By Betsy Natter 2019, updated by Michelle Reese 2020
Have you always wanted to learn to knit? Have you made a resolution to read more books this year? The start of a new year is often a great time to try a new hobby while seeking out new social opportunities too. Many local businesses offer a range of short term classes where you can learn a new skill, meet new people and maybe even discover a new passion. January is National Hobby Month, so check out these hobby ideas and a few places in Montco where you can get started.
221 S Easton Rd., Glenside, PA 19038
This fiber arts business holds a variety of classes where you can learn to sew, crochet or knit (even on a machine!). Learn to make fingerless gloves, stockings and more.
4007 Skippack Pike, Skippack
With 16 years in the business, Yarnings is a favorite friendly spot in historic Skippack. In addition to fine yarns, knitting needles, crochet supplies, patterns and more, the cozy yarn store also offers classes. Classes are small and relaxed and taught by caring “knitologists.” Choose from varying levels of skill classes, social groups for help and inspiration, or project-based classes.
Montgomery County Libraries
Many of the area libraries host book clubs! For example, the Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library discusses a new book on the third Saturday of each month. Check with your local library to ask for details.
Meetup.com has a great list of book clubs that meet all over the Montgomery County area and beyond. Check out meeting times for clubs that read in your genre preference.
Engage Art Studio
1005 N Gravel Pk., Schwenksville PA 19473
Engage Art Studio is a unique space with a first floor Aristan Gallery Shop and a second floor studio/classroom area. You can stop by to peruse the Shop, come in for an “Artsy Afternoon” to enjoy open studio time, or attend an instructional class in drawing & painting or ceramics.
Art Dept Studios North Wales – The Mud Shack
1241 Knapp Road, North Wales PA 19454
In addition to the popular paint and sip art classes, The Mud Shack offers one-time and four-week Wheel classes where you learn to pull and shape your own pottery on a potter’s wheel. Includes kiln firing and finishing.
Learn to Cook
The Kitchen Workshop
21 Plank Ave., Suite 204, Paoli, PA 19301
Learn to make your own pasta, dress up chicken or recreate your favorite Chinese dishes as home. Learn new techniques in a hands-on, fun, informative and social setting. Plus, you can eat the result!
The Culinary Arts Institute
1400 Forty Foot Rd., Lansdale, PA
The Culinary Arts Institute is a division of Montgomery County Community College and opens their kitchens to the community for regular monthly classes. Classes are typically three hours with a new theme every month.
Dance for Fun and Exercise
SocialSport Dance Club
1634 Old York Rd., Abington, PA 19001
Whether to learn how to dance for an upcoming wedding or finally conquer the steps of the foxtrot, mambo or jitterbug, SocialSport teaches a full scope of dance types. Enjoy a full range of experiences with private and group lessons, practice sessions and club parties.
Swing Kat Entertainment
Locations in Lansdale and Pottstown
Swing is a social form of partner dancing that you can learn in this fun environment while challenging your athletic ability and staying in shape. Swing Kat’s main location is in Pottstown, but several other studios offer classes as well. Check their schedules for ability levels and locations.