10 Things to do at a Corporate Picnic

Planning a corporate picnic is hard work! You have to find the right location, you must think of what food to serve and you have to come up with activities people will enjoy.

If you are struggling to come up with ideas for things people can do at a corporate picnic, we’ve got your back. Read on to find out about some activities that will be fun for the whole company. First and foremost, there will be an emphasis on team picnic games.

  • These activities do not require a lot of equipment.
  • These activities are fun and safe.
  • I have participated in these activities and they are all terrific for bringing the fun at corporate events.

List of Corporate Picnic / Retreat Games

  • Three-Legged Race
  • Watermelon Eating Contest
  • Tug of War
  • Horseshoes
  • Pinata
  • Lawn Bowling
  • Executive Pie Toss
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Toilet Paper Game
  • Limbo

Three-Legged Race

Three-legged races can be a lot of fun. To play, participants must team up in groups of two. Then they can use rope or whatever else is handy to tie their inner legs together.

The teams must then attempt to make it to the finish line. Whoever gets there fastest is the winner.

This activity promises a lot of laughs both for the participants and the onlookers. It will also build a sense of camaraderie for your team.

Watermelon Eating Contest

Eating contests are terrific for corporate picnics. You can use almost any food you want but watermelons are recommended because they’re a great picnic food, they are light and healthy and they are challenging to eat.

The rules of the contest are simple. Whoever eats the most watermelon in the given amount of time is the winner. To make things even more challenging, you can have a ‘no hands rule’ to make sure contestants use only their mouths when trying to devour the fruit.

Tug of War

To play tug of war, members of your staff must divide themselves into two teams. Teams should be divided evenly according to body weight to keep things fair.

The members of the teams grab on to either side of a rope and pull in either direction. After a while, the strongest team will be able to pull the members of the other team down resulting in the losing team falling all over each other.

This sport encourages teams to work together to build a sense of trust. It’s also a fun activity both participants and onlookers will enjoy.


Horseshoes require a bit more prep than other types of sports. You will need to get a few horseshoes and put some sort of stake into the ground. Guests can then try their hand at throwing the horseshoes to see if they can successfully get them around the stake.

This is good for picnics because it doesn’t take a lot of organization. People can simply pick up a horseshoe and have a go at aiming at the stake at their leisure to keep themselves entertained throughout the party.

Of course, if you want to make it into more of an activity, you can have someone manning the station and giving out prizes to those who have excellent aim!


Playing with a pinata is fun at any age. Guests can take turns swinging at the pinata to see who is finally able to break it open. Then the children at the party can run around to pick up the treats that fall on the ground.

Pinatas might seem high maintenance, but most dollar stores sell pinatas as well as the candy that goes into them making it easy to get everything you need. Just make sure you clean up well before you leave!

Lawn Bowling

If you have one of those kids’ bowling sets, just set it up in an area with solid flooring. Alternately, you can use just about anything as pins including empty bottles and cans.  

Adults and children can take turns aiming at the pins with a softball or another type of sturdy round object. This activity can be done casually or you can keep score just as you would in an actual bowling alley. To make it even more interesting, offer prizes for the winner.

Executive Pie Toss

Employees just love to get the chance to get even with the boss. Give them the perfect opportunity by having an employee pie toss.

You will want to create an area where the executive can stand that makes for easy clean up. Some will construct an elaborate booth but using some cardboard will also do the trick.

Employees can take turns throwing pies at their bosses. To limit food waste, you can simply fill tins with shaving cream. Just make sure the executive wears clothing that is easy to clean.

And by the way, you don’t need to provide prizes for this activity. Revenge is its own reward, ha, ha!

Scavenger Hunt

Scavenger hunts are a popular activity at kid’s parties but there is plenty you can do to take it to an adult level.

Provide clues that are more challenging and will really test mental facilities. Make prizes valuable items like bottles of booze or gift cards. You can also put your guests into teams encouraging them to work together.

This sort of ‘Amazing Race’ scavenger hunt is sure to get their minds working.

Toilet Paper Game

The toilet paper game requires your group to split up into teams of two. Each team lines up one behind the other.

The object of the game is to pass the roll of toilet paper from one player to another going alternately over the head and then under the legs. The first team to get the toilet paper from the beginning to the end of the line without breaking the toilet paper wins.


Limbo is a fun dance that can also be quite physically challenging.

To play, just get some sort of bar. Two people can hold the bar or you can use some sort of adjustable inanimate object to hold it in place.

Players shimmy under the bar with their backs bent so they are facing upwards. If they touch the bar, they are disqualified.

The bar gets lower every round so only a brave few will be remaining after a while. The last man standing wins.

Limbo is best when played to music so be sure to have some great tunes on hand if you are planning on hosting this activity.

These are all great games for you to include in your corporate picnic event. Which will you be hosting when you have your next outdoor office get together?

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