So maybe you don’t have the budget to drop $360,000 on an epic treasure hunt like Goldman Sachs did as a charity fundraiser, but that doesn’t mean you can’t put together an unforgettable treasure hunt for your friends, family, or coworkers. We at Corporate Event Interactive have been doing this for years—here are some tips from our playbook. Continue reading
If you haven’t reserved any venues for your company’s employee holiday party yet, it’s not too late. According to Bizbash Magazine, after the recession hit, companies have been more interested in encouraging their staff to meet one another by participating in fun team activities, as opposed to the formal sit-down dinners of the past. CEI can confirm this trend as the company has seen interest in team building activities spike in recent years. The company has over 125 fun events, and two in particular are highlighted below:
Murder, Mystery and Intrigue - Murder, Mystery, and Intrigue is an interactive and improvisational game. It’s an opportunity for employees to put their Sherlock Holmes investigative skills to the test while actors in costumes enhance the mood of the room by revealing clues.
Sassy Salsa Showdown - If you are looking to throw a hot, fun-filled fiesta for your employees, why not incorporate the Sassy Salsa Showdown. In the showdown, guests will be divided into culinary teams where they must complete a series of “spicy” riddles, puzzles, and clues. With every correct answer, teams earn an ingredient from the “super market” to be added to their salsa creations.
We are pleased to announce Corporate Event Interactive’s digital map of Chicago!
- Explore: Click on the buttons on the map to explore this Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired map of the Loop and to learn more about what CEI can do for your next event.
- Win: Select the green raffle ticket below to be entered to win a $100 gift card to Lettuce Entertain You – that is, if you have what it takes to solve the riddle underneath the ticket. Winners will be announced on our Facebook and Twitter pages at the end of Corporate Event Week (9/13).
Map It Monday
- Explore Corporate Event Interactive’s Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired Digital Loop Map to see what we can do for your next event.
- Brush up on your CEI & Chicago trivia (and increase your chances of winning the raffle at the end of the week) by answering questions on our Facebook and Twitter pages.
Free Stuff Friday
All in Place Communications and Event Planning
Summer is almost done … Welcome Fall. With September upon us, it is time of a renewal of sorts after some much needed vacation time. Some companies are also starting to think of their Christmas/Holiday Cards (and even ordering them!) as well as planning for their Holiday Corporate parties. There’s always the thought: how are we going to top last year’s party? How can we make it unique, more fun and engaging to say “Thank You” to their employees for all their hard work throughout the year?
In Chicago’s downtown area, consider hosting your next event at Chicago’s John G. Shedd Aquarium. It holds more than 32,500 animals housed in the aquarium. How cool would that be to watch dolphins and whales swim by the glass as you mingle and dine with your co-workers! Shedd has an in-house events and catering team that will work with the needs of each company. Whether your event is for 50 or 1,200 guests, Shedd has seven additional event spaces available in different sizes to work with your needs. There’s also Shedd’s Phelps Auditorium that is equipped with state-of-the-art audiovisual technology which can be used for meetings, award ceremonies, etc.
The aquatic animals would provide hours of entertainment as the guests watch in awe of their beauty and mysterious yet charming behaviours!
For more information on booking this unique venue space, please Click Here.
Contrary to popular belief, fun and work are not mutually exclusive. There is a growing body of research suggesting happier people work harder. A playful workplace helps draw new talent, relieve stress, increase motivation, and build relationships among coworkers.
To that end, we at Corporate Event Interactive suggest you kick back and let us do the leg work as you read our list of games ready-made to introduce a little fun into your office.
Let the games begin!
Binder Clip Tag
The objective of Binder Clip Tag is to pin a single binder clip on to a coworker or something they are wearing without the coworker in question noticing. If your victim notices what you are doing, you’ve failed and must try again later or choose another, less-observant person to try to clip it to. If the clipping is a success your hapless victim is left to find out they have been clipped the next time they brush a hand through their hair or dig for their pen in their pocket. When they discover they’ve been clipped the hunted becomes the hunter and the once-victim is tasked with passing the binder clip on to another coworker in the same sneaky fashion it passed to him/her.
Strategy tip: baggy clothing is a disadvantage as is not having eyes in the back of your head. If you want to raise the stakes of the game, set a wager on it. Whoever leaves with the binder clip on them at the end of the day buys the next round of drinks.
Word of warning: this game is difficult to stop playing. Head on a swivel!
