The Top 58 Indoor Team Building Activities
Indoor team building activities offer the perfect solution to help your group strengthen their bonds, rain or shine, at almost any venue. Discover 58 fun and exciting options that your colleagues will love.
Updated on October 4, 2021
When it comes to planning a memorable event for your work group, you may not immediately think of indoor team building activities. Traditionally, these are somewhat “boring” games that you can do with your coworkers in your boardroom, which usually result in employees rolling their eyes, watching the clock, and heading for the door.
A few examples that come to mind, include:
- Trust falls
- Egg drop
- Memory game
But it doesn’t have to be that way. There are tons of incredible options available. And this article is here to dispel the myth that indoor team building is boring or cringeworthy.
6 Popular Occasions for Indoor Team Building
Although indoor team building can be done just for the fun of it on any day of the week, you may be looking for a more momentous occasion for your activity.
Here are the top three corporate events that you can easily add indoor team building to.
Corporate retreats. Company retreats. Staff retreats. Whatever your organization calls it, this typically annual event is usually a favorite among employees. A fact that can put quite a bit of pressure on the retreat planner to ensure that it’s a smoothly-run, successful event.
If you’ve been tasked with organizing this year’s corporate retreat, you may be in search of ways to make it stand out. Indoor team building activities are an ideal solution. They’re fun and exciting, and no additional transportation or logistics are required.
Find out How Kickstart Seed Fund Engaged 110 CEOs with the Right Team Building Event with this case study about their Annual CEO Summit retreat.
An indoor team building activity can help improve employees’ experiences at your company retreat by:
- Bringing energy to the room
- Encouraging collaboration
- Breaking up info-heavy sessions
- Strengthening working relationships
Planning this large-scale event can seem like a lot of work – but it doesn’t have to be. Read our ONLINE GUIDE: Everything You Need to Know About Planning the Ultimate Company Retreat for more expert tips on how to put your event together. You may also be interested in learning about The Top 20 Destinations in North America for Company Retreats.
Kick-Off or Multi-Day Meetings
If you’ve got an upcoming kick-off or multi-day meeting, adding an indoor team building activity can offer many of the same benefits as mentioned for retreats. Even more importantly though, breaking up several solid days of meetings with a fun activity can help to keep employees engaged.
Kick-offs and multi-day meetings are usually packed with lots of data and presentations. And unlike a retreat, which typically balances heavier info sessions with lighter ones, these meetings that span a couple days can be quite draining on your team.
With a mid-day indoor team building activity you can help prevent your attendees from burning out. You can even consider scheduling one for each day of meetings.
Find out how an Engineering Firm “Burns Off Steam” After Two Full Days of Meetings in this case study.
You can also check out An Event Planner’s Guide to Epic Company Kick-Off Meetings for more advice on how to organize your meeting with ease.
From holiday gift exchanges to employee recognition lunches, company celebrations are a great reason to organize indoor team building activities.
Adding one to your celebration can help:
- Give the event a purpose
- Prevent boredom
- Encourage engagement
- Add extra excitement
Whatever the occasion may be, stay right in your office or lunch venue and let the team bonding begin!
If you and your team are heading out to a conference, seminar, or full-day meeting, you’ve got a great opportunity to jam-pack your day with extra value and engagement. With the right team building ideas for seminars, you can create additional development opportunities or even just have a little fun between sessions.
The holidays are all about celebrating and enjoying the company of colleagues and friends. So, when the holidays come around, you might want to check out this list of team building ideas for holiday parties.
Try Indoor Team Building Any Time
While the above events are great opportunities to do an indoor team building activity with your group, don’t forget that you never need a reason! Many of our indoor activities are available round the clock, seven days a week, and can be incorporated into any part of your workday or weekend.
12 Virtual Team Building Activities
The COVID-19 pandemic was a challenging time for businesses and employees all around the world. Many people are now working remotely, making it harder to maintain bonds between colleagues and to keep morale high. That’s why it’s more important than ever to take steps to maintain bonds between colleagues and keep morale high.
And virtual team building activities can help you do just that.
