TeamBonding: 20+ Years of World Class Team Building

Looking to build close-knit, quality relationships among your employees? Are you wary of team building activities after some awkward experiences? Don’t worry: TeamBonding has you covered. TeamBonding believes in “harnessing the power of play” to create activities which build strong bonds among even the most stubborn of co-workers. This company has true expertise in innovative programming, totally customizable to your needs, to create a one-of-a-kind experience for your group. Also, we ❤️ TeamBonding because they do awesome charity events.

“We do not quit playing because we grow old, we grow old because we quit playing.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

TeamBonding Highlights

  • TeamBonding works with your organization from the very first stages of planning to create an experience that works best for you.
  • Since the needs of our workplaces are constantly evolving, TeamBonding is committed to staying on the cutting edge of best practices. This means that innovation is to your program.
  • One of TeamBonding’s biggest assets is how customizable their programs are. They have worked with groups as small as 15 people, and as large as 1200! TeamBonding’s talented staff can provide a few hours of activity or an entire day of experiences. And best of all, they can come to you! Their goal is to make the experience work with exactly what you want to accomplish as a company.
  • The wide array of programs offered by TeamBonding makes them unique in the industry. You can choose from escape games, high-tech scavenger hunts, music-oriented events, culinary programs, charity-based activities… Where else could you do anything ranging from “Escape from Werewolf Village” to “Corporate Project Runway”. What do all these activities have in common? They are high energy, totally engaging, and designed to build strong, lasting bonds among your team!
  • TeamBonding led over 900 events last year; they are true experts at crafting great experiences for your group!

How to Find TeamBonding

TeamBonding is based in Boston, and has offices in New York, Chicago, Dallas, Phoenix, and San Francisco. The company provides event services nationwide, and they’ve even created events as far away as Singapore! You can plan to do your activity at locations ranging from outdoors, to hotels, to your office!

TeamBonding Activities

TeamBonding not only offers a wide array of options that can be customized to fit your needs, but they also are constantly developing new activities! Here are a few of the options available:

  • Live-Action and Escape Games: Corporate groups love the exciting live-action, escape, or scavenger hunt games. These activities utilize technology and the environment around you to create fast-paced experiences that require problem solving and team-work!
  • Charity Events: There is nothing quite like working together to give back to your community or making change in the world. Whether you are building bikes for children, or creating care packages for soldiers a world away, these activities not only bring your team closer together, but also allow them to go on a powerful emotional journey together. TeamBonding can introduce you to some amazing existing charity partnerships, or can connect with your favorite charity!
  • Innovation Lab: How do new programs get developed? With YOUR help! At a special price and with twice the adventure, your group can be part of the Innovation Lab. You might be the first group ever to try a brand new activity!

Interview with David Goldstein, Founder & CEO of TeamBonding

Check out our interview with David from TeamBonding below, about how the company got started and how they create unique, hands-on experiences that bring people closer together.

Interview Transcript

McKenzie: Today, I am really excited to be interviewing David, from TeamBonding. It’s really great to be talking with you today, David.

David: You as well. Thanks for the call.

McKenzie: So, my first question for you is really simple: what is TeamBonding?

David: I can answer that question in many different ways – but the simplest way is that we are a nation-wide corporate team building company that offers, at this point, somewhere between 90 and 100 different options, designed for clients looking to bring their teams closer together.

McKenzie: Okay, very cool. How did you get started with team building?

David: So, I’ve been – TeamBonding is a little over 20 years old. I’m an entrepreneur. So I guess, in that scenario, my first business was a murder mystery dinner theater. And so, at the time, the murder mystery dinner theater was in Boston, but I also licensed it so there were 21 similar dinner theaters licensed to me all over the US, and a few other places around the world. And it was a public dinner theater, but it also had a corporate side. The corporate side kind of led us into a different world of corporate entertainment, and corporate entertainment was kind of a nice crossover into team building. So we were doing customized corporate murder mysteries, and then we started doing team building events, and then when we did enough of the team building events, it was one of those things where it was like “wow, I really like this business, I like what it does, I like what it feels like, I like what we’re able to do with it, I like working with the corporate clients.” It was just a lot easier than working with the public clients. So we created a number of different team building events designed to – some of them were things they were familiar with at the time, others were new and different. So we kind of needed a combination of things that companies were familiar with, like scavenger hunts – the one at the time was a limousine scavenger hunt – and new things that they hadn’t heard of. So we created a business – we created TeamBonding, with the idea of offering enough of a selection of programs, not necessarily for what we wanted to offer, but to meet the needs of what clients are looking to accomplish. So that’s always how we started. It isn’t “hey, we are a scavenger hunt company”, or “hey, we do this”, it’s a little bit more of “what are you looking to accomplish?” And once we determine that, we can help them figure out the best solution that we have.