This is an office-safe riff on the classic game Assassins. To begin, one person must assign each player a target from among the other players. All players should be linked in a chain, for example: Player A is hunting Player B, Player B is hunting Player C, and so forth. Then all players receive the name of their target and the game begins.
Each player’s task is to find and “assassinate” their target. The weapon of choice for all players is a smart phone or digital camera and the only viable assassination method is a picture of the target facing the camera. (Note: Photos from behind don’t count, but should you find yourself walking behind your unfortunate target, we suggest saying their name. That usually does the trick.)
When an assassination successfully takes place, the assassin announces to the target that he/she has been assassinated (and shows them the picture for quality control). The newly assassinated player then relinquishes to their attacker the identity of the target they’d been hunting. For example, if Player A takes a photo of Player B, Player B gives Player A the slip of paper with Player C’s name on it. Then the game continues until there is only one player left.
Secret Mission of the Day
Nothing builds camaraderie in the workplace like a little playful deception. Enter Secret Mission of the Day. As the name would indicate, Secret Mission of the Day is about assigning secret missions to your coworkers that they must accomplish over the course of the day. This game can be played several ways: (1) Each player assigns a secret mission to another player, or (2) one mastermind assigns missions to everyone playing the game. Both are lots of fun!
Here are a few example missions to get you off on the right foot:
1. One person receives a note that says: “Choose five outrageous lies about yourself and tell them to as many people as possible today.” (For example: “Bon Jovi is my grandfather”, “I invented Scrabble”, or “I was once on a scrubbed moon launch”. The other players receive notes that say: “Someone is going to tell five outrageous lies about themselves today. You win if you can name him/her by the end of the day.”
2. One person, let’s call him Bob, receives a note that says: “You have no mission today. Get some work done!” The other players all receive notes that says: “Steal something from Bob’s desk today!” and are told they are the only ones to receive that specific mission. Bob wins if he gets wise to what is going on or catches anyone red-handed.
3. This mission involves players and non-players in a meeting setting. The players are each assigned a word that is somewhat awkward to fit into a sentence, for instance: “Sasquatch”, “Formaldehyde”, or “Fungus”. The task of each player is to fit that word into a sentence five times during a meeting in which both players and non-players are present. The winner is the player who can use the word in a sentence five times without any of the non-players noticing or remarking in any way that they are saying the word more than usual.
Let’s be honest, at one point or another we’ve all wanted to be able to disappear in Ninja fashion in the blink of an eye or the turn of a head. Well, here is your chance to practice. The objective of in the Ninja Game is to vanish at unexpected moments; the more unexpected the moment and thorough the vanishing act, the better. For example, imagine you and a coworker are walking down a hall past a bank of elevators. Your coworker is droning on about the TPS report he has to file, while you slip silently into the elevator as the door slides shut. If your coworker does a double take, you win. Extra points for crowds.
Disclaimer: This game involves imaginary explosions. We recommend consulting your legal department and/or office fun-killer before playing.
To play Post-It Bomb all you need is a pen, a stack of Post-Its, and a taste for paranoia and theatricality. To play, participants simply write the word “Bomb” on a Post-It and place it where their coworkers will stumble upon it. Viable locations for Post-It bombs include: in a stack of papers, on the back of a chair, in a closed laptop, on the back of a bathroom stall door, etc. Bombs should be labeled by their location, for example: “Text Message Bomb”, “Toilet Seat Bomb”, “Trash Can Bomb”, etc.
When any player sees a Post-It bomb, they must explode. No, not literally, but it should still cause a scene. We’re talking noise, papers flying, his/her body flopping onto the floor. Any coworker who witnesses the “explosion” and deems it inadequately dramatic has the right to call for a repeat performance until all witnesses are satisfied the theatrically-challenged victim in question has truly and properly exploded.
However, if a player anticipates the location of a Post-It bomb in, say, a briefcase, he/she may loudly declare “I hereby disarm the briefcase bomb!” Bombs disarmed in this manner may be safely handled and destroyed without threat of explosion/embarrassment.
All in Place Communications and Event Planning
In early-March, a new attraction opened up at Vaughan Mills Outlet Mall (otherwise known as “the city above Toronto”), Legoland® Discovery Center. I’ve always been a fan of LEGO® and now my son is too. So I signed up for their e-newsletter and Facebook page to be kept up-to-date on the latest events, coupons and deals offered. I noticed in one of their recent emails, that they’ve begun offering Adult Nights (No Kids Allowed!) in both the Vaughan and Chicago locations. What a great idea, especially as a teambuilding experience! This would be a unique way for everyone to not only use their creative and motor skills but also a fun night out exploring all the cool ways to build Lego creations. There’s also a Café that serves pizza, sandwiches and other meal choices when your hands need to take a break from all that creating!
