Tips for Planning a Fun and Productive Holiday Team-Building Event

Tips for Planning a Fun and Productive Holiday Team-Building Event

With the holidays right around the corner, what better time to bring your team together than now? Holiday team-building events that are fun and productive not only help you close the year on a positive note, but they also help to start the new year on one. How do you go about planning team-building activities that hit a home run, though?

Find out with our 10 tips for planning awesome team-building activities for the holidays:

  1. Focus on a Single Goal

Your team-building event’s foundation is crucial. That’s why it’s essential to narrow your event’s purpose to a single goal. Focusing on too many leaves your event inflated and ineffective as you’re overwhelming your teams with information — and right before the holidays, too. Keep it simple and tackle one goal at a time.

  1. Hold the Event Offsite

Offsite team-building activities for workplaces are more effective than ones held at your company. When you host events onsite, participants tend to feel more like employees, which can limit them in opening their mind to new ideas. Another risk of an onsite team-building event is interruptions from the rest of the workplace, especially during the hubbub of holiday parties from other departments or floors.

  1. Ask Teams What They Want

Low participation numbers can deflate any team-building activity. One way to encourage attendance is by asking people what they want to do. Come up with a few offsite team-building ideas and run them by your team. If they aren’t crazy about an idea, like creating Ugly Christmas Sweaters, ask why. Do the same for ideas that do excite them, like a holiday round of laser tag. Their answers will help you plan not only this event, but future ones, too.

  1. Choose an Appropriate Activity

A team-building event tip that coincides with talking to your team is finding an activity that’s suitable. An event at a winery or brewery, for instance, may not appeal to everyone if some participants refrain from alcohol. Planning an activity that’s more Christmas-orientated can also leave team members alienated if they celebrate another holiday, like Hanukkah. Think about your team’s age range, as well as their preferences, when brainstorming activity ideas.

  1. Create Small Team Sizes

Just like keeping your goal simple, you want to do the same with your team sizes. While planning team-building activities, divide your groups into six to 10 people at most — for additional fun, ask them to come up with a winter-themed team name. With these group sizes, you should have enough people for all the necessary activity roles. What’s the risk of too many in a group? It makes it easy for people to check out of the event and hit the eggnog.

  1. Provide Prizes

You don’t have to give away cars like Oprah or a total vacation package when it comes to a prize bag. Just bring some small prizes, like $25 gift cards or even some self-help books that coordinate with your team-building event’s mission. You could even give out gifts that have more of a winter feel, like hot cocoa, gloves, hats or ice scrapers. With prizes, you’ll warm team members up to following through and attending your offsite event this season.

  1. Encourage Participation

While you’re coming up with offsite team-building ideas, think about how you’ll keep your teams informed, excited and reminded about your event. Create posters, send out automatic reminder emails, dress up a bulletin board or even host a meeting to keep participants involved and excited. Since it’s during the holidays, you may have some competition when it comes to announcements, so make your messages stand out from the sea of red and green.

  1. Take Photos or Videos

Photos and videos are an awesome way to remind teams about what they learned and what they accomplished. So, remember to bring a camera — or your phone — to go around and take photos and videos throughout the day to share later. You could even bring some quirky winter props like light-up holiday necklaces, reindeer headbands or carrot noses to add some more merriment. And if your team isn’t keen on posing with props, don’t sweat it.

  1. Set Post-Event Goals

Bring your team-building event full circle by setting post-event goals, either before or after the holidays. Schedule some follow-up meetings for the new year to talk about the goals you set and how everyone’s now working to meet them. It’s also the perfect time for participants to ask questions or even get a refresher on the goals they began working toward before the holidays.

  1. Get Feedback

During your follow-up meetings, you can also get feedback on your event. Consider sending out a survey that guarantees anonymity, and then use those responses in planning your next team-building activity. Did your team enjoy an event during the holidays? Why or why not? It’s a great question to ask as you move forward. You can even ask what they’d like to see next year.

Plan Your Next Holiday Team-Building Event at the Place to Play

Want to plan an exciting team-building event this holiday season? How about one with batting cages, laser tag, go-karts and so much more? At Carlisle Sports Emporium, we not only provide team-building activities that keep participants on their toes, but we also offer dining and catering, as well as the experience that comes with hosting numerous team-building events both during and after the holidays.

Learn more about planning a corporate team event with us this season or contact us for more information!

