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Secret Santa Sucks. Alternative Corporate Holiday Party Ideas

As we enter the final quarter of the year, we’ve been taking stock of how much we’ve grown as a company and the awesome things we’ve accomplished this year. None of them would have been possible without our incredible team going all in for our goals. The end of the year is a great time to reward staff for their hard work and recognize their dedication with a fun event. Unfortunately too many corporate holiday parties are plagued with cheesy sweaters, disappointing gift exchanges, and awkward eggnog fueled interactions. To ensure your end of year corporate holiday party meets its goals and is actually enjoyed, check out some of our favorite year end events! Read more

We’ve been featured on Peerspace!

Our popular Team Graffiti event was the first idea featured on Peerspace‘s “12 Creative Corporate Event Ideas near Los Angeles.” Thanks for the love, Peerspace!

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Paint the walls with Team Graffiti

Spend two to three hours learning to make street art with the experienced “graffiti crew” at Firefly Events. All you need is a large outdoor space where your team can split up into small groups to learn the basics of graffiti art. Use this as a brainstorming activity to come up with new branding ideas. You’ll end the day with a colorful canvas you can bring into the office for ongoing inspiration and conversation.

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Business Travel Tips to Get Out of Your Hotel Room!

Traveling for business can be a great perk, but it can also be dull and lonely at times.  When your meetings are done, solo business travelers often find themselves alone in their hotel room flipping through cable channels, missing home, contemplating the function of a rubber duck.  Avoid this sad image and utilize your time for maximum awesome. As a corporate facilitator I travel several times a month, and I’ve picked up a few business travel tips to combat boring. Following this advice your social media followers will think you’re at vacation, not a conference.

Explore the area

Even if your destination wouldn’t be featured by LonelyPlanet anytime soon, there’s still plenty of unique local sights to experience.  To get off the beaten track of museums and aquariums check out atlasobscura.com. It will show you often overlooked attractions near you.  If you have time, you could also enjoy some nature. I always bring a swimsuit and sneakers I can hike in and use the AllTrails app to help me find routes to explore.  Seeing the area will give you great conversation topics the next day when people ask how your travel has been. Read more

Help Send Rashad and Amir to Camp Woodward

With our Ramp It Up skate board build team building event, an ultimate goal is to bring greater accessibility for youth in all walks of life to the sport of skateboarding. We came across a heartwarming campaign just as we’re preparing to facilitate another Ramp It Up event next week: Rashad and Amir are brothers in Detroit, Michigan. They took up skateboarding a little over two years ago and have flourished in the sport. The siblings have wanted to attend Camp Woodward, the ultimate summer camp for youth skateboarding since they were first introduced to the sport. As you can probably imagine, skateboarding summer camp does not come cheap. We’re sharing their GoFundMe campaign in the hopes of bringing awareness to their positive story.

https://www.gofundme.com/send-radhad-and-amir-to-camp-woodward

The Not Impossible Labs

Graffiti is has a special role in our collective Firefly hearts. When I saw what the Not Impossible Labs was doing to help Tempt, a graffiti artist paralyzed by ALS, I had to share. Not only was I moved by the story of Tempt, I am blown away by the mindset and hustle of The Not Impossible Labs. When I travelled through India I learned the phrase, “The only thing that is impossible is No.” To me, that captures the spirit of the Not Impossible Labs. Watch out Mick Ebeling I may come knocking on your door sometime soon =)   – James B, CoFounder of FireFly Team Events

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5 Best Escape Rooms in Orange County [Updated for 2018]

Nearly two years ago I shared my thoughts on the top 5 Best Escape Rooms in Orange County.  What was a rising hip trend has become a fully fledged recreation industry complete with die hard enthusiasts.  You don’t have to be a Sherlock Holmes to enjoy an escape room, they’ve become a popular social activity for all groups.  With their sudden prevalence it can difficult to choose which room is right for you, especially if you’re new to the game.  I’ve sifted through the legions of escape rooms and have determined my top 5, all of which have a unique excellence that makes them worth checking out.

