Arts and crafts are great for a child’s development. Even if you don’t have a creative bone in your body and no time to Pinterest an amazing toddler craft, there are many places in the Hartford area where you and your child can get gluing and glittering. If you would like more ideas, check out our After School Classes Guide.
Michaels Stores has regular in-store craft events geared towards children ages three and up. Take your child to the store to get them involved in creative play for a fun art event. Many of the events are free while some require a purchase of the small item that’s being made. Check the website or call the store for more details.
1520 Pleasant Valley Rd, Manchester, CT 06042 860-644-2939
315 W. Main St., Avon, CT 06001 860-676-1006
5 Main St., East Hartford, CT 06118 860-266-1341
Teach Art 2 Me Studio - Glastonbury
This family run business offers great classes, workshops and special programs for kids of all ages. They have open studio times on the weekends for guests to paint, play with clay, draw, make crafts and more. They also offer special craft walk-in workshops on designated days where your budding artist can come make a special craft for $2 and up depending on the project.
122 Naubuc Avenue Glastonbury, CT 06033 860-633-1696
New Britain Museum of American Art - New Britain
The NBMAA has great programs specifically designed for little ones. Museum and Me: Playdates with Art (ages 0-2), Museum and Me Too (ages 2-4) and Art Start (ages 3-5) classes are held monthly.
56 Lexington Street, New Britain, CT 06052 860-229-0257
The Connecticut Art School - South Windsor
This art instruction hot-spot has class for kids of all ages, but classes for for Level 1 children (ages 4.5 to 5.5) are held weekly. "Beginner Artist" classes include things like basic drawing, identifying shapes and color and identifying horizontal and vertical lines. Children will work with a number of mediums such as chalk, pastels and watercolors.
1730 Ellington Road, South Windsor, CT 06074 860-432-3773
Jumping Clay - Enfield
Come and play with clay! Jumping Clay has a toddler clay workshop scheduled for Thursdays and Fridays at both 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. They recommend ages 2 to 5 accompanied by an adult. Go to their website for more information by clicking above.
76 Palomba Drive, Enfield, CT 06082 860-698-2337
The Little Green Tambourine - Canton
There are several options for preschoolers and caregivers to enjoy some art at the LGT. Classes include Mini Music and Messy Art and Preschool Enrichment (a mixture of cooking, science and art). Ages 1 to 4 are recommended for their programming.
166 Albany Turnpike, Suite 3, Canton, CT 06019 860-352-5504
West Hartford Art League - West Hartford
The West Hartford Art League offers a variety of classes for children of all ages, but, specifically for younger children, they offer an hour called "Art for Young Children" (ages 4-6). This 10-week course helps kids learn about lines and colors and prompts them to use their imaginations.
37 Buena Vista Blvd. West Hartford, CT 06107 860-231-8019
Photo Credit: The CT Art School
Originally published 1/13/2012.