McKenzie: Yeah, absolutely. So what does that process look like? I imagine, you know, somebody from the company – like in human resources – comes to you and says “we want to put on this event”. It seems like y’all have a really diverse array of options available to them. How do you develop the best plan for each specific company you work with?

David: Well, it’s two ways. So there’s the ongoing effort to continually explore new trends and new activities and new programs. And then there’s the sales process, which is a little bit – I’ll tell you a little story. I used to have two sales people when I first started. And one of the sales people would say “Sure! You want a scavenger hunt? Here are the scavenger hunts we have. You want a cooking program? Here’s the cooking program we have.” The other sales person would say “Why do you want a scavenger hunt? What are you looking to accomplish?” And understand a little bit more what the client was looking to get out of the experience. And once she determined what the client was looking for, then she would- if the scavenger hunt was one of the things that made sense, then by all means, she’d send the scavenger hunt – but she’d send options that fit a little bit better with what they were looking to accomplish. So it’s a little bit more of a needs assessment in the beginning. It’s more consultative than sales.

McKenzie: Yeah, absolutely. So you’re starting with their goals, basically, then developing from there.

David: You’re starting with their goals, and as the owner of the company – there’s no incentive for them to sell one thing over another – because it’s all about the client getting what they want. And if they get what they want, they’ll use us again. You know, trust us, and we build a relationship from there.
McKenzie: Yeah. So what are companies usually looking for from activities like this? Do they usually have kind of the same goals, or do you work with a lot of different needs with different companies?
David: Well, we work with a lot of different needs with different companies. Because the needs change as the time of year changes. So this time of year, you know, we’re in the middle of kind of company kick offs. You know, beginning of the year, sales meetings, conferences, things like that. In the spring, we’ll get a little bit more into interns, and then we get into summer outings, and then we get into holiday parties, so it really depends upon the time of the year, and the client, and what they’re looking for. And also the kind of a group, whether it be an onboarding type program with new employees, or whether it’s- they’ve combined with another company, so they need a little bit more of ‘getting to know each other’. Our model has always been to have the right programs to meet the needs that they have. And it’s worked. It’s something to the point – I think we did somewhere around nine hundred events last year.

McKenzie: Wow. That’s a lot.

David: It is a lot of team building events. It’s a lot of any kind of events. It’s bigger than we ever thought it would be when we started. But it’s a very enjoyable business to be in.

McKenzie: Yeah, I imagine so. I imagine it’s a lot of good energy a lot of the time, because you’re working towards really positive goals, it seems like.

David: Yeah, I mean it’s- everything we do is not so serious that there’s not fun involved. There’s a lot of fun involved in both planning it and delivering it. So the client is getting, and the team is getting, the benefits of both.

McKenzie: Yeah. So how do you develop what activities are available? Is it always the same set of things, or do you add new ones? Or take ones away periodically?

David: That’s funny- we just finished that. I think everything, at least in the way we do it, it’s kind of like the 80/20 rule. Are you familiar with that? You do 20% of your programs 80% of the time.

McKenzie: Right.

David: So what I actually just did, is I went through our programs and looked at what we’ve done over the last couple of years, and I got rid of the bottom ten, so I could add new ones. Not because we couldn’t have capacity to add new ones, but I didn’t want to clutter it up with things that just weren’t working, or that we hadn’t done in a while. So I took out ten, and added ten more. So then some of the new ones are a little bit more what I think the trends are going to be, and what I hear about, and what I think people want to do. So, if you look at some of the other interviews you’ve had, for the most part, we’ve done some part of all of it. It’s a matter of trying to match the right program. And to come up with programs that not only anticipate their needs, but try to stay not too far ahead. If that makes sense.

McKenzie. Yeah, absolutely. So you mentioned trends in team building activities. Where do you think trends are going as companies evolve? What are popular activities right now?

