Enlightening our kids about art is a wonderful thing. We try to engage their creative little brains into becoming well rounded and well introduced to color, smudge and goo... I tried it all in the house. Buckets of sand on the kitchen floor on a too hot day, snow in a Tupperware container to make snowmen in the un-freezing house or even easels. Yes, I bought easels and put drop clothes down. What a mess. All to show my kids what it's like to just "be" and open their thoughts to the imagination of art. It doesn't matter what it looks like. It doesn't matter know one knows what you just drew or built. It's all in the action...

Forget it!

Here are some places to get the kids to another place and leave the mess to them!


Art Space Studio

14126 River Gate Pkwy. Charlotte 

Clay, blown glass, mom and me, walk in's and all around art fun. Ages 2 and up, reading and painting. Something for all ages. While their prices vary, there is one special date in December that for $8 read a story and paint an ornament. (Yes, I just talked about Christmas in mid November). Go online and register! (Also a coupon on Yelp! right now if you use their app.

Noahs Art

5110 Park Rd. Suite 2E, Charlotte (Park Selwyn Terrace) 

Toddler Tuesdays is a great time to introduce yourself to this studio. The friendly welcoming staff has a new adventure for your toddler that will keep your child's attention and be the perfect play-date outing. Various classes, drop offs and special events (like parents night out!!) makes this place one to check out. If you don't live close, drive there. Make it a full day and have fun!

Cabarrus Arts Council

65 Union Street South, Concord

So much going on at the Cabarrus Arts Council, but do not miss the I-Spy-Artwork scavenger hunt. Clay is the exhibit right now and there are two levels of difficulty for all ages to examine artwork in a fun and challenging way. Two ways to win; one is to find everything on the list and another is to find the most in a single painting. While this isn't a messy art project, its so fun to engage the mind at this wonderful place.  


8716 JW Clay Blvd. University Place, Charlotte

Don't forget about Michaels. Actually every class here is $5 and under and all ages. lot's of locations, put your zip in and find the calendar of events. Staff is super nice and the rooms are big and bright to spread out and have fun.  

Artsy Studio

3635 Mt. Holly Huntersville Rd, Charlotte

You can try a free kids class..FREE kids class, yes! Many choices like "Mini-Michelangelo", drawing for kids, and arts and crafts all priced between $5-$10. All of these are drop in sessions. Check out the site. Some classes are just for 1.5-3 years olds, other 3+ etc.  

Cornelius Arts Center

2144 Catawba Ave, Cornelius

If you haven't been here, you must! Drop in for mixed media arts projects. Drop off kids 5+! Great free activities and one-two hours for only $5. A whole host of different classes for all ages and even you!



Tell me your thoughts on any of these places and tell us more ideas. Never too many artsy places to try!