A few weeks ago, we posted an article about learning something new in NYC for free. Seriously guys, there’s just so much good stuff in this city, that we had to do a follow-up article with 5 more awesome ways to learn something new. Even better when you can learn something new for free. Here’s our sequel to five classes that we’re sure will peak your interest (and interestingness to others) this summer.
Shake what your mama gave you at Zumba, Belly, Buns & Balance, Body Bootcamp, and a host of other fitness classes offered each week by the NYC Parks & Recreation department. The classes are offered at dozens of locations all across the five boroughs for free, and no! You absolutely do NOT need to be a member of a recreation center to attend class. That’s right. You can officially take that $180 monthly Equinox membership and tell them where to put it, (while shaking it, of course).
My boo and I signed up for one of the free tango classes offered by Triangulo years ago, and we still rave about our experience, and encourage all our friends (couples and singles alike!) to join a class. You’ll mix and mingle with others learning the Argentine tango, while being ridiculously impressed by the instructors’ sheer passion and love for the dance. Sure, I discovered that my tango skills leave much to be desired (apparently I’m awful at following, who knew?), but it’s a whole lotta Friday night fun, for free.
The ability to make people laugh is most definitely an art form, and the great thing about improv is you don’t really have to even be funny to achieve this (coming straight from the lips of my high school theater teacher!) The Magnet Theater offers free intro to improv classes, including my personal favorite, intro to musical improv! Even if performing isn’t your thing, it’s a fab way to meet new people, improve those public speaking skills, and remember to never take yourself too seriously.
Being part of a book club is just so very New York, isn’t it? One of my very favorite institutions, The New York Public Library, hosts free book clubs at your neighborhood library on a regular basis (I want to say monthly, but I think it varies from location to location). Not only is it a great place to have adult conversations that revolve around something other than your job and what’s for dinner, but it’s a great way to meet other adults that most likely live in the same hood you do. Before you know it you could be meeting your next Sisterhood-of-the-Traveling-Pants-bestie.
With long days at the office, too many social obligations, and fitting in all these “self-improvement” activities in between, NYC life can be completely exhausting. Find your center with NYC Meditation…a free organization that teaches you how to do the ultimate thing we’re so bad at here in New York: relax. In with the good, out with the bad. I don’t know about you, but meditation class sure trumps any college lecture I ever had to sit through. Here’s to forever learning, NYC.
Are you signed up for any adult-learning classes right now? We’d love to know, please share below!
By: Jessica Tiare Bowen