There’s no denying the many benefits of incorporating team building activities in and outside the workplace. In fact, they are a great way to boost morale, develop better relationships and ultimately increase productivity! If you aren’t already convinced, it’s important to keep in mind that team building also increases the trust factor with your employees. Often in business settings, there is a disconnect between the leadership team and employees because there is a strong sense of a gap between the two. Team building helps to close the gap and allow leadership the opportunity to be viewed as a colleague rather than a boss. This type of mindset enables better communication and ultimately leads to a healthier work environment.
It can often be challenging to find a group activity that everyone can agree upon and be excited about. Whether your team is feeling adventurous, competitive, ready to relax or ready to party, we have created a list of the best group activities in the Kingston area to get your team out of the office.
Axe throwing at Kingston Axe Throwing
C/O Kingston Axe Throwing
Nothing sparks excitement amongst a team better than some friendly competition! This activity might be intimidating to some who are worried about their safety, strength or skill level. Rest assured, they have tons of extremely knowledgeable and helpful staff that make it imperative to go over all safety procedures and proper approaches to axe throwing before you begin. Their space can accommodate groups between 6-45 people, making it a great option for small to medium-sized businesses.
Laser Tag & Glow in the dark Mini Putt at Putt N’ Blast
Putt N’ Blast is the perfect team building spot because it gives your team the option to participate in a high-energy game of laser tag or a more laid back game of mini-putt. Regardless of their choice, they’ll get that competitive edge while feeling like a kid for a day.
Escape rooms at Improbable Escapes
Whether you like love stories, horror movies, action/adventure Harry Potter, zombies, or spies, they have it all. Activities that require coworkers to work together to solve problems can actually improve their ability to think rationally and strategically. Events like this can build problem solving skills that translate back into the workplace when a crisis occurs. This is truly one of the best spots for team building in Kingston.
Trivia Night at The Alibi
C/O The Alibi Kingston
Trivia games have become a staple in the way we entertain ourselves and reward ourselves for the random pieces of information that we know. This is an excellent activity because there’s almost a guarantee that everyone on your team will have an answer to contribute. The Alibi hosts their trivia night every Wednesday at 8:45 pm.
Bowling at Cloverleaf
Bowling is one of those activities that most people have experienced. There’s no equipment required, almost anyone can participate and they can accommodate groups of all sizes as long as you call in advance. Take your team building up a notch by attending their glow-in-the-dark bowling event every Saturday night at 9:00 pm.
Karaoke at the Tir Nan Og
Break that professional barrier and let loose by singing your heart out to all your favourite tunes! Even if you can’t build up the courage to jump on stage, you can still join in on the fun by singing along while your coworkers out Party In The USA by Miley Cyrus. Karaoke night at the Tir Nan Og is every Thursday night at 9:30 pm!
Dinner Cruise on the 1000 Island Boat Cruises
Get dressed up and have your team enjoy a beautiful sunset dinner on one of the 1000 Island Boat Cruises! You’ll be treated to a four-course meal with a choice of five entrees, all prepared on board and served to your table. Your team will be talking about this evening for weeks!
Beach Day at Sandbanks Provincial Park
Which way is the beach? If directed by any Kingston townie, they’ll likely tell you “It’s a left at the LCBO in Picton.” Carpool together and make sure to pack towels, umbrellas and coolers filled with snacks and drinks for the ultimate day of relaxation. Don’t forget the sunscreen or your team will be feeling the sun at work the next day.
Local brewery tour through Breakaway Experiences
Visit the best microbreweries and pubs this city has to offer! Your team will get to enjoy tastings of different local craft beers while learning about Kingston’s historic downtown area. This experience comes with lunch and round trip transportation to all the breweries.
Tapas at Tango Nuevo
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Tango Nuevo is an excellent choice for a group dinner! Your team can experience their authentic Spanish tapas! The serving of tapas is designed to encourage conversation because people are encouraged to share so they are not as focused on eating an entire meal to themselves. There’s no better way to bond than to bond over food, especially when it’s this delicious.
Board Game Tournament at Spearhead Brewery
If you’ve ever been to Spearhead, you’ve probably already enjoyed their live music and tasted a flight of their in-house brewed beers. What you might not know is that they actually have a large selection of board games for anyone to play! This is the perfect spot to get competitive. Also, play some of your old favourites and try out some new games. We recommend your group take a shot at their life-sized Jenga.
Night out at The Merchant Taphouse
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The Merchant offers an open concept room dedicated to hosting group events. It’s the perfect size for you and your colleagues to mix and mingle while sipping on one of their 25 beers on tap. Your coworkers can leave after dinner, or they can stick around for some live music Thursday-Saturday beginning at 10:00 pm!
Wine Tours in the country through PEC Wine Tours
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Whether your team is beginning to acquire a taste for wine or consider themselves to be wine connoisseurs, this wine tour offers something for everyone. Your team will not only taste a variety of local wines but they will also discover the area’s rich history while touring some of the best, and most famous, wineries in Prince Edward County.
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Taking a team outside of an office setting and exposing them to new experiences will force them to think outside of their normal routine. Working together with other team members can ignite creativity and fresh ideas, which are great qualities to bring back to the office! While some business owners are hesitant to mix business with pleasure, we highly recommend it!
While we feel that the our list covers some pretty good ground, there is an endless amount of cool stuff to do in our beloved YGK. If you need more tips or ideas for team building in Kingston this Summer, we would love to help you (and your team) out.
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