David: Right now, popular activities – there’s kind of a combination of tried and true, and- we just added an innovation section of the website, which is where- you know, clients are funny in a way: they always want the latest, greatest thing. And you say, okay, this is what we’ve created for the latest, greatest thing, and they say “okay, great. Now what I need is references from the last couple of companies that have done it.” So we need a place to put new programs where we can test them out before charging full price, to make sure that it was good. So right now, what we’re working on, we’re working on escape room games. Escape room type events. And that, I think, is a trend just everywhere. What’s different about our approach is – you go to an escape room that you’re typically locked in, for you know, 8 to 10 people. We’ve done it in a way that instead of them coming to us, we can go to them. So we can bring the escape game to a bank or a ballroom or even a hotel, using the hotel rooms as escape rooms.

McKenzie: Oh really- that’s interesting.

David: So, it’s looking at trends and seeing different twists. And because we’ve been around so long, we’ve seen a number of different twists. Scavenger hunts have gone from Polaroid cameras to iPads. Cooking has gone from, you know, fairly simple chili cook offs to very complicated Iron Chef kind of programs. So the next thing I think that is coming up, other than technology, is- there will be virtual reality, in some way, a little bit more involved in team building.

McKenzie: Yeah, absolutely. Cool, so- it seems like a lot of these activities are pretty active, like the outdoor activities y’all have listed. How accessible are these programs? Do you ever require a certain skill level? Or ability level?

David: Well, it’s interesting – what we have now is designed for everybody. So, even if people can’t participate in the corporate Olympics, or outrageous games, there’s something that they can do to be involved with their teams. Whether it be scoring, or team captain, or some way to be involved. We’ve always gone to be extremely accessible to everyone, but we’re making a change coming up – we’re adding a new division, a new company, which may be good for a separate story. So we’re going to be adding adventure activities. And those are not going to be as accessible.

McKenzie: Right, a little more challenging.

David: A little bit more challenging. You can look at Tough Mudder, and some of those things that people are doing out there. We want to have things like – we’re going to have things like axe throwing, and giant stand-up paddleboards, and mobile rock walls, and things like that that are a little bit more physically challenging. So that’s a departure for us as far as being- as far as everything being, what we have now, is more accessible. Not that the other one will be less accessible, but it would just be a little bit more specialized as far as who we are targeting.

McKenzie: Yeah, definitely. So, let’s see. What demographics do you think these activities are best for? Do you think it could be applied to pretty much any demographic that comes to y’all?

David: Nowadays, there are four- what do you call it – four different groups of people working in the workplace. So because millennials are working with baby boomers, and Generation X, and all of the people that are working together, I think team building needs to take into consideration all of these groups and figuring out how they can communicate and how they can work together, and what they need to hear and what they need to say, just so they can continue to be productive. It’s more generations that have worked in one work force than have ever happened. And they’re very different, as far as their motivations and such. So coming up with programs that meet the needs of all of them is one of the things that we’re constantly kind of seeking out.

McKenzie: Yeah, I imagine a huge part of what y’all do is building those links between people that come from very different – very different walks of life, I guess, but all have to work together in one cohesive work setting.

David: Yeah, absolutely. Because we all work differently, whether it be technology, or texting, or- you know you have to come up with something that is inclusive, just like what we are offering. Because companies have to deal with that on a day to day basis.

McKenzie: Right, for sure. So I know you have a lot of different events available, but like on average or generally, what’s the duration of one of your team building events with a company? How long would something like that take?

David: An average program is 2-3 hours. We are typically brought into an agenda, you know, late in the planning. Where it’s like “okay, here’s the meetings, here’s the lunch, here’s what we’re going to be doing as far as speaking, but we have this three-hour thing – let’s do some team building. So then it’s not only matching up what they need, to accomplish what they’re trying to do during that meeting, but it’s where they are. The venue definitely adds a lot to what we do.

McKenzie: Do you offer any events that are site specific? Like, they need to go to a certain place to be able to do them? Or can y’all bring your team building activities pretty much anywhere you go?
David: We’ve tried it a number of different ways, where we’ve created venue partnerships, like the ice sculpting was at an ice bar, the museum hunts are specific museums, but people seem to like the flexibility to taking us to where they’re going to be.

McKenzie: Yeah, I’m sure that’s very – I mean, especially if they have a whole rest of the day planned, like a big bonding adventure, it makes sense that y’all could come to them – that would be convenient.

David: Exactly. For the most part, we’re not – it’s not like they choose a team building event and build their agenda around us. It’s usually the other way around.

McKenzie: So how many people do you need to have a good team building event? Like, can you work with small groups or larger groups? What’s kind of the range of size you work with?

