Team Bonding Activities in Singapore – 10 Affordable Team Building Ideas
Updated 3rd Jan 2017
Constantly having a headache over the lack of team building ideas and have a tight budget to keep to? Don’t want to do boring, mundane activities anymore?
Fret not. With our guide to team building ideas, your team building sessions now will definitely be more than an awkward chat over a meal. What’s more? They are fun, yet wallet-friendly. Go ahead and have a great team building! Cheers!
#1 MacRitchie Treetop Walk
Always complaining that there is a lack of lush greenery in Singapore? Then you must have not been to the MacRitchie Treetop Walk. The TreeTop Walk is the main highlight of MacRitchie, allowing you to experience and walk through the various different stages of a mature secondary forest. It is also the first of its kind in Singapore as well as in the region! The free-standing suspension bridge has a walkway length of about 250m, with the highest point at 25m, offering a magnificent view over lush greenery and a community of flora and fauna! Here’s a useful guide for you!
TreeTop Walk: https://www.nparks.gov.sg/~/media/nparks-real-content/gardens-parks-and-nature/diy-walk/diy-walk-pdf-files/treetop_walk_eguide_lres.pdf?la=en
If the TreeTop Walk is too strenuous for you to handle, why not try out the other exciting trails MacRitchie has to offer? Other than the more well-known TreeTop Walk, there are the lesser-known Chemperai Trail and Prunus Trail, which are part of the MacRitchie Boardwalk (Central Catchment Nature Reserve). These trails require a walking time of about 1-2 hour less than the TreeTop Walk but also accompanied with magnificent views and possible sights of native creatures of Macritchie.
Here are some details for you regarding the different trails for you to consider!
Chemperai Trail: https://www.nparks.gov.sg/~/media/nparks-real-content/gardens-parks-and-nature/diy-walk/diy-walk-pdf-files/chemperai_trail_macritchie.pdf?la=en
Prunus Trail: https://www.nparks.gov.sg/~/media/nparks-real-content/gardens-parks-and-nature/diy-walk/diy-walk-pdf-files/prunus_trail_macritchie.pdf?la=en
It is definitely a fantastic experience to enjoy some time in the nature with your fellow colleagues for a slow and leisure hike! Do you want to get out of the office but worried that some colleagues who are older or pregnant may not be receptive to hiking? Why not browse our huge list of ideas for team building in Singapore to propose an alternative for your colleagues to consider too.
Bossa what?! You didn’t get it wrong, it’s Bossaball, an emerging sport which is a combination of volleyball, soccer and acrobatics played on a large inflatable fitted with trampolines. The term “bossa” vaguely translates into attitude or style, and is highly associated with Bossa Nova, with a highly energised and upbeat tempo. This sport is relatively new and is certainly a combination of music and sports! Gather all your colleagues now and try it out for your next team building for a fresh new experience!
Can’t visualise? Here’s a video to illustrate!
Picture source: My Art Studio
Art-Jamming is a great idea to unleash the inner Picasso in all of you. It is of low intensity and hence it is a more inclusive group bonding activity.
Art-jamming will be suitable for groups with participants that are older, physically unfit, pregnant or physically challenged. Also, art-jamming has the advantage of customisation to support experiential learning as the chosen topic can be about your company’s core values or key messages.
This helps to effectively communicate by bringing to life the messages that have been just deployed in the morning or yesterday’s strategy meeting. There is also an extra advantage in reinforcing such key messages as participants will bring the artwork back and this helps them to remember the lessons learnt.
Benefits aside, art has been used extensively in art therapy. It gives participants an opportunity to express themselves through creative and artistic means and this is not only fun but healing to some extent. As such, there are many places that offers Art-Jamming. Be careful when you select the place though. If you are just having a chill & bond sessions, the location, price and ambience are probably factors that you should look at.
However, if you are hoping to go beyond that and have some learning points and take-away so that the time and money spent is justified, you need to go beyond that. Have a quick chat with the potential vendors. Try to understand that the profile of the facilitators have to go beyond accomplished artists. Instead, they should have at least a little bit of exposure to corporate work with past experience facilitating such Art-Jamming cohesion activities that helps experiential learning.
There are a few of such high quality companies and Village Singapura has the pleasure of partnering with one of them, My Art Studio. You can find out more about what we provide in Singapore for Art Jamming team building (in partnership with My Art Studio) or you can also check out other artistic activities by clicking on the artistic category in our huge list of ideas for team building in Singapore. Some ideas include our signature team building activity that uses Drama to reinforce key organisational messages.
#4 Sisters’ Islands
The Sisters’ Islands Marine Park is Singapore’s very first marine park and spans 40 hectares. It is ideally visited during low tides of 0.4 meters and under, where a whole area teeming full of marine life could be seen! Guided tours are also available which are extremely helpful and allow you to learn more about the place and be on a lookout for the extensive biodiversity on the island! Other than guided tours, you can opt for a diving trail as well, where the clear waters is perfect for some snorkeling. Also, every visit brings about a brand new experience – wild dolphins could be spotted on one visit, and a hawksbill turtle on another! Come immerse yourself in nature with your dearest colleagues!
