One of the best kept secrets in Woodbury is that there are multiple opportunities for residents—from toddlers to adults—to exercise their creative side (and even all together as a family). Here’s a roundup of the best spots in Woodbury to imagine and create together:
For families with little ones
Children are naturally creative and need time and space to create; this is the belief of Lara Olson, the owner of Kidcreate Studio. Not only does Kidcreate Studio provide the age-appropriate plan, the supplies and the space for children to explore their inner-artist, it allows parents or grandparents to join the fun, too. Saturday and Sunday class offerings cover a wide range of crafts from self-portraits to holiday-themed classes (all in a space that doesn’t include your walls and furniture).
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Check out the Valentine’s Day craft party on February 13. Help your little Valentine make a special homemade gift at this Valentine’s Day gift-making party. Little Picassos will take their turn at crafting a heart-themed bowl out of clay that will be filled with Hershey kisses at the end of the session. Ages 18 months-6 years old. $14.40 member/$16 non-member. 9:30-10:30 a.m. Register online.
For families with teenagers
For families that have outgrown pipe cleaners and finger-painting, Cheers Pablo is a popular alternative for together time. Cheers Pablo reassures any hesitant artists: “No painting experience necessary! Just come ready to have fun.” A guided painting experience will teach you everything you need to know and let your own imagination take care of the rest.
Cheers Pablo’s Sunday afternoon studio time is also worth checking out; the beauty of a blank canvas can be your family’s new favorite experience. Cheers Pablo will provide an open or private space, paint, brushes, aprons, canvases and up to four hours to create. Need a snack or beverage to fuel your creative spirit? Cheers Pablo has a menu that will satisfy both children and adults.
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February’s most coveted canvas option, titled “Be Mine,” boasts a heart-pattern infused with the spirit of Valentine’s Day in colors that make it relevant long after the holiday has passed. If hearts don’t appeal to you, opt for a classic Minnesota winter landscape or put your own spin on a traditional print instead. Check website for session offerings and prices. Studio time: Tuesday-Sunday, 12-4 p.m. $20 per person per four hours.
For families at every stage of life
Sometimes the hardest part of family activities is finding an activity everyone will enjoy. Fortunately, Kiln Kreations has a wide array for artists with all sorts of interests. Ceramics, glass, clay, mosaics, canvas- making, candle-making—they have it all. And with the Twin Cities’ largest selection of ceramics ready for painting, there’s a good chance you can find something for even your pickiest little art critics.
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If you prefer a night in with the family, opt for the Party-In-A-Box, which provides the perks of painting a ceramic in-studio, but in the comfort of home. Drop off the pieces the next day for glazing and firing; your masterpieces will be ready to pick up within a week. Hours and prices vary; check website for details. Groups of six or more must pre-register online.