David: Typically we’ll work with groups as small as 15. We do have a “do it yourself” that we have on our website for people that either don’t have the budget or don’t have the group size, and either they can download programs or we can ship something to them. The other part of it is that we’ve done as many as 1200 as far as large groups. But that’s a little less team building and a little bit more corralling.

McKenzie: Sure- I can imagine that can be hard to navigate. What kind of activities can you do with groups that large?

David: We just did an indoor scavenger hunt at one of the Gaylor hotels, so scavenger hunts are good in places like an indoor facility like that, or in a city like the Las Vegas strip, we’ll do a large event there, and then within that, there are themes – you know, Amazing Race scavenger hunts, we’ve got a new one coming up with kind of a Monopoly theme, a charity scavenger hunt, so there’s a lot of different things within the different events. For large events, it’s usually – you’ve got to keep simultaneous groups working. It’s our own little pyramid, where we’ve got the lead, and then we’ve got sub-group leaders, and then team leaders, and it’s a lot more staff and stuff.

McKenzie: Yeah. No, absolutely. So a lot of your activities are led by facilitators, right? Can you talk a little about their experience, and what kind of training or preparation they have to go through to work with your company?

David: Sure, yeah. When we first started, as we talked about earlier, I had a theater company. So our original facilitators were actors. And actors were amazing in the sense that they could entertain a crowd like nobody can. They were also flexible as far as their time frame. But as we did more serious work, and with bigger companies, the actors didn’t see the whole picture. So facilitators – or, our facilitators – are trained to handle multiple audiences. The audience that you’re performing or delivering to, those that are part of the activity, the venue that you’re at, the client that hired you, potentially the meeting-planner that hired them. So there’s multiple audiences that they have to be aware of at any given time, as far as who they’re trying to keep happy. So in some sense, they are trainers with background in development and such, in other cases, depending on the activity, they’re disc jockeys. Because they understand that there’s a lot of people you have to keep happy, and how you keep them happy, by balancing, whether it be the sound, or whether it be the stuff, there’s always ways to keep everybody on the same page. So we still have some actors, depending on- for some of the lighter activities, like the scavenger hunts or things like that. Depending on the program or the size of the program, we have a – how do I say it – I guess we have a nation-wide staple of facilitators we’ve been using for years. So we’re not flying people all over – we have people, typically where the clients are hiring us for.

McKenzie: yeah. So I know that there are going to be a lot of factors that go into this – into pricing. But I was wondering, do you have an average price-per-person that your activities usually cost? Or does it vary a lot depending on what activities it is?

David: Because we’re not kind of a one trick pony, we have- everything is based on the number of people, the activity that they’re doing, the level of facilitation. So a chef that does a culinary program might be more than an actor that does a scavenger hunt. So it typically starts at about $2,500, and it goes up from there.

McKenzie: Right, definitely. Awesome. Is there anything else that you would be interested in going deeper into, or that we’ve missed, or that you would like to say about TeamBonding?

David: One thing I didn’t talk about is probably my favorite part of what we do. Right after 2008, during the Recession, we had a – just like anybody else – business almost came to a complete halt. And what took us out of the complete halt, was charitable team building events. So in a typical team building event, you’ll be doing an event for a particular group, and that’s the audience. But in a charitable team-building event, you’re doing something in a team building event with a group that gives back to the community. So we have a whole lot of things that either build bikes for children who have never had bikes, or cancer care kits for people who are going through chemotherapy, or Toms shoes – we paint them and decorate them for people in different countries, so the whole charitable team building offerings are another real component of what I think is the best of what we do. It’s a trend that is not as new as it once was, but I think it’s staying really strong, because it’s- you know, you’ve heard “win-win”, this is what I call a “win-win-win”. Because, you know, you’re building a team, and you’re giving back to the community, so – the first time we did one of these, we were giving teddy bears for kids with Down syndrome. And the facilitator came back and said “David, you will never believe it, but at the end of this event, everyone in the room was in tears.” And I said “well, you have the only job of anyone I’ve ever met that if that happens, you’ve done your job.” Because that really – it gets, the emotional impact of these type of programs, whether it be a soldier coming and talking about what it feels like to receive a care package when they’re in Iraq or whether it’s the cancer care- which is actually inspired by my brother’s battle through cancer, for what it means to get the book or the card or the project or the stuff that will help you. That’s probably the coolest thing that we do, and I want to make sure we don’t miss that.