#5 Fly Kite and have a Picnic!
Other than serving as a reservoir, Marina Barrage is really just an excellent location for some bonding. It doubles up as a platform for picnic-goers armed with picnic baskets brimming full of sandwiches, strawberries and apple ciders, and is definitely a hotspot for recreational activities. Other than having picnics, kite flying is common here too. The best thing? It is free and allows for some proper bonding!
Alternatively, you could plan for a pre-team building bonding session, where you get colleagues to gather and make their own kites! I’m sure it will be even more meaningful if you get to fly your very own one-of-a-kind kite! Not very sure how to get started? Here’s a simple video to show you how!
#6 Movie Mob
It’s time to up your level for watching movie. MovieMob is a free outdoor movie screening concept that takes place at various locations around Singapore. With MovieMob, you can now enjoy your favourite movie under the stars or in the comfort of your car. How cool is that! Also, you get to vote for the movie you want to be screened next on their Facebook page! What are you waiting for? Call all of your colleagues and grab a box of popcorn now!
Another hipster way to way your movies differently, would be at The Projector. Do check it out! It’s really a different experience to watch a movie there and after that, watching a movie will never be the same again. It’ll be a nice way to spend some time with your colleagues, appreciating a good movie. A nice huge movie screen and bean bags? YES PLEASE!
#05-00, Golden Mile Tower, 6001 Beach Road, Singapore 199589
At Farmart, is it like Farmville come to life. Get up-close with the farm animals here and get a chance to feed them during their meal time! Also, you get to purchase fresh farm produce such as fresh eggs and even exotic produce like crocodile meat. It is certainly a good getaway from the busy city life with such a temporary escape into the slow paced setting of a farm. For a hassle-free trip, farm tours are also available with friendly guides!
Where: 67 Sungei Tengah Road, Singapore 699008
(If you’re not driving, you can take a shuttle bus from Lot 1 Shopping Mall along Chua Chu Kang Avenue 4)
Alternatively, you could plan a little bonding session with your colleagues at Singapore’s one and only goat farm! At Hay Dairies, you can get to interact with goats and even have a go at milking them! Did you know, a goat produces 3 litres of milk daily on average and that milking only takes place once a day, very early in the morning till about 10:30am. So do head down early to witness some milking in action and to get up close to the goats! Free and easy tours and educational tours are available, and fresh goat milk can be purchase there as welll! So HAY, what are you waiting for?
Where: 3 Lim Chu Kang Lane 4, Singapore 718859
Farm Operating Hours (for farm visits by public):
9:00am to 4:00pm (Monday, Wednesday to Sunday)
Take note! Farm is closed on every Tuesday
#8 Malay Heritage Center
Malay Heritage Centre which provides a marvellous cultural exposure and learning opportunities for visitors of all walks of life! Through its extensive exhibits on display and wide range of programmes available, it aims to honour the past and simultaneously provide a means for present expression. Check out what exhibits to expect here!
Address: 85 Sultan Gate Singapore 198501 (Nearest MRT station: Bugis)
Something extra to add on which may enhance your team bonding session! Why not plan for a Kampong Glam walking tour to learn more about the Malay heritage since you are already in the area? According to the Town Plan Sir Stamford Raffles drew out, Kampong Glam is designated as an enclave for the Malay and Arabs community in Singapore. During the walk, other than the Malay Heritage Centre, do look out for the Sultan Mosque and also visit the textile paradise, Arab Street! And of course, be sure not to miss out the fragrant and mouth-watering nasi padang (steamed rice with a variety of curries and dishes to accompany with). Want something more hipster? There are several cafes there as well, where you can rest and take a break with a cup of coffee or a piece of cake! Just go explore!
What other way to best learn about a culture other than walking and experiencing it first-hand right? So go on this fun and educational trip now!
#9 Singapore Chinese Opera Museum
Visit the Singapore Chinese Opera Museum and immerse yourselves in a cultural treat! Exhibits in the museum span over a hundred years and mainly revolve around the development of Chinese Operas in Singapore over the years. Watch some traditional Chinese Opera or learn some techniques of singing Chinese Opera style, and who knows, you may be the next rising Chinese Opera star. However, be sure to check the timings for Chinese Opera performances before visiting to avoid disappointment!
Address: 100 Sultan Plaza #01-27, Singapore 199001 (Nearest MRT station: Nicoll Highway)
#10 Exclusive Village Singapura experience
Have a fun-filled team building experience at Village Singapura! At Village Singapura, a shop-house is revamped to look like a scene of 1930s Singapore, an excellent team building venue. Participants would be transported back in time, and get to be engaged in an exclusive team building experience. Sounds great!
Check out our Village Singapura bonding activities now !
Can’t find an idea that suits your team? Fret not, here is part 2 with 10 more cheap SG team bonding ideas.
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