Group Activities

Explore a fun selection of experiences to entertain, engage and educate attendees.

Games & Fun

Outdoor Games ~ Outdoors Weather Permitting

  • Minimum Number of Participants: None
  • Maximum Number of Participants: None
  • Estimated Duration: 4 Hours
  • Pricing: $300 Per Game

The following games can be set up near the Golf Pavilion. Rules will be provided.

  • Croquet (one set)
  • Corn Hole (three sets, 1 Glow in the Dark option)
  • Lawn Darts (one set with Glow in the Dark option)
  • Ladder Ball (two sets with Glow in the Dark option)
  • Connect 4 (one set)
  • Giant Jenga (two sets)
  • Tic-Tac-Toe (one set)

Glow-in-the- Dark Night Putting ~ Outdoors Only Weather Permitting

  • Minimum Number of Participants: 10
  • Maximum Number of Participants: 125
  • Estimated Duration: 1 Hour
  • Pricing: $800 for under 50 Guests / $1000 for 50-100 Guests / $1,400 for over 100 Guests

This contest is typically set up on the putting green next to the Golf Pavilion. The guests are grouped into twosomes or foursomes. They start together and move through nine holes outlined by glow-in-the-dark sticks. We provide putters and glow-in-the-dark balls as well as an event facilitator. The winning team will be given award certificates.

Glow-in-the- Dark Long Drive Contest ~ Outdoors Weather Permitting

  • Minimum Number of Participants: 10
  • Maximum Number of Participants: 125
  • Estimated Duration: 1 Hour
  • Pricing: $800 for under 50 Guests / $1000 for 50-100 Guests / $1,400 for over 100 Guests

This contest is held at several different places on the golf course, often on the 1st tee which is close to the Golf Pavilion. We provide the necessary equipment including golf clubs, glow-in-the-dark balls and facilitators for the event. The three guests with the longest drive will be given award certificates.

The Launcher Closest to the Hole or Long Drive Contest ~ Outdoors Weather Permitting

  • Minimum Number of Participants: 10
  • Maximum Number of Participants: 125
  • Estimated Duration: 1 Hour
  • Pricing: $800 for under 50 Guests / $1000 for 50-100 Guests / $1,400 for over 100 Guests

This contest is held at several different places on the golf course, often on the 1st tee which is close to the Golf Pavilion. We provide the necessary equipment including the gun, glow-in-the-dark balls and facilitators for the event. The guest who gets closest to the hole will receive an award certificate.

Experiences

Experiential Dining The South Lawn is an ideal location for experiential dining and The Ballantyne has additional outdoor venues such as the Golf Pavilion, driving range and Lodge patio. Rental items such as cafe lights, authentic decor and tents can enhance the experience. Choose from below or we can help you come up with other creative experiences.

Ballantyne Beer Garden Enjoy local beer, cuisine, corn hole and live music for an entertaining evening under the stars.

The Ballantyne BBQ Choose The Ballantyne BBQ or Whole Hog Roast for a uniquely Southern dining experience.

Bourbon Pairings Dinner Enjoy a perfectly paired Bourbon dinner created by our talented Chefs.

Afternoon Tea Enjoy savories and sweets during this relaxing group tea experience for up to 50 guests.

Karaoke A popular addition to evening events, Karaoke can be facilitated by Scott Brown Media Group at (704) 241-6141 | Email Tim@SBMG.com.

Farm Dining Experience, ideal for multiple night programs, offsite at nearby North Corner Haven

Challenges

Crack the Code Escape Challenge: Think outside the box~ Offered through Spark By Design

  • Minimum Number of Participants: 20
  • Maximum Number of Participants: 250
  • Estimated Duration: 2-4 Hours
  • Pricing: $2,600 up to 30 Guests

$100/person for 31-100 Guests

$85/person for 101-150 Guests

$70/person for 151-500 Guests

Small teams will be challenged to strategize, coach and communicate in order to complete a series of activities which will take them from an internal starting point through a series of escape routes to freedom and success. Some exits will challenge you physically; some will challenge your mind. Who is your conventional thinker? Who thinks outside the box? Who is your champion puzzle master? Who is a born leader and who will step up to the plate when called upon? The winning team will be determined by who creatively and strategically escapes to freedom first. Go even further with an optional charitable component to amplify your results.

A Minute to Win it: Fast-Paced Head to Head Competition ~ Offered through Spark By Design

  • Minimum Number of Participants: 10
  • Maximum Number of Participants: 500
  • Estimated Duration: 2-4 Hours
  • Pricing: $2,600 up to 30 Guests

$100/person for 31-100 Guests

$85/person for 101-150 Guests

$70/person for 151-500 Guests

Small teams will brainstorm and strategize to compete with one another in a series of head to head, fast-paced, fun, low impact team challenges. Energizer activities will elevate engagement and excitement. Communication and collaboration is key. Observe the many leadership styles and day-to-day work parallels as you progress. Which team will emerge victorious with the most accumulated points? Go even further with an optional charitable component to amplify your results. Relax, engage, enjoy.

