Art Studios Offering Drop-in and Take-Home Art For Westchester Kids
Whether you’re staring down a long winter weekend with the kids, or you’re already thinking ahead to the next school break, here’s one idea to add to the list: Let them get creative. Westchester is home to tons of art studios and crafts centers, many of which offer drop-in sessions for kids and families, either daily or on the weekends.
Here, we’ve rounded up seven such art studios that give kids a chance to try pottery painting, candle making, glass fusing, and much more. While the pandemic has altered operations, many of these crafty spots offer socially distant table reservations, plus take-home kits so your kids can get creative at home.
Editor's note: Please keep your family and others safe by always wearing a mask and practicing social distancing. If you arrive at a venue that appears too crowded, try using the “nearby” search feature on our Event Calendar to find something else to do.
Mask up and decorate a pottery piece of your choice at A Maze In Pottery.
A Maze In Pottery – Briarcliff Manor
2021 update: If you’re planning to head here in-person, reservations can be made online for a table, which are all socially distanced, and masks are required. It also has lots of options for at-home activities, including a “Pottery To-Go Kit” (with FREE local delivery) as well as rentable “Art To-Go” buckets and virtual party options.
This Briarcliff Manor studio offers a huge variety of pottery for kids to paint—some 500 pieces. The paints are kid-safe, and you can go back in about a week later to pick up your creation. Keep an eye on the studio's calendar for weekend workshops and virtual options, including age-specific events for teens, toddlers, and more.
Creative Corner – Larchmont
2021 update: In-person, weekend workshops for up to eight kids are being held at the studio. There are also after-school classes, mommy-and-me classes, and custom classes that can cater to your learning pod. Register online in advance. Busy Bags are available for pick up or delivery and contain products to inspire you to "stay creative while you #stayhome."
This Larchmont studio offers regular walk-in hours. You can even drop off your kiddos while you run errands. Walk-in hours vary weekly, so call the studio before heading over.
D.I.Y. Slime in Larchmont has all the supplies you need to create a unique batch (without making a mess at home)!
D.I.Y. Slime – Larchmont
2021 update: The studio is open for hour-long private sessions of up to five kids, which can be booked online as well as “mini-parties,” also for up to five kids. Masks are required. Online party options and to-go kits are also available.
This studio offers kids the chance to get creative with their slime. There are so many varieties to choose from: From the slime itself (chalkboard, for example) to the 100 different mix-ins (glitter, charms, etc.). Even little ones can get in on the action. Check the website for drop-in hours.
MADE: My Art and Design Experience – Mamaroneck
2021 update: In-person hours have been updated, and reservations can be made online ahead of time. Masks are required, and social distancing is implemented. There are at-home options available, too.
Right across from Harbor Island in Mamaroneck, you’ll find this kid-friendly art studio, where kids can drop-in and try their hand at everything from painting their own pottery to making a mosaic to playing with clay and more. In-person hours run from 1pm-6pm Wednesday through Sunday.
Plaster Palace Pottery – Larchmont
2021 update: The studio is open, and birthday parties are also being held, but call ahead for exact hours. You can also buy pottery online.
Families have the option to paint pottery, plaster, and wood pieces at this Larchmont studio. There’s no studio fee to paint, but if you want your project to be ready before you leave, stick with the plaster or wood pieces. Open every day except Tuesdays.
Everyone can be an artist at The Pottery Factory.
The Pottery Factory – Mount Kisco
2021 update: The studio is open for in-person painting, and there are also virtual events and “Pottery To Go” options.
Whether your kids want to make their own candle, learn about glass fusing, make their own soap, or paint their own pottery, this is your go-to spot. The studio is open daily
Scribble Art Workshop – Dobbs Ferry
2021 update: All classes are currently virtual. The studio is open for in-person private lessons and to pick up take-home art kits.
This Dobbs Ferry art center offers “Sensory Open Play” sessions for kids from 18 months to 4 years old and their parents or caregivers, with sessions running for 2 hours. For the older set, there are “Drop & Dine” sessions once a month on Friday evenings, where kids ages 4-11 can be dropped off at the studio.
This post, originally published in 2020, has since been updated. Photos courtesy of the studios/workshops