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Los Angeles is known for its glitz and glamour, but did you know it's also an awesome site for your next team retreat? 

Offering everything from improv classes to craft beer tours there truly is something for every team to discover in sunny LA.

If you’re planning a visit to the city of stars, keep reading for our breakdown of the team building activities you won’t want to miss.


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LA beer hop

  • Sip and socialize your way through LA and Orange County on a craft beer tour!
  • These tours will take you and your team to a variety of different local breweries where you can learn about the brewing process, discover the stories behind each beer and sample the various options available.
  • Your team will be provided with comfortable transportation to take you between venues making for an easy, hassle-free experience. 
  • The tour guides are typically well-versed in local history and hot spots, providing an awesome resource for you and your team to learn a little more about the city and its culture.
  • This activity is fairly cost-effective and in return you’ll be provided with a great range of craft beers to try as well as snacks to keep your appetite fed throughout the experience. 

Feed your appetite with a cooking class

  • Cooking classes offer an awesome alternative to traditional team lunches, providing team members with a fun and interactive way to work together towards a final product.
  • Your team will have a personal chef available to walk you through each stage of the recipe from prepping ingredients to plating and serving. 
  • The classroom is spacious allowing you and your team to work together in preparing the meal or work independently to put together your own dish while socializing with colleagues.
  • At the end of your class, sit down to bond with fellow team members as you enjoy your finished meal together. 
  • This activity can run a bit of a higher price tag, however the fact that it includes a full meal makes this a great option for those teams looking to combine team building with a group dining experience.

Race the clock in an escape room

  • Escape rooms offer a perfect way to combine teamwork and problem-solving as you and your colleagues work together to beat the clock and solve the puzzle.
  • This activity typically takes around 60 minutes to solve but as most facilities offer multiple puzzles you can easily add on more rooms to make this a longer event. 
  • Staff are available onsite to help with any questions you might have and will walk you through the solution at the end if your team runs out of time. 
  • There are a number of escape rooms available to visit throughout LA and most are easily accessible via both car and public transit.
  • Most facilities change up their puzzles on a regular basis making this a great option for both new and returning teams.

Work on your communication with an improv class 

  • Have fun, get silly and step outside your comfort zone with a group improv class during your next team building retreat.
  • Improv classes offer a great way to enhance your communication skills by working together to think outside the box and anticipate each other’s next move.
  • An onsite instructor will take you through a number of different improv activities providing your team with varied options that work well in bringing out different strengths and talents from within the team.
  • No experience is needed and the only equipment you’ll need to bring is yourself, so this is a truly accessible option for everyone.
  • This activity is also fairly low cost and can work well with large numbers making it a great option for bigger teams on a budget. 

Explore the city with a outdoor scavenger hunt

  • Outdoor scavenger hunts are an awesome way to get to know the city and your team members a little better as you race to check things off your list and complete the challenges.
  • These scavenger hunts are well-organized and will take you to areas of the city you may not otherwise see during your visit, allowing you to experience some of LA’s most iconic and memorable spots.
  • The challenges are varied, offering something for everyone to bring to the table while letting loose and having fun with coworkers.
  • Scavenger hunt organizers will be available to explain the activity to your team and answer any questions you may have throughout the event. 
  • This activity is fairly low cost making it a great option for teams on a budget, however don’t forget comfortable shoes because there will be a lot of walking involved!

Get creative with a paint night

  • Paint nights offer a fun and casual way for you and your team to socialize while testing your creative skills with a simple paint project you can take home with you.
  • An instructor will take you and your team through each step in completing your final painting offering tips on technique and insights on mixing colours, which brushes to choose and more.
  • Many of these facilities offer BYOB options allowing you to indulge in a glass of wine or beer throughout the activity. 
  • All of your supplies will be provided to you including paint, canvases and brushes. 
  • This activity can run a little pricier for larger teams but is a fairly cost-effective option for small to medium sized teams looking for a simple and relaxing group activity. 

Try your hand at the art of pottery

  • Pottery classes offer a fun, creative and hands-on way to bond with fellow team members as you work to create your very own keepsake to remember your team retreat.
  • You’ll be provided onsite with all of the materials you’ll need from clay to aprons and tools.
  • An instructor will be available to demonstrate techniques and assist in answering any questions you or your team may have.
  • Keep in mind that studio space tends to be quite limited so this activity works best for small to medium-sized teams of up to 15 people. 
  • Note that some pottery projects can take a few weeks to complete as they require time for glazing and firing. Be sure to inquire about how you can claim your finished pieces if you’re visiting from afar. 

Test your aim with axe throwing

  • Axe throwing is a great team building experience for those looking to try their hand at a new skill while indulging in some friendly competition - and the best part is, no experience is needed!
  • Instructors will take you through all of the safety instructions upon your arrival, making sure you and your team are well-equipped with the proper techniques and instructions to make the most of your experience.
  • Compete to see who has the best aim or keep track of different teams to see which group comes out on top. 
  • Typically there are food options available at these facilities and many even have BYOB options allowing for team members to sip, snack and socialize between turns. 
  • This is a great option for teams of all sizes as you can usually rent multiple laneways to accommodate the needs of your group. 

Break the ice in a rage room

  • Rage rooms offer a fun and safe way for you and your team to unwind, blow off some steam and destress after a busy day of productivity.
  • You’ll be provided with all of the safety equipment you need from safety helmets to sanitizer and masks and even snacks and drinks after your event!
  • Staff are available to walk you through the activity demonstrating proper safety practices and ensuring that everyone is well-equipped to have a great time. 
  • There are a few rage room locations in LA and most are easily accessed via public transit or car with metered parking available.
  • Most facilities have an option to add additional items for breaking however, the more you add the pricier this activity can become. 

Reach new heights with rock climbing

  • If you’re looking for a team building activity that requires communication, trust and teamwork then consider a rock climbing experience for your next team retreat. 
  • Staff will be available onsite to walk your team through everything you need to know from safety instructions to proper climbing techniques.
  • Many facilities offer a range of options for participation from auto belays to bouldering walls and different set-ups to accommodate skill levels from beginner to advanced.
  • Typically you’ll have space available to sit down and rest between climbs with tables and chairs to set-up food and drink so coworkers can relax and socialize throughout the event. 
  • This team building activity is typically very reasonably priced making it a great option for teams working on a tighter budget. 

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