McKenzie: Yeah, absolutely. And I’m sure for the participants in these activities, you know all of them going through that same emotional journey together too, I’m sure brings them very close together, because they’ve had this shared experience of getting to do something really powerful

David: It really is. It really is the best of what’s come out of this business. You know, the scavenger hunts and the other stuff are fun, and they have their purpose, but the charitable programs are just amazing.

McKenzie: Yeah, absolutely. Well, that’s all of the questions I have for you for today, thank you so much for taking the time and talking to me!

David: Alright, McKenzie!

McKenzie: Alright, have a great day.

David: You too – take care.

TeamBonding Reviews

Want to check out what other organizations thought of their experience with TeamBonding? Here are some great reviews. If you’re interested in reading more reviews, you will find these on their Clients page and Facebook page!

“We had about 350 to 400 people attend and I’ve heard wonderful things about it so far. Everyone seemed to have a great time and the games were a huge hit! Your staff in particular were especially professional, thorough, and very kind to work with through the entire event planning and function that evening”. –S. G., Financial Executives International

“We were absolutely delighted with the School for Spies program. It exceeded all our expectations. Without exception, everyone in attendance participated. No one felt awkward or embarrassed. No one felt silly or singled out.” –J.G – Goldman Sachs, New York City

“We heard nothing but great things about our Charity Bike Build! It touched a lot of people and they were truly surprised when the kids came through the door. We look forward to future events!” –A.L. – The Dolben Company, Inc.

“The event was great. Our lead was great. It kept a fun atmosphere and everyone really enjoyed it. We received a lot of good feedback the next morning. We appreciate your help as usual. Great job!” –Siemens

Have You Attended a TeamBonding Event?

If you’ve worked with TeamBonding for a corporate event, then we would love to hear about your experience! Did you do a fun scavenger hunt or participate in one of their charity oriented activities? What was your experience like developing a customized experience that served your organization’s individual mission and values? How did your team grow closer from their programs?

Emerald City Trapeze: A Whole New Meaning For “Trust Falls”

When I was misbehaving as a kid, my father would threaten to sell me to the circus. After interviewing Emerald City Trapeze Arts, it does not seem so bad! Ever think about joining the circus? At Emerald City Trapeze you get to do just that. They provide a number of different trapeze themed classes and services. Everything from a formal holiday party with professional trapeze artists and aerial artists to encouraging you to roll up your sleeves, climb up the ladder, and perform a trapeze catch!

Emerald City Trapeze has worked with numerous companies, showing employees what goes into building strong trust and communication. When you start your class, the instructors begin with a 15-minute introduction to go over your first trick and safety standards. Then it is your time to learn to fly. Maybe you would prefer something a little different? Looking for a fun way to surprise your colleagues? It wouldn’t be the first time Emerald City has seen a CEO learn the flying trapeze only to show off their skills to a room full of their employees.

Highlights of Events With Emerald City Trapeze

Events with Emerald City provide highly customizable team building opportunities. Not everyone has to participate, as Emerald City Trapeze can offer everything from a class to a professional show. However, many choose to participate after seeing others have so much fun in the air. Emerald City Trapeze has a beautiful venue and very skilled staff which give them vast range in providing services for your next team building event or party.

  • Everything from casual trapeze lessons to formal holiday party events. If you want to take your holiday party a step further, people have been known to take a lesson and surprise their colleagues at the event with their newly discovered skills.
  • They can provide classes or ice breaker sessions in flying trapeze, aerial arts, or a variety of circus arts.
  • Party guests can choose to be involved or just watch while enjoying cocktails and appetizers.
  • Add on bar service with the option of open, estimated, or pay per drink.
  • Allow your employees to take home a memento with a photo in crazy costumes. The flying trapeze artists might even surprise you popping into a few of the shots. This add-on brings in a photo booth for your guests to enjoy when not on the flying trapeze.
  • Emerald City does not provide catering services; however, they allow any licensed caterer to service the event.
  • Prices are listed on Emerald City Trapeze’s website. You can choose from a Team Building Package or rent the entire venue for your next party or function! Prices can vary with the experience you are looking for so it is best to contact Emerald City for a quote.

A Great Team Building Opportunity

Emerald City Trapeze has a unique Team Building package that includes professional trapeze show and access to their balcony with a bar. This exclusive experience includes 4 hours of balcony rental and there are plenty of add-ons, including the option for adding on more time, a group flying trapeze lesson, or a photo booth for people to take photos during the event. The price is a flat rate up to 100 people. For groups larger than 100 guests, Emerald City Trapeze can work with you on creating the perfect experience that will fit your group’s vision. Emerald City Trapeze hosts all sizes of parties, including small birthdays of 8-10 people and large events of 300-400 guests.