 

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More Arcade Fun with Despicable Me Jelly Lab

Have you ever wanted to see what it would be like to work at the famous laboratory of the Minions from the hit film franchise, Despicable Me? Now is your chance with Despicable Me Jelly Lab, a great new redemption game, now at the Carlisle Sports Emporium! On the ‘floor’ of Gru’s despicable laboratory, players find two conveyor belts with different values places on them including 8 tickets, 16 tickets, 24 tickets and Win Card. With 1-player being able to play per conveyor belt, insert the token or push the button, timing your coin drop to land on the best value possible. That involves playing for all seven, collectible cards. Collect all seven and you’ll win the posted SUPER BONUS! Also, keep an eye out for the foil-based card featuring beloved Minion ‘Stuart’! The game is simple, yet fun for players of all ages! The game also features two player stations built into the game, so you can play along with a friend. Stop in to try this fantastic new game today!

Mario Kart GP DX Arcade Game

The next game in the extremely popular racing series is here! Mario Kart is back & it’s better than ever! Mario Kart Racing offers new courses, new game modes, new karts, new features and rainbow LED lighting. To add to the fun, the popular NAM-CAM feature can place the player’s face over the character, making you Mario, Luigi, or even Pac-Man. Race a friend in one of the three game modes – Grand Prix, Versus, or Co-Op! With over 20 types of karts, the racing possibilities of Mario Kart Arcade GP DX are endless and you’ll be coming back to play again and again!

In Grand Prix mode, players can compete through 40 rounds of over five selectable cups. Versus mode offers competitive racing excitement for all players. The new 2-Person Co-Op mode features “Fusion Karts.” One person drives while the other “shoots” other competitors. The game still maintains some of the aspects that make this fork of the Mario Kart series unique, but adds to the experience, where you can race not just as Mario, but also Pac-Man on exclusive courses not found on any home version of Mario Kart!

The arcade at The Carlisle Sports Emporium offers over 100 arcade games, and is constantly updated with arcade lovers’ favorite pieces! Our latest additions also include two new Ticket Time machines, which are crane games that feature a variety of ticket rolls in various values! Use the claw to pick up a ticket roll with the highest ticket amount! The game will scan the ticket amount that you won and immediately apply the tickets to your re-loadable arcade card! Enjoy the chance of winning big on our beautifully lit LED Ticket Time Crane!

 

New Ice Man Arcade Game

Our BRAND-NEW, must-play Ice Man Redemption Arcade Game is here! Ice Man is a water blaster game, where players use water cannons to blast the virtual targets on the game screen in an attempt to pass the different levels! Similar in style to the popular Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare, this game provides fun graphics and is great for the whole family to enjoy.

Have a seat at this 1-2 player game and work together to freeze the attacking zombies. Throughout the game, players will get chances to power-up, which unlocks the “Super Sprayer,” an intense 12-stream jet of water, for more stopping power! Watch the water mist rise from the field of grass between you and the screen to add to the excitement and provide a more realistic effect. Keep playing to defeat each of the six unique levels! But the fun doesn’t stop there – Score more points, WIN more tickets for our redemption prize area! This game will keep you coming back again and again for more water blasting fun!

Fall Activities in Central PA

Fall Activities in Central PA

Fall is here! And while your pumpkin spice lattes will be available throughout the season, some of the biggest fall festivals and events here in Central PA will only be around for a limited time. What should you see? Here are our six picks:

  1. Central Pennsylvania Oktoberfest

This 21-and-older event is hosted at the Penn National Race Course in coordination with the Hershey Harrisburg Craft Beer Country. Sample handcrafted brews and German food while sitting track-side and taking in some live music. If you’re looking for Oktoberfest fun for the whole family, there’s also Harrisburg’s Oktoberfest Celebration and the Carlisle Barracks Oktoberfest.

  1. Fall Furnace Fest

Do a little bit of everything at the Fall Furnace Fest. From sampling foods and browsing homemade crafts to making ah scarecrow or touring a mansion, you really can do it all at this festival, which is hosted at the Pine Grove Furnace State Park outside of Carlisle.

  1. Harvest Fest

Tons of festivals use the word “harvest,” but at Cherry Crest Farm in Lancaster County, they mean it. Pick ears of corn to take home after you’ve made your way out of their five-acre cornfield maze or have taken part in some old-fashioned pumpkin slinging and painting. And if you want to raise the stakes a bit, you can do their maze after dark — just remember to bring a flashlight.

  1. Midtown Village Fall Festival

Looking to head downtown? Take a day trip to Philadelphia’s Midtown Village Fall Festival for live music and entertainment, as well as a wide selection of vendors. You can also count on plenty of food, from sushi to pub grub and drinks. Get there early, though, because this event attracts more than 50,000 people each year.