Team Olympics ~ Offered through Spark By Design

  • Minimum Number of Participants: 8
  • Maximum Number of Participants: 500
  • Estimated Duration: 2-4 Hours
  • Pricing: $2,600 up to 30 Guests

$100/person for 31-100 Guests

$85/person for 101-150 Guests

$70/person for 151-500 Guests

This exclusive Team Olympic Decathlon Challenge connects teams through competition and camaraderie using mental challenges combined with low and medium impact physical activity. Energizer activities will elevate engagement and excitement. Small teams will navigate 10 strategic challenges testing leadership and problem-solving ability. Negotiate team goals and objectives. Who will lead? Who will follow? Observe the many leadership styles and

day-to-day work parallels as you progress. Succeed. Come together to conquer the course. Tally your scores and take home the title! Go even further with an optional charitable component to amplify your results. See you at the finish line!

High Energy Happy Hour: Cheers! ~ Offered through Spark By Design

  • Minimum Number of Participants: 8
  • Maximum Number of Participants: Unlimited
  • Estimated Duration: 2-4 Hours
  • Pricing: $2,600 up to 30 Guests

$100/person for 31-100 Guests

$85/person for 101-150 Guests

$70/person for 151-500 Guests

You’ve never had a Happy Hour quite like this. Let’s get your party started with a series of unique and hilarious activities designed to connect your team. We are redefining Happy Hour, and it is available on-site at nearly any dining or meeting space. This experience will have your people talking, laughing and learning. On tap for your team…increased familiarity among team members, integration of new leaders and new staff, strategic engagement and buy-in, thinking, sharing, acting, competing, and creating lasting memories. Go even further with an optional charitable component to amplify your results. CHEERS!

Contact for Spark By Design:

Kristen Prestwood, Owner/ Chief of Event Planning & Design

Spark By Design

D: 704.525.9233 | C: 704.564.5407

Kristen@sparkbydesign.events

http://sparkbydesign.events/

Culinary

*The following exercises are not designed as meals, however culinary enhancements can be added for a dining experience to accompany the demo. * Demonstrations and Challenges that require participation of a specific instructor or chef are subject to availability to be confirmed prior to booking

Wine & Food Pairing Course

  • Minimum Number of Participants:10
  • Maximum Number of Participants: 75
  • Estimated Duration: 1.5 Hours
  • Pricing: $100 Per Guest
  • Instructor Fee: $300 Per Instructor (1 Instructor Per 25 Guests Required)
  • All guests must be of the legal drinking age (21 years)

This course will offer general wine knowledge such as grape types, growing regions, varietal tastes and flavors. The instructor will also review what foods are best paired with certain wines. Three white wines and three red wines are offered in this demonstration and are paired accordingly with the chef’s selection of six seasonal canapés.

Local Beer & Food Pairing Course

  • Minimum Number of Participants:10
  • Maximum Number of Participants: 75
  • Estimated Duration: 1.5 Hours
  • Pricing: $80 Per Guest
  • Instructor Fee: $300 Per Instructor (1 Instructor Per 25 Guests Required)
  • All guests must be of the legal drinking age (21 years)

This course will offer general beer knowledge such as beer styles, brewing, ingredients, history of beer, brewing processes, overall impact on domestic brewing, distribution, and a brewery map for North Carolina. The instructor will also review what foods are best paired with certain beers. Six (6) local North Carolina beers are offered in this demonstration and are paired accordingly with the chef’s selection of six (6) seasonal canapés.

Whiskey Sampling Course

  • Minimum Number of Participants:10
  • Maximum Number of Participants: 50
  • Estimated Duration: 1.5 Hours
  • Pricing: $65 Per Guest OR Based on Whiskey Selection
  • Instructor Fee: $300 Per Instructor (1 Instructor Per 25 Guests Required)
  • All guests must be of the legal drinking age (21 years)

This course will provide general whiskey knowledge encompassing whiskeys, bourbons and scotches and how to correctly taste and evaluate different styles and compare flavor profiles. This course will introduce attendees to the history and science behind cask-aged spirits as well as the different regions of distillation and the aging process. Four (4) panels are involved in this course and preferences for whiskey, scotch or bourbons may be discussed further with the instructor prior to the course.

