Every time you learn something new, another deep wrinkle is formed on your brain—further complicating mind-controlling drones' journey to the hypothalamus. Turn your mind into a maze with today's Groupon: for $24, you get $49 worth of classes at the Arkansas Extended Learning Center.
From gourmet cooking to gardening to golfing, Arkansas Extended Learning Center's 2011 spring and summer schedule offers brains of all ages and interests knowledge-meat to munch on from mid-April to August. Aspiring cooks and master eaters can learn south-of-the-border cooking techniques in the Southwestern Cuisine class, where they'll discover chilis' secret powers through demonstrative preparations of classics including salsa, spinach and chicken enchiladas, and traditional flan ($49, May 5). Microfarming seminars, including Bountiful Herb Gardens—a tutorial on innovative ways to turn herbs into ornamentals—and the Shady Garden Workshop—tips for growing life forms in low-sunlight environments—give pupils thumb-greening tips without dye-filled thimbles. The gardening seminars are $34 each, but can be taken in a pair for a total cost of $49.
Clubbers of golf balls or hard-boiled eggs can work on swings in the beginning or intermediate golf classes, which include balls and range fees ($169 for four sessions, beginning April through August). During the K-5 Art Exploration Camps ($49/day), kids can channel their boundless energy into art through clay sculpting, mosaic creating, and painting tiger stripes on the family dog.
Arkansas Extended Learning Center
Arkansas Extended Learning Center culls a massive, seasonal lineup of informative classes, recruiting chefs, artists, athletes, and other professionals to share their wisdom with students of all ages. Pupils can pick up new hobbies such as fly-fishing or digital photography, or sharpen nascent abilities in fields such as cooking and wine-tasting. Otherwise, they can tone up their physiques in fitness and dance classes, discover a new way to communicate in foreign-language workshops, or learn how to cut their way out of a hedge maze during gardening and landscaping tutorials.