Weekend Cool events and tips:
By Samantha Sim
Holiday season is fast approaching and it’s the time of year many companies gather staff together for celebration. If your team is looking for something that’s a bit out of the box, we have a few ideas for a memorable holiday party.
Ideal For: Small groups (5–10 people)
Located: 118 Main Street, Markham ON (Paintlounge has an additional two locations in Toronto/GTA)
Feeling artistic? Paintlounge offers “social painting” parties for corporate teams looking to add a creative flair to their get together. The idea is that team members can get to know each other better while painting in a casual environment. There are different party options for corporate teams; packages include group-style or solo-style painting. Parties can also choose a set painting design that an instructor will provide step-by-step instruction for, ensuring all members leave with a their very own masterpiece.
Cost: $22.50–$40.00/guest (Some packages have a minimum number of guests. See www.paintlounge.ca for details on corporate rates)
2. Rock Climbing
Ideal For: Small groups
Located: Hub Climbing (165 McIntosh Dr., Markham)
For the outdoorsy group rock climbing might be the perfect way for a team to bond and build morale. Markham’s Hub Climbing has 18,000 square feet of rock walls for climbers of all levels. No climbing experience is necessary and staff will be assigned to assist during the party to ensure a safe experience.
Cost: Contact Hub Climbing at 905-604-4588 for corporate rates
3. Sgt. Splatters PaintballIdeal
For: Small to larger groups (10–60+ people)
Located: 54 Wingold Ave., North York
This option is definitely for high-energy, adventurous groups. Sgt. Splatters offers corporate party packages for teams looking for a unique teambuilding activity. Have departmental teams duke it out or mix up the pairings so unfamiliar colleagues get to know each other. There’s even the option of hosting a mini-tournament with prizes and trophies.
Cost: $15–30/person (The larger your party, the smaller the cost per person. Email Sgt Splatters Corporate Events Manager for further details firstname.lastname@example.org)
4. Mixology/Bartending WorkshopIdeal
For: Any size group
Located: Various organizations across Toronto and GTA. Often they will come to wherever you’re located
Bond with colleagues while enjoying great drinks and learning about the art of mixology. Mixology and bartending workshops are a great way for teams to break the ice (literally and figuratively). Add an element of competition by having teams put their new knowledge to the test to see who can create the tastiest concoction.
5. Battleaxe Throwing League (BATL)
Ideal For: Small to larger groups (A minimum of 12 people is required)
Located: Three locations across Toronto and GTA. Check www.batl.ca for details.
Just like paintballing and rock climbing, this option is for teams that are looking for something out of the ordinary. Events receive a private throwing area where staff will be on hand to provide coaching and target practice before the group playoff tournament. Parties can also bring drinks and food for their guests.
Teambuilding With Wine (The Wine Sisters)
Ideal For: Small to larger groups
Located: Varies. Depends on the type of event.
The Wine Sisters offer corporate parties where guests learn the basics of wine tasting and food pairings, all while sampling some great drinks. In addition, the Wine Sisters have an event planning service, which does all sizes of parties, and they also provide guided wine tours for private groups of up to 50 people.
Cost: Check out thewinesisters.com for more details on corporate rates7. Corporate Cooking Competitions (Richmond Hill Culinary Arts Centre)Ideal For: Contact email@example.com for detailsLocated:1550 16th Ave., Richmond HillDoes your office love food? The Richmond Hill Culinary Arts Centre offers corporate team building events, where guests can boost their cooking prowess. The Iron Chef Challenge lets teams feel like contestants on the reality-TV show. The culinary arts centre’s version even includes a mystery box challenge where teams are presented with a random food item during the competition, which they must incorporate into their dishes. A three-course dinner is served at the end of the event and winners are announced over dessert.Cost:Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details on corporate rates
Source: The VOICE, Markham's Executive Business Magazine. 2014 Winter Issue. page 18
Written by: Samatha Sim