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Did you realize that Kennywood can be more than a reward for your employees? You can also use a trip to Kennywood to motivate them by using the outing as a corporate team building day. Some corporate team building activities include group rides, scavenger hunts, and behind the scenes tours. After all, where else in Western Pennsylvania will you find so many fun things to do in Pittsburgh crammed into one venue? Read on to get more of our corporate team building event ideas.
A major benefit to holding your team building activity at a place like Kennywood is the fun and relaxed atmosphere. No sitting in a bland conference room listening to a speaker drone on for hours, with a boxed lunch that screams blah. Instead, your crew is within the grounds of America's Finest Traditional Amusement Park, crashing into each other on the bumper cars, screaming down world-class roller coasters, and taking in the beauty of our century-old carousel while enjoying signature snacks and food items. This is one of those corporate team building days your staff will never forget: unwinding together, introducing spouses and kids, and building friendships that extend beyond the confines of the office.
Of course, if you want your visit to Kennywood to be more than a getaway for your crew and truly provide some boost to your bunch, you're going to want to organize some corporate team building games. Here are a few ideas for how to do that at Kennywood.
It likely doesn't come as a shock that the games stands scattered all over Kennywood are a great place for corporate team building activities. To that end, Kennywood is home to a wide variety of games. Dole out the quarters and send your group into the Penny Arcade to try their hand at any of the multiplayer games there. While many focus on competition, plenty more are built on collaboration. This will also provide a nostalgic opportunity for many Gen Xers and Millennials, who likely grew up playing arcade games like The Simpsons and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which are still available to play in our retro arcade. This will help build connections between coworkers that many not have existed before.
Another great team building activity for companies is a scavenger hunt throughout Kennywood. Split your staff up into groups and have them work together to locate historical markers and memorable spots around the park. Want specific departments to work together to build more cohesive units? Or, would you rather put employees from different areas of your business together to create bonds across the company? Either way, a scavenger hunt around Kennywood can be the centerpiece for a fantastic corporate team building day. Your team will learn interesting facts about Kennywood, and also a lot about how to work together. Ask one of our group outing representatives how to organize your own scavenger hunt!
If you're a Pittsburgh-based company, odds are most of your staff has grown up in Pittsburgh and visited Kennywood on an annual school, community or company picnic. Many of them may have even taken a bus to get from their hometown to the park. Why not rent a bus and create a drive down memory lane? You'll turn a routine drive into a corporate team building event and summon special memories from the past, which your employees may now also associate with their jobs, in a positive way!
Who doesn't love a good behind the scenes tour, especially when it's a unique, historic location like Kennywood? Your team will bond as they listen to a park ambassador discuss the roller coaster ride we've traveled since our founding in 1898, pun intended! It's a great way to get a corporate team building day started off on the right foot.
While we are throwing out some more complex ideas, we don't want to overshadow the value of one of the simpler corporate team building activities: sitting down as a group and having a meal together. At Kennywood, we offer delicious catered meals for companies of all sizes. Save yourself the work and pick up lunch for your team and their families. Not only will they be able to spend time together outside of the workplace, they can get to know each other better. And the simple act of picking up the tab on a meal can be a corporate team building event in itself, where employers show their staff they are worthy of receiving a complimentary meal. Get more information about one of the best corporate outings in Pittsburgh.
We saved the best and most obvious corporate team building event for last. While you may have a group too large to all get on a ride at the same time, we recommend arranging some opportunities for your team to ride some of Kennywood's most famous rides together. It doesn't have to be anything formal and heavily structured to be a corporate team building activity. It's just a chance to experience some thrills together. Invite your staff to meet at different rides throughout the day, where everyone can get in line at the same time. Whether it's competing on the Racer, bumping cars on the Gran Prix, or just filling up the horses on the Merry-Go-Round, the laughs and memories will bring your employees closer together.