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11 QUIRKY SUMMER TEAM-BUILDING IDEAS FOR THE OFFICE IN 2023

Updated: Jun 26, 2023

The weather is warmer and the days are longer. No wonder the urge to engage in outdoor activities consumes everyone in the workplace during this season.


And that’s precisely the reason why summer is the perfect time to strengthen your team’s bond. Whether dealing with on-site or virtual teams, with the right activities, you can transform regular workdays into miniature summer adventures by getting your team on board for some amazing summer undertakings.


If you’re looking for a unique twist to your conventional team-building exploit, we have here 11 quirky summer team-building ideas you can try this 2023.


11 Unique Summer Team-Building Activities for 2023


1. Who’s the better ‘tender?

cocktails and mocktails DIY Kit with ingredients and materials

The weather is warmer and the days are longer. No wonder the urge to engage in outdoor activities consumes everyone in the workplace during this season.


And that’s precisely the reason why summer is the perfect time to strengthen your team’s bond. Whether dealing with on-site or virtual teams, with the right activities, you can transform regular workdays into miniature summer adventures by getting your team on board for some amazing summer undertakings.


If you’re looking for a unique twist to your conventional team-building exploit, we have here 11 quirky summer team-building ideas you can try this 2023.


2. A light cooking challenge!

sushi kit and urumaki rolls

Challenge your team to a competitive outdoor cook-off and watch them bring out their generational specialties to come up on top. Then everyone can enjoy the potluck by sharing meals with everyone which gives the company time to connect and forge stronger relationships.


Our light cooking experiences like our Sushi Rolling event are excellent online team-building activities too for remote teams seeking a similar “Cook-off!” virtual experience.


3. Workplace trivia game show

golden latte with sliced lemon, turmeric, cloves, cinnamon, and ginger powder

Everybody loves trivia and this game will test how well you know your team! Pool a collection of known information from each to test everyone’s workplace knowledge in a reality game show-esque pattern. After the game, every member will get to know other teammates a little bit more.


The Latte and Trivia virtual experience comes with 3 unique latte recipes and an hour filled with fun trivia, courtesy of our expert mixologist. Simply let us know the trivia you want to play and we’ll gladly oblige!


4. Artsy afternoons

friends showing their moss wall art creations

Unleash the Van Goghs and Picassos cooped within each of your team members in a creativity-packed afternoon. From engaging in simple painting sessions to creating complex handicrafts, what matters is that everyone gets to express the artist within.


Your remote team may relish the same virtual experience with our Moss Wall Art experience where you’ll produce home decor-worthy moss-terpieces!


5. A holistic team experience

energy cleansing kit with palo santo, matchbox, tealight, sandalwood

It’s no secret that the workplace can be stressful. And sometimes, a relaxing spa day is all we need to ease any physical and emotional tension. This activity encourages the team to visit the spa together so everyone may enjoy the boost of endorphins before facing another day in the office!


Even remote teams can enjoy similar online team-building activities with our Energy Cleansing virtual experience! Guided by our expert guru, they’ll guide you through a holistic spiritual experience that will cleanse your aura and improve your team’s wellness.


6. Pay it forward

volunteers cleaning a park

Challenge your team members to spend a day volunteering for a charity or joining a community clean-up activity. Though not office-centric, the undertaking will help everyone connect with the community at a deeper level through the spirit of camaraderie and goodwill.


Remote teams may do the same from their respective localities. Share some pictures after for a healthy sharing of experiences!


7. Immerse in Asian Heritage

brown sugar bubble milk tea with brown sugar syrup and a snake plant

Summer team-building activities are perfect opportunities to look outward and appreciate team members from minority cultures. If you have Asians on your team, why not spend the day immersed in Asian culture and heritage?


If you’re near the area, the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco or the Heritage Museum of Asian Art in Chicago are awesome places to visit!


On the other hand, we have virtual experience activities that celebrate Asian cultures in our Mixology in-person and virtual events. If you prefer art instead, making Suminagashi or Kintsugi art pieces are also great online team-building activities.


8. Try out new food

mochi and dango on a plate

There are so many new foods to try out there and all it takes is stepping out of your comfort zone to experience them! Encourage the team to traverse unfamiliar palates together by visiting unique food places, preferably from other cultures!


Want the same virtual experience for your remote team? Try our Mochi and Dango virtual experience which will take everyone on an experiential trip to taste Japan’s most traditional snacks!


9. Company intramurals

friends playing jenga at a party

Summer can not be complete without a company-wide sports fest that clashes departments with other departments! You got your conventional games like tug-of-war, volleyball, and badminton. But if you want to spice the games up, here are other fun ones you could try:

  • Inflatable sumo wrestling battle

  • Egg and spoon

  • Three-legged race

  • Pass the hula hoop

10. Who’s the roll master?

chocolate truffles with american flag topper

All fans of the reality show know how much of a nailbiter MasterChef is, and this parody rendition adopts the same thrill in a baking competition, minus Gordon Ramsay’s infamous rage comments.

If you can’t share a communal space as in the case of remote teams, we have a virtual experience you can all enjoy. Choose between our Cookie Decorating or Chocolate Truffles virtual experiences from our Sweet and Festive offerings!


11. Paintballing for the tough nuts

Is your team composed of ballsy daredevils? Try paintballing if they’re tough enough to survive the perils of being in actual combat! This is a fun group vs. group summer team-building idea to try.


Kits by Food Craft always aims to bring remote teams or even spatially separated family and friends together through engaging virtual kits. Our arsenal packs crafty activities, meditative escapades, and delicious food and drink kits you can choose from to forge stronger bonds with other people, regardless of distance. Need to spice up a long-distance collaboration? Try one of our offerings now!


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