The next “No Kids Allowed Night” in Chicago is being held Tuesday July 23rd, 7-9pm. Tickets are just $15.00 per person and it is open to guests aged 16 years old and over. Activities include: an advanced Model Builder Workshop, Speed build and creative challenges, and, Kingdom Quest Laser Ride High Score Challenges. Participants also have the opportunity to compete for LEGO-themed prizes and may bring in their very own LEGO displays that same night.
This is a great way to ‘bring out the kid in you’ – while the kids are at home being looked after for a night! Start that LEGO® (team)building!
LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Chicago is located in Schaumburg, Illinois. For more details and to order your tickets online, please Click Here.
All in Place Communications and Event Planning
Summer is finally upon us! It’s time to cherish these warm months ahead of us and make the best of our time outdoors. There’s so many outdoor teambuilding scavenger hunts, “play day” concepts and activities and even team sports that can bring your team together. For your next company teambuilding experience, why not try organizing “Beach Olympics”! This would be a great opportunity to utilize your local conservation authority area where all team members could play beach volleyball, sandcastle building, frisbee toss relays and even canoe and/or kayak racing. In the spirit of the FIFA Confederations Cup (being held June 15th – 30th in Brazil, which is a prelude to next summer’s FIFA World Cup), teams could divide up to play in a soccer tournament representing different countries of their choice. A little bit of play in the sun never hurt anyone – just don’t forget to wear your sunscreen and hats!
I remember reading a few years back one of the international hotel chains offering a teambuilding concept of “Build Your Own Martini Signature”. How refreshing for the summer! For those companies that are trying to encourage their employees to improve their overall health and wellness, a “Build Your Own Smoothie” would be a great alternative. This could work for an early-day or lunch challenge for teams to come up with inventive yet healthy smoothie recipes that reflect the overall company. Whether it’s in the ingredients or in the smoothie name itself, it allows team members to work together to blend a tasty product in a visually-appealing presentation, ultimately judged by a panel of thirsty managers and executives. Creative and healthy skills explored all in one!
All in Place Communications and Event Planning
With the warm weather finally upon us (we’ve been patiently waiting for you!), we have to take full advantage of it and bring our teams outdoors for some interactive meetings. In this month’s blog post, I have highlighted a few locations that offer outdoor teambuilding activities that will get your teams pumped (literally and figuratively speaking!). They are based in and around the Greater Toronto Area regions, but I’m sure these interactive activities can be adapted to your next meeting, regardless the location.
Let’s start, shall we…..
Treetop Eco-Adventure Park – on the beautiful Oak Ridges Moraine in Oshawa, Ontario
This is the only aerial tree top adventure park offered in the Greater Toronto Area. The aerial adventure course, a much more evolved and fun version of a military training obstacle course, is securely suspended between the trees at 10 to 50 feet off the ground. Some of the features of the courses include giant Tyrolean Zip lines, suspended bridges, swinging surprises, Tarzan swings, nets and more. There are also hiking trails that groups can explore together. They even host birthday parties for adults and children; what a unique way to celebrate a milestone! All the park’s activities operate rain or shine, except for in severe weather conditions.
Located in Toronto, Barrie and cottage country’s Muskoka, Skyline Hotels & Resorts offers over 40 different sessions and workshops for companies looking to re-energize their teams, providing a balance between business and pleasure during their stay. One adventure offered is Paintball. This creates for a vigorous mental challenge and strategic thinking; preparing each team member for their role in battle. Or scale gravity defying slopes in their Hummer H1 tours. All tours are led by a professional driver. Skyline also offers treetop trekking adventures as well as zipline, mountain biking and Ogo (aqua or harness). Another program, Chef’s Night Out, lets team members to cook up either a food or drink, going behind the scenes to the hotel kitchen’s staff to gain “inside information”. Each one of their programs can be tailored towards your team.
On Facebook, I noticed a friend’s company based in Australia held a fishing expedition as a way to reward its sales force. Yes, this is a predominantly male-focused teambuilding experience, but there are ways to encourage everyone of any age or gender to get involved. Conservation authority properties are not only perfect for fishing but also provide hiking trails, picnic areas and lush open spaces to set up obstacle courses or to play a friendly game of touch football. Surrounded by nature, it’s a great way to re-energize and find peace, away from a world where it’s always “go, go go”!