9 Bring Your Children to Work Day Activities and Tips

On the fourth Thursday of each April, more than 37 million people participate in Bring Your Children to Work Day, which this year falls on April 28, 2022. 

The program was originally created in 1993 and called ‘Take Our Daughters to Work Program’, as a response to research that found many girls lacked confidence and were dropping out of school by the eighth grade.  Since then, the day has become more commonly known as Bring Your Children to Work Day, or Take Our Kids to Work Day, to include sons as well as daughters. 

When it comes to Bring Your Children to Work Day activities that will make the day fun, exciting and educational, TeamBonding has you covered. Taking your kids to work provides a great opportunity to expose children to the workplace through hands-on experiences. However, there are things parents and workplaces need to be cautious of. 

 

Top dos and don’ts for Bring Your Children to Work Day activities  

1. Plan ahead. 

Confirm if your company has any bring your children to work day activities planned and think about what your child will participate in ahead of time. 

2. Keep your child’s perspective in mind. 

Make it interesting and fun but keep it realistic.  

3. Take your child for a tour of the office and introduce them to coworkers.  

Have a conference room whiteboard they can draw on to their heart’s content? Show them! A coworker who can always be counted on to have a candy bowl out? Let them in on the secret! 

4. Allow yourself time to get work done. 

Don’t just have them shadow you but include kids in the parts that may be interesting for them and expose them to what you do each day. Keep your children engaged with activities that do not require a lot of hands-on supervision to allow you time to focus on what you need to get done. 

5. Coordinate with other co-workers whose children will be there as well. 

Plan a group activity for all the kids and parents to do together. Include other members from your team who would enjoy having fun with the kids too; it’s a great opportunity to strengthen relationships within your team. 

Planning ahead will help you and your company make the day a fun success and keep it stress-free. Here are eight Take Your Child to Work Day activities that kids and coworkers will both love.  

Bring Your Children to Work Day activities we love 

1. Outrageous Games

Who says work can’t be fun? Get your entire team, adults and kids alike, up and moving for some friendly competition with wacky (non-athletic) relay races. With crazy props, an awards ceremony, and even a DJ, your whole team will be cheering for this to become an annual event.  

corporate olympics

What your kids will experience and learn about: 

  • Teamwork 
  • Problem-solving 
  • Communication 

2. Healthcare Heroes

Embark on a scavenger hunt with your child and your team. Work together through video and photo challenges, trivia, and other fun obstacles as you collect items for healthcare appreciation bags which will be donated to a local hospital. 

What your kids will experience and learn about: 

  • Giving back 
  • Friendly competition  
  • Teamwork 

3. Cookie Tales

Feeling artistic? This virtual activity allows teams to tell stories through designs on their cookies and includes some of our favorite ingredients for a successful event – creativity, teamwork and a tangible (edible) outcome designed to make everyone smile. 

What your kids will experience and learn about: 

  • Creativity 
  • Strategic thinking 
  • Collaboration 

4. In It To Win It

Compete for a grand championship prize through ten simple but nerve-wracking games that increase in difficulty as the points increase. With 60 seconds on the clock, the pressure builds, and team pride is on the line! 

Teams get a 30-minute training camp to practice challenges. This program can be customized to include games unique to your organization. This program makes a great repeat annual event for you and your kids to earn new bragging rights and new prizes each year. 

Team Building Games and Competitons

What your kids will experience and learn about: 

  • Healthy competition 
  • How to develop positive relationships 
  • Interacting with others 
  • Resourcefulness and quick thinking 

5. Save the Bees

This trivia-style game show highlights The Bee Cause Project and their mission. Test your knowledge and learn all about the importance of bees and their impact on the world. To make the experience even more sweet, you will get to enjoy a honey tasting of 4 different locally sourced honey samples!

 

What your kids will experience and learn about: 

  • The importance and impact of bees for future generations 
  • Collaboration 

6. Paws For A Cause

Children of all ages can benefit from giving back to the community. Philanthropic programs give kids real responsibilities and allow each child to see their impact on something greater than themselves.

You, your team and your kids work together to build and donate much needed supplies for local animal shelters. Millions of animals end up in one of over 5,000 shelters nationwide each year. Many of these facilities need help with caring for our beloved family members before they are adopted.

take out kids to work day - charity activity for animals

What your kids will experience and learn about:

  • Time management
  • Collaborating with others
  • How to communicate with a team

7. Team Teddy Rescue Bear

Designed to be both competitive, and collaborative, in Team Teddy Rescue Bear kids must solve puzzles, decipher codes, and unlock secrets in order to acquire the resources that they need to build a series of custom teddy bears.

More than 11 million children are transported for emergency medical care each year. A Rescue Bear given by a police officer or firefighter can be a powerful way to help ease pain and worries, calming a child significantly at a potentially frightening time.

charitable take our kids to work day activity

What your kids will experience and learn about:

  • Resource management
  • Creative problem solving
  • Big-picture thinking

8. Chocolate Company Challenge

Kids take part in a series of deliciously choco-centric events, each building off the other. The emphasis can either be competitive (just for fun) or collaborative (big picture thinking).

What your kids will experience and learn about:

  • How to build camaraderie
  • Engineering skills
  • Innovative thinking
  • How to connect teamwork to success

9. Virtual Museum Scavenger Hunt

Explore world-class museums and the wonders of the world on a team building virtual scavenger hunt. During the activity, you’ll complete fun team challenges including trivia, video, and photo challenges all designed for you to bond with your team while you discover interesting facts and have fun!

What your kids will experience and learn about:

  • Culture
  • History
  • How to work well in a team

Bring Your Children to Work Day activities can make a special day exciting and enlightening. It will be an experience that you and your children will remember for a long time. We would love for you to share with us. What are your big plans for Bring Your Children to Work Day? Any tips you’ve learned from the past? 

Michaela Burke

Marketing Intern

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