Wine Blending Challenge

  • Minimum Number of Participants:10
  • Maximum Number of Participants: 60
  • Estimated Duration: 1.5 Hours
  • Pricing: $60 Per Guest
  • Instructor Fee $300 Per Instructor (1 Instructor Per 20 Guests Required)
  • All guests must be of the legal drinking age (21 years)

In the Wine Blending Challenge, the group will be divided into teams of up to 10 guests per team. Teams will be given six (6) different varietals of wine as well as tasting cups, bottling materials, and labeling materials. The instructor will provide a brief overview of wine blending methods and each team will then blend the various wines to create their own custom blend. The instructor will then be presented with a bottle of the custom blend wine from each team. Wines will be judged on creativity of labeling, taste and overall quality of the finished product. A member of the beverage department at Ballantyne will taste each custom wine blend and the winning team will be given award certificates.

*For an additional fee the winning wine blend can be served to your group at dinner. Pricing $45 Per Bottle OR Based on Wine Selection

Best Slider Challenge (weather permitting)

  • Minimum Number of Participants:15
  • Maximum Number of Participants: 45
  • Estimated Duration: 1.5 Hours
  • Pricing: $50 Per Guest*
  • Chef Fee: $300 Per Chef (1 Chef Per 15 Guests Required)
  • Grill Rental: $100 Per Grill (total of 4 grills available, quantity determined by guest count)

In the Best Slider Challenge, groups will be divided into teams of 12 – 15 guests per team. Teams will be given access to grills (weather permitting) and a large selection of spices, ingredients, appropriate accompaniments (lettuce, tomato, cheese etc.) to create their custom sliders. Each team will be given 45 minutes to prepare and cook five (5) beef sliders. The team will then be given 30 additional minutes to decide which one (1) slider to prepare and present for judging. Teams must also come up with a name for their slider submission. Sliders will be judged on ingredient creativity, plate presentation and overall quality of the finished meal. A chef from the culinary team at Ballantyne will taste (one) 1 slider from each team and the winning team will be given award certificates.

*Hand-Washing Station Rental $175 (Includes 2 cold-water sinks with 50 gallons of water, soap, paper towels, delivery, installation and teardown. Hand washing stations are required for any food preparation activities)

Sensory Experience Challenge

  • Minimum Number of Participants:15
  • Maximum Number of Participants: 100
  • Estimated Duration: 1 Hour
  • Pricing: $40 Per Guest
  • Chef Fee $300 Per Chef (1 Chef Per 50 Guests Required)

In the Sensory Experience Challenge, the group will be divided into teams of up to 10 guests per team. Teams will participate in timed rounds and will use all of their senses (sight, touch, taste, smell, and sound) in naming various ingredients. Examples of ingredients may be various vinegars, spices, unique produce etc. This will be done in a knockout round setting so the team or teams with the most correct answers each time will move on to the next round. The ingredients will be the same for all teams in each round. The event will continue until one team is declared the winner. The winning team will be given award certificates.

Community Service Activities

Operation Military Care ~ Offered through Spark By Design

  • Minimum Number of Participants: 5
  • Maximum Number of Participants: None
  • Estimated Duration: 2-4 Hours
  • Pricing: $2,600 up to 30 Guests

$100/person for 31-100 Guests

$85/person for 101-150 Guests

$70/person for 151 – Unlimited Guests

This group activity is organized by a staff member from Spark By Design. The group will be divided into teams and will then engage in collaborative action-based problem solving activities. Each of the 3 to 5 activities must be completed to earn items for military care packages. After all the care package items have been acquired, teams will assemble the boxes. Team members will design and write a letter or homemade card to be placed in the each care package. A member of the Spark By Design team will then coordinate the delivery of the military care packages.

Contact for Spark By Design:

Kristen Prestwood, Owner/ Chief of Event Planning & Design

Spark By Design

D: 704.525.9233 | C: 704.564.5407

Kristen@sparkbydesign.events

http://sparkbydesign.events/

Build A Bike ~ Offered through Spark By Design or Collabor8 Event Group

  • Minimum Number of Participants: 8
  • Maximum Number of Participants: 1000
  • Estimated Duration: 2-4 Hours
  • Pricing: $2,600 up to 30 Guests

$100/person for 31-100 Guests

$85/person for 101-150 Guests

$70/person for 151 – 1,000 Guests

Donation Amount: $75/team bike and helmet purchase and delivery

This group activity is organized by a staff member from Spark By Design or Collabor8 Event Group. The group is divided into teams of 5-6 and is given unassembled bicycles. Each team must choose assemblers, instruction handlers and direction givers. Prior to assembly, teams must complete a brain teaser exercise to earn the tools necessary to build the bike. Teams will be given 10 minutes to plan their approach to the assembly. The teams will then have 50 minutes to complete the assembly after the 10-minute planning period. Upon completion, the teams, along with facilitators, will have 10 minutes to test the bicycles for safety. Upon the safety test participants will present the bikes to the non-profit recipient. The non-profit recipient and representative from the non-profit will be coordinated by Spark By Design or Collabor8 Event Group.

