Looking for a creative art class for your toddler or preschooler without a long-term commitment? Drop-in classes are often the perfect solution for little kid entertainment. We pulled together six great drop-in art options in Brooklyn for budding Picassos eager to go beyond finger paints and crayons at home. These artsy spots provide all kinds of materials and guide tots as they explore art and have fun creating their own masterpieces.
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2s Too! Art Class — Prospect Lefferts Garden
Play Kids, 676 Flatbush Avenue
Ages 20 months-3 years
Explore shapes, colors, textures and nature in this 45-minute drop-in class at toy and baby store, Play Kids on the south side of Prospect Park. Art class begins with circle time and includes singing and storytime (and art-making, of course).
Drop-In Art — South Park Slope
Giocare, 655 6th Avenue at 18th Street
Ages 9 months-4 years
Recently opened Giocare Play Spot offers several drop-in options for the toddler set, including a reasonably priced art class where the focus is on exploration, fun and creating a complete artsy mess— away from home! Materials include paint, glue, collage materials and lots of offbeat art supplies.
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Saturday mornings mean art fun for kids under 10 at this Greenpoint spot. Photo courtesy of Eckford Street Studio.
Family Open Studio — Greenpoint
Eckford Street Studio, 70 Eckford Street
Drop in any Saturday morning to explore a specific art project, preselected by the studio. Projects include age-appropriate variations and might involve drawing, painting, sculpture or collage.
Little Hands Creative Play — Windsor Terrace
Barking Cat Studio, 219 Greenwood Avenue
Ages 18 months-3½ years
With weekend and weekday drop-in options, Little Hands workshops focus on educational and theme-related art projects including painting, printmaking, puppets, collage, sculpture and so forth. Call ahead to check for drop-in availability as families tend to sign up for the season at this little studio that also offers mini-camps and summer camps.
Private Picassos Art Studio — Park Slope
237 5th Avenue
Ages 18 months and up
Roll up your sleeves and get creative with your toddler at this drop-in art studio where little ones have their own table, and older kids gather at a bigger communal table to work on age-appropriate arts and crafts. No need to be a member, just show up, choose a project with your little one and get going. Projects for the little kids are limited to a few select options, but older kids can pick from 12 projects with staff members on hand to assist. Art Studio also hosts birthday parties and a selection of classes for kids and adults.
Totally Tots Open Art Studio — Crown Heights
Brooklyn Children's Museum, 145 Brooklyn Avenue
Ages 5 and younger
This new drop-in art class, part of Brooklyn Children's Museum's Totally Tots section for kids ages 0-5, features a new art project each week. Toddlers get the opportunity to learn about colors, letters and numbers and maybe even pick up a few social skills along the way.
Top photo: Park Slope's newest kid art studio, Private Picassos, welcomes those 18 months and older to drop in for art-making. Photo courtesy of Private Picassos.