With this high-energy cerebral team building game, your remote employees will split into virtual teams and compete against each other as they work to solve a series of puzzles, riddles, and trivia questions. They’ll need to communicate effectively and work collaboratively as they race against the clock collecting points if they want to be the winning team.
Using video conferencing software alongside Outback’s proprietary app, your group will split into teams, examine clues, review case files, and channel their inner detectives as they race against the clock to solve the mystery of who had the means, motive, and opportunity to murder Neil Davidson.
In this virtual activity, teams will work collaboratively to answer trivia questions with topics ranging from pop culture to sports, world history, and beyond. Teams will earn points for each correct answer. Whichever team has the most points when time runs out will be named the winner!
Get to know your colleagues and build better connections with this ultra-social virtual team building activity for remote groups. Your group will learn fun facts about one another as you tackle a series of themed challenges together and engage in exploratory conversations.
Help your remote team get re-energized by tackling fun virtual challenges with their colleagues. In groups, your remote employees will tackle a series of mental, physical, skill, and mystery challenges, earning points for each one successfully completed. Whichever has the most points when time runs out will be crowned the winners!
Team up with your colleagues for a Virtual Do-Good Games to do some good in the world and give back to those in need, all while having a blast. This is a morale-boosting virtual team building activity that transforms friendly competition into charitable donations.
With this virtual team building activity, it’s a race to the podium for your workgroup who will put their teamwork to the test as they compete to complete a series of Olympic-style challenges and trivia. Teams will race against the clock to complete challenges and earn the most points. Earning the Gold medal will require Olympian-like collaboration, communication, and competitive spirit.
There’s been a robbery! Someone has masterminded a heist to steal a priceless collection of precious jewels, and it’s up to you and your team to recover them before time runs out.
In this virtually-hosted escape room activity, you and your team will need to uncover hidden clues and solve a series of brain-boggling challenges that require collaboration, creative problem-solving, and outside-the-box thinking. But be quick! The clock is ticking before the stolen score is gone forever.
Step into the Outback Time Machine and take a trip through time, from pre-pandemic 21st century through the decades all the way to the 60’s.
This exciting, fast-paced virtual trivia game, packed with nostalgia and good vibes, is guaranteed to produce big laughs, friendly competition, and maybe even some chair-dancing.
Your virtual game trivia show host will warm up guests with a couple of “table hopper rounds” (breakout room mixers) and split you out into teams. Within minutes, your home office will be transformed into a game show stage with your very own game show buzzers!
After more than a year of lockdowns, we’re all in desperate need of a vacation. Luckily, Captain Furling has room for you and your colleagues on his virtually chartered yacht. Come aboard and channel your “inner Cancun” for a tropical online team building adventure.
Captain Furling’s chartered yacht welcomes online guests aboard his luxury vessel and quickly takes them out of their homes to a gorgeous beach in Cancun.
With ocean soundscapes and delightful vacation destination footage, your travel companions will compete with their knowledge ofc travel destinations, vacation-themed movies, summer pop hits, and even a cabana-wear contest. Your yacht captain gives guests a playfully immersive experience for a virtual team vacation from your workday that your colleagues truly deserve.
Does your team have what it takes to win the Virtual Trivia Championship? In this virtual trivia team building activity, your colleagues will break into teams and turn the competition level up to ten as you challenge your wits, test your knowledge, and work your way through a list of trivia questions ranging from cities to movies, songs, objects, and even a round of Jeopardy-style challenges.
Get together with your team and take a trip to “Hamish McDuff’s” virtual pub. This hilarious Scottish pub owner is the legendary host of a trivia game that is perfect for your team’s virtual happy hour fun!
Hamish will host two rounds of virtual pub trivia, featuring four themed categories of your choice. With 20 category options to choose from, you’ll be sure to find the perfect themes for your remote team – from Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader to Sports, Food & Drink, or even Celebrity Real Estate.
With pub soundscapes, visual surprises, and warm-hearted humor, Hamish McDuff makes your guests feel like they just had a memorable happy hour with friends in a real pub, like the good ol’ days.
