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Mixing Learning and Fun in Melbourne

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by Camha (subscribe)
Sharing my love for Melbourne, the best city in the world.
Published March 1st 2013
Who says learning has to be boring?
The motivation to learn can be challenging at times but here are some activities that will ensure that you will have the cogs in your brain turning, while making the learning process seem effortless.

For the hipster: Laneway Learning
Have you ever wanted to master the art of crocheting? Or pondered the intricacies of being a beekeeper? Or maybe you've just wanted to fine-tune your wine knowledge for those upcoming dinner parties. Whatever interest you may harbour, Laneway Learning will surely have it covered.These quirky, informal classes take place at the Little Mule on a weekly basis and the teachers leading the classes are passionate everyday folk who want to share their expertise with you. Laneway Learning allows you to indulge in classes that you wouldn't necessarily have the chance to attend (cryptology, anyone?) at a fraction of the price. New classes are posted on a regular basis and classes are small and intimate so popular classes do tend to sell out quickly.

One of the best things about Laneway Learning is the fact that the classes stem from demand. If there is something you would be interested in learning or if you would like to impart some of your own knowledge, notify the Laneway Learning team and you may end up dazzling your friends with your new found prowess.

Where: 19 Somerset Place, Melbourne VIC 3000

For the intellectual: Wheeler Centre
The Wheeler Centre is the literary hub in Melbourne and is home to residents such as The Melbourne Writers Festival and The Small Press Network. The centre releases its program of events throughout the year, comprising talks, debates, discussions and even special events such as literary speed dating where you can potentially find the Mr Darcy or Elizabeth Bennett you've always been yearning for. Events aren't solely literary - they also focus on big ideas and act as a forum for general discussion and the exchange of passionate debate around topical issues. Authors, editors, comedians, and local and international thinkers have all presented on diverse subjects involving politics, media and the environment. The best thing is that the majority of the events are free just be sure to register to ensure a place.

Where: 176 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne VIC 3000

For the historian: SmartBar at Melbourne Museum
In a similar vein to Night at the Museum, Melbourne Museum have now introduced a series of Smart Bar events that take place at the museum after hours - minus the exhibits coming to life, of course, although who knows what the Museum may have up its sleeve. Each SmartBar focuses on a different topic and patrons are given reign to roam the museum, when it is normally off limits to the public, to listen to guest speakers and partake in activities. And if your brain needs a little breather from all of the information being processed, there's always cool refreshments to be had at the bar as well as a live DJ spinning tunes throughout the night.

Where: 11 Nicholson Street, Carlton VIC 3053

For the philosopher: School of Life
The School of Life has recently opened up its doors in Collingwood and is an offshoot international campus of the School of Life in London devised by the famous modern-day philosopher and author, Alain de Botton. The School offers workshops that delve into philosophical notions of life, career, relationships and so forth. Rather than preaching theories and ideologies, the workshops endeavour to explore central themes and introduce participants to an assortment of ideas designed to widen their scope of thinking and initiate discussion. The School is modern in its approach and encourages students to engage with other like-minded, curious thinkers and to walk away with a different take on the world around them. Why ever not?

Where: Corner Oxford and Peel St, Collingwood VIC 3066
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Why? Because learning is FUN!
When: All year
Cost: Various; there are many free events
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