It’s never too late to learn a new skill — and have fun while doing so.
From engaging (cooking) to relaxing (knitting) to creative (painting) to liberating (pole dancing), these classes will help you let go of stress and delve into something new.
Learn How to Make Dumplings
85 Windsor St., Cambridge
$79 per person
Boston-based company Selfup offers cooking classes, private events and team-building activities led by the city’s best professional chefs. Local restaurateurs and founders of Patty Chen’s Dumpling Room, Chefs Patty Chen and Marc Shulman lead the Homemade Dumplings class, Jan. 4-19, teaching students the art of traditional dumpling making in the form of scallion pancakes and pork, chicken and vegetarian dumplings.
Learn How to Knit
631 Tremont St., Boston
Knit the Newbury Part 1, 2 and 3
$25 per part per person
Local knitwear boutique Third Piece specializes in selling handmade cozy pieces, as well as teaching others how to make them. Classes vary in range from teaching students how to fix common knitting mistakes to how to do signature stitches. You can even make Third Piece’s best-selling piece: The Newbury Cowl scarf, which is a favorite of local transplant Gisele Bundchen, and protects both your head and neck from this city’s bitter winds.
Learn How to Make a Funky Lamp
2 & 12 Sewall Ave., Brookline
$55 per person for members, $65 per person for non-members
Design lab and creative workspace The Makery has a wide range of artistic classes. During the Lamp Making Workshop, offered Feb. 9 and April 4, students get their hands dirty building a lamp using wood, acrylic, paper, fabric and pipes. Plus, participants learn the basics of designing for a laser cutter, operating a laser cutter and wiring the pieces together.
Learn How to Pole Dance
Boston Pole Fitness
18 Fordham Road, Allston
$15 for first class for new students
Escape your everyday routine by trying something completely out of your element — like pole dancing! The practice requires strength, athleticism and grace, while highlighting the feminine physique and drawing from seduction techniques. Boston Pole Fitness has a wide range of pole and aerial dance classes from beginner to advanced.
Learn How to Paint
Art School 99
86 Joy St., Studio 37, Somerville
$45 per person for Art Lab lesson
Get lost in the soothing artistry of painting at Art School 99’s lessons for adults. The Art Lab lessons starts with the basics of compositions and color theory, then allows time for students to create their own paintings. If this is something you want to continue to improve on, buy a package of three Art Lab lessons — or 10! Materials are included and no previous experience is necessary. This sounds like the best way to unwind in the evenings.