Top 15 fun group activities for small teams in New York (2024)

We picked the most fun and stress-free activities in New York to enjoy with a small group!
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Today’s managers deal with ever-changing workplaces. The number of workplace changes has grown fivefold since 2016. These changes—good or bad—affect your team.

As a leader, you can use team-building to create space for your team to process their work life and build relationships with their peers. Regular team-building events also give your team something to look forward to. These “in-between-work” moments can make or break your team’s culture.

We’ve fun group activities that match your team-building goals!

Paint and Sip

A private instructor will take your team through a 2 hour workshop on oil painting. All members will try to reproduce the same painting, making it fun to compare results! - No previous drawing or painting experience required. - All art supplies are included. - Everyone is guaranteed to leave with a painting they can be proud of.

A group painting class in New York
🏷️ Price: $
35
 per person
👪 Capacity: up to 
50
 people
➡️ See more details and book here

Calligraphy Workshop New York

Beginner calligraphy workshops: learn the basics of calligraphy with a local expert.

A calligraphy template for a group event in New York
🏷️ Price: $
50
 per person
👪 Capacity: up to 
15
 people
➡️ See more details and book here

Bonsai Class

Bonsai is the ancient Japanese art form of miniature trees in containers. It is an art form that helps connect us to nature. Through this process, it strengthens our spirit. This is why Bonsai can be a figurative mirror image of the grower. With an open heart and mind, students can start their own journey of personal growth through the art of bonsai taught by Bonsai Master Julian Velasco. Learn the artistic, philosophical, horticultural, and technical process of designing, planting, and maintaining your very own bonsai.

The bonsai participants will develop and take home are sub-tropical bonsai, so they are perfect for indoor apartment growing! With Julian’s guidance and supervision, students will learn how to prune, shape, maintain and repot their bonsai. Bonsai tools will be available for use during the class.

A bonsai class in New York
🏷️ Price: $
120
 per person
👪 Capacity: up to 
15
 people
➡️ See more details and book here

Sushi Class

Dive into the art of sushi making! Guided by a seasoned sushi chef, discover the secrets to selecting fish, perfecting the rice, and mastering the roll. Leave with newfound skills and a palate pleased by your own handcrafted sushi delights.

An instructor is showing how to make sushi with all the ingredients in front of them
🏷️ Price: $
70
 per person
👪 Capacity: up to 
30
 people
➡️ See more details and book here

Natural dye workshop

Experience the wonderful colorful world of natural dyes. Create a one of a kind silk scarf and paintings made by you. You will learn about natural dyes, textiles, dyes used historically, and how to continue to practice the art of dyeing at home. This two hour workshop will cover how to bundle dye textiles and make inks using plants and minerals. Each participant will leave with their dyed items and an instruction sheet.

A dye workshop in New York City organized by Spaciously
🏷️ Price: $
115
 per person
👪 Capacity: up to 
12
 people
➡️ See more details and book here

Make a Mooncake

Embrace tradition and artistry in our hands-on mooncake workshop. Learn the ancient techniques of crafting these symbolic pastries, from the smooth outer layer to the rich, flavorful fillings. By the end, you'll have your very own mooncake, a token of harvest, reunion, and sweet memories.

Two hands forming the dough into a traditional mooncake as part of the baking class
🏷️ Price: $
110
 per person
👪 Capacity: up to 
60
 people
➡️ See more details and book here

Fragrance Blending Class

Uncover the secrets of scent blending. Mix and match essential oils to craft a signature fragrance that speaks uniquely to you.

Samples with perfume and ingredients to make it
🏷️ Price: $
70
 per person
👪 Capacity: up to 
80
 people
➡️ See more details and book here

Candle Making Workshop New York City - Bade

Unleash your inner artisan in this calming candle-making workshop. Learn about the intricate process, from selecting the right wick to infusing fragrances, and mold your own unique candles. By the end, you'll have a beautifully crafted candle to light up your space and elevate your mood.