Is Trapeze a Safe Activity?

Flying Trapeze may sound extreme. Emerald City Trapeze offers a safe and fun experience for all. While it is plenty of fun there are safety rules set in place to make sure everyone has a fantastic experience. Most of these rules will be reviewed before you begin flying but some that are important to note now are listed below.

  • Every flyer must sign a waiver that recognizes the risks, liability and recognizing the flyers have health insurance.
  • All flyers will be secured in a harness and follow safety protocol.
  • There is a weight maximum of 250 pounds.
  • If you are pregnant or think you might be pregnant you are not allowed to participate.
  • Instructors must be informed of any current or potentially relevant injuries.
  • Drinking is only permitted for those who are either not flying or are done flying.

Learn more about the waiver and safety standards here.

What Should I Wear?

If you are planning on trying out the flying trapeze or an aerial class there is a dress code. This is where you could really have fun and get a little creative.

  • Stripes, knee-high socks, feathers, sequins, bow-ties, and leg warmers are encouraged!
  • Comfortable form-fitting athletic clothes. Baggy clothes may get in the way of your performance.
  • Jeans and shorts are not recommended.
  • No jewelry during the class, please put long hair up and contact lenses are more preferable than glasses.
  • Clothing with buttons, snaps, zippers, rivets, or other metal accessories are not permitted.
  • Shoes cannot be worn during the class but socks are allowed.

Interview With Mariah of Emerald City Trapeze

Check out my interview with Mariah as we talk about Emerald City and all the different services offered.

Interview Transcript

Kristen: Hi I am Kristen and I am with Team Building Hero and I am here with Mariah from Emerald City Trapeze Arts. Hi Mariah, thank you for calling today.

Mariah: Thank you so much for reaching out to us we are excited to share a little bit about Emerald City Trapeze.

Kristen: Awesome, well first just to start off can you tell me a little bit about Emerald City Trapeze Arts and how it all got started?

Mariah: Absolutely, Emerald City Trapeze is located in Seattle Washington. We are about 5 to 10 minutes from downtown, Seattle. We are one of the very few circus facilities that allows you to fly indoors on a trapeze rig, we are fully indoors. We offer aerial arts, pole, trampoline, tumbling, and flying trapeze. We offer pretty much everything across the circus board. We also do high end events, and we do a variety of different team building activities.

Kristen: Awesome, so what about the corporate events? Do you guys kind of offer special services or special events for your corporate clients?

Mariah: We do, we offer a couple different options. Some groups just come in and they take a class where they learn how to do flying trapeze, it is a great option if they want to do an ice breaker or if, it is a group of employees who just want to get out and get unplugged. They have a chance to really get in a new environment and bond in a new and exciting way. We also do event rental, so if we want to have a group come in, perhaps during a holiday party, it is a great place where they can celebrate but also have an edge of circus to it where you could have flying trapeze artists, you could have aerial artists, you could have all these different components come together and create this really magical evening.

Kristen: O wow, that is really cool. So when you have corporate companies and clients come in and you are having employees do this, HR may be like, ‘woah, that is a little bit too intense for maybe someone in a higher position or someone that is older’ what would you say to people that are more worried about safety? Is there a height restriction? Is there a weight restriction?

Mariah: There is a weight restriction. Everything is posted online as far as our FAQ, you are welcome to look through that [information]. As far as safety, when it comes to safety, we are all about safety. There is a waiver that everyone signs, but everyone always wears safety lines for flying trapeze except, our event staff. If you are doing a component where the employees are trying trapeze during an event, our staff are trained to make sure that everyone is completely safe. We only allow drinking after people have participated with all of the different components. We really think about how to maximize the experience while also maximizing the safety component. We have children at summer camp learn to fly on the flying trapeze, and we have also had CEO’s who have flown during a fly show for a corporate event. So we have really seen the whole gamut.

Kristen: Wow, thats great. So you also mentioned corporate events related to holiday parties. Do you guys have any add ons as far as a bar, or catering service? What can they look for when doing a more formal event rather than trying the trapeze.

