After a few years of being stuck in a pandemic and confined to Netflix, it’s time to get out and explore new hobbies – and make some friends along the way! So the next time the TV remote and the couch are calling your name, resist the urge to drop down and open that bag of chips. Instead, check out some of the following social activities and clubs in Atlanta that will teach you new skills while making friends and having fun.
Goat yoga is a combination of yoga, therapy and fun that gives new meaning to namaste. During a goat yoga session, you will either be assigned your own goat or you will be at a farm where goats roam around you. While you are performing your Down Dog, a goat may climb on top of you. Try Goat Yoga at Serenbe Yoga + Bodyworks, Love GOGA Goat Yoga and Mindful Seeds, GGA Dwarf Goat Yoga and Goat Yoga Georgia.
Aerial tissues are a full body acrobatic workout that works on flexibility, muscle mass, meditation and focus, with an element of suspense. As you move through the air wrapped around colorful fabric, you’ll be amazed at your ability to contort your body into cool poses. Work towards a showcase to wow your friends, and who knows, you might just make your Cirque du Soleil dreams come true! Aerial silks are offered at Challenge Aerial, Pole La Teaz, Atlanta Kick and The Sky Barre.
Aim for concentration, hand-eye coordination and an incredible upper body workout with archery lessons. In recent years, the medieval sport has gained popularity thanks to various films such as “The Hunger Games”, “Lord of the Rings” and “Brave”. Grab your bow and arrow and head to Panola Mountain State Park or the Atlanta Archery Club, which can get you into some more serious leagues.
Derby on wheels
If you used to roller skate at your local rink when you were younger and would like to take it back, it’s better to skate than ever! Join the Atlanta Roller Derby Recreational League to learn the ins and outs of one of the fastest growing sports, while making friends and getting a great workout. If you don’t have skates, they will provide you with temporary rentals.
Let candle making lessons pave the way for a new hobby. Homemade scented candles bring a comforting touch to your home by providing a serene and aromatic experience that you have created yourself. They also serve as great gifts for friends. Classes at Bear and Honey Candle (which also sells cupcake, martini and pancake shaped candles), Lot 23 Chandler Company and Crafted Creations Candle Studio are sure to set the mood.
Do you want to practice a sport that combines the skills of football, basketball and soccer? Let’s discuss Ultimate (also known as Ultimate Frisbee) with the Atlanta Flying Disc Club or the Atlanta Sport and Social Club! Time will really fly by when you have fun learning this new skill.
Decorating cakes and cookies
Decorate your cake and eat it too. Impress your friends at the next birthday party or social gathering by learning how to design beautiful cakes and cookies. Cake and Sip teaches you how to turn four-layer vanilla bean cakes into dazzling creations, while Cookie Nip Studio Kitchen offers a distinct vanilla and salted caramel cookie you’ll learn to create from scratch.
Ceramics / Pottery making
Get out there and clay by taking ceramics and pottery classes at Atlanta Clay Works and the Spruill Center for the Arts. Sit behind the potter’s wheel and get ready to get dirty designing beautiful works of art for your home and for your friends. Learn how to make cups, mugs, bowls, and ornaments using a variety of techniques, including stained glass mosaics and Raku, a traditional Japanese low-heat method that produces unique designs.
Train yourself in the art of the funny. Whether you’re destined for prime time or just for the local theater, improv classes allow you to develop your skills in public speaking, quick thinking, listening and teamwork. Local theater companies such as Dad’s Garage and Village Theater offer classes ranging from beginner to advanced.
You may have played pétanque, a sport that originated in Italy and can be described as “bowling meets billiards”, at a local brasserie or bar. Transfer those casual skills into competitive leagues with Atlanta Bocce League, where you can join a team that plays in various locations around the city. Improve your pétanque skills over drinks, new friends and fun.