This virtual pub trivia game is guaranteed to produce plenty of laughs and lift team “spirits.” It might even include a few special surprises.
Virtual team building is a vital tool for business success in 2021 and beyond. To learn more, check out our article: The Top Trends in Team Building and Training for 2021.
And if you’re looking for more inspiration, you should read our resource: 26 Virtual Team Building Activity Ideas to Engage Remote Employees.
50 Indoor Team Building Activities
Wondering what kind of indoor team building activity would be best suited for you? The best way to decide is by looking at what you’re hoping to get out of your activity.
So, we’ve broken out five different categories of team building activities to help guide your decision.
Indoor Charity Activities
If you and your team would like to give back but would prefer to stay indoors, look no further than these memorable philanthropic team building activities.
Split into teams to build, decorate, and put together an advertising campaign for children’s bicycles. After each group has presented their bike, you get to donate them all to a charity of your choice!
Head to a local women’s center, church, or non-profit like Covenant House to help sort incoming clothing donations, assist with merchandising, or stock shelves during a clothing or donation drive.
In groups, collaborate with your coworkers to build and test real wheelchairs. After each chair passes a functionality course, your team gets to donate them all to a local charity that you will have selected beforehand.
Prepare and serve meals side-by-side with your colleagues at a nearby soup kitchen or food bank during the holidays or whenever they are accepting volunteers. You can find one close to your office using resources such as Feeding America.
Through competing in a series of challenges, teams earn school supplies and bags to put together the ultimate backpack donations. Once assembly is finished, your group sends the bags to local children in need.
Try this heart-warming activity at a company holiday lunch, celebration, or annual winter retreat. Break out into groups and task each team with putting together a decorated hamper for a family in need.
Assist Those in Need
This is one of the most basic ways to give back. Simply head to a hospital, school, or senior center and volunteer alongside your colleagues. This activity can help you bond with your peers as you take part in an exercise of pure empathy and compassion.
Using tools, parts, and hardware, your group will need to collaborate in order to create musical harmony. Together you’ll collect household items, rehearse, and put on your very own concert before donating everything to charity.
Indoor Game Show Activities
For indoor team building that’s full of energy and excitement, try activities that are inspired by popular television game shows.
Show off your trivia knowledge in this fun game show-style competition! Split into teams and face off against other groups in five rounds of photo and trivia challenges that cover everything from pop culture to politics.
This activity can be as simple as creating questions for three teams in the style of the popular TV show. But if you feel like really getting into it, Career Trend offers step-by-step instructions on how to put together a Jeopardy game for your office.
Let out your inner artist as you bond with your team over a game or two of Pictionary. Ask each participant to contribute a word for artists to pick from when it’s their turn to draw, or purchase any ready-made version of the game, such as this one from Mattel.
A game popularized on The Ellen DeGeneres show, you can play Heads Up! on your smartphone by downloading the app, which provides lists of words. Choose someone to hold the phone to their forehead, while the rest of the group gives clues without saying the word onscreen. Try to get as many right as you can!
In this activity, based on the popular TV show, groups are challenged to tackle fun 60-second tasks before time runs out. Groups will need to work together, communicate, and cheer each other on in order to be successful.
Wheel of Fortune
Using PowerPoint, you can easily put together your own version of this exciting game show. An article from Techwalla shares in-depth instructions on how you can customize your presentation for your group.
Whose Line Is It Anyway?
Take some inspiration from this always-entertaining improv show and let the laughter begin! Ask employees to write down imaginary scenes that actors can choose from – without looking – when they go up to perform.
The Price Is Right
If you and your team are looking to show off your consumer knowledge, try setting up a few different games inspired by The Price Is Right! Our Pastimes offers easy ideas on how to do just that by making use of day-old newspaper advertisements.
Lip Sync Battle
Whether you form a group or perform a solo number, this activity is pure, energetic fun! Ask employees to choose and memorize a song ahead of time and then let them lip sync their hearts out in an epic battle between colleagues.
