There’s so much to do and learn and experience and explore this summer. Say yes to it all and watch the magic unfold. Sports, art, dance, food, money, and self-exploration are all just a keyboard away. Thumbtack’s here to help you live like a kid again. Or to help you help your kid have a really rad summer. Whatever you do, get out there and have fun. The 10 ideas below are just the beginning.
Rock climbing is for everyone. Age 6 or age 60, it’s a safe and challenging way to get your mind and body in shape. You’ll develop long, lean muscles, decrease stress, and improve decision making skills, problem solving—and most importantly, self confidence. Whether you want to see the world more clearly or you just want rocking triceps, a summer of rock climbing instruction will do the trick.
Hip Hop Dance Lessons
No, you’re not too old. Or too young. Or too nerdy. Or too cool. Hip hop dance lessons will get you ready for the wedding, teach you to structure your own choreography, or just to be awesome when out with friends. And let’s face it, after a few lessons, you’ll probably be approached on the street to be featured in a music video—because you’ll just oozing swagger.
No ocean? No problem. Take scuba anywhere there’s an instructor. You’ll get a safe start in a pool before taking it to open water. There, you’ll get to experience the magic of life underwater. If you’re curious but cautious, set aside your fears with this inside scoop from a scuba expert.
Learn Public Speaking
Imagine, no more anxiety nightmares about public speaking. No more quavering voice when standing in front of a group. No more sweaty hands and beating heart. Just cool, confident, capable, you. Get help with speech content, verbal delivery, body language, audience connection, and self confidence—whatever you need, the Thumbtack pros have got your back. You’re gonna nail that speech.
Perk Up Your Putt
Need to drop your score? Golf lessons, my friend, golf lessons. The way to take back the trophy that is rightfully yours (and rule the office once more) is to improve your short game. And your long game. And your swing. Just take a lesson.
Always dreamed of a Coppola moment? Or maybe you’re more the Wes Anderson type. Whoever your film hero, it’s time to stop dreaming and start doing. From big screen to indie, nostalgic home movies to event videography—the film pros of Thumbtack are here to help you record, edit, cut, and frame your way to your own personal summer blockbuster.
Take a Photography Class
Digital camera? Check. Film camera? No prob. Photoshop skills? Oh, you betcha. Lighting and composition? Definitely. You love taking photos and you could be so great. All you need is a bit of pro coaching to achieve those gorgeous framers the whole family will love.
Learn About Yourself
If you’re tired of feeling things are just beyond your grasp, it’s time to call in backup. It takes true strength to ask for help. Open up to learning about yourself and how to bring more joy into your life, job, and family. It will be fun, possibly uncomfortable, and without a doubt rewarding beyond measure. Let 2016 be the summer of your self-realization.
Learn to Cook
Always dreamed of hosting sparkling dinner parties but can’t do much more than toast bread and pour wine? Never fear. The cooking instructors of Thumbtack are here to elevate you from a life of cheese and cracker soirees. You, too, shall be the talk of the town (or dinner table) with your delicious food and culinary expertise. It’s time to get cooking, good looking.
Be the money boss this summer. No more vague ideas of what may or may not be in your bank account, only to overdraw again. No more neglecting to save for retirement or getting overwhelmed when trying to draw up a reasonable savings plan. Learn how to do money this summer. It’s yours, be the boss! Learn the fine art of money management and you’ll take control of your world.
Learn to Paint
There’s something so romantic about the idea of learning to paint. A solitary artist, creating beauty to share with the world. You can be that artist! But maybe you bought a bunch of paints only to make something kinda ugly, you got discouraged, and packed your art supplies away for eternity. Don’t give up! An art instructor can help you. You are artistic, you just need a wee bit of guidance to get there. So get painting this summer. On walls, on canvas, on paper, or—heck—even on bodies. Bring some color into your summer.
Are you so excited to get out and experience something new this summer? What new project are you taking on?