Mariah: Absolutely, if you want to do a more formal event we have a couple different options. If people want to participate we have an option where you can add-on an experience where it is unlimited flying trapeze for an hour. Your employees can come, fly, and watch other employees fly. It is a really great environment where people can start taking pictures, and videos, and get into it. It is a great way to kick off the evening –  just so you have something to watch, and it’s entertainment all on its own, especially seeing either yourself on the flying trapeze or seeing other people fly. If you want to just sit back and relax, you can add-on a flying trapeze show performed by our professional flying trapeze artists. A lot of people choose to have more of a circus or aerial ambiance during dinner or cocktail hour. We would recommend having an aerial ambiance performance – that could be anything from hoop to silks. It is a beautiful and romantic environment or it can be really hot and spicy, so it really just depends on what the client wants to create as far as environment.

We also do have a bar package, so we do offer everything in between. If you want to just come have a couple drinks with your group after doing a flying trapeze class, we can put together kind of a mini package or if you want to really do the holiday experience we do have full bar. We also, as of this year, have a photo booth option. So if people want to start putting on those crazy costumes and taking those pictures they are more then welcome to do so. It is a great memento, and a chance to really enjoy yourself. Sometimes our circus performers come and join you, and it is pretty fun because they are in full costume. We have just so many different options so if people want to create customized packages we are more than happy to put something together.

Kristen: Wow, that is so fun. So you kind of have everything from the casual, ‘O I want to actually try trapeze arts’ to formal holiday parties.

Mariah: Exactly, we actually do have a formal Team Building Package. And it is a really cool package because it essentially allows you to be part of the circus. The package gives you full access to our balcony. It gives you area where you can mingle. There is a bar up there, and it’s a great view. It is also nose-to-nose with our flying trapeze artists. That package includes a flying trapeze show, but you are also welcome to add on that experience so you can come, you can fly, you can eat and drink and then you can watch our professional flyers all for kind of a mini team building package and that is for under 100 people.

Kristen: So for the team building package do you guys talk about working together? Talk about, I would assume, trust that goes into throwing your partner into the air and all these different acrobatic moves.

Mariah: Absolutely, one of our biggest focuses is communication. We really want people to understand that when you are on the flying trapeze you have to listen and you have to really think about what you are doing. And, then there is also that team aspect of encouraging each other. We have a lot of individuals who come in, and they are absolutely terrified to go up the ladder. It doesn’t look that high from down below, but once you are up there, it can set off a lot of those fears. So really getting people to start encouraging each other and building on trust factors and ensuring that you know – whatever happens – everyone is going to have a great time, and you are going to cheer on those teammates. It is really different from the work environment and it builds just a different relationship between people. It is the same thing with our professional trapeze artists, it is all about those cues, listening, trust and knowing that as you swing across, someone is going to be there to catch you on the other side. Knowing that there is someone there on your safety lines, making sure you are fully secure and safe the entire time. It is a really cool experience.

Kristen: Awesome, so you mentioned that your team building package is for 100 people, correct?

Mariah: Mhmm, yes. We can accommodate more than that but then it starts to become a more formalized event. We do kind of have a really cool kind of exclusive mini team building package.

Kristen: Nice, so if there is a company say for maybe 20 people, would that still be ok for a smaller company?

Mariah: Absolutely, our bar area up top is included in the balcony area, you can fit 20 or you could fit 100. It just depends on how you want to accommodate everyone. If you have smaller groups we kind of recommend bringing in some tables and kind of creating an intimate ambiance. But we do much smaller parties as well. We have done the size of a birthday party of 8 – 12 people to upwards of a couple hundred. So it just depends one what group size you want and what ambiance you want to create and how we can really be a part of that.

Kristen: Fantastic, so what is the price ranges? You said the team building package is for about 100 people, does that price range change with the number of people that come? Is it a flat rate that increases after 100?

Mariah: We do have a flat rate for up to 100 guests. That is for 4 hours of time on the balcony. That does include the flying trapeze performance and that is $2,695. Then you can add-on an additional flying trapeze experience of $750 per hour. So that is a pretty cool experience and it is just because if you want to have up to 100 guests that is great. If you want to have more than that it is just becomes a customized package. It comes down to how many people you want to host, if it is a couple hundred it is a whole different deal. But if it is a couple more we can definitely work on a per person basis.

Kristen: Great, So with the add ons there was the photo booth, the bar, is that also included in the team building or is that an additional cost with the flat rate?

Mariah: Yes, that is a great question. As far as the photo booth that would be additional. When it comes to team building it depends on what package they want. If they want to do a full bar that is an additional item. If they want to do any kind of catering that is an additional item as well. We work with some great caters in the area but we do not have an exclusive cater. So it just depends on how we can best put together a package. Some people want to come and have one or two drinks with a cash bar or an estimated bar would be great. Some people want to come in for the whole afternoon and a hosted bar would be the way to go.

