Bored in New York: 12 Random Skills Worth Learning!
Seriously, how can you become bored in New York City? I guess if you’ve already done all the usual trips to the art museums, bars and burlesque clubs, you might be feeling the big city fatigue. If you want a break from the same-old, same-old or are interested in learning some new things, a random class might be just the ticket. From chess lessons to bike riding to speed reading, here’s a Vimbly-approved list of activities that will leave you anything but bored.

Improv with me? Yes, please.


How do you make people like you? By being funny, of course. Hone your comedic skills in this free improv and acting class where you’ll create and develop characters and practice emotional work, vocal projection and hamming it up. You might not be a comedy whiz kid after one class, but you’re sure to be the most confident funny girl or guy at the office.

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Great heights, zero freights.


Channel your favorite Mission: Impossible movie (“Ghost Protocol” or go home) to practice the basics of rappelling in a safe and secure environment. You’ll start off indoors before trying your hand at not one, but three different types of rappelling including standard, Australian and military. Tom Cruise, is that you?

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A state of mind, a state of zen.


The ancient art of meditation appears in most cultures of the world. Westerners and Easterners might see it differently but we can all agree on one thing: it does wonders for the body and mind. In this 30 minute meditation primer, you’ll follow the lead of an experienced instructor to learn mindfulness techniques you can take with you for your everyday life. Namaste.

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Dungeons & Dragons & you, oh my!


Game of Thrones may have newly popularized the fantasy genre, but everyone knows it was the Dungeons & Dragons board game that put magic on the map (and J.R.R. Tolkien, but let me have this one). Learn the intricacies of this classic game in a tabletop night for beginners. After studying the rules, strategy and nuances of the nerdiest yet coolest game around, you’ll be more than ready to host your own adventure for your friends.

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Knight to E4, you to this chess lesson.

Chess is one of the oldest games in the world and for good reason: it’s hard, rewarding and fun. Also hard (that’s why there are only so many grandmasters). If you’ve always wanted to take your game to the next level, now’s your chance to learn some tricks that you can later apply in one complimentary hour of play at NYC’s famous Village Chess Club. You may not be a grandmaster by lesson’s end, but you might just be able to beat your grandpa next time.

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Learn how to ride a bike in the big city

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True story: I didn’t learn how to ride a bike until I was eight years old. Why’s that? Because I was terrified of oncoming traffic. Maybe you weren’t as fearful as I was, but I doubt that you’ve jumped back on the bike since you’ve settled into the city. To ease your anxieties, take this refresher bike riding class, which emphasizes riding in the chaotic streets of an urban landscape. You may never forget how to ride a bike, but now you’ll know how to ride a bike anywhere.

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Speed read your way to happiness.

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You’re always saying how you don’t read enough books—there isn’t enough time, the books are too long or you have a few more listicles to read. After taking this speed reading class, you’ll no longer have any excuses. If you read slowly or have trouble remembering what you read, this class aims to teach you techniques that will increase your speed by 200 to 500 per cent. That equates to a lot of listicles you’ll be able to get through.

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Seven letters, double word score, big points.

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Word nerd alert! Scrabble clubs are actually happening places in NYC where you can meet and mingle with like-minded logophiles. Not only will you learn the important skill of spelling and crafting words but you’ll get to sip on your favorite BYOB drinks while getting a bit nerdy on a casual Tuesday night. Can you spell A-W-E-S-O-M-E?

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Arrange a floral arrangements class.

Flower power is no longer a thing of the ‘70s. To put a personal touch on the flowers you flaunt, take this floral designs class from Ovando Design and Production. Here you’ll experience the zen-like art of pairing flowers of different colors, textures and sizes together to create a beautiful bouquet. Save some money during your next party or celebration with this crucial skill.

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Liar, liar, pants on fire.

Tell the truth—just how good of a liar are you? More importantly, just how good are you at spotting good liars? In this lie deception class, your bullshit detector will be put to the test as you talk to dozens of people—some liars, some truth tellers—to determine who’s who. This is probably the most important life skill ever. Or is it?

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Can’t read my poker face?


Newbies are welcome to join this intro to poker class, which shows you the ropes, rules, procedures, lingo and strategy of poker. Bluff your way through bad cards, flush in money with good hands and take your friends for everything that they’re worth! Or as much money as you can before they no longer want to be your friend.

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Hop to that hip hop beat.

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You may call that dance move popping and locking, but we’re sorry to tell you that it’s actually just a misguided robot. Get your fundamental dance moves straight in this intro to freestylin’ hip hop class. Practice the fundamentals of hitting, dime spot, the robot, waving and tutting from two of NYC’s best dancers and dance teachers. Now hip hop the hippie to the hip hip hop and don't stop!

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