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14 Great Teambuilding Ideas for Your Next San Francisco Meeting

Break the ice, build trust, and encourage teamwork with these fun group activities.

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Break the ice at your next event with engaging and memorable activities that build trust and communication among your attendees. Here’s a guide to some of San Francisco’s fun, educational, and relaxing shared experiences that will have your team connecting in no time.

Move

San Francisco’s mild weather and scenic landscape make outdoor activities especially enjoyable. When you’re ready for a break from sitting in meeting rooms all day, step outside and explore the city with one of these fun activities.

Help your attendees get acquainted with San Francisco by organizing a walking tour with SF Tour1. Dedicated tour guides will show attendees major sites like Fisherman’s WharfAlcatraz, and the Golden Gate Bridge. For a more in-depth look at the city, SF Tour1 also offers a small group tour of San Francisco's eclectic neighborhoods.

Looking for an exciting way to explore the city? Work with Handstand to design a custom scavenger hunt for your group, large or small. Attendees will get their blood flowing and neurons firing as they travel on foot, on bike, or by public transit to solve riddles around the city.

Want to put your team work skills to the test? Visit The Escape Game for a thrilling team-building experience. With five 60-minute adventures, you and your team will work together to complete the mission and escape the game! In addition to the immersive experiences, The Escape Game has a dedicated guest experience team who makes large group bookings simple and offer a Professional Development Package as an add-on to the team building experience.

Host a one-of-kind experience at Sonoma Raceway, located just one hour north of San Francisco. Attendees can ride shotgun with a professional race car driver, get instruction on the autocross paddock, or have a friendly competition in go-karts on the longest track of its kind in California.

Create

Artcuisine, and originality are in San Francisco’s DNA. While you’re here, take advantage of the creative inspiration the city offers to get your team interacting as they create their own masterpieces.

Inspire creativity by partnering with 3 Fish Studios to host a collage or printmaking class for your attendees. Local artists will provide instruction, all necessary art supplies, cool tunes, creative inspiration, and refreshments. The best part? No artistic talent or previous experience necessary!

Slip on a chef’s hat and apron for some friendly competition with an Executive Chefs teambuilding event. Their Iron Chef challenge sets up a head-to-head competition between participants, while their Culinary Challenges are more casual, food-themed cocktail events in which attendees are teamed up to create items like Spanish tapas and party bites. Executive Chefs also offers cooking classes where attendees work together to create a delicious multi-course meal under the instruction of fun and talented chefs.

Provide your attendees with the opportunity to create a sweet, handmade souvenir they can bring home from Tiny B Chocolates. Chocolatiers will show your group how to create brigadieros (Brazilian chocolate truffles). Attendees will practice on their own batch (and taste test!) before creating a take-home treat.

Learn

As a hub for learning and innovation, San Francisco offers many interactive and hands-on experiences. Coordinate a class or workshop with one of these San Francisco businesses to introduce your team to new concepts and techniques.

Add sophistication to your meeting with a tasting or hands-on class at The Cheese School of San Francisco. If your guests would rather imbibe, check out San Francisco Wine School for a unique, edu-tainment teambuilding experience. The Wine School offers multiple themes, including a blind tasting workshop, winemaker-for-a-day blending session, and food-and-wine pairing lab. 

Encourage problem-solving and communication within your group with a teambuilding mission at Chabot Space & Science Center in Oakland. Participants can engage in one of two space-themed activities: Challenger Learning Center, which includes two simulator experiences, or Tapping the Wind, a mission that requires designing more efficient wind turbines to support global demand for renewable energy. 

Treat your group to a behind-the-scenes look at how makeup creates some of the most well-known Hollywood characters at Kryolan, the professional make-up maker. Attendees can learn a diverse array of professional artistry techniques in beauty and special effects at workshops taught by Kryolan professional artists.

Refresh

Keep energy levels high at your meeting with occasional breaks and opportunities for attendees to refresh. Utilize these restorative activities to build even stronger connections among attendees.

Inject some positive energy to your meeting with Office Meet Yoga. A team of seasoned yogis will bring mindful yoga classes to you, providing attendees with increased focus, concentration and productivity. 

Attendees are busier than ever and so are you. Let Kadampa Meditation Center bring a customized meditation class dedicated to cultivating a culture of harmony to your meeting. The Center offers multiple sessions, ranging from 30 to 55 minutes, and can focus on themes relevant to your meeting, including clearing your mind at work or keeping cool in difficult situations. 

Give love and get love by partnering with Puppy Love to bring rescue puppies to your meeting. Attendees can cuddle, walk, and play with local puppies that are up for adoption. Puppy Love handles transportation and clean up and provides puppy coaches to manage the whole process on-site.

Looking for more ideas for your next meeting? San Francisco Travel's Convention Services team is ready to help you.

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