While we’re feeling hopeful about the new year, you’re likely to still be spending a lot of time at home this winter. January is National Hobby Month, and it’s the perfect time of year to pick up a new interest or devote a little extra time to a current hobby. Hobbies can help you relieve stress, keep your brain active by learning something new, and fill those long winter days. (They can even offer some safe excuses to get out of the house for a bit!)

That is why celebrating National Hobby Month might be just what you need. Get more involved in a hobby you already have or find a new hobby to enjoy from the list below.

Book Clubs

Montgomery County Libraries

Many of the area libraries host book clubs! (At this time, they might be virtual.) 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.

Art Classes

Engage Art Studio

1005 N Gravel Pk., Schwenksville

Engage Art Studio is a unique space with a first floor Aristan Gallery Shop and a second floor studio/classroom area. Adult classes include drawing & painting, or ceramics. Plus, you can also sign up for a private event – either in the studio or online via Zoom.

Art Dept Studios North Wales – The Mud Shack

1241 Knapp Road, North Wales

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. Currently, they’re also offering art-to-go kits and online classes.

Learn to Cook

The Kitchen Workshop

21 Plank Ave., Suite 204, Paoli, PA 19301
(610) 993-2665

Learn new techniques in a hands-on, fun, informative and social setting. Plus, you can eat the result!

On Friday nights, they offer couple’s classes. (Masks are required, limited to 4 couples.)

Really Cooking with Robin

138 W. Germantown Pike, East Norriton

Have you ever made your own cheese?! That’s just one of the upcoming class topics at Really Cooking with Robin!

Public classes are currently limited to 6 people. Masks must be worn while cooking.

Dance for Fun and Exercise

SocialSport Dance Club

1634 Old York Rd., Abington, PA 19001
(215) 784-9087

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.

Sewing Classes

Stitcher’s Dream

221 S Easton Rd., Glenside

This fiber arts business holds a variety of classes where you can learn to sew, crochet or knit (even on a machine!).


4007 Skippack Pike, Skippack

With over 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.

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