It began with a conversation my mom had with a woman selling beautiful yarns at the World Maker Faire in New York. The woman told my mom about her studio on the Upper East Side called Loop of the Loom and before I knew it, my mom, my 7-year-old, and I were signed up for a weaving lesson.
For two hours, we selected colorful yarns from the wall and wove them into beautiful patterns using giant looms that took only minutes to learn. We were all hooked. We’re already talking about doing a full day of weaving the next time my mom is in town.
I started thinking about what else we might learn to do, things we never would have thought about doing before. We just returned from spring break in Phoenix, where I stumbled upon the Spur Cross Ranch. My daughter is obsessed with horses, so why not learn to ride one. We took an hour-long ride through the desert where we learned how to slow and steer our horses, and keep them from eating all the plants. It was only slightly terrifying for me, but my daughter handled it like a total pro.
We’ve also explored indoor rock climbing here in the city and this weekend we’re going to a class at the Brooklyn Robot Foundry where we’re going to learn how to build a robot using soldering.
Given that all of these classes aren’t exactly cheap, I’ve also been investigating some free options. A look at our public library schedule informs me that we can learn crochet, Tae Kwon Do, and origami this month. I’ve also been talking to some other neighborhood parents about some possible talent swaps. A mom at the bus stop is an expert sewer and a local dad is a chess whiz.
There are all kinds of ways, whether you’re at home or on vacation, to explore new skills. Who knows what you can learn to do?