Too Cool for School: 5 Fun and Educational Seattle Activities for Adults

School has been back in session in Seattle for a few weeks now. Can’t you just smell the dry erase markers and lunchroom corndogs? We can. That’s why we dug through our lockers and raided our Trapper Keepers for some of the awesomest fun and educational activities our Emerald City has to offer. Even if you’re no longer a student, you can get your learning on with a few well-chosen activities. Fancy a lecture about how dark matter killed the dinosaurs, perhaps? Or maybe learn some new skills with a Seattle Public Library Class. Whatever you chose, you’ll be keeping your brain limber while having a blast. And there’s no homework. Now that sounds way cool!

"School Buses," by Dean Hochman. Licensed under Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0).

"School Buses," by Dean Hochman. Licensed under Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0).

For the science nerds…

Lisa Randall: How Dark Matter Killed the Dinosaurs – Lecture at Town Hall

This one is next month, but it sounds way too interesting not to mention. Listen to particle physicist Lisa Randall explain her theory about how a dislodged comet in the Milky Way lead to the extinction of the dinosaurs. A must-attend for any dino or space science nerds. Monday, 11/02/2015 at 7:30 pm. $5.

For the artsy kids…

SAM Talks: Colin B. Bailey and Kimerly Rorschach

Fan of Impressionism? SAM has a great exhibition on now. Learn more about it from Colin B. Bailey (Director of the Morgan Library and Museum in New York) and Kimerly Rorschach (SAM CEO). 10/15/2015 from 7:00-8:00pm at the Plestcheeff Auditorium. $10 ($5 for SAM members).

For the Writer’s Workshop Fanatics…

The Seattle Writes Series: Seattle Public Library

"Writing? Yeah," by Caleb Roenigk. Licensed under Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0).

"Writing? Yeah," by Caleb Roenigk. Licensed under Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0).

Looking to start that novel? Interested in dabbling in poetry? Just want to improve your written communication skills? Check out the Seattle Public Library’s free series of classes, lectures and write-ins. Offerings include a Social Media Master Class, Flash Fiction, and a class to get you up to speed for NaNoWriMo. Free, but registration is required.

For the History Buffs…

History Café at MOHAI: Early Seattle Apartment Buildings

"Seattle Lofts," by Rennett Lowe. Licensed under Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0).

"Seattle Lofts," by Rennett Lowe. Licensed under Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0).

Every third Thursday of the month, the Museum of History and Industry hosts a lively discussion about history at the MOHAI Compass Café. Each session features a different topic, and invites history enthusiasts to come together and share what they know. On October 15th from 6:30 to 7:30pm, Historic Preservationist Diana James, author of Shared Walls: Seattle Apartment Buildings, 1900-1939, will discuss early Seattle apartment buildings and present a more detailed picture of some that might be in your own neighborhood. Free!

For the Botanists…

Seattle Tilth Classes

"Eggplant," by Alice Henneman. Licensed under Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0).

"Eggplant," by Alice Henneman. Licensed under Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0).

Calling all Green Thumb-Havers! Seattle Tilth offers a bountiful array of classes on subjects like permaculture, veggie gardening, canning and urban livestock! Visit their website for registration information.

-Maggie Tarnawa, Blog Manager