You can play a free online version of this popular game via MSN Games. Get it up on a big screen or projector, split your colleagues into teams, and see if you can guess the most popular answers to quirky survey questions!
Indoor Collaborative Activities
The below 8 activities offer team building options that are solely focused on working together and strengthening employee bonds.
Together as a group, see if you and your colleagues can build a gigantic “chain-reaction” machine that really works! In smaller groups, participants create sections of the machine, and at the end, you’ll get to connect it all together to put it in motion.
Provide your team with sheets of paper or canvases and art supplies for this creative group activity in which employees create a crest to represent your company. You can choose to break out into smaller groups, or task everyone to work together on one big crest.
Cook a Meal
For your next company event, why not cook the food yourself? Task each department with preparing a portion, such as appetizers, sides, and desserts, or work on the entire meal together. Don’t have an office kitchen? Head out for a group cooking class instead!
Head to a nearby studio for a dance class and get in rhythm with your colleagues! Or if you have a team member who loves to dance, ask them to put together a sequence to teach the rest of your group. Offer the chance to learn the routine, before doing a final number for other departments during a company lunch or event.
Set up an obstacle course in any open space at your office and ask for volunteers who would like to navigate the “minefield” while blindfolded. The remaining participants will be responsible for guiding their colleagues through the course, using only their voices.
Either as one big “think tank” or in smaller groups, ask your team to try to solve an issue that your organization is actually facing. Tell them that money and resources aren’t a factor and see what solutions they come up with!
Head to a local yoga class or ask a member of your team who’s passionate about meditation to lead a lunchtime session. This activity is a great way to bring your colleagues together, recharge, and find your inner Zen as a group before tackling the rest of your workday.
If your entire company or department was stranded on a desert island, what would you do? Challenge your team to determine the top 10 things they would absolutely need to survive and safely get home. Everyone must agree on the final list and solution!
Indoor Mystery Activities
Do you have a team who enjoys discussing conspiracy theories, solving mysteries, and tackling the unknown? You can bring an air of intrigue to your office or venue with any of the below options.
You and your coworkers will have to put your heads together to solve who had the means, motive, and opportunity to commit a deadly crime. Using the Outback app, teams will attempt to piece together the case by correctly answering the most questions.
What Could It Be?
Using any object of your choice, ask each person in your group to give a silent demonstration of that item. The rest of your team will have to guess what their colleague is doing until someone gets it right. The object could be anything from a desk phone to your colleague’s water bottle.
Start this activity by providing each employee with a different numbered clue. Participates will have to tackle hints in order if they want to correctly unravel the mystery, which can be something simple and relevant to your group like where and when your team’s lunch will take place!
Groups will have to use their detective skills to find evidence, uncover clues, and solve a murder. Our team will come to you to transform any venue, such as your office, hotel, or conference room, into your very own crime scene.
Break your group out into teams and ask them to prepare a sales pitch for a product of your choosing. The twist? Teams won’t know that the panel of judges who they’ll be pitching to will be blindfolded during the presentations.
Murder Mystery Luncheon
Host an office party where each attendee plays a different role in a murder mystery reenactment! You can assign roles beforehand, or randomly hand out a card with details to your coworkers as they arrive at your event.
Sounds of Silence
Give your team a series of challenges to do together – all in silence. See if they can build a human pyramid, put together a desk, or coordinate a group jumping photo without talking to one another. Add an element of confusion by purposefully giving one or two participants a different list of challenges.
Each participant receives three secret “codewords” and three names of other people playing – their “targets.” Whenever a player tricks one of their targets into saying a codeword, they shout “Gotcha!” and steal a name and phrase. Whoever has the most targets at the end wins.
If your team loves a good thriller narrative and enjoys playing board games, there are plenty of great options that combine the two! Try games like Clue, Spyfall, or Codenames to add a little excitement to any indoor event.
Pair employees up and provide each group with a picture, paper, and pencil. Sitting back-to-back, one person will describe the image and the other will attempt to recreate the picture using only their partner’s description. At the end, the artist will try to guess what their masterpiece is.