Contact for Spark By Design:

Kristen Prestwood, Owner/ Chief of Event Planning & Design

Spark By Design

D: 704.525.9233 | C: 704.564.5407

Kristen@sparkbydesign.events

http://sparkbydesign.events/

Contact for Collabor8 Event Group:

Brooke Johnson, Owner

Collabor8 Event Group

D: 704.859.1064| C: 704.506.1594

brooke@collabor8eventgroup.com

http://www.collabor8eventgroup.com

Build A Mini-Golf Course ~ Offered through Collabor8 Event Group

  • Minimum Number of Participants: 20
  • Maximum Number of Participants: None
  • Estimated Duration: 2 Hours
  • Pricing: Starts at $2900 for up to 20 guests (Based on 4 teams of 5.) Price increases $725 for every additional 5 guests.

This group activity is organized by a staff member from Collabor8 Event Group. The group is divided into teams and is given a rich assortment of food-related building supplies such as Mac & Cheese, Pasta, Pasta Sauce and other non-perishable food items teams will use to build their hole of the golf course (groups with 5 teams or less will build 2 holes per team.) Each team will be responsible for designing and constructing one hole of the course. The idea is to make each hole fun, challenging and conceptual. Upon completion of the final course, teams will select representatives to serve as official scorers and course marshals, and other selected representatives to actually play the course. Once complete, the course materials will be donated to charity. Whether or not you’re at home on the fairway, this is a great teambuilding event that lets everyone get involved in a meaningful way. The non-profit recipient and representative from the non-profit will be coordinated by Collabor8 Event Group.

Contact for Collabor8 Event Group:

Brooke Johnson, Owner

Collabor8 Event Group

D: 704.859.1064| C: 704.506.1594

brooke@collabor8eventgroup.com

http://www.collabor8eventgroup.com/

Classroom Central Pencil Packs ~ Offered through United Way

  • Minimum Number of Participants: None
  • Maximum Number of Participants: None
  • Estimated Duration: 1 Hour
  • Pricing: $.86 per kit

Classroom Central serves high-poverty schools in six school districts: Charlotte-Mecklenburg, Gaston, Iredell-Statesville, Union, Kannapolis & Lancaster. Teachers and school personnel in qualifying schools “shop” for free school supplies throughout the academic year. All materials distributed are used to create inviting learning environments and to support students’ academic and personal growth. Our vision is to ensure that all children living in poverty have all the tools they need to not only learn but to succeed. When equipped with the proper supplies, we believe there’s no limit to what children can achieve. The efforts of creating pencil pouches helps to support area children living in poverty and will provide them with the most basic tools they need to be successful in school. A United Way contact may be arranged to speak to the group and maximize the impact of the group’s efforts.

This project helps level the educational playing field for the 135,000 students Classroom Central serves. Groups will assemble pencil pouches which will then be distributed through Classroom Central’s Free Store. Each kit includes a pencil pouch, one pencil, one pen and one eraser.

Contact for United Way of Central Carolinas:

Leslie Rink, Volunteer Center Director

United Way of Central Carolinas

D: 704.371.6324

lsrink@uwcentralcarolinas.org

http://www.uwcentralcarolinas.org

Operation PB&J ~ Offered through United Way

  • Minimum Number of Participants: None
  • Maximum Number of Participants: None
  • Estimated Duration: 1 Hour
  • Pricing: TBD based on quantity of guests*

Groups will be given items to prepare peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for various homeless shelters in the Charlotte area (Men’s Shelter of Charlotte, Center of Hope, Urban Ministry Center). The group will assemble 300-800 PB&J sandwiches for lunch and the sandwiches will then be delivered to the United Way for distribution. A United Way contact may be arranged to speak to the group and maximize the impact of the group’s efforts.

Contact for United Way of Central Carolinas:

Leslie Rink, Volunteer Center Director

United Way of Central Carolinas

D: 704.371.6324

lsrink@uwcentralcarolinas.org

http://www.uwcentralcarolinas.org/

Snack Packs for A Child’s Place ~ Offered through United Way

  • Minimum Number of Participants: None
  • Maximum Number of Participants: None
  • Estimated Duration: 1 Hour
  • Pricing: TBD based on quantity of guests*

There are more than 4,000 homeless children in CMS. A Child’s Place works to erase the impact of homelessness on children and their education. By providing educational and emotional support as well as medical referrals, children are able to stay in the classroom.

Groups will be given items to prepare snack bags for children, Each snack pack will include 3 items (juice box, crackers or granola bar, and a fruit cup or applesauce) and will be packaged in a lunch size brown paper bag. A United Way contact may be arranged to speak to the group and maximize the impact of the group’s efforts.

Contact for United Way of Central Carolinas:

Leslie Rink, Volunteer Center Director

United Way of Central Carolinas

D: 704.371.6324

lsrink@uwcentralcarolinas.org

http://www.uwcentralcarolinas.org

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