Team bonding activities for colleagues
“Company cohesion” are two words that can strike fear into the hearts of any introvert in the corporate world, especially if it involves trust falls and other ra-ra team bonding activities.
But as the saying goes, “teamwork makes the dream work.” And after months of only seeing each other on a screen, perhaps it’s about time to reacquaint face-to-face while keeping to the max of eight pax.
If you’re planning any upcoming team cohesions, check out these introvert-friendly activities instead of just a boring goal-setting session in a conference room with soggy pizza. They’re all also located conveniently around Orchard Road making getting there and back accessible for everyone.
P.S. Read till the end to find out how you can book these activities at the best prices via Klook!
1. Unleash your creativity by art jamming at a Parisian-themed cafe
One way to destress after a week of staring at excel sheets is to go for a therapeutic art jam session. Our trip to Café de Paris’ art jamming store at 313@Somerset with our colleagues let us unleash our inner Picasso on a blank canvas and show that we can be creative with words and a brush.
You have 3 hours to create your 30cm x 40cm masterpiece
It doesn’t matter if you’re a Van Gogh-in-training or someone who has never touched a brush before as Cafe de Paris provides reference pictures and guides to follow. Or you can start work on your masterpiece if you already have an idea. Tip: If the view from your office is particularly breathtaking, you can paint that too if inspiration isn’t flowing.
What sets art jamming aside from painting at home is that you don’t have to worry about cleaning up the mess after. You’ll also get a complimentary drink of either honey yuzu, honey ginger, or honey jujube at the cafe. Their desserts like the fruit bonbon are also prepared on the spot, making them a fresh and tasty snack for when you need a break from all the painting.
Price: $49/2 pax
Address: 313 Orchard Road, 313@Somerset, #B1-37, Singapore 238895
Opening hours: Mon – Fri, 11AM-10PM, Sun 6PM-10PM
Telephone: 8120 0889
2. Solve puzzles together in an escape room
Being trapped in an escape room with your colleagues can sound claustrophobic, but trust us when we say that it’s an experience that will bring your team together in an hour or less. We had a go at escaping from a cordoned ward at a mental hospital over at Trapped Singapore recently, and we lived to tell the tale.
The smart use of technology like custom radios and computer software in the escape room makes Trapped stand out from the others
Our team of four was given 60 minutes to break out after being trapped in by who-knows-what, and the creepy photos plastered on the walls did not help our anxiety. Still, we combined our brain power and some assistance from the hotline to escape the room with over 15 minutes to spare. If there was more time, we would have also attempted the hardest challenge – Escape From Pulau Tekong.
The escape room challenged us to play to our strengths, whether it was translating from code, listening out for strange melodies, or figuring out patterns in images. It also helps build quick and efficient communication as there’s no time to be bickering and procrastinating when you only have an hour to beat the room.
Price: $25 for off-peak periods, $26 for shoulder periods, and $27 for peak periods
Address: *SCAPE, 2 Orchard Link, #02-20/21/22, Singapore 237978
Opening hours: Mon – Sun, 11AM-10.30PM
Telephone: 6610 2089
3. Relieve your stress at a trampoline park
Yes, you are allowed to sweat it out on a company cohesion, and jumping on trampolines at Bounce Singapore lets you simultaneously burn calories and have fun with your deskmates. You’ll see the ex-gymnasts flexing their jumps and the clumsy ones (like us) struggling to stay balanced.
The way the trampoline park is laid out lets you attempt different challenges with your colleagues that’s not as competitive as your monthly KPI. There’s a slam dunk area to channel your inner Michael Jordan, and a dodgeball court to find out which department is the best.
“Working out” at a trampoline park is also more fun than just cycling at a spin class and you get to interact more with your colleagues. Make sure to have your phones ready to capture any Boomerang opportunities!
Price: $75 for a group of four (inclusive of Bounce Socks)
Address: Cineleisure, 8 Grange Road, #09-01, Singapore 239695
Opening hours: Mon – Thu, 10AM-7PM | Fri 10AM-9PM | Sat & P.H. 9AM-9PM | Sun 9AM-7PM
Telephone: 6816 2879
4. Learn how to make aesthetic bath bombs for your next staycation
For those that prefer an activity that’s more relaxing, you can arrange a bath bomb making workshop for your team. We went for a session at Soap Ministry with two other colleagues and came out of it with a couple of bath bombs for our next staycation.
You’ll be able to make four to five bath bombs per class
The materials used at Soap Ministry are all-natural and suitable for even the colleague that’s always flustered by his or her eczema. Over the 1.5-hour-long workshop, you’ll learn the ins-and-outs of what makes a bath bomb and how the different colours mix together to make pretty pastel shades.
