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Start 2024 by picking up a new hobby in Ames

January 1, 2024

Is learning a new skill or picking up a new hobby in 2024 one of your New Year’s resolutions? Follow through with your resolution right here in Ames with this list of fun, local, and educational activities!


  • Cook and learn alongside expert chefs at CloudsCooking Academy. Spend two hours making croissants or learning how to create with chocolate. Ready to be an expert chef? Enroll in Clouds’ 4-week cooking classes, where you’ll meet weekly to learn about ingredients, recipes, and cooking techniques across Europe. 
  • Enroll in one of the workshops offered by The Recipe to learn and perfect a skill all in a
    day’s work. With workshops like sushi rolling, cake making, and pasta 101, you’ll find yo
    ur niche here!
    A cooking class in session at Cooks Emporium.

Move and groove

  • Looking to work on your rhythm in 2024? Enroll in an adult ballet, jazz, tap, or Irish dance class at Robert Thomas Dancenter
  • Strike a (yoga) pose at Ignite Yoga’s yoga, barre, and pilates classes. 
  • Try a workout class you’ve never tried at Ames Fitness Center. With aqua fitness, dance fit, spin, and barre classes, you’re sure to find something to take you out of your comfort zone and into the new year. 
  • Make the most of dealing with Iowa winters by picking up a winter sport. Head to Seven Oaks Recreation for private skiing and snowboarding lessons with a slope master.

    The spin room at Ames Fitness Center.

Makers gonna make

  • Drop in to The Workspace, located in the Iowa State University Memorial Union to make the rotating craft they’re currently offering. 
  • Learn how to knit your own sweater with a class at Knittery Nook. They also offer crochet classes, if that’s more your style. 
  • Make a reservation at the Pour Bar at Oak Lane Candle Co. where the experts guide you through creating your own one-of-a-kind candle.
  • Tiny Joy Creations offers creative classes, specializing in connecting the Ames community with local artists and makers. Follow their Instagram for more details on what they’ve got in store and when they’re happening!

Live action of The Pour Bar at Oak Lane Candle Co. in Ames, Iowa.


  • Grow your knowledge with weekly trivia. Our favorite spots: Torrent Brewing and Mother’s Pub. (Drinks encouraged, not required.)
  • Hoping to read more in 2024? Join one of the monthly book clubs at Dog-Eared Books! With nine book clubs specializing in different genres, you’re sure to hit your reading goal. 
  • Get in touch with the world around you at one of the classes with one of the education programs at Reiman Gardens

    Dog Eared Books' 'Book Clubbin' sign in Ames, Iowa.

    By Marissa Smith, Marketing Communications Intern


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