Different Ways to Celebrate the Leap Year in 2020

Different Ways to Celebrate the Leap Year in 2020

Sam Bowden

For all you leap year babies and Gregorian calendar enthusiasts, ClassBento has a range of classes and workshops perfect for fun things to do in Sydney this coming February 29th! It’s not often you get a chance to celebrate a leap year (any year that’s divisible by four, to be exact) so it’s time to make the most of it. Even if you don’t have a leap year birthday, have no idea what to do on a leap day, or couldn’t give a stuff about the calendar, do you really need an excuse to do something fun? The day comes around roughly every four years, so make the most of the leap year and get along to some of our Sydney workshops on February 29th!

Something artsy for leap year 2020

What to do on a leap year day is not something you think about every year. In fact, with the exception of leap year babies - or leaplings - there’s no real reason to celebrate it at all! But as mentioned above, do you really need a reason to celebrate? With so much creative freedom and no traditional leap year activities to confine the type of festivities you can have, February 29th is your oyster. So why not branch out and get a little colourful with one of our more artistic Sydney workshops?

Don’t water down your leap year, watercolour it! Acclaimed international artist Etienne Cohen runs a Watercolour Workshop for all and her Saturday sessions are coming straight to you this February 29th! Specialising in creating a warm, welcoming and kid-friendly environment, Etienne will show you how to create beautiful watercolour works using images you bring yourself. All you have to do is figure out what you would like to paint, bring the source materials, and learn to colour your canvas silly. Etienne’s classes are small and max out at six participants to ensure that you can spend your February 29th getting the attention your painting skills may need. There’s also complimentary soft drinks and nibbles, so you won’t even go hungry!

If you’re hoping to get messy this leap year 2020, our Assemblage Art Class is perfect for that too! Assemblage art is the combination of several mediums, including drawing, painting and collage, and using them together to create a uniquely colourful visual feast for the eyes! But don’t worry, you’ll have an expert artist on hand to make sure you get the most out of your mess. You’ll cover techniques to help you balance textures, materials and colours, as well as image transfer techniques to make sure that although it’s messy fun, it’s not a messy outcome! 

If you enjoy the neater things, however, and have a hankering for mastering the written word then yes, we also have Sydney workshops for you to indulge in. This February 29th, make your handwriting even more pretty with our Modern Calligraphy Deconstructed class! Learn the fundamentals of brushwork with like-minded creatives and appreciate the fine art of calligraphy writing.


Leap into something a bit crafty

Any day is a good day to get back in touch with nature. If you’ve spent the first two months of the year snowed under with work, make February 29th the day you give yourself a respite! Head on out to beautiful Bondi beach and construct a terrarium with ClassBento’s insanely popular Succulent Terrarium Making at Bondi Beach! This class is one of the most sought after things to do in Sydney when it comes to working that green thumb, having been featured in Buzzfeed and the Fashion Journal. Get back in touch with nature and add a touch of greenery to your house or office as you learn how to build a terrarium from scratch, learning everything it takes to keep a plant alive in the beautiful Merchant & Green Florist. This workshop is an ideal way to get on top of building stress if your leap year 2020 has been off to a hectic start.

Plants not your thing? Totally cool. However this leap year, it might be time to try something different. ClassBento has a few private pottery classes running that can be booked over the weekend of the 29th, however, availability can vary. One class that is definitely here to make your February leap off the calendar page is our Kintsugi Golden Joinery Workshop! Kintsugi is the ancient art of repairing ceramics by piecing them back together using lacquer and gold dust. The philosophy behind it is to find the beauty in imperfection and to celebrate an object’s past, instead of discarding it for being broken. It’s a wonderfully sustainable art form and would make for a killer February 29th activity.

Clay hand building class in Sydney

Get hungry for a good leap year 2020

Cooking classes have always been a great way for friends, workgroups or bucks party to spend the afternoon/evening. However with the leap year upon us, maybe it’s time to spend the only February 29th for the next four years, cooking up a storm! 

ClassBento’s Ramen Noodle Making and Tonkotsu soup class will give your leap year 2020 a brand new flavour! Even amongst chefs, mastering tonkotsu pork broth is a very unique, sought after skill, and one that has delicious rewards long after the class is over!

If you have more of a sweet tooth, then your February 29th might need one of the sweetest things to do in Sydney. Really enhance your cake making game at our cupcakes for beginners! You’ll learn how to decorate cupcakes like a true patissier as the instructors show you the essentials of buttercream frosting and sculpting fondant, and how to create mini works of art without expensive equipment! Perfect for a leapling celebrating their birthday or a small group chasing the leap year 2020 sugar hit!


With so many options to celebrate the leap year 2020 in Sydney, ClassBento has several options for you to enjoy February 29th in a way that will have you wishing the next four years could just fly by. If there are other classes you’re interested in, remember that many instructors take private bookings and maybe more than happy to organise a class on Saturday the 29th, but just check before booking. So get creative, and really celebrate your leap year 2020.

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