Alternate Company Picnic Ideas
In a more normal time, summer is a time for company picnics, rooftop get-togethers, and backyard barbecues. This year? Maybe not so much.
During this crazy roller coaster we call 2020, your company’s summer plans are bound to look a little different. Sure, you could try staying far away from each other on a masked get-together. Or you could try a few of these fun, virtual company picnic ideas instead.
Picnic at Home
If you can’t bring your employees together for a picnic, throw a virtual company picnic. Set up your own spread at home, whether inside or out in your yard, and video conference in with your team. You could also send a picnic basket filled with food to employees. There are plenty of great possibilities, from Harry & David’s famous gift baskets to home delivery of ice cream.
Arrange for various entertainers to perform for your group via video conference. Zoom entertainers range from magicians to comedians to ventriloquists. You can plan a one-off event or a series of different acts.
Everyone could use a deep breath and a few moments of calm, these days more than ever. So schedule an online yoga class for your group.
Get in the Kitchen
Get creative in the kitchen (well, your various individual kitchens) by setting up a virtual cooking class for your employees. Options can be beginner-friendly, expert master classes, or more artistic and fun. Or skip class entirely and engage in a lockdown cooking challenge, trying exciting and strange new recipes and presentations.
Organize your own summer photography contest. You can challenge colleagues to photograph anything, really—pets, local parks, their favorite masks—and assign a judge or panel of judges to choose the best of the best.
Join a Virtual Scavenger Hunt
Of course, you can always arrange a virtual trivia game or scavenger hunt. Our themes run from murder mysteries to Wizarding school, and you can set them up for almost any time. Or if everyone’s on separate schedules, we can even run games for employees to enjoy on their own time over the course of a weekend.
Our Virtual Games Include…
Our newest line of online scavenger hunts lets you travel the country, or the world, without leaving home. You’ll explore museums, famous neighborhoods, and iconic landmarks, and answer fun, tricky questions about what you see.
Like many of our virtual hunts, these use museum websites, interactive online tours, 360-degree panoramas, Google Maps, and more to highlight amazing art, unique sights, and unusual places.
For example, the Around the World Virtual Scavenger Hunt takes you across North and South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia, stopping in places like the British Museum in London, the Pyramids of Giza in Egypt, and the streets of Japan. The Escape To New York Virtual Tour Game, meanwhile, visits Greenwich Village, Grand Central Terminal, Central Park, the Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Natural History, and more.
Other Virtual Tour Games let you escape to Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. And more tour games are on the way that will include more than one city, like the Escape To the San Francisco Bay Area game and the Escape To Texas game, both of which are in the works.
Enjoy an online scavenger hunt that takes you on a virtual tour of galleries and exhibits in great museums across the country. This game pairs trivia with hunting through museums—each trivia answer helps you find a work of art, which you then answer a fun question about.
So how exactly does a famous rhyme about an acrobatic cow lead you to African art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art? How does some potty humor land you in the Art Institute of Chicago? You’ll have to play the game to find out.
Again you’re visiting famous museums online, but this time you’re chasing a killer. To catch them, you’ll suss out the name of the killer, the scene of the crime, and weapon used. Y’know, kind of the like that board game where you need to find who did the murder, where, and with what.
Along the way, you’ll follow clues to amazing art and answer amusing questions about what you find online. It isn’t every day you solve a murder with help from French ladies at the National Gallery of Art and a metal man at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Think you’re up to the task?
Like a pub quiz, but with an emphasis on trivia questions that require teammates to put their brains together. A surprising mix of visual, audio, and mental challenges—plus a lot of humor—keeps the group on their toes and pulling together.
The photo challenge round provides particular surprises, as you get to know your teammates and the rest of the group better. Right now we have two different editions of the game available, with more in the works.
Oh no, disaster has struck! Your original Watson Adventures host has been found dead, and now your group must play the game he created to find out who wanted him out of the picture. As you solve puzzles and discover secret messages, you’ll find yourselves caught up in a spy caper with the fate of the world hanging in the balance.
For corporate groups looking to include families, or for parents and teachers looking to entertain and educate kids, we offer family editions of several games, including the Trivia Slam Family Edition and the Murder at the Art Museum Hunt.
The games are still intriguing enough to keeps adults entertained, while somewhat easier wordplay and more accessible subject matter lets the kids have fun without anything going over their heads.
Contact us to learn more about online team building games for virtual teams and to find the right fit for your company.