Cocktail Making, Organic Gardening & More: Summer Hobbies To Take Up

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Summer is upon us and this year, we want to do things differently. Instead of sitting around lazing in pools or sleeping the days away, we want to get back to our old hobbies. When was the last time you spent time doing something that you loved?

We’ve compiled this list of things to do if you’re in the mood to get back to an old hobby. Take note!

DJ At Mumbai Music Institute

If you’re looking to train in music and think that music production is your thing, check out the courses available at this institute. You can take up the certified courses and even make music your career in the near future! This institute offers you courses in Sound/Audio Engineering, Electronic Music Production and DJing. 

What to opt for: They have a variety of professional courses, but if you're looking for a way to explore music as a hobby, the Bollywood Basics is a three-month course that takes place once a week that you can check out.

Cost: Prices vary per course. The Bollywood Basics class is priced at INR 5,900.

Fly A Plane At The Bombay Flying Club

You can learn how to fly a plane in 6 months! If you’ve ever dreamt of being a pilot, here is your chance to get back to the dream. The Bombay Flying Club has a course designed for those who would like to learn to fly a private plane as a hobby! You’ll need a 10+ education and a medical certificate from a doctor in order to go ahead with this certified course that takes 10 weeks.

Cost: Price on request

#LBBTip: the fees are heavy, but can be paid in installments

Learn Organic Gardening With Earthoholics

Always wanted to grow your own kitchen garden, but didn't know where or how to start, considering we live in the city? Sign up for a workshop or a course and learn the ins and outs of organic gardening with Eathoholics.

What to opt for: Organic Kitchen Gardening workshop or Terrarium Workshop

Cost: 3,100 for a one-day workshop

#LBBTip: Keep an eye out for their other fun and interesting workshops too.

Cocktail Making At Drinq

Drinq is a bartending academy that is also affiliated with Flaming Trio (the pan-India bartending institute). Co-founded by Binny Dhadwal, the academy offers one-day workshop, passion course, a professional bartending course and a bartending upgrade course.

What to opt for: Take their Hobby course which will teach you the basics of bartending and making different mocktails. It's a four-week course which happens twice a week.  If you’re serious about bartending and want to be a cool bartender flaring shots and mixing drinks at a bar, then we recommend signing up for the professional bartending course. It’s a three-month course which happens three times a week and each class lasts three hours. 

Cost: The fee for the Hobby Course is INR 15,000. Best part? You get a bar kit and a certificate as well. The fee for the pro course is INR 30,000 (including taxes). Bonus point – it also includes a one-month on the job training at a popular bar in Mumbai. Think Bar Stock Exchange and the Socials across the city.

Acting At Barry John Acting Studio

One of the most popular acting studios in the country, these classes are your ticket to get back to those Bollywood dreams. You can check out their 3-month program that teaches the basics of theatre and film acting to students.

What to opt for: They have a variety of different courses including Diploma in Film Acting, Certificate in Acting, Filmmaking Courses, Young Actors Club, and Corporate and Film Workshops

Cost: Prices vary as per the course

Photography At Vineye Photo School

If you wish to hone your photography skills, we suggest you take a look at the classes offered at this photography school. They offer photography workshops in products, fashion, portrait, monsoon, landscapes and wildlife.

What to opt for: We suggest you sign up for their comprehensive 2-day weekend batches which are great for a summer hobby

Cost: INR 9,500 for the workshops

Pet Grooming At PetsBurg

Animal lovers will jump in their seat reading about this one. Did you know that you can take up a course and become a professional pet groomer and make a living? This academy offers basic and advanced grooming courses with theoretical as well as practical lessons. After learning how to enhance a pet’s hygiene and an appearance by taking pet grooming courses, you can get a part-time or a full-time job grooming the pets that mostly include dogs, cats, and horses. You'll understand concepts which cover types of equipments, how to handle a pet, nail trimming, bathing techniques, basic first-aid etc. 

What to opt for: The basic course for four weeks, while the advanced one is for 12 weeks. Both are certificate courses and you'll get one at the end of the course.

Cost: Fees vary per the course.

Classical Music At Shankar Mahadevan Academy

If you’re interested in getting back to playing an Indian classical instrument or wish to take up an old hobby of singing again, check out the classes at this academy and be trained by industry experts this summer.

What to opt for: For beginners, they suggest taking one of their 101 classes in either Hindustani or Carnatic music. If you're interested in more advanced classes, you'll need to take an assessment with them.

Cost: Courses start at INR 9,299 

Pottery At Potter's Place

Run by a self-taught potter, Shalan Dere, the studio offers all sorts of workshops in wheel and hand pottery. She conducts workshops on alternate firing techniques like raku, sawdust and even sagger firing in the studio that's located in her garden. 

What to opt for: You can opt for a full-week or a weekend course. They also offer one-day pottery experience workshops and regular workshops on different techniques.

Cost: Price available on request

Contemporary Dance At Shiamak Davar Dance Class

If you’ve always dreamt of grooving to the beats of top Bollywood numbers, it doesn’t get better than the dance classes held at this academy! We also love the fact that these classes are charged with energy and pack in a good workout too.

What to opt for: They offer a variety of programs, but if you're looking to pick this up as a hobby, check out their Funk Batches that are open to all ages.

Cost: Prices vary as per the course. 

#LBBTip- There are workshops all throughout the year in most of the areas of Mumbai, so inquire about the one closest to you.

Paint At Tulika Art Centre

This bungalow on S.V. Road will help you channel your inner artist. Cut off from the digital world, this centre is all about using art as therapy. Sign up to learn calligraphy, oil painting, Tanjore painting and much more.

What to opt for: They offer a wide variety of classes on different themes and topics including knife painting on canvas, mix media art, siporex carving and more. 

Cost: Prices vary as per the class. Workshops tend to be priced around INR 1500.

#LBBTip: They have separate batches for kids and adults.