Many corporations have been working remotely since early 2020, and as hard as that has been at times, it will be even tougher as annual holiday gatherings won’t be able to happen. However, just because we can’t get together in person, that doesn’t mean there aren’t still ways to come together and celebrate the holidays or show appreciation for everyone’s perseverance in recent months.

Businesses across Columbus have truly shown their ingenuity in adjusting business models as a result of COVID-19, and we’ve gathered a list of those offering virtual experiences that can help bring teams together with fun experiences that can be done from home.

Kingmakers Virtual Board Games

Kingmakers closed their brick-and-mortar store and moved their entire board game business online in an effort to help corporations keep camaraderie during this time. Kingmakers’ Board Game Sommeliers know which game mechanics and themes work best with the particular dynamics of professional groups. Each structured event is built to ensure the play experience is equitable and energized, which leaves everyone giving (virtual) high-fives and feeling awesome about their colleagues. Larger groups are put into breakout rooms.

For an enhanced experience, Kingmakers has partnered with Wolf’s Ridge to add world-class brews to the mix for a Sip + Play experience. Learn more here.

Participants in a Kingmakers virtual board gaming eventCameron Mitchell Restaurants Cocktail Class

Looking to clink glasses with your team for a Holiday Happy Hour and still keep your social distance? Join some of the city’s best bartenders in making classics, seasonal favorites and festive punches. The Cameron Mitchell team curtails each class to the host’s preference and offers cocktail kits, for pick-up or delivery, to make and enjoy from home!  Send them a note to set up your class and relax while they kick your next virtual happy hour off right, just in time for the holiday season.

Columbus Zoo Animal Visit

Give your team the gift of cuteness this holiday season with a virtual visit from the Columbus Zoo's animal ambassadors! They're sure to be the life of any party. Contact the Animal Programs team at (614) 724-3433 to book your virtual program.

Columbus Zoo animal ambassadors making a virtual visitPinot’s Palette Virtual Painting

Pinot’s Palette virtual painting events include all supplies needed to create a beautiful piece of art, guided by an expert via zoom. These events are an experience and a gift all in one as that painting can hang in any home office as a reminder of the event for years to come. Check out upcoming opportunities here.

Donatos Virtual Pizza Party

Pizza parties are a classic means of bringing people together, and though we can't gather in person Donatos is helping ensure the fun that happens when pizza is shared by many can still take place. This Columbus-favorite joint has a team at the ready to help coordinate details for virtual pizza parties to make it easy to gather with your team this holiday season. Get started here.

Donatos Virtual Pizza PartyVine + Forge Virtual Mixology Classes

Downtown’s Vine & Forge is offering Virtual Mixology Classes for teams as an alternative to traditional happy hour events. Groups simply pick a kit from these options, schedule a time and date with one of their expert bartenders, and they will deliver everything you need to follow along in a virtual mixology lesson. This is a great option for small or medium teams looking for a fun and safe event.

The Kitchen Curated Event

If none of the events listed are exactly what you’re looking for, let the experts at The Kitchen curate an event that’s right for your team. From flatbread challenges, charcuterie boards, wine tastings and more, they can build anything to fit your needs, as long as it involves food and beverage (even if that food is for your furry friends). Contact them here to start planning!

Tight budget? No worries!

You can still have some virtual fun by following these simple steps from the team bonding gurus at sparkspace to run a virtual scavenger hunt with your team.

Note: Zoom fatigue is real! Consider implementing virtual meeting blackout dates ahead of a virtual team bonding event to increase engagement.