*Volunteer – Do you have a group of friends that you are often around? Encouraging group volunteering projects is a great way to be with friends and also do something great for the community. By contacting local organizations, you can find out who is willing to take in a large group volunteering session. Try VolunteerMatch.org for either type of volunteering opportunities, and Catchafire.org for skill-based volunteering opportunities.
*Start a MeetUp Group – Find Meetups so you can do more of what matters to you. Or create your own group and meet people near you who share your interests. Hiking, cooking, kayaking, photography… there is something for everyone.
*Something Embarrassingly Touristy – Embrace your city! Pick a hot tourist destination and go as a team. You can even do a Segway tour. (Fanny packs: optional.) It’ll be fun to laugh at how silly it feels to be a tourist in your own city, and you might even learn something new.
*Cooking Class – Change up the usual outing to a bar or your local restaurant, and try a cooking class. Through a service such as Kitchensurfing you can hire a professional chef to come cook a fancy meal for you in your home or office kitchen. (this is one of our favorites!)
*Board Game Tournament – Organize a team-wide board game tournament. Especially if your team is pretty big, it may be easiest to pick a single game, and then have people sign up for specific time slots. Some great games with reasonable play times include Boggle, Jenga, or even games using good ol’ playing cards. Don’t forget to incentivize with prizes for first, second, and third place.