Arts and crafts for kids — My kids love crafts.
I hate crafts.
Not because they aren’t cool, but because I don’t like the mess. Which is so funny because I have a very messy house. That aside–and the contradiction it is–I love to take my kids places to be creative. Where I don’t get upset because they made a crazy mess to create something cool.Lucky for me and you, we live in one of the best places in the country for this very thing.
The Twin Cities is stuffed with all kinds of artisticly expressive outlets, and I keep finding new ones. We introduced you to beARTrageous who we just LOVE. And there are so many others. Anywhere you live in the Twin Cities, you can find a studio or a class being offered.
I’m not exaggerating. There is something for everyone anywhere you go.
Here are some of my favorite places for arts and crafts for kids.
- Heartfelt –If you have been following FFTC for a while, you know we love Heartfelt in Linden Hills. Lisa and her team members have created the most adorable, creative little shop with the purpose of giving you some space to design. Each month they have a variety of different drop-in crafts pertaining to the season or a nearby holiday or fairies. They offer felting, collaging, painting, textile work. Just name it and there’s a great chance that you will find it a Heartfelt.
kiddywampus–a studio space created just for the youngest members of your family. Offering art and music classes, birthday parties, a toy shop and studio space for art making at $8/hour per child kiddywampus is heaven for any child. Where else are they encouraged to throw paint on the walls? Or create whatever they want with as many sheets of paper as they want? Nowhere by kiddywampus!
Simply Jane Studios–I have not personally been to Simply Jane Studios, but Jane Elias is the sister of Meg Elias-Emery, founder of Xelias Aerial Arts Performance Studio. Nicki from Minnemama Adventures explored it one day and wrote about it on Nellie Bellie. Here’s what she thought. Simply Jane’s Toddler Time sounds like so much fun. It’s Thursday mornings from 10:00 am-noon costing from $5 for members and $10 for non-members.
Minnesota Center for Book Arts–MCBA does not have drop in crafts or studio hours, but what it does have is monthly classes for the family. It is located in the Open Book Building which houses the Loft Literary Center, Milkweed Publications, and MCBA. Check out their schedule for their next family class and sign up. My daughter once made a dragon book there. It was amazing and so much fun! Highly recommend them. It’s a little pricey but worth it.
If you are in anyway like me–someone who wants her children to be creative but don’t want to go through the work to make that happen–check out one of these amazing studios. Or go to our directory and see what other arts and crafts for kids we have found for you!