I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve said to myself, “I must find myself a local mama-friendly fitness class.” It’s one of those things that has always lingered at the bottom of my To-Do pile, and when I do spot a class, it’s never the right time to fit around the bazillion other commitments in my day. And anyway, who has the time to search?
So, when the new site Mudputty came across my desk recently, I was intrigued to check it out.
Mudputty is an online community where you can find and book classes and activities on the Sunshine Coast. It is also open to people to host their own activity and share their hobby or passion with the local community.
To use, simply type in what you are looking for into the search bar and all the relevant classes and activities come up. To make the search even easier, there is a set of predefined filters to choose from, so you can quickly browse through activities filtered by category, skill level, day/time, and who it’s for (i.e. parent and child, individuals, couples).
Once you’ve found the course you want, click ‘Book Now’, select your time and date, and book with a credit card. You’ll get a booking confirmation and an email reminder for the class. There is a small 3% surcharge when you pay for the class to cover the cost of the booking, so when you turn up on the day, you know everything is paid for and there’s no surprise costs.
Once you’ve booked a course, you can manage your bookings via your user profile, where you’ll find a list of all your classes and activities booked, a calendar, and a message section where you can direct message the host.
Although it’s a relatively new site to the Sunshine Coast, there is already stacks of classes available catering for every person and every interest – from Meditation to Silversmithing; Pasta Making to Reiki. There’s stacks of activities for the littlies too, such as Circus Skills, Card Making, Teen Yoga, and Music & Movement.
What I loved most was the ease of use and how all the information you needed was right there – location, price, time, description. Done. It was fun to browse through all the classes and activities happening in the area and check out the things I could do, and it was really exciting to see so much happening in the region and potentially connect with so many passionate people. And because you can filter by day and time, it was great to be able to see all the classes and activities in one place and know that they would be held at a time that suited me.
Being able to browse different types of classes also opened my eyes to all the things I could try. All too often I head straight for something in my comfort zone, but with Mudputty I found myself expanding my searches to new experiences.
Nope, not so far! It’s simple, user-friendly, and surprisingly addictive! So be prepared to be sucked into a bit of a wormhole the first time you check it out. I found myself still browsing after half an hour, genuinely considering an evening class in Brazilian Samba (thankfully no experience necessary!).
It’s such a great concept that it is sure to grow beyond the Sunshine Coast soon, so watch for new regions to be added.
Right, I’m off to get ready for an afternoon of Indonesian Banquet Cooking…