One of the things I’ve always enjoyed doing, whether in my career or in my personal life, is setting up team building or group activities in Wichita. Often other people ask me for ideas because I’ve spent so many years doing it. There are more options in town than people think, especially if you go off the beaten path. I’m a big fan of bringing people together to lift their spirits and live life.
I googled team building and group activities in Wichita and there wasn’t much there, so I decided to create something myself based on my own experiences. It may not be the content you are looking for, but it is very much the content you need. If you’re trying to get your colleagues together for a team-building activity or morale-boosting event, or if you’re trying to get a large group of people together for some reason, here’s a helpful resource for you.
Options for team building and group activities in Wichita
Rent an arcade
One of the things we did for a company party was rent The Arcade in downtown Wichita. We were able to cook our own food and let everyone take the afternoon for a day of games. Other alternatives include places like Dave and Busters.
Laser Tag, Go Karts, Escape Games, Bowling at The Alley
The Alley has such an array of things to do. They have laser tag, go karts, escape rooms, bowling and of course big gigantic pizzas. If you don’t need that many options, you can always consider other bowling alleys like Northrock Lanes, West Acres, and Seneca Bowl. There’s also All Star Sports which offers miniature golf, arcades, bumper carts, go-karts, and games.
Book an entire escape room
Is there a better team building activity than an escape room? Check out The Room, Entrap Games or Escapology which all have multiple rooms you can book to cover large groups if needed.
If you really want to get competitive, head to Ax to Grind or Blade & Timber, where there are plenty of cages to throw axes for your party.
Book a venue and have a casino night
One of the classic parties, especially for corporate events, is to organize a casino night. Some providers I have used before are Wichita Casino Parties and AmeriFun.
Book a venue and host a game show night
If casino nights are getting old, why not host a game show night? I’ve hosted these types of parties and people have loved them. For a party, we used the aforementioned AmeriFun and had a Family Feud night. They brought the tables, the buzzers, the big Family Feud screens and everything. All you need is a host and participants.
To cook Together
I wrote an article about the cooking classes offered in Wichita. Some of these places will offer private lessons for your group. One such option is The Kitchen located in downtown Wichita, which is a convenient location for everyone!
Have you ever thought about group improvisation?
One of the little discussed options is Flying Pig Improv. It’s definitely off the beaten path for many bands. Improvisation will help them awaken their creative talents and appreciate their colleagues in a new light. Everyone participates in the games and exercises, and even your biggest curmudgeon won’t be able to resist the endorphins and the giggles!
Rent a movie theater
Yes, you can still do that. If there’s a great movie you think your team would like to watch, contact AMC Theaters or one of the Regal Warren Theaters.
To show creativity
Rent the entire Paint the Town or Pinot’s Palette and let your team/group draw a picture on bottles of wine. The second option, if painting isn’t necessarily your thing, is to doing sign design work at Board and Brush.
Chicken and pickle day
One thing that many companies I have seen do is rent parts of Chicken N Pickle. They have a large event space that can be booked and you can get pickleball courts on top of that.
Visit to the local brewery
Many local breweries are within a decent walking distance of each other, or rent a party bus and head to Hopping Gnome Brewing, PourHouse, Wichita Brewing Company, Third Place Brewing, Central Standard Brewing, Limestone Beer Co. and River City Brewing Co.
Catch a game with your large group
Many sporting events like the Wichita Wind Surge, Wichita Thunder, Wichita State Baseball for example offer clubhouses, party decks, party packs, suites where you can take large groups to enjoy a game. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve partied at a pavilion at a WSU baseball game. So funny!
Organize a citywide scavenger hunt
Is the budget tight? You can save money by having your own scavenger hunt all over town. This website has great tips for hosting yours.
Host a One Minute to Win It event
Another economic activity is to organize a Minute To Win It game event. I’ve done this on a large scale with over 100 people and small groups of 10-20 people at places like the Wichita Hyatt Event Hall and Brightwater Bay (which I highly recommend). I have large Rubbermaid containers full of Minute To Win It play supplies in my garage that I’ve collected over the years. It’s so easy to do with the help of Google. I’m a big fan of affordable DIY game show ideas and have also done Jeopardy, Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader and The Newlyweds Game.
The end goal should be to have fun and have a good time with your colleagues or loved ones. It doesn’t have to be just business, work-life balance and building good morale are very important. Do you have any other ideas for team building or group activities in Wichita? Drop them in the comments below!
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