Handcrafted holiday gifts can be extra special when the creative process is half the fun! We’ve rounded up several local spots where your kids can mess up someone else’s space, let their imaginations run wild, and craft some serious masterpieces this holiday season:
Articulture | Minneapolis
Offers: Saturday, Dec 2, Articulture opens its doors for a Free Studio Art Day in conjunction with the annual Seward Winter Frolic. Make ornaments, cards & garlands, all ages plus cookies and cider.
Dec. 9 , 9:30am or 11am
Plymouth Congregational Church, 1900 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis
Color Me Mine | Eagan & Maple Grove
Offers: Paint With Santa (both Eagan & Maple Grove locations). Kids can paint ceramic holiday cookie plates or ornaments to give as gifts. Included is a chance to visit with Santa.
Cost: Package price of $40/pp includes studio fee, supplies
Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park | Brooklyn Park
Offers: Elves Workshop gives kids the chance to craft gifts by hand with supplies and instructions provided. Event takes place 12/16/17, reservations required by 12/13/17.
Heartfelt | Minneapolis
Offers: Monthly preschool festivals, drop-in crafts and a comfortable, child-friendly environment to spend some time. Browse their Holiday Gift Digest, filled with dozens of holiday projects from tabletop reindeer to wood-burned picture frames, that can be given as handmade gifts.
Cost: Most drop-in crafts are priced between $10-$20 apiece.
Landmark Center | St Paul
Offers: Santa’s Workshop is open for holiday gift-making, picture with Santa and “Reindeer Games”. Dec 10, 1-3pm. F
Lebanon Hills Regional Park | Eagan
Offers: Winter Gifts is offered the first two Saturdays in December for youth to craft gifts. On 12/2/17, kids ages 6-12 can create a gnome; on 12/9/17 ages 10-14 can build a birdhouse. Advanced registration required.
Leonardo’s Basement | Minneapolis
Offers: Elf Apprenticeship Program: Holiday Gift Making lets tinkerers ages 6-12 choose from a wide range of projects – sewing, woodworking, stained glass, jewelry making and more – to craft homemade holiday presents. Dates: Nov 25-26 & Dec 2-3. Pre-registration required.
Michaels | Twin Cities locations
Offers: Kids Club crafts are simple and inexpensive yet could lend a nice personal touch to a small gift. Drop in Saturdays 10am-noon during Nov and Dec to make felt ornaments, clay pot elves and other holiday themed items.
Cost: $2 per project, supplies included
Rumriver Art Center | Anoka
Offers: Free Family Art Day will take place Saturday, Dec 2. Two sessions are available (11am-noon or 1-2pm) and reservations are required either by calling 763.323.8830 or using this form. The hour-long class is appropriate for kids ages 5+ with a caregiver and the holiday-themed project will be something suitable to give as a gift.
Simply Jane | Minneapolis
Offers: Toddler Time Thursdays from 10am-noon are suitable for your littles to create a homemade holiday gift. Experiment with paint, play with toys, books, dress-up and more. The studio also offers drop-in painting for all ages; hours can be found here.
Cost: Toddler Time is $10 per child.