6 Ways to Stay Sharp Over Spring Break

The dark, cold, wintery months are finally finished and you can see the light at the end of the tunnel. No more fifty-shades-of-grey weather -- hello spring and all the color that comes with it!

Instead of heading to Cancún for spring break and trying to keep up with the 20-somethings, there are tons of things to do in New York that don't involve losing your brain cells... or your bathing suit. Spoiler alert: the brain cells aren’t coming back.

So why not be the adult you are (or that you pretend to be) and use your spring break doing some self-improvement while keeping your dignity in tact. Learning something new is never a waste -- but a trip to Cancun this time of year? You wouldn’t remember most of it anyway.

Camera Ready

Camera Ready

The beauty of the blossoming cherry trees should not be missed -- it’s fleeting powdery pink weeks mark the start of spring. Since the cherry blossoms don’t last very long, you might want to have your Cannon ready -- or else you’ll have to wait until next year.

To make sure your images will come out perfect, why not take a photography tour of Central Park? Not only will you be prepared for the cherry blossoms, you’ll also find new cool spots to snap pictures of (that aren’t already on EVERY Instagram account). And as you hike through the park, your guide will give you good tips on how to take even better pics.

 

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Zumba with Your Bunda (It’s Portuguese for butt!)

Zumba with Your Bunda (It’s Portuguese for butt!)

It’s time to pull your spring wardrobe out of the closet -- or since you live in New York, out from under your bed. #noclosetspace

OK, maybe you were a little lazy this winter. Maybe the cold blizzards seemed never ending and you even contemplated on moving to Florida. But that would mean staying in shape 12 months of the year. So you decided against it.

Instead, you enjoyed your Netflix & Pizza nights a bit too much and forgot about your tank tops. Now spring is here. And that means beach season is only a few months away. Uh-oh -- time to get back in shape!

Ease back into your fitness frenzy with a fun Zumba class! You’ll burn that pizza off without even noticing, and you’ll have a blast doing it. Plus you’ll learn some rad moves you can show off at all those beach parties you’ll get invited to this summer.

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The Finer Points

The Finer Points

Don’t let the sultry spring vacation dull your edges and lull you into a false sense of security -- your arch enemy is out there, lurking in the shadows. Stay on point, or at least en garde.

Learn to keep your enemies and your ennui at bay during your vacay by learning to fence! This class will  hone your reflexes and sharpen your saber skills. So the next time you're ambushed on your quest for dollar slices at 3 AM -- you’ll have an edge on your opponent.

PS: Please don’t take your sword to the bar, you don’t really have an arch enemy.



 

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 Chop Chop!

Chop Chop!

You’ve been drawn to cutlery since you were a child -- which is why you are missing the tip of your thumb.

Learn how to use knives and save fingers this spring break with a knife skills class. Here are some of the things you might learn:

  • Pointy end out -- can’t stress this one enough

  • If it looks shiny and sharp, chances are it is shiny and sharp

  • You’re in the kitchen not the circus, so don’t throw (or catch) the knives

If this is all you need to know-- God’s speed and good luck counting to ten! If you want to keep your edge (and your fingers) in the kitchen though, learn how to use your knives so you can keep slicin’ and dicin’ for years to come.

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Blind or Bust

Blind or Bust

Blind or bust -- well, both, really. In this experiential sculpting class, you’ll get to: A. byob, B. learn how to sculpt, and C. sculpt a bust while blindfolded!

Crazy, right? The thing is, it’s actually all about sanity -- the point is to let your subconscious take the wheel and rely solely on your sense of touch. When one of your senses is curbed, the others rise up to compensate. You’ll be amazed at the beautiful, albeit abstract, art you make when you trust your hands to do the sculpting!


To top it all, you’ll have a gift to bring back to your parents when you come home from Spring Break -- just in time for Mother’s Day. “Look Ma, no eyes!”

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Rule of (Green) Thumb

Rule of (Green) Thumb

One of the best parts of the Spring season is seeing all the plants slowly come back to life. However, Spring Salads aren’t the only way to utilize the fresh new sprouts.

Take full advantage of the returning greens with a hands-on Medicinal Herbs 101 class. You’ll learn how to create tinctures, infusions, oils, and salves. They’ll give you a natural, holistic edge against the Springtime flu season, and even more importantly -- Springtime allergies. Your sinuses will thank you.

Stay healthy. Stay happy. Go green!

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