A candle maker is explaining the process of candle making to a group of workshop participants
🏷️ Price: $
100
 per person
👪 Capacity: up to 
100
 people
➡️ See more details and book here

Cupcake Baking Class

Dive into the sweet world of cupcake creation. Under the guidance of a seasoned baker, learn the secrets to crafting fluffy bases and luscious toppings. Come ready to mix, bake, and decorate, leaving with delicious treats and new baking skills.

A person is topping homemade cupcakes with a chocolate glaze
🏷️ Price: $
90
 per person
👪 Capacity: up to 
20
 people
➡️ See more details and book here

Traditional Tea Tasting

Prepare to embark on a flavor journey as you explore an impressive selection of over 80 teas sourced from China's rich historical terroirs. We're thrilled to showcase all six styles of tea, meticulously crafted by China's most renowned producers and heritage farmers.

Three tea cups seen from above at a tasting in New York
🏷️ Price: $
45
 per person
👪 Capacity: up to 
50
 people
➡️ See more details and book here

Coffee Tasting Pop-Up

Our tasting booth explores four contrasting coffees and helps guests to appreciate differences such as sweetness, acidity, body, and flavor notes.

Coffee tasting setup with different roast profiles and flavors
🏷️ Price: $
19
 per person
👪 Capacity: up to 
250
 people
➡️ See more details and book here

Italian Pasta Class

Master the art of pasta-making with an expert chef. Learn to knead, roll, and shape authentic Italian pasta dishes from scratch. You will create three different pasta styles, including ravioli, spaghetti, and cavatelli. At the end of class, you'll sit down and enjoy your delicious handmade pasta dinner rounded out with homemade appetizers and dessert! The workshop is located in Little Italy.

A person is making homemade pasta with a pasta roller at a pasta class
🏷️ Price: $
150
 per person
👪 Capacity: up to 
40
 people
➡️ See more details and book here

Japanese Ink-painting Class

In this workshop, you will learn the Japanese art of Sumi-e.

Sumi-e, also called Suibokuga, is the art of ink wash-painting. Characteristically, it is an East Asian art and has been practiced there for well over a thousand years. Sumi-e depicts the spirit or essence of an object or scene rather than its outward appearance — and does so in the fewest possible strokes.

Because of this simplicity, the painter’s character and personality come through in their work. In both viewing and creating, Sumi-e is a very contemplative form of painting. If you're looking for mindful art practices or ways to unwind, this meditative art might be just what you're looking for.

Your class is held in a Japanese cultural center in New York, where all students will start from the basics of ink-wash painting, such as how to hold a brush. All materials such as ink, brushes, calligraphy paper, and more will be provided for you to create your projects.

This hands-on art workshop is great for team-building activities, where you and your colleagues will enjoy some creative time, learn a new skill, and practice a peaceful art form.

A Japanese ink painting workshop in New York
🏷️ Price: $
40
 per person
👪 Capacity: up to 
50
 people
➡️ See more details and book here

Mix & Mingle: DIY Cocktails

Ready for some cocktail magic? Join us for "Mix & Mingle: DIY Cocktails." Our cocktail pro will give you the lowdown on mixing epic drinks, and then it's your turn. With all ingredients provided, you'll whip up your own signature cocktail. It's a quick, fun way to learn something new and enjoy some great company. Cheers!

A mixologist prepares craft cocktails with curated ingredients and garnishes
🏷️ Price: $
100
 per person
👪 Capacity: up to 
60
 people
➡️ See more details and book here

Chocolate truffle making workshop

During this fun & info filled class, students learn a simple technique to make chocolate ganache, then we make various treats with it to enjoy during the class. Finally folks hand roll and finish a dozen truffles to take home along with their 'homework' chocolate ganache and a foolproof recipe guaranteed to impress friends and family!

Made in NYC Week: choose Saturday, 11/5 at 11am to join this class for the MINYC special! Also a great Mother's day activity :) More details about this week celebrating the NYC makers here

A group of customers at a chocolate truffle making workshop by Spaciously in New York City
🏷️ Price: $
100
 per person
👪 Capacity: up to 
30
 people
➡️ See more details and book here

Conclusion

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Laurent Baillot is the cofounder of Spaciously - a platform of small businesses running events. A Frenchie living in New York, Laurent is interested in soccer, reading, and the occasional painting class.