Just for Fun / New Skills

It’s always a good time to learn a new skill. You can broaden your horizons and have fun doing it. Take a look at these “just for fun” ideas to see if they might be right for you.

Bird Watching

You don’t need a special skill to watch a bird. But attracting and identifying them is a different story. And Spring is a perfect time to start, said Ed Reese, co-owner of Wild Bird House at 75th and Metcalf in Overland Park.

“My wife and I have identified 63 different species of birds in our backyard,” Reese said.


A water source, such as a bird bath, waterfall or koi pond, is a good idea, Reese said, as is providing cover with the right habitat, such as evergreen bushes and pine trees. Buying or making a bird house, using a pole bird feeder and the right kind of seed will help any bird feel more at home at your place. So grab a field guide and some binoculars, and have some fun with our fine feathered friends. Wild Bird House and other bird stores can help you get started. wildbirdhousestore.com

The Culinary Center of Kansas City

Up your game on your mad cooking skills, or just enjoy a fun night out at The Culinary Center of Kansas City. This classic foodie hub, located in downtown Overland Park for more than than 20 years, offers more than 600 cooking classes annually for every interest and skill level. If you want to make it, bake it, fry it or try it, this is your place.

The Culinary Center of Kansas City also offers interactive cooking parties, teambuilding exercises, a unique kitchen shop and a wide selection of fully prepared, chef-crafted frozen meals. Visit kcculinary.com.

Yoga at the Kauffman Center

Yoga at the Kauffman Center returns this spring for two Saturday sessions accompanied by live music March 16 and April 27 in Brandmeyer Great Hall. An intermediate level yoga flow is featured in the 8:30 a.m. classes, while guests can experience a yoga foundations class at 10:30 a.m. Learn more at kauffmancenter.org.

Belger Arts Center

Date Night need an infusion of creativity? At Belger Arts you and your sweetie (or friend or family member) can learn to throw on the potter’s wheel. Decorate the best pots you make and Belger Arts will glaze and fire them.
Classes are $50 per pair, include all materials, and meet four times a month (Fridays from 6-8 p.m. and Saturdays from 5-7 p.m.) at 2100 Walnut in the Crossroads Art District. Space is limited. You must register at least 48 hours in advance at belgerarts.org

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