A fresh start to the year is a great time to try new things! Want to let your kids experiment with new hobbies and see what fits their style? Austin has a variety of classes for kids that range from classic activities to ones that “keep it weird”. Below we’ve rounded up some suggestions for learning unique skills as well as listings of where to find music, art, movement classes and more.

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1. Play the ukulele. Groundwork Music Project offers afterschool classes at several elementary schools in the Austin area, but you can also sign up for group weekend classes that will introduce kids to the ukulele. Children learn about proper technique for strumming and picking, as well as instrument fundamentals to get them started playing this instrument. Click here for more info.

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Photo from Groundwork Music Project

2. Cook dinner like a Food Network champ. There are a variety of age-appropriate cooking classes around Austin for your junior chefs, including this fun one at Foodie Kids called the Pro Style Chef Competition Series. Kids ages 9-15 learn advanced pastry and culinary techniques, knife skills, and plating methods inspired by new recipes each week. Each lesson leads up to a Chopped® style competition on the last day! Foodie Kids also offers classes for both younger kids as well as parent/tot classes. Click here for more info.

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Photo from Foodie Kids

3. Show off some circus-style aerial tricks. Try some movement classes with at twist. The Little Yoga House offers Family Aeriel Yoga Workshop Series. This consists of 4 sessions that you will attend with your child. Each session will build on the last and will consist of fun yoga flows, partner poses, mindfulness exercises and a nice long relaxation. Click here for more info.

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Photo from The Little Yoga House

4. Create your own stop-motion mini-movie. The Art School at Laguna Gloria is well known for their art camps, but did you know they host classes all year long? Kids can sign up for a variety of painting, sculpting and drawing classes like this one: Claymation for ages 9-11. Kids can make their own clay cartoon, movie set, and mini-movie with their clay creature as the star. Click here to view all the offerings at The Contemporary Austin’s Art School.

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Photo from Contemporary Austin’s website

5. Play with Things That Go Pop & Fizz. Get the entire family diving deep into art and science topics at Thinkery’s Think Lab workshops. Perfect for families with children ages 4 and up, each educator-led workshop is held in a small group setting. January workshop is Pop & Fizz, where kids can explore concoctions and investigate chemistry. February workshops feature Cow Eye Dissections! Click here to view all of the upcoming Think Lab classes and workshops.

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Play with science at Thinkery workshops

6. Practice archery skills. How about trying a new sport this year? Channel your inner Katniss Everdeen and learn to shoot arrows in a safe learning environment. Austin’s Archery Training Center has beginning level and competitive target archery classes for both kids and adults. Click here for more info on their classes.

Photo from the Archery Training Center’s FB page. Photo by Jeff Hoag

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Of course there are many more awesome classes out there in the Austin area. We welcome your suggestions in the comments below. And we hope you and the kids enjoy getting out there and trying new things in 2019!