If you take a peek out our window right now, you’ll probably be looking at a cloudy sky, rain falling down, trees shaking in the wind, or all of the above. For those of us who actually enjoy this kind of weather it’s not a bad sight to see, but for the beach bums among us, the months of November through March may be tough. There are no quarterly All-Hands at the beach, no team lunches in the park and definitely no team building activities that require people to be outside.
But don’t despair. Even if you can’t even remotely relate to Elsa from Frozen, we’re sure you will be able to take something good out of these colder times. We’re here to help.
Here is a list of our favourite indoor team building activities that will keep you safe and warm until Spring arrives and we're able to step outside and enjoy the outdoor activities again.
Learning how to cook a signature dish is a valuable lifehack to master no matter the season. But it’s an especially suitable activity for when you can’t go outside. You’ll be gathered around the stove or the oven, which will keep you warm, and there’s really no better cure for the winter blues than having a nice time over food and drink.
You can even spice things up by turning your team members into MasterChef (Australia, obviously) contestants, and put them to the test. Whichever group or individual cooks the best dish, wins!
Escape rooms are always a good alternative for non-outdoorsy teams and what makes them even better is that there are a lot of options to choose from. You can go for a classic escape room, or select a theme like Saw (would not recommend) or Game of Thrones (would 100% recommend). Why not book several rooms at the same place and see which group makes it out (alive) first?
Painting and ceramics
Let your team members’ inner artists come out to play with a relaxing painting or ceramics activity. You don’t need to worry about your skills, as this is much more about exploring one’s creativity while learning some basic skills than discovering the next Picasso. In the end, you can take your creations back to the office and create a gallery with your team members’ creations.
This activity is sure to bring out the competing side in anyone. Take your teams to the races and let the best racer win. You can make it a whole morning or afternoon activity by having qualifying rounds and then a final race, much like a Formula 1 competition. And for those among your team who don’t like to drive, don’t worry. We know from experience that watching the races and cheering your teammates on can be just as fun.
Speaking of physical activity, why not give wall climbing a try? It’s not just an outdoor activity, climbing real walls or boulders, but there are also a number of indoor places where you can practice before tackling the real thing. It’s a great opportunity for your team members to try something new and challenge themselves.
Saying you could turn this activity into a competition by making a drinking game out of it would be too obvious, so we won’t. But why not make things more interesting by putting the acquired knowledge to the test and see who can identify more wines?
These are just some of the many indoor activities you can plan during autumn and winter. Head over to our main page where you can browse among many other categories and activities. We’re sure you’ll find just what your team is looking for.