We were allowed to pick three colours and one scent to make our bath bombs. If you want more variety for your own bath bomb colour- or scent-wise, take the opportunity to bond with your fellow colleagues by either swapping the spare colours you have or experimenting with how different fragrances work with each other.
Address: Orchard Gateway, 277 Orchard Road, #03-04, Singapore 238858
Opening hours: 11AM-8PM, Daily
Telephone: 6634 1920/6465 9098
5. Go for a round of cosmic-themed bowling in the heart of Orchard
K Bowling Club is Singapore’s first cosmic bowling alley
Who said bowling alleys had to be a drab, boring space? K Bowling Club’s cosmic bowling alley is one of the coolest bowling alleys in town for a post-work hangout. The hip and Zouk-esque ambience was a big contrast to the fluorescent lights and dreary walls in our office, and in no time we had on our bowling shoes, ready to knock down some pins.
The cosmic vibes tone down the competitiveness that we usually see in the traditional bowling alleys, so even noobs who only throw gutter balls don’t have to worry. Those who’re waiting for their turn to throw a gutter ball can also play on the arcade machines or toss some darts. And if you’re feeling peckish, grab a bite at the bar – we highly recommend the chicken bites ($18).
When you book through Klook, you also get bowling shoes and socks included in the package (it is excluded from direct bookings).
Price: $90.50 for one hour of unlimited use of one bowling lane for a group of five on weekdays
Address: 313 Orchard Road, 313@Somerset, #03-27, Singapore 238895
Opening hours: Sun – Mon & Wed – Thu, 10AM-11.30PM | Tue 10AM-10.30PM | Fri – Sat, 10AM-1AM
Telephone: 6737 5313
6. Take a pottery class and bring home your own cup, bowl, or vase
Image credit: Klook
Pottery and ceramics have been trending up over the past couple of years, and Taoz Ceramics lets you and your colleagues jump in for a quick class to learn the art of moulding a lump of clay into either a cup, bowl, or a vase. Beginners who have never gotten their hands dirty before are also more than welcome to participate in the pottery class.
Each 30-minute session will have one pottery instructor to two students so your creations will always have another set of eyes to jaga in case it loses its shape. They’re also the ones that can help take any group photos because you wouldn’t want to get any sticky clay onto your new smartphone.
Do take note that each class is not inclusive of the firing of your clay product – it’ll cost an additional $10 plus a wait of at least six weeks.
Price: $29/pax, $56/2 pax
Address: Orchard Gateway, 277 Orchard Road, #03-03, Singapore 238858
Opening hours: 11AM-8PM, Daily
Telephone: 8342 2381
7. Make your own silver jewellery like rings and earrings
A silver ring-setting workshop might sound unorthodox, but trust us when we say it’s a lot more fun than it seems. A couple of us went for a workshop at Artisan8 Studio led by the founder Shan, and coming out with our own personalised bling is not something we can say happens every day.
These engravings are marked on a ring using a hammer
The workshop takes about 2.5 hours, but the time passes in a breeze. From picking out the design for our sterling silver rings to manually hammering in the patterns, Shan patiently guided us through even though we were all on different steps.
Seeing the designs that our colleagues picked out also told us about their different personalities. One had her initials engraved as a constant reminder of her identity, while I had my favourite number “21” inscribed as sort of a lucky charm to wear around daily.
The inscribing tools
This was definitely one of the more interesting team bonding activities that we’ve gone for, and the best part is you get to keep the ring at the end of the workshop, too.
Preview the different ring designs that you can customise during the workshop
Address: Orchard Plaza, 150 Orchard Road, #03-06, Singapore 238841
Opening hours: Check the studio’s availability here
Telephone: 9474 7252
Introvert-friendly team bonding activities in Singapore
Not all team bonding activities are rowdy exercises that will suck out all the energy from us introverts. There are plenty of chill ways to get to know your colleagues better, whether it’s making a series of bath bombs together or making silver rings. Even the more physically-demanding ones like trampolining have areas for you to catch a breather.
Image adapted from: Klook
Whether you’ve been appointed welfare IC or just want to throw in fun suggestions for your company’s upcoming cohesions, you’ll find a tonne of great activity options on Klook. All you have to do is search for the type of activity you want to bring your colleagues to, and you’ll be presented with a myriad of options that you can instantly book.
This post was brought to you by Klook as part of the SingapoRediscovers campaign.
Disclaimer: All images were shot prior to Covid-19 or while adhering to safe distancing measures.
Photography by Huy Pham and Muhammad Hafiq.