After a fun day of art-making, what can parents do about the chaos? Local art studios for kids take care of the mess so parents don’t have to.
My kids love crafts.
I hate crafts.
Not because they aren’t cool, but because I don’t like the mess — glue, crayons, oil pastels, acrylic paint, watercolors, markers. Oh my! So messy! 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 artistically expressive outlets, and I keep finding new ones. Anywhere you live in the Twin Cities, you can find a studio or a class being offered for artists of all ages. So, parents can join in, too.
I’m not exaggerating. There is something for everyone anywhere you go.
Children’s Art Studios for Drop-In Artmaking
2121 W 21st St, Minneapolis, MN 55405
One of our favorite art studios for kids, ARTrageous Adventures offers drop in studio times on Saturdays from 10 am to 2 p.m. We love the organized scraps and the open passion of the staff.
228 E. Main Street, Anoka, MN 55303
This came to us as a reader recommendation. Appleberry’s Attic offers walk-in workshops on the 2nd and 4th weekend of each month with three times: Thursday 5pm-8pm; Friday 1pm-9pm; Saturday 11am-5pm. They also have craft crates available and offer private and public craft events, including kids birthday parties.
906 Mainstreet, Hopkins, MN 55343
Not finding what they were looking for locally, the owners of Mess Hall decided to create their own studio. Participants book a studio time, art supplies and gear will be available for them at the studio. At the end of the process they take home their creation. Kids Activities: Book Messy Jessy parent-child studio times for ages 4 to 11 or Teen Time studio hours for teens ages 12-17.
New Location: Mount Olivet, 5025 Knox Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55419
Simply Jane is in the process of moving into their new studio space. They have traditionally offered both drop-in studio times for all ages and special Toddler Times. Once they are again offering studio times, we will update their information.
Kid-Friendly Craft Shops
4306 Upton Ave S, Minneapolis, MN, 55410
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.
1721 Beam Ave., Suite A, Maplewood, MN 55109
5699 W 16th St, St Louis Park, MN 55416
The store where teachers shop for instructional and art supplies, Lakeshore Learning’s Saturday Crafts are currently on hiatus. We hope they will eventually bring in-store events back. Until then, find at-home craft ideas on their website.
Creative Workshops & Art Programs
1011 Washington Ave S #100, Minneapolis, MN 55415
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.
150 West 60th Street Minneapolis, MN 55419
Beyond typical art studios for kids, Leonardo’s Basement offers kids workshops and classes that encourage designing and hand-building of engineering, art, and technology projects. Whatever masterpiece your child creates at Leonardo’s Basement, you can guarantee it will be their own unique creation. Peruse and register for workshops here.
3000 University Avenue Southeast, Minneapolis, 55414
If sewing, knitting or other textile arts are your child’s passion, than they may love offerings from the Textile Center. Besides classes and workshops, kids can join the Youth Fiber Art Guild and receive monthly art kits by mail.
Preschool Pottery Studios & Ceramics for Kids3324 Promenade Ave, Eagan MN 55121
12155 Elm Creek Boulevard North, Maple Grove MN 55369
Woodbury 9140 Hudson Rd. E511, Woodbury MN 55125
We like color me mine for their monthly Toddler Tuesday and Family Day programs.
4206 E 34th St, Minneapolis, MN 55406
Dock 6 recommends the Free Throw Friday program for families. This all ages program is offered on the 1st and 3rd Fridays of each month. For only $10/person, participants will receive a quick intro to clay. The first creation is included in the the fee. All creations receive clear glazes.
2424 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55406
Northern Clay offers family classes and workshops, kids classes and camps and teen programs.
Find Kids Art Classes & Programs
- Kidcreate Studio – Eden Prairie & Woodbury
- Art Start / Art Scraps
- Edina Art Center
- North Suburban Center for the Arts
For more ideas go to our directory and see what other arts and crafts for kids we have found for you!