Winter is over and if your office is anything like ours, it’s full of people who are dying to get out into the fresh springtime air and do something exciting. It’s the perfect time of year to plan a group activity.

Group activities are a great way to bond with your team members, reduce stress, and give everybody a chance to get to know each other outside of the office. Plus group activities are a lot of fun.

Coming up with ideas for a fun team outing can be a little harder said than done, though. Next time you need a team building idea, consider one of the options below.

Three Group Activity Ideas

  • Volunteer. Volunteering your time to support a good cause is good for the soul. It’s also a great opportunity for your team to bond.  You could help build a Habitat for Humanity house, help out at an animal shelter, or even start your own fundraiser for a cause you’re passionate about.

    VolunteerMatch.org is a great resource for finding opportunities to give back. Or, if you’re interested in skills-based volunteering, check out Catchafire.org.
  • Go Kayaking. A quick Google search makes it easy to find a kayaking and canoeing tour company somewhere near you for a fun spring outing. You can really make things interesting by renting multi-person kayaks and pairing up people from different departments. This gives everybody an opportunity to hang out with someone they don’t usually have the chance to interact with (and work together to stay dry).

    Nothing says teamwork quite like trying not to wind up in the river. Take advantage of the great outdoors and everything it has to offer for an unforgettable team-building experience!
  • Go to a baseball game. The 2016 MLB season officially opens this coming Sunday, April 3rd. Why not round up the work team and head to the ballpark?

    Cheering on your favorite baseball team(s) together is a fantastic way to rev up team spirit and foster some healthy competition and camaraderie. This is a group activity everyone’s bound to enjoy.

Four Team-Building Activities

  • Have a cook-off. Who doesn’t love food? Creating new dishes together requires creativity and this activity will ask everyone to put their team and leadership skills into action.

    Pick a food category (burgers anyone?) and challenge each team to come up with something tasty. Reward whoever wins with something fun like an ice-cream voucher or ribbon to hang in the company break room.
  • Attend a professional development workshop. Want to encourage your employees to bond and provide them with an opportunity to learn and further their careers? Offer a shared learning experience.

    You could host this at your office or send them to an off-site workshop or conference. This team activity could be directly related to your teams’ jobs, or it could cover something more broad, like leadership skills.
  • Host a scavenger hunt. Pick a beautiful day to break everyone down into groups and send on a scavenger hunt. You could organize it yourself around the city, or your office complex (we have a campus style setup at Edgeware), or use an app like Stray Boots.

    Your team will feel refreshed after some fresh air and a little bit of unexpected fun. Just don’t forget to take pictures! You’re bound to get some good shots for your company’s social media profiles.
  • Company Catwalk Session
    Strut like a #BOSS

Remember what Irish novelist Maria Edgeworth said: “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, all play, and no work makes Jack a mere toy.”

It’s important to find a healthy balance between hard work and letting your team have some time to relax every once in awhile. Fun team-building activities like the ones mentioned in this post are great tools for helping you achieve that healthy balance and creating a healthy company culture.