My senior creative director, Angela, invited the design and web team to join her at the American Museum of Natural History. She split us into two teams, and we were each tasked to go on a scavenger hunt around the museum: using our mobile phones, we had to take photos, shoot videos, and answer questions in the guise of team building exercises.
Our team, nicknamed “Thunder,” completed over 80% of the tasks, and it was great connecting with all my co-workers — especially the other designers who are based on our Old Westbury campus many miles away. The scavenger hunt was a lot of fun, and I was able to see the funny, jovial side of my office mates: posing with gift shop plush toys and large-scale exhibitions, planking on the floor, parkouring on the benches, and annoying the hell out of the museum workers. In the end, Thunder beat out the other team, and we were were awarded with adult coloring books (perfect for us designers).
After the work field trip, we collectively had lunch at UNO’s Pizzeria a block away (don’t get me started on the “Chicagoan Authenticity” of their food, but to me pizza is pizza). A few of us had cocktails, and my office mate Joe had an audaciously pink drink which looked like a kid dipped a magenta Crayola marker in some vodka. We were all supposed to be dismissed earlier than usual, but in lieu of my Iceland flight a few hours later, I excused myself sooner.
Here are some photos. We’re wacky AF: