Want to learn a new skill mama? From dance classes and sports teams, to musical instruments and crafting, check out our guide to adult hobbies in Singapore!
A few weeks ago when we put together our annual list of school holiday camps, it goes us thinking…how come kids get to have all the fun?!
But then the more we looked around, the more we realized that there are TONS of cool things for grown-ups to do, too, from cool arts & crafts, to a huge range of sports teams, to unique pursuits like astrology, perfume-making and tiny food crafting (say what? If it’s good enough for Chrissy Teigen, it’s good enough for us…).
Click through to find out how you can start having fun and getting social, mama!
Read more: Kids’ Adventure Sports in Singapore
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Ever wanted to hand-craft your own signature scent, mama? With Perfume Workshop you can! Equally popular with groups (including bridal and baby showers and corporate team bonding), friends, and couples, each 2-hour workshop starts with a personality test so you can find the most suitable ingredients to match your tastes. You then get to take your custom scent – featuring the oils of more than 50 native Singapore orchids – in a gorgeous crystal bottle (book at least a week in advance and you can even have it custom engraved!).
Ready to unleash your own creativity, mama? Run by fiber artist Hila Eshel, Hili Studio runs a variety of workshops for anyone interested in weaving, macramé, brass ring weaving or any other kind of customized fiber art that you can dream up. Whether you want to create a textile for the perfect personalised baby gift, or you want to create a truly special piece of wall art that you can proudly display in your home, Hili Studio will help you learn the fundamentals of the craft. All materials are provided, along with a big, beautiful work space so you have plenty of room to spread out. You can also look forward to a fun and collaborative environment, along with a super delicious lunch (did we mention Hila is a former chef?!). Gift vouchers and customised group sessions are both available.
Ready to dig deep, mama? If you’ve ever wanted to understand the root causes of personal issues and life changes, Selfstrology gives you the tools to help both yourself, and others, to better understand issues like child learning and development, family dynamics, career planning, personal relationships and more. Much more complex and detailed than the 12 Zodiac signs, this Western astrology school provides both courses and workshops (some of them FREE!) for enthusiasts keen on developing a deeper understanding of psychological behaviors. Whether learning to read charts or hone self-development principles, this is an enlightening and fulfilling pursuit!
To celebrate their 4th anniversary, Selfstrology is offering discounted 2-hour consultations during November and December. Email [email protected] and mention Sassy Mama to book yours; a non-refundable $50 deposit is required to secure your time slot.
It’s a well-documented fact that the Sassy Mama team are HUGE fans of Brettschneider’s Baking & Cooking School, which is an offshoot of the island’s ubiquitous Baker & Cook. Whether you’re a bread-baking novice or you’re hardcore into sourdough, you’ll find a class to suit your tastes and ability levels (and it really is much more than baking, we just can’t get enough of their delicious doughs!). Cooking classes cover a range of cuisines and are often taught by cuisine guest chefs. They offer super fun kids’ classes, too!
Brettschneider’s Baking & Cooking School, 1 Greendale Avenue, Singapore 289495, Tel: (+65) 6463 5508, www.bakingandcookingschool.com
Want to learn to paint or draw, mama? Our roundup of the best art classes in Singapore is a good place to start, as many of these studios offer classes for adults as well as kids. Another recent fave of ours is My Art Space, which offers plenty of workshops, corporate team activities, and free & easy art jams to make painting a breeze.
Read more: The Best Kids’ Art Classes in Singapore
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There’s nothing like making something with your hands for a true sense of accomplishment and pride, mama!
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Singapore takes its coffee very seriously, as evidenced by the fact that there’s all manner of coffee appreciation and barista classes whether you want to boost your bean knowledge or practice some pretty latte art. A few we’ve heard particularly good things about include Papa Palheta, Oriole Coffee + Bar, Common Man Coffee Roasters, The Coffee Academics, and Katalyst Coffee Academy (from Dutch Colony).
Is swing your thing, mama? Perhaps you prefer to waltz with your parter, or have unfulfilled tap dancing dreams from childhood. Or maybe you just find hip-hop or Bollywood dance to be the most fun and effective way to get a workout. Whatever your preference, Singapore is chock-a-block with fun dance options for adults.
Try All That Jazz for a range of fun options including tap, hip-hop and jazz; Dance Embassy for pulse-pounding Bollywood options; Tanglin Arts Studio for beginner ballet; Shawn & Gladys Dance Academy for social styles like Salsa, Mambo, ballroom dancing and more; Kulture for hip-hop, Kpop and break dancing; Dance on Us for everything from bellydance to hula to flamenco; and SLAP Dance Studio for some sexy pole-dancing instruction.
Read more: Guide to Kids’ Dance Classes in Singapore
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We could all probably do to make our homes a bit prettier, wouldn’t it be nice to learn some tips and tricks to do so more economically?
Raffles International Floristry Academy is a full-time flower arrangement and floral design school that caters to everyone from the amateur green thumb to experienced professionals, they even have kids’ classes! Ask A French Flowers also offers a range of beautiful workshops throughout the year.
Meanwhile, if you’ve ever wondered how to pick just the right home accessories, or to artfully arrange the books and other objects on your shelves to make them look magazine-worthy, try a Styling the Home workshop from the Assembly Hall with interior designer Kate Gallagher and stylist Charlie Cameron.
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Who said the piano’s just for kids? Aureus Academy offers private lessons (either at home or in one of their studios) at their popular music schools across the island. If you want to rock out on the guitar, Swee Lee or House of Axe ([email protected] / (+65) 8100 2926) might be just the ticket. And if you tend a little bit hipster, why not pluck along with Ukulele Movement?
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Whether you’re learning from a pro how to be a ninja with your iPhone, or you want to go old school and take truly beautiful family photos, photography lessons could be a worthwhile investment.
Biggies Canon and Nikon both offer a range of classes (in some instances Singaporeans can even apply a $500 SkillsFuture credit to cover it!). We’ve also heard good things about Karen Lucas Photography (can we go on your photo tour to Bhutan, pretty please?) and Noodle Photography in the East.
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Singapore is an island after all, so why not take advantage and get out on the water? Whether your hubby fancies himself in a captain’s hat, or you’re looking for a fun activity to learn together as a couple or family, there are a number of great sailing schools located both at Keppel Bay and in the East, including:
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Keen to relive your old high school glory days, mama? Or perhaps you want to try out a new sport? Either way, there are heaps of sports leagues across the island that are a super fun to stay fit and be social. Here’s a sampling:
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Probably the most unique hobby you could have, tiny food crafting is all the rage here in Singapore, where it turns out we have a global superstar in our midst: artist Jocelyn Teo doesn’t just lead cool tiny food workshops where she teaches you how to make adorable, amazingly realistic clay food creations. Oh no, she’s also been commissioned by the likes of John Legend to craft a birthday present for his incredible wife, Chrissy Teigen (OMG), to recreate dishes from her cookbook in miniature. If it’s good enough for one of the world’s coolest couples, then it’s good enough for us!
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