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5 inspiring summer corporate family day event ideas

Corporate summer parties are the perfect vehicle for bringing your employees together, celebrating achievements and showing your appreciation for them. But why not extend an invite to their families too?

A corporate family day is more inclusive and supportive, and can ensure that your employees aren’t called away early for family time. By making your corporate summer party a family day out, you also have the option of holding your event during the school holidays or at the weekend.

So, what do you need to do to host your own family-friendly fun?

How do I organise a family fun day?

Like other corporate events, a corporate family day needs careful planning. This means that you need to choose the right corporate family event venue, activities that will be fun for all ages, and mouth-watering food and drink options.

Let’s start by considering ideal corporate family day venues.

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Corporate family day event venues

If you want to host a knockout summer family event, you should look for corporate family day venues that combine indoor and outdoor space. This will give you the flexibility you need should the weather not play ball on the day.

Alternatively, you can create fantastic interior spaces at your outdoor location by dotting the site with tipis and marquees. These can be decorated to fit in with your family fun day theme and offer respite from any excess sun or rain!

When looking for your perfect corporate family event venue, you may want to pop the following options on your list:

  • Hotels with plenty of outdoor space
  • Parks
  • Woodland areas
  • Farms
  • Lakeside settings

When you take a look round your potential venue, remember to weigh up your tech and lighting needs, as well as travel links. A far-flung farm may be in a stunning location, but this may not be the best choice if you need excellent Wi-Fi!

Read more: Look at our 14 questions to ask a venue.

Family-friendly corporate event ideas

When planning your ultimate family fun day for your employees, you can capture the imagination of both adult and child attendees with an exciting theme.

Popular corporate family day theme ideas include:

  • A day at the fair: A fairground theme is certain to go down well with all guests. Fill your venue with fairground rides and stalls, including coconut shies and a merry-go-round, and set up candy floss and popcorn stands to keep energy levels high.
  • Traditional garden party: Garden parties never fall out of favour because they offer a perfect day of family fun. Serve a fantastic picnic spread and set up some fun lawn games, such as giant Jenga and croquet, to keep big and small guests entertained.
  • A trip to the circus: A circus theme offers a nostalgic trip for adults while the kids can be wowed by amazing sights and sounds. Walkaround fire eaters and acrobats can lead guests into a big top tent where other amazing feats are put on display.
Corporate Summer Festival corporate family day
  • Kick back and relax: Not all family-friendly corporate events need to be energetic. A more laid-back event could team up meditation spaces with craft stations, and end with a projector film for everyone to sit and enjoy.
  • Fun at the festival: Of all corporate family day theme ideas, festivals have to be one of the most popular. Entertain guests with a fabulous line of music, comedy and live performances, and keep them fed with a mouth watering mix of food truck options.
  • Head to the seaside: A beach party is a great choice for all guests. Think arcade games, a sand pit for the little ones and a DJ playing beach party anthems as the sun goes down. Perfect!
  • Let’s go to the movies: You can also take inspiration from family-friendly films! Take a look at our Jurassic Park family fun day case study to learn more.

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Corporate family day activities

There are so many corporate family day activities to choose from. It’s a good idea to tailor them to fit in with your theme, but whatever you choose, it may be a wise plan to create zoned areas offering different activities. This way, you can provide something for everyone and ensure that kids, no matter their age, are entertained!

To get you started, here are a few of our favourite company fun day activities:

  • Inflatable assault courses
  • Face painting
  • Fairground stalls, such as hoopla
  • Garden games, including rounders and croquet
  • Treasure hunts
  • Crazy golf
  • Bouncy castles

You should also consider walkaround performers who can entice your guests into a particular activity zone or keep them entertained while mingling. Stilt walkers and balloon modellers can be excellent choices.

Don’t forget photo opportunities either! Set up some cool backdrops to encourage photos or scatter some immersive photo booths around your venue to capture the good times.

Corporate family event food and drink

With so many exciting activities to choose from, it’s important that you keep your guests topped up with food and drink.

Family-friendly options include fancy BBQs, traditional picnics and street food. A mobile bar offering signature cocktails and non-alcoholic tipples for younger guests will keep them hydrated. Having a water refill station will also ensure that no one goes thirsty on a hot day.

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Talk to us about corporate family day ideas

This article should lay the groundwork for a fantastic corporate summer party family day. However, great events take a lot of planning, and you don’t have to do it alone.

Here at MGN events, we can help you to pinpoint the right theme, pick the perfect activities and help you manage the family fun day itself! We offer a full, end-to-end event planning and management service and also offer a free venue finding service for our clients.

Why not talk to us about your next event? Get in touch with one of our helpful team members today by filling in the contact form below. Alternatively, email us at hello@mgnevents.co.uk or give us a call on 01932 223333.


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