Fun One Time Classes without the Commitment


Spring is here! I don’t know about you, but we were more than ready! I enjoy smelling the flowers blooming, tasting the sweetness of an afternoon popsicle, and hearing the laughter of neighborhood friends playing outside. While spring promises even more time outdoors and different experiences, I always enjoy having my kids try something new. However, we do not have the budget for our boys to be enrolled in classes that require monthly memberships. So, I set out to find a few classes that allow us to sign up for an afternoon and try a unique experience. These one time classes are a great compromise for our kids to see what they are passionate about before I commit to monthly payments.

Here are a few one time classes we tried out and enjoyed! Click on the class to be directed to their website for additional information!

Ninja Citi Adventure Park: My son’s dream is to compete in a Ninja Warrior Competition. I found this experience while searching for ninja classes. I signed him up for a one 1 hour class with an additional hour of free play. He worked with an instructor for an hour and I watched my son use problem solving skills, gross motor skills, and coordination as he tried out various obstacles. The instructor encouraged my son to keep trying as he navigated some courses again and again. I was pleased that after the class the instructor pointed out my son’s determination. My son played for an additional hour after class. They also offer group classes and free play. The challenges range from balancing obstacles to rope swinging and climbing challenges. This was a great one time class!

Young Chefs Academy-Gahanna: Another son really enjoys cooking and I found individual workshops at a kid’s chef school. He tried a two hour cupcake class and loved it! He took home the recipes and was eager to show off the skills he learned in class. Young Chefs Academy has many classes throughout the month. We can’t wait to try the family class, which is a one time class as well!

Pinot’s Palette: This was such a fun experience for my seven-year-old! The studio offers kid specific and family one time classes which are generally ages 7 and up. Evening classes are a fun night out for ages 13 years old and up. My son and I loved painting as we followed along with the instructor. Our instructor was very helpful and provided a step-by-step directions of the class painting. It was a two hour class with a break in the middle. This class was perfect for a special date with my son. He keeps asking when we can go back. The Columbus locations are in Powell and Short North. Be sure to check out their one time classes!

uPaint Pottery Studio: This is one of our favorite places to go. Walk-ins are welcome! You select a piece of pottery and paint as you wish! Their staff is extremely friendly and will help you with any questions you have! We have not tried an instructor led class but that is next on our list. You can find specific classes on their Facebook page and sign up!

We hope these ideas will provide families with unique experiences that won’t break the bank! In addition, there are monthly music classes that can be found here. Let us know a class your kid has tried and loved!

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Melissa Burnett was born in New Jersey but moved to Ohio at the beginning of a school year where she thought her parents forgot her at Kindergarten and spent most of her first day in tears. Since then, she learned to transfer her imagination onto paper and write stories. She taught Title 1 Reading and wrote children’s books before embarking on her journey into parenthood. Melissa is a mother to twin boys and a younger boy who keeps her on her toes. She enjoys Friday stay home movie night with her boys and dreaming up business ideas with her extremely patient and loving husband. When she is not breaking up wrestling matches, Melissa and her husband spend their time working on rental cabins in Hocking Hills. They also enjoy popcorn and coming up with new popcorn flavors. Melissa promises she does not have motherhood figured out, but she does have many funny stories to share and a word of advice “when you go through the car wash with kids…make sure your window lock is on.” Follow her blog: