Are you counting down to June 21st? The official start of summer is quickly approaching, and more and more companies are getting their teams together to celebrate the start of the season. For those interested in getting out of the office, it’s important to note that it’s possible to do so on a budget. Not all companies need to charter a branded yacht to to have fun.
Explore what your city has to offer!
We’ve put together a few unique (and budget-friendly) outing ideas that could work for your team.
1. Group Hike
Your team will enjoy getting out the office to reconnect with nature. Help.com is located in beautiful Austin, Texas, so we’re pretty lucky to be surrounded by awesome hiking paths (hello Lady Bird Lake). If your city isn't lucky enough to have a trail nearby, pick a destination and take a group walk! From parks to boardwalks, it’s really up to you. What’s important is the time spent relaxing together.
2. Field Day
Do you have a favorite park in your city? Have a team field day at a great spot on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon. Reclaim your youth and play a few rounds of cornhole, volleyball, softball, etc. Interested in spicing things up? Make it a tournament. You can revisit the same spot annually and start a fun company tradition.
Dogs aren’t allowed in our office building, so I always love (and encourage) any opportunity to meet my team’s four legged friends. The more the merrier.
3. Scavenger Hunt
Scavenger hunts can be great for team outings because they force you to get out of the office and have some competitive fun. There are a lot of great companies, like Watson Adventures, that will plan everything for you so all you have to do is show up.
A great alternative to a standard scavenger hunt is geocaching, the modern day Treasure Hunt. With millions of geocache’s active in the US, you can use your phone to navigate to each location (some harder than others). Each location has a story, so be sure to do some research before you head out. You never know what you’ll find.
4. City Tour
One of my favorite team outings of all time was a team walking tour through New York City (where my old company was headquartered). Equipped with an enthusiastic know-it-all guide, we spent a few hours of our workday learning more about the city that we lived and worked in. I found it really interesting that the buildings I walked past everyday had such a long history. This is incredibly easy to recreate, and budget-friendly.
5. Cooking Class
Our team is full of self-proclaimed foodies, so a cooking class is a must. Who doesn’t love food? Contact your local Whole Foods or supermarket to see if they have any special classes that you can register your team for. A simple google search will also tell you if anyone in your city offers private cooking classes.
An alternative to a standard class is to prepare the meal yourselves. Take advantage of services like Plated or Blue Apron and have the team make dinner together.
6. Movie Night
Love the classics? Have the team get together for a movie night. October 21, 2015 is rapidly approaching, so get the team together to celebrate Back to the Future Day! Hoverboards optional.
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