9 Excuses to Skip Happy Hour

Happy Hour? Let’s be honest: You’ve been there and done that. Shake things up, and trade your usual post-work watering hole for an opportunity to try something new. From watercolor painting to glass etching, these early evening activities are the perfect post-work retreat (and fun to do with friends).

Paint with Watercolors – Set your inner artist free in this all-levels-welcome watercolor workshop. Grab a paintbrush and let the instructor walk you through the basics of mixing, flowing, and creative exploration.

Bake Macarons – Bake up a batch of colorful treats during this three-hour French Macaron class.

You’ll get hands-on instruction in baking and assembling these pretty meringue-based cookies—and you’ll get to taste your creations.

Learn to Bellydance – Originally a type of Middle Eastern folk dance, bellydance is now a globally recognized, high-energy and expressive dance form. Groove to the music and learn to shake your hips like a pro during a one-hour beginner bellydance course.

Make Your Own Jewelry – Loop, wrap, and bead your way through this introductory jewelry making class as you create your very own sparkling accessory. You’ll learn the basic techniques needed to make gorgeous jewelry, and go home with a handcrafted one-of-a-kind item for everyday wear.

Level-up Your Camera Knowledge: Dust off that digital camera you never learned to use, and explore the fundamentals in this how-to class crash course. This introductory camera class is perfect for anyone looking to quickly improve their familiarity and understanding of a digital camera’s basic functions and features.

Become a Dumpling Master – In this fun, hands-on cooking class, you’ll master the basics necessary to prep and cook savory dumplings at home. Learn how to make, wrap, and fill your own dumplings while the instructor shares the best tips and tricks of the trade.

Etch-a-Glass – You’ll want to host happy hour at your place after you design your very own drinking glasses. In this two-hour class you’ll learn the art of glass-etching and create two totally unique glasses to keep or gift.

Create Your Own Body Scrub – Take in soothing aromas, and learn about the healing effects of essential oils as your instructor walks you through how to make your own body scrub. You’ll go home with two handmade body scrubs in charming mason jars, and also be able to decorate your jars at the end of the class.

Set Sail at Sunset – Soak in warm summer breezes and get an unparalleled view of the skyline during this sunset sailing class. Jump in and learn all about sailing, or sit back and relax as you skim along the smooth water—it’s up to you.


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