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Creative Activities for Meetings and Groups in Arlington

Meeting attendees will long remember what got them up, moving, and building their team.

Bring them something unexpected at your next event with vendors who come directly into your meeting space or provide an exciting venue where your group can fully immerse in team building. From ice cream making and cooking classes to art and salsa dancing, Arlington area businesses can give your meeting local flavor with lots of interactivity.

Group Activity for the Artsy

  • ArtJamz can provide everything you need for an artsy group event. They bring paints, art materials, easel, smocks, canvas and artistic guidance. They can create an upbeat social art studio setting that brings out the creative genius for 15 or more people.
  • Unleash your inner Picasso at Muse Paint Bar. From beautiful landscapes to animal portraits and hilarious meme paintings, Muse bar offers a variety of guided painting sessions. Get friends and family together to enjoy a premiere paint & sip experience like no other.
Students learning to cook at a Cookology Culinary School class via @cookologyculinaryschool on Instagram
Cookology Culinary School class via @cookologyculinaryschool on Instagram

Group Activities for Foodies

  • Get competitive in a contest for best cooking squad. Bring your group to Cookology for an engaging Mystery Box competition where teams create a dish out of a surprise ingredient. Everyone wins when it’s time to eat!
  • Kingsbury Chocolates & Confections will come to you for a sweet team bonding activity. With private classes in truffle-making and chocolate tasting, you can demystify how to make ganache and temper chocolate. Taste a variety of chocolates and confections while learning about the history of cocoa. You can also try “wine and chocolate pairing.”
  • Serve their sweet tooth more with Nicecream, ice cream that’s flash frozen before your eyes. Watching the amazing process is sure to hold attention. 
  • Arrange for Capital Area food trucks to stop by your event. These food trucks serve an array of savory and sweet items. Some options include Arepa Crew, Captain Cookie & the Milk Man, Cocinana Tamales, Chix N Stix, Crepe Love, D.C. Pollo, Herat Kabob, Urban Poutine, Ricksha Indian and Killer Tomato wood fired pizza to name a few. 

Get Your Body Moving

  • Get everyone moving with a dance lesson from Arlington Ballroom. Set up an instructor to come to your event, or bring the group to the Ballroom to learn how to Salsa, Waltz or Bachata.
  • Movement in Crystal City offers more than an acre of climbing, yoga, and fitness to the active and creative community in Crystal City. This gym has more than 350 routes spread out on 35,000 square feet of climbing walls – ample space for every age and ability.

Scavenger Hunts

Scavenger hunts get everyone moving and experiencing interesting locales where they create Instagram-worthy photos of their adventures. 

  • Transport your group to Theodore Roosevelt Island where cityHUNTers will give them a list of key sites to visit in this historic nature sanctuary. 
  • Or join Strayboots for a rousing hunt around Crystal City with stops that include the Mount Vernon Trail and the Virginia Railway Express.


What could be more fun than a movie or comedy show? Bring your group to Arlington Cinema & Draft House for a private showing with unlimited popcorn. 

Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse
Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse

Beer & Wine Activities for Groups

Bring in an expert from the women-owned The Brew Shop to discuss the art of beermaking and provide samples of Virginia craft beverages. Prefer vino? Choose a professional from Arrowine & Cheese for a wine and cheese tasting event instead. Bring fun and excitement to your next meeting or event! 

And More!

Arlington has plenty of magicians, comedians, musicians and motivational speakers who are guaranteed to leave a lasting impression. Ask our team to help you with on-site hospitality services to ensure your meeting is a complete success.

Author: Renee Sklarew