As COVID-19 cases are on the rise across the country, many people are planning on spending more time at home and social distancing as much as possible to help stop the spread. But with all that extra time at home… comes a little boredom.
If you’ve already gone through your Netflix queue several times and run out of board games to play, it may be time for a new hobby! Luckily, local Omaha businesses have put together online classes and hobby kits that will make picking up a new pastime easy as pie. Bread baking, photography, yoga—you name it, you can learn it and support a local business at the same time. Have fun!
Photo courtesy of Joslyn Art Museum
As one of the oldest art institutions in the state, Joslyn Art Museum is our local headquarters for enjoying art exhibitions, connecting with local artists and learning new art skills. Their virtual education experiences are available for all ages with topics ranging from painting and ceramics to jewelry making and photography! To see upcoming topics and classes, click here.
For years, American Midwest Ballet has been inspiring thousands of Omahans to pick up ballet as a great workout, a new hobby and even a career—and a pandemic hasn’t stopped them! Throughout the COVID-19 outbreak, they have been uploading dance classes and instructional videos to their YouTube Channel. Ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary, lyrical and hip hop—you can find a course in any age group and skill level right here. And the best part? It’s all completely free! If you would like to support AMB financially during this difficult time, click here for information on their 2020 relief fund.
B Star Sewing Studio is a Bellevue boutique and studio teaching the Omaha population how to DIY everything from face masks to pillows and bags! During the COVID-19 pandemic, they have moved all their classes online so that you can enjoy learning how to sew from the safety of home. Click here to see their list of upcoming classes and to register.
Intro to HTML & CSS Webinar from Do Space
We love Do Space, a technology library open to everyone in Omaha, providing free access to education, the latest software, devices and fast Internet. If you’ve always wanted to expand your technology knowledge, you can do so via one of their virtual classes! Learn more about Microsoft Office, online gaming, social media, 3D printing, coding and HTML and CSS. They have classes for every age group, from children to seniors, and skill levels. Click here to peruse their current class calendar.
At Sound Method Yoga, their teachers and staff believe yoga is for everyone so they strive to create a warm and inclusive environment for learning, even when you have to do it from home. From gentle Yin-based and Hatha classes to Vinyasa for Beginners and Advanced Yogis, they have the perfect virtual class for you. Click here to check out their current online offerings.
Virtual Photography Classes from Studio 315
Getting the perfect shot can be tricky. Luckily, Omaha’s own Studio 315 Photography Workshops offer virtual classes so you can expand your knowledge on every aspect of photography without even having to leave your home! They offer socially distanced beginner classes at Lauritzen Gardens, but also host several classes on Photoshop, light, and pro-photography online. One of our favorites is their “Critique Your Photography” workshop, that allows you to submit photos and have other local photography enthusiasts critique and give you tips on improving. Click here for more information.
Photo courtesy of City Sprouts
City Sprouts, a local community garden and gardening organization, believes that everyone has a green thumb—you just have to cultivate it! You can learn all about gardening, composting, meal planning, caring for chickens, birding, baking and so much more on City Sprouts’ Facebook page. Every week, they post a video teaching you and your family all about caring for our planet and living off of the land. Click here to explore their backlog and to follow them for more content!
We know how it goes. You love reading, but your bookworm habit has taken a backseat over the years to your family, job and other day-to-day activities. But now that you have a little more time at home, why not start tackling your to-be-read shelf again? Join the Omaha Public Library’s virtual Reading Challenge Book Club, that encourages you to pick up more books in 2021! Every second Tuesday of the month, they’ll meet online for a discussion of books that correspond with the month’s reading challenge. Chat with other book lovers about what books you plan to read and recommend some of your favorites! They are offering a limited amount of Reading Challenge Notebooks, which you can pick up at any OPL branch. Click here for more information.
Take-Home Kits & Tools
Delicious Distractions Cupcake Kit from Cake Rendezvous
Photo courtesy of Cake Rendezvous
If you’re looking to up your cake decorating game—or have a gaggle of kids who want to get creative—don’t miss Cake Rendezvous’ popular DIY Dozen Delicious Distractions Cupcake Kits! These incredible DIY kits feature a dozen cupcakes, either chocolate, vanilla or a mixture, along with several different types of frosting, sprinkles and other decorations. Choose between kits like the “Deluxe Basket Baller Kit,” the “Dirt N’ Worms Classic Kit” or “Cora’s Mermaid Tails Deluxe Kit”. Each kit runs anywhere from $35-$45.00 and is the perfect stuck-at-home activity for the whole family!
We love Patriot Homebrew Supply for their incredible class offerings, amazing selection of brewing supplies, and their many clubs that help connect local beer and wine lovers! If you want to learn more about brewing beer at home, Patriot Homebrew has everything you need, including a Brewer’s Best Beer Ingredient Kit, which will help you learn more about beer brewing and help you successfully brew a few gallons at home. They are currently offering free, same-day curbside pickup, so just call and place your order and then head to the store!
We love to settle in with a warm beverage and a puzzle on a cold weekend morning. If that’s you too, or if you’re looking to pick up a few puzzles for passing the time at home, visit Fat Brain Toys! This Omaha favorite is a toy destination, designing and curating world-class toys and games that both children and adults love. They have a massive online store where you can order anything under the sun and have it shipped directly to your door—including a large selection of puzzles! 100 pieces, 500 pieces, 1,000 pieces and even 3,000 pieces, Fat Brain Toys has puzzles for every age group and skill level. You can even order a personalized puzzle for you and your family to enjoy this season. Click here to start shopping!
Photo courtesy of Kitchen Table
If there’s one quarantine hobby that has taken the country by storm, it’s bread baking—and it’s not a huge surprise! Baking bread is fairly simple and very rewarding. The most popular bread that people have been making during 2020 is sourdough, which can be slightly trickier since you need a sourdough starter to, well, get started. This elusive ingredient is a wild yeast that helps add flavor and levity to sourdough bread. And while you could make your own, the process takes about a month. Fortunately, Omaha’s own farm-to-table restaurant Kitchen Table has been selling their famous starter to locals for years. You can pick up a jar of the good stuff at their “General Store” with curbside pickup. Click here for more information!
Create’s craft studio may be closed, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy creating something new from the comfort of your own home! They are currently selling “Craft Kits”—which include three or four paint colors, a brush or sponge, a paint palette, and other embellishments—that you can pick up curbside. There are so many projects to choose from, including ceramics that you and your family can paint, wood chests to decorate, canvases to create on, and more.
The Pottery Place is a make-and-take pottery studio that allows you to pick out a pre-made piece of pottery (from mugs to figurines), paint them and then have them glazed and fired before picking them up at a later date. While their studio is still open, with strict social distancing measures in place, if you’d rather stay at home, they are also offering to-go potter, canvas and wood plaque kits! Just pick out your favorite piece online, pick it up curbside with everything you’ll need to decorate it at home and then drop it off again to be glazed and fired. Click here for all of the information and to peruse their current selection!
If you’ve been wanting to pick up a yarn craft during quarantine, you’ll want to visit ImagiKnit Yarn Shop for all the supplies! This popular shop has everything you need to start knitting, crocheting, weaving and more. While they don’t have an online store, you can call ahead and order things over the phone and pick up your order curbside. They are also offering shipping and local delivery! Visit their website for more information and follow them on Instagram for some knit-spiration.
Are you planning on picking up a hobby during quarantine? Let us know about it in the comments below!