  1. National Apple Harvest Festival

Now entering its 50th year, the National Apple Harvest Festival is all about apples. From pancakes and butter to applesauce, fritters and pies, this festival outside of Gettysburg has everything you need to satisfy your apple craving. And if apples aren’t your favorite treat, the event does have other entertaining activities like chainsaw carving.

  1. Dillsburg Farmer’s Fair

Missing the summer fairs? The Dillsburg Farmer’s Fair, which is less than a half-hour from Carlisle, gives you the traditional fair experience, but with the cool weather of fall. Fill up on homemade food, like apple dumplings, whoopie pies and dill pickles, while browsing their display of antique cars and tractors. If you’re a pro in the kitchen and have some spare time, you may want to consider entering their cooking contests, too.

Head to the Place to Play for Fall Fun

Are you looking for a break from pumpkins, apples and craft beers? You can always take part in our fall activities at the Carlisle Sports Emporium. Our plans for the season include an awesome deal for Columbus Day’s long weekend, an incredible fall go-kart special the week of October 24th-26th, a trick-or-treat scavenger hunt, as well as hard-to-resist specials for our thrilling go-kart tracks, endless arcade, & exhilarating laser tag!

Check out our complete lineup of specials today or contact us for more information!

Introducing our brand new arcade basketball game – Hoops FX!

Introducing our brand new arcade basketball game – Hoops FX!

Arcade basketball is back and it’s better than ever! Race the clock with our new Hoops FX! Hoops FX advances the arcade basketball experience with it’s awesome new look and the latest technology. Test your shooting skills by scoring as many points as possible before the timer runs out! We have two brand new Hoops FX basketball games, side by side, so you can take on your friends to see who the ultimate baller is. This renewed gameplay features a moving hoop, different rounds of game play, a basketball themed ramp, real basketballs, a “swish” feature that allows more points for not hitting the time, and a new sound package to replicate the feeling of real court play!

Time to test your skills and get some fun basketball practice in! Stop in to the Carlisle Sports Emporium arcade, home of over 100 of the latest arcade games, to try Hoops FX tod ay!

Our Chamber Mixer Event

Spring 2017 ushered in a great new season for us, starting with a mixer through the West Shore Chamber to introduce our brand new Grand Prix Track & accompanying new Grand Prix Go-karts, new FasTrack Go-karts, new Outdoor Seating Areas, new Batting Cages, AND new Miniature Golf greens & remodeled Mini Golf structures! Our new staff shirts were also introduced at our mixer to kick-off our 2017 season!

The mixer was a huge success, with a special thanks to our co-sponsor Centric Bank, live music from JazzMe Band & fabulous food by JDK Catering! The night included gathering time in our pavilion, rides on the new go-karts, delicious hors d’oeuvres, Lasertron Laser Tag, & great live music.

We love hosting events and thoroughly enjoyed hosting the members of the West Shore Chamber at the Carlisle Sports Emporium! We look forward to hosting a mega mixer in May of 2018 to celebrate our 25th anniversary!

If you’ve been looking for a perfect place to host an event, whether it is a company team-building event, milestone anniversary party, Christmas party, a banquet, graduation party, birthday party, school event, or any other type of get-together, we are THE ultimate party destination for your event! The Place to Play specializes in entertainment for all ages and offers a variety of fun attractions, delightful food options, and multiple meeting spaces. Give us a call today to see how we can cater to your specific event! 717.258.4741

 

 

How the Sports Emporium offers Team Unity with Group Outings

Carlisle Sports Emporium hosts team-building events with the purpose of promoting team unity.

Business team building is essential to improving morale enabling team members to communicate more effectively. We offer a unique environment for a business meeting or friendly competition. Our attractions create the perfect way for new employees to get to know each other and become acquainted with other employees, to break down barriers between executives and department staff, enabling fun while improving communication and problem-solving skills. Rally your employees for a game of Lasertron laser tag, or a competitive race on one of the go-kart tracks.

Need a place for your next company event or meeting? Choose from our indoor VIP room, outdoor pavilion, or large indoor multi-purpose room. Don’t miss this great team-building opportunity with your office, sports team or church group – let us be your destination to unwind, let loose and have fun!

New Crane Game!

New E-Claw 3-Player Game

Our latest E-Claw Crane Machines will draw you in with their LED lights & awesome prizes! This new crane game is a 3-player machine, offering different prizes in each unit. This machine offers the latest small-size plushes that everyone is sure to want! Our current plushes include Paw Patrol, Cars 3, Minions, & Sing Characters! Try your hand at our latest claw game for your chance to take home a prize today!