Looking for a unique gift for Mom this Mother’s Day? Kids can try their hand at canvas painting, pottery or even glass blowing, and create a one-of-a-kind masterpiece that mom will never forget. Check out these awesome New Jersey art studios, offering drop-in craft hours and special events for the whole family. With creative guidance and colorful supplies, children can unleash their inner artist and make special Mother’s Day crafts just for mom.
Address: 250 South Avenue, Fanwood
Price: $20 per craft (may vary depending on project)
Details: Be Craftful is one part walk-in craft studio and one part gift and toy store. Stop in during open crafting hours to make one of several age-appropriate crafts–all materials and friendly instruction are included. For Mother’s Day, kids can choose an item to personalize for mom, such as a picture frame, mug or hand print.
More info: www.becraftful.com or call 908-322-3226
Color Me Mine
Address: Locations in Denville, Freehold, Hamilton, Ridgewood, Summit, Toms River & Voorhees
Price: Studio fees range from $6-9 per child (plus price of piece)
Details: Color Me Mine has seven locations around NJ offering dozens of kid-friendly events where children can paint everything from ceramics to canvas to superhero figurines. Paint mom a special cupcake handprint for the perfect Mother’s Day gift.
More info: www.colormemine.com or call individual locations
Express Yourself Studios
Address: 1877 Springfield Avenue, Maplewood
Price: $20-25 per session
Details: This bright, cheery space in suburban Maplewood features an impressive array of classes for both kids and adults, including spring break and summer camps. Sign up for a Studio Saturday class to paint a unique picture (best for kids ages 5-10) or book your spot for their Mother’s Day Art & Fun program and create a beautiful canvas painting of a daisy, heart or flowers in a vase for mom.
More info: www.expressyourselfstudios.com or call 973-763-5256
Fire Me Up!
Address: 117 N Union Avenue, Cranford
Price: Average item is $20-30
Details: Fire Me Up! is a local Cranford favorite, offering up pottery painting, glass fusing and canvas painting, as well as a wide array of specialized classes for children preschool-aged and older. Sign up for one of their Kids Night Out events (ages 6 & up), which include pizza, fun with friends and canvas paint instruction. Create a masterpiece to hang up at home or give as a thoughtful Mother’s Day present.
More info: www.firemeupstudio.com or call 908-272-2600
Address: 550 Cookman Ave, Asbury Park
Price: $22 & up
Details: If you’re looking for a unique art experience or a one-of-a-kind gift, Hot Sand is the perfect Jersey Shore destination. Older kids (ages 9 & up) can walk in and try their hand at glass-blowing to create a multi-colored bubble, candy dish or paperweight that Mom will love. Younger kids can make a SunTile or QuickCast so they won’t be left out of the fun.
More info: www.hotsandap.com or call 732-927-5475
Just Bead Yourself
Address: 113 Central Avenue, Westfield
Price: Varies per project
Details: Just Bead Yourself breaks down jewelry making step by step with cheerful instruction and colorful materials. Make your own earrings, necklace or bracelet during one of the walk-in workshops or have your child stop by with their favorite doll to create matching jewelry for both of them! Create a unique Mother’s Day gift at one of their sessions or stop in together for a fun afternoon with mom.
More info: www.just-bead-yourself.com or call 908-232-3411
The Messy Artist
Address: 356 Route 10 West, East Hanover
Price: $15-25 per child for drop-in session
Details: The Messy Artist was created by an educator/artist and encourages all kids to get messy and learn through gentle guidance. Check their monthly schedule for drop-in art times, where kiddos can roll up their sleeves at the play doh or sensory tables or draw a picture for a loved one at an easel. Classes and camps are also offered regularly.
More info: www.themessyartist.com or call 973-378-2425
A Time to Kiln
Address: 50 Broad Street, Red Bank
Price: Varies per project
Details: Kids and adults alike can paint on different shapes of pottery, canvas and wood at this loft-like studio in Red Bank. Add in make-your-own stuffed animals, glass fusing and mosaics, and you’ve got a creative space with something for everyone. Stop in before Mother’s Day to paint a decorative plate, platter or ceramic figurine especially for mom.
More info: www.atimetokiln.com or call 732-450-9525
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