Company Culture, Employee Engagement, Team Building

S o it’s 2016, and one of your company's new years resolutions is to do more team building activities. Everyone gets to cut loose, have some fun outside the office and get to know each other a little bit better.

But finding something that a diverse group of people will actually enjoy doing can be a nightmare. You don’t want your office event to turn into a party from The Office. Not who you want to be: 


At Sift, we feel ya. Here are five ideas for team building events that your team will actually enjoy. Don't worry, the Sift team is 'testing' these ourselves!


1. Fowling


Fowling is one part Football, one part bowling and one part beer pong. Teams or individuals face off throwing a football to try and knock over their opponents bowling pins. While it sounds easy, finishing off that final pin can be quite a challenge. And be sure to guard your pins with your life, since a wayward football from another game hitting your pins does count. 

The best part about fowling is that, chances are, nobody will already be an expert. It also makes a great winter choice–active but inside so you can stay warm. A little nervous about your aim? Don’t worry, the generous bar (with great prices) can take care of that. Good luck getting a Bonk (which is a thing, in this game)!

Fowling is located inside an awesome warehouse in Hamtramck, Michigan. If you see a whole bunch of graffitied school busses you’re in the right place.

Address: 3901 Christopher St, Detroit, MI 48211 


2. Kart Racing


This is the Motor City, so what better way to have some fun than by burning some rubber? Kart2Kart in Sterling Heights has a great facility to indulge in speed. Don’t let the size of the Karts fool you, these things are racing quality and go up to 35 mph.

Your team will have a blast drifting around corners, and at the end of every race detailed reports let you know who had the fastest lap, highest speed and who wasn't quite the racer they thought they were.

Address: 42705 Van Dyke Ave, Sterling Heights, MI 48314


3. Trampoline Emporium

Team building with foam pits? Check!

Okay, so it's really called AirTime. Regardless of the name a warehouse sized trampoline experience is a good time. Your team can bounce around in the general trampoline area, or get adventurous and try their luck at front flips and backflips into pits of foam blocks.

Want some friendly competition? How about a basketball dunking contest? The real treat is the trampoline dodge ball where you can attempt to dodge off the walls like Neo in The Matrix (attempt being the keyword).

AirTime has four locations in the metro-area: Canton, Shelby, Novi, and Troy


3. Kayak around Belle Isle


A kayak tour is a serene way to enjoy the beautiful Detroit Riverfront. You and your team can learn about the history of Detroit, see wildlife and enjoy spectacular views of downtown and Belle Isle.

The team at Detroit River Sports gives group instructions on how to kayak, and everyone will pick it up quickly. Still, might want to pack some ziplocks to keep cell phones dry just in case of splashing!

Call or email ahead to set up a tour for your team. You can’t go wrong– the sunset and canal tours are great!

Address: Algonquin Park Dr. Detroit, MI, 48215


4. Escape from a Room

You and your team are locked in a mysterious room. You’ve got to work together to find clues about how to escape!

Escape rooms are real life creations based on popular video games. You and your team will have to use all of your wits to escape the room. The rooms are really are a blast, and there are a few locations in Metro Detroit where your team can try to make a getaway.

Royal Oak: The Great Escape–
Warren and Ann Arbor: Breakout–


5. Bowling, but really cool!

Shuffle board: not just for retirement homes anymore!

I know what you're thinking: bowling? But trust me, Punch Bowl Social is the most unique bowling alley you’ll ever go to–unique decor, awesome drinks and incredible food (I know, at a bowling alley!) add up for a fun experience. If bowling is not your speed, they’ve also got shuffleboard, ping pong and pinball. The games plus food from the scratch kitchen is a recipe for a fun evening.

While you're downtown, make sure your team checks out the Z Parking Garage. Hidden in the alley and on the floors of the garage is some incredible street art.

Location: 1331 Broadway St., Detroit, MI 48226

While these are some great places to checkout, don't forget about the whole reason you're doing this: your team! Have a plan for the day so everyone has fun, and gets to know each other a little better. Hopefully everyone will be excited about the next team building event!

Tagged: Company Culture, Employee Engagement, Team Building

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(Yes, that's a real middle name!) is the CEO and Co-founder of Sift. You may remember him from such adventures as being a 2013 Venture for America Fellow, Co-founding Rebirth Realty and serving for 7 years in the US Marine Corps.