Kristen: Wow, that is so great. So say I am from HR and looking to plan an event and I am not really sure if I want to do a formal or a more interactive experience, what would you suggest for someone that is just learning about Emerald City Trapeze Arts?

Mariah: Absolutely, I would love for you to come in and take a tour. Because once you are in the space you get a better sense for what we do and what it feels like – that is a lot of what we try to create is this atmosphere of people can do anything, people can unplug and be part of this world. So if you are looking at an option where you just want entertainment, that is completely fine. If you want an option where people can have that circus experience that is fine as well. A lot of people end up combining the two. They end up doing an hour of experience where their employees can do flying trapeze and then move into a cocktail hour, followed by dinner, and aerial ambiance then ending the night with a bang with the flying trapeze show. So it gives everyone the chance to participate, or not, to really be involved and feel like they are a part of this magical world.

Kristen: Wow, that is so awesome. So it is completely customizable, you have the team building package and that really allows employees to learn off one another. Can you tell me about some of the experiences you guys have had with companies? Maybe companies learning from one another, and employees trying to build trust?

Mariah: Absolutely, one that just pops into my head was when a couple members of their company’s c-suite, came in prior to their big event. They actually learned some tricks on the flying trapeze prior to debuting their new tricks at the actual company event, It was pretty marvelous. No one knew that they were going to be performing, so everyone was just having their drinks and enjoying the evening. Then we kicked off the performance with a couple c-suite members performing and smiling, many people were taking pictures. People were going crazy with capturing videos and everyone was just having a great time. That is what we try to create – is that experience where people can feel like anyone can do anything. It’s just magical here. And we have had some other people that have chosen to do the flying trapeze experience, and they say, ‘O only 15 people are going to try’ and then it ends up being that everyone wants to try. The first couple of people the brave ones, right?

Kristen: Yup, definitely

Mariah: The first couple of people realize how fun it is. Like I said, everyone is fully harnessed, fully strapped in, and you are never just launching yourself off the platform without full guidance and once people realize it is just super fun and that we are a silly, fun group. Our instructors just try to keep people laughing and smiling the entire time. Suddenly everyone in the company wants to try it so that is pretty cool experience as well.

Kristen: Wow, that is so great. So I can go for the evening and watch my boss jump off a ledge and do tricks in the air. O wow, that is so great. Well, I think that is all the questions I have for you, do you have anything you would like to add about Emerald City Trapeze Arts?

Mariah: I think as far as things to add, I would just mention if you are thinking about doing an event here and you want to add on that experience factor, just come in for a class. You don’t have to commit to a series. Just one class, it is two hours, it is $60 per person. You get the experience of learning all of the flying trapeze basics, and we get you in the air after about 15 minutes. By the end you actually have the chance to go for a catch and that is where the magic happens. So I think if anyone is on the fence and they just want to try it. Come in for one class and it will change the way you do things. A lot of our individuals just wanted to spice up their fitness routine or gain a whole new community. So a lot of it can really change the way you think. So we recommend people come in and just try it.

Kristen: Awesome, well thank you so much for talking with us and we are definitely interested in seeing more Emerald City Trapeze Arts

Mariah: Perfect, thank you so much for your time.

Emerald City Trapeze Reviews

“WOW. What an experience at Emerald City Trapeze!! This was quite possibly the most thrilling and satisfying thing I’ve ever done. The instructional team contributes to this almost entirely – they made me feel so comfortable here despite all my nerves, and really helped me build my confidence in addition to these new skills. They’re welcoming, they’re friendly – and they really know what they’re doing. This is what really made this studio and experience truly unforgettable.” – Araya U., Yelp

“We included Emerald City Trapeze in our holiday party and had the best time. The staff was great at making sure everyone was safe and at ease. It was fun to see everyone push themselves to their limits. I plan on bringing my kids back to a family outing.” – Sandy P., Yelp

“Absolutely incredible show full of talent worthy of a stage in any of the top venues or performance-capitals, SUPER nice staff, unique experience in this city, the most fun I ever have on certain holidays, and all of that for an extremely fair price. (and even though I imagine they could probably charge more based on the demand/ how quickly their special events sell-out and I want the performers to earn as much as they can, I also want to thank them for providing an amazing show at a reasonable price-point) They do something like no one else in this city from a to z.” – Molly S., Facebook