Have you ever just sat back and studied your child’s creative side? Wondering, “what in the world were they thinking? What was going through their mind when they did this?”
I’ve had the luxury of enjoying the crazy creativity of my four kids for many years now. Some things they’ve come up with have been nothing short of amazing. So why not foster that creativity and encourage them to express themselves. I’ve learned that each of my children responds to their creative outlets in different ways, and they each enjoy something different. Not only that but my son who has ADHD and Oppositional Defiance Disorder finds it very therapeutic to channel his creative side. So I am always looking for new ways to get my kids involved in building their creative mind’s eye.
I’ve compiled a short list of a few institutions and classes around the Denver area that offer inventive methods for children, and most of them have adult activities too. If you are looking for something fun to do with your children, or maybe something for the entire family these places welcome you and your little ones:
Studio: 7349 West Alaska Drive, Lakewood
Little Red Hen has an open studio where spontaneity is welcome. You can drop in and create different projects. (They offer: painting, mixed media, painted ceramics, wood signs, and hand sewing) For 2 hours depending on the project the prices are fairly reasonable ranging between $20-75 a project. Not only can you create with them, but they also offer drop off services for 2-hour blocks for kids ages 4 and up with an additional fee. You can book classes and birthday parties for groups up to 8 children and 2 adults. Check out their website http://littleredhenart.com/ for additional information and resources and get started on fostering creativity.
999 Jasmine Street, Ste. 100 Denver,
Young Chef Classes, Tuesday – Thursday, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. (June- August) Visit the website http://theseasonedchef.com/denver-cooking-classes/ for specific hours and bookings.
Prices: $75 for one class/ $149 for two classes
These classes are designed for ages 11 and up. They’re assembled to teach kids the foundation of cooking and give them confidence in themselves and in their cooking skills.
6460 East Yale Ave, Denver
For kids between the ages 9-15 years old, My Make Studio will teach them the art of baking and design. This studio offers classes and a thrilling Summer Camp that gives kids the confidence in working around a kitchen and baking with a fun design element.
Classes $40 per class per person. Summer Camp $199 Sale for April, $225 Sale for May and $250 Regular Price Visit the website https://www.mymakestudio.com/ for additional services and availability.
2121 Children’s Museum Drive, Denver
Next time your at the Children’s Museum of Denver sign up for a cooking class. It’s free with admission to the museum. Visit the website for additional information and hours and rules & regulations.
8601 West Cross Drive, Unit B6-1, Littleton
Open from Monday – Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for ages 10 and under.
Price: $9 for one hour, $16 for two hours,
This giant indoor sandbox includes 40 tons of sand in 825 square feet. Most likely the largest sandbox in town. The best part for parents is you can bring outdoor food in and plan a picnic with the family while the kids make new friends becoming construction workers digging in a huge sandbox.
Being creative is fun for kids. It stimulates them to think outside the box. What fun will you be creating this summer?
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