Although “Lab Rat” at Hatch Escapes tops ERT’s list, it might be too advanced for new players. Consider trying Escape Room LA, which has five different rooms to choose from: a Mayan pyramid, a haunted theatre, Atlantis, and several more.
Escape Room LA offers discounts for group bookings, and can fit over 40 people at a time if you split your team up into multiple rooms. They also have an industrial-style event space you can book for your team to hang out in before or after the games.
When your team is ready to escape the office and meet somewhere a bit more exciting, check out Peerspace. Considered the Airbnb for event spaces, it’s easy to book awesome locations, change your scenery, and bond as a team—whether over a brainstorm session or a cocktail hour! Peerspace offers unique locations (think: rainforest-themed outdoor spaces, theaters, or mountain retreats), ensuring your team will always talk about the time you all got together “in that really cool space.” We just can’t promise you won’t want to conduct all future team activities in Peerspaces.
How about a night at the museum? The Museum of Jurassic Technology is one of LA’s hidden secrets. While the tourists are all at Ripley’s, you can take you team to this offbeat museum on Venice Boulevard in Culver City. The exhibits feels like a “cabinet of curiosity” from a different era, while the Tula Tea Room is modeled after the Winter Palace in Russia.
The museum is small and has limited opening hours, so call two weeks ahead of time to make sure they can fit your group in for a museum visit and tea service. Your team will spend hours debating which exhibits are real and which are a hoax.
4. Outdoor movie screenings
LA is a city of movies, and its beautiful weather makes it the perfect spot for outdoor screenings. If you prefer this idea for your team outing, you’ll have several options to choose from. The Street Food Cinema combines movies and food trucks at 15 different locations around the city. Past screenings include A Star Is Born, Pulp Fiction, The Wizard of Oz, and Dirty Dancing. Bring blankets and spread them out on the lawn for a casual evening picnic.
Eat/See/Hear offers a similar food-truck-and-movie series, while Cinespia screens everything from comedy to horror movies at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Weather permitting, this is one of our favorite team outing ideas in Los Angeles.
If you’re looking for something classy, try the game room at Hotel Palomar. This stylish venue is available for private bookings, and it includes a pool table, shuffleboard, darts, and skeeball. You can also rent out a full bar and screening area for larger gatherings. This is the perfect spot to celebrate an executive’s birthday or enjoy a holiday party with your entire team.
The Eagle Rock Yacht Club (ERYC) is LA’s do-good dodgeball league. Sign your team up for a weekly dodgeball game and you’ll also be helping underprivileged kids attend cooking, gardening, and photography lessons. The ERYC is a non-profit organization that hosts games all over the city while contributing to under-resourced communities. If your team is looking for a fun way way to build team spirit and give back to the community, why not give dodgeball a try?
Take your team in for an upgrade at Bulletproof Labs, the “world’s first biohacking facility.” This Santa Monica location offers exercises for the mind and body, including cryotherapy, a virtual float tank, infrared light therapy, and more. You can rent out the entire facility by the hour for private functions, with the option to include snacks and vitamin boosters. Just be sure your team reads the waivers, as “there are potential side effects from all the equipment.”
8. Rage Ground
Get your team to take out their stress on inanimate objects at Rage Ground, where you can use bats, mallets, and other objects to smash things. It might sound dangerous, but your team will be fully protected with gloves, a vest, a hard hat, and a face mask. They can choose from plates, glasses, CDs, cell phones, and more. The Rage Ground is available for private rental and can fit teams of up to 15 people at one time.
Get your team out of the office and into the forest at Pacific Crest Ziplining, just 75 miles outside of the city in the San Gabriel Mountains. Pacific Crest has two zipline courses with multiple lines each, as well as a “controlled free-fall” experience. Group packages include options for team-building activities to foster trust and cooperation. Catering and lodging services are available as well. Leave your phones behind and spend some time connecting with each other in nature.
For the ultimate team-building activity, take your group to the BMW Performance Driving School in Thermal, CA. Get behind the wheel and learn exercises designed to get your group working together as a team. When your crew isn’t on the track breaking the speed limit, you’ll have access to a cafe and conference room with Wi-Fi access. Make sure everyone wears their seatbelts!
No matter what kind of office you work in, every employee needs a field trip once in a while. Whether you’re planning a retreat or birthday party, these 10 team outing ideas in Los Angeles will get your team feeling refreshed and energized. And if none of these ideas are quite right for you, you can always browse the great listings on Peerspace for more options.