It’s no secret that we at Firefly Team Events love escape rooms. With so many rooms to choose from it can be daunting picking the right room for your team. With the help of my fellow escapees I compiled a short list of my favorite escape rooms in Orange County. I consider theming, creativity of puzzles, difficulty and overall entertainment value. If a room sparks your interest I encourage you to check it out, let them know who sent you and see if you can beat our time!

Read our blog on how to make escape rooms more meaningful for corporate groups http://fireflyteamevents.com/escape-rooms-corporate-team-building

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Everything You Need To Know For Your Huntington Beach Conference

Planning to attend the 19th Annual International Lung Cancer Congress at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach from July 26-28, 2018? Have you and your group finalized your accommodations, places to see, and things to do? As a team building event company based in Huntington Beach, we’re confident that we can steer you in the right direction. Read on about experiencing the best that “Surf City, USA” has to offer during your Huntington Beach Conference.

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Before we give you the 411 on the best places to stay and see in Huntington Beach during the 19th Annual International Lung Cancer Congress, what about the best things to do? Namely, the best things to do with your group of colleagues coming to the conference together? Lucky for you, dear reader, you’re looking at the greatest team building company the world has ever known (ahem) AND we’re based in Huntington Beach. Check out these team building event options our team can produce for your team to help boost camaraderie, morale, and FUN during your time in Huntington Beach. Read more

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Food Fight! A Culinary Team Building Event

When Genmark Diagnostics approached us about creating a custom team building event involving a cooking competition with a “fighting” theme, we knew it was the perfect opportunity to get our culinary creativity on. We came up with an epic fight of the food trucks culinary team building competition that took place at the beautiful Laguna Cliffs Marriott. Team competed to create unique food truck concepts and signature entree dishes. The food trucks and dishes all had to have a “fighting” theme.

culinary team buildingEach team conceptualized, prepared, plated and served a unique dish featuring a secret ingredient. They were also responsible for wowing the judges with a 1-minute presentation featuring life size renditions of their food truck designs. Read more

Your Childhood Game of Tag is Now a Professional Sport Called World Chase Tag

Can’t touch this.
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Brothers Christian and Damien Devaux founded World Chase Tag, an exhilarating competitive sport that combines parkour, obstacles, and the classic childhood game of tag.

This is a team format that is played by two teams in each match. Each team has a maximum of six athletes. The match is divided into sets. Each set consists of a pre-determined number of chases (usually 10-16 chases). Each chase is twenty seconds long and has one chaser and one evader from opposing teams. The winning athlete in each chase stays on as the evader and the losing athlete is replaced by a teammate in a new chase who comes on as the Chaser. If an athlete steps out of bounds, they lose that chase. A team is awarded one point when their athlete successfully evades their opponent for the entire duration of the chase (i.e. 20 seconds). The team with the most points after of the pre-determined number of chases wins that set. Tags must be made with the hand (i.e. NOT your foot).

Outrigger Canoe Team Building – Out-paddle the Competition!

outrigger canoe team buildingAloha! Last week we gathered with TYR Sport in Long Beach to enjoy a sunset paddle for our Outrigger Canoe Team Building Race event. Participants were treated to a brief lesson on the history of outrigger canoeing in California and a hands-on lesson in paddling. Then it was into the canoes for the tournament!

Our experienced na ho‘okele (steerers) captained each canoe and urged the teams to huki (paddle fast)! Their expertise was welcome since outrigger canoes are much more difficult to navigate than regular boats. Outrigger canoes require synchronicity and communication between teammates. Hence, outrigger racing is perfect for team building! If crews are able to work together they can get their vessels cutting quickly through the waves. Their speed when manned by a cohesive team invokes the memory that these canoes were once used as powerful war vehicles. Read more