Indoor Problem-Solving Activities
Not every group thrives off of “rah-rah” team activities. Many are more into team building problem solving activities. So, if your group is a bit more low-key, try one of these cognitive-based options instead.
In this activity, our team brings the corporate escape room experience right to your meeting space or office. Choose from Jewel Heist or The Mummy’s Curse, and start searching for hidden puzzles and clues to solve all the challenges before time runs out!
Using a free online version of this popular pastime, such as Sudoku.com, challenge employees to see who can solve the puzzles the fastest. Break your group out into teams to promote collaborative thinking and effective communication.
Using Outback’s app, split up into small groups and put your heads together to solve a variety of puzzles, riddles, and trivia. The team who has completed the most challenges when time is up, wins!
In this activity, every employee is given a single sheet of paper and a piece of masking tape. Within a given time limit – say five minutes – participants must try to build the tallest paper tower possible.
Riddle Me This
Either as one big group or in smaller teams, provide your colleagues with a list of challenging riddles and brainteasers. You can find inspiration from a variety of online resources, such as Forbes’ 10 Brainteasers to Stretch Your Brain.
This activity makes use of everyday office supplies. Tell participants to bring three items from their desk and then split them up into teams. Using only the supplies that they brought with them, groups must build a structure of their choice like a mini bridge or small car.
The Barter Puzzle
Break out into teams and give each group a unique puzzle. The main goal is to see who can complete their puzzle first. The catch? Some pieces from every puzzle have ended up with another team, and they’ll have to negotiate to get them back.
Hang Man Competition
Everyone knows this popular game where one person spells out a word or phrase using blank spaces and others try to guess what it is. Make it a bit more challenging with no clues and a limited number of guesses!
Play to your team’s strengths as you take on four different types of challenges that range from mental, physical, skill, and mystery. Whichever group completes the most challenges when time is up will be crowned the winners!
Grab a free crossword puzzle from Dictionary.com or a news publication like The Washington Post, split employees out into teams, and provide each group with the same puzzle. The winner will be the team who completes it first.
Part Four: Benefits of Indoor Team Building Activities
Indoor team building often has a reputation for being somewhat restrictive and boring but here are four benefits of choosing to stay inside for your event
Weather Is Never an Issue
Regardless of what the conditions are outside, your team building activity can move ahead as planned. This gives you the flexibility to plan your event months in advance.
Freak snowfall or sudden rainstorm? Your team building activity won’t be affected at all.
That said, for groups who do choose to take part in one of our outdoor activities, Outback offers a Peace of Mind Plan. This means that if the weather is poor on the day of your event, you can substitute your outdoor experience for one of our select indoor activities.
Choosing to do your team building activity indoors means that you have the option of staying at the office or traveling a little further afield. Below are just a few of the options you have when your activity is inside:
- Meeting room
- Conference center
- Community center
If you need help finding the best location for your event, check out our article: How to Pick the Perfect Venue for Your Indoor Team Building Activity.
From January to December, indoor team building activities rarely have restrictions on when you can schedule them. This makes them the perfect solution for the colder months of the year, or during the “off-season” of some outdoor event options.
With indoor team building, you and your group won’t have to account for any extra logistical expenses for your event, such as:
- Traveling far distances
- Pricy venues
- Lost time
You can simply set your activity up in your office or a nearby location whenever you’d like.
Retreats, multi-day meetings, company celebrations, or even employee lunches are just a few great reasons to organize an indoor team building activity for your group. With 60 exciting options to choose from, in five different categories, you and your colleagues can create lasting memories together – without having to leave your office!
Whether you decide to take part in a charity, game show, collaborative, mystery, or problem-solving activity, your group won’t have to worry about bad weather or overcomplicated logistics. And you can plan to do your event at any time of year in almost any indoor venue of your choice.
Have you participated in an indoor team building activity with your company? Share your experience with us in the comments below.
Learn More About Indoor Team Building for Your Group
If you’d like to learn more about our indoor team building activities for your group, just get in touch with our knowledgeable Employee Engagement Consultants.