It’s no secret that there are a lot of creative grown-ups in Brooklyn—it’s practically become the borough’s 21st century claim to fame. But it’s not just the parents who get the chance to express their creative side. So where do mini-Michelangelos and fun-sized Fridas go to sharpen their instincts and nurture their skills? Here are some of Brooklyn’s best kids’ arts and crafts studios.
Brooklyn Craft Farm (Carroll Gardens) offers enrichment classes, birthday parties, and event entertainment for all ages. Their focus is on developing skills, boosting self-confidence, and having fun, and their mission is to inspire people to unplug from their electronic devices and “make something.” Brooklyn Craft Farm features classes for kids age 4 and up, as well as adult classes based on interest.
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Barking Cat Studio (Windsor Terrace)
Barking Cat offers arts and crafts for everyone, from year-old tots (accompanied by a grownup) to teens. Workshops meet once a week for 45 minutes and include all materials, and there are sibling discounts available. Drop-in classes are available for visitors, but classes must be scheduled in advance. A full run-down of policies is available here.
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Baked in Brooklyn (Williamsburg)
Baked in Brooklyn is an independent pottery and craft studio on Williamsburg’s Northside where kids and grownups can drop in, choose a piece, and start painting. They offer a great selection of tools and stencils, plus a helpful staff to help translate inspiration into art. Once fired, the ceramics are dishwasher–, microwave–, and food-safe and ready to use! Learn more here.
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ConstructionKids (Fort Greene)
Nothing fascinates children more than how things are made, and that’s the premise upon which ConstructionKids is built. ConstructionKids provides hands-on workshops for children Pre-K to 6th grade, where students learn to use real tools and get to build real things, in a safe and creative environment. They also offer single day camps for school holidays.
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The Painted Pot (Carroll Gardens)
The Painted Pot calls themselves your studio for creativity and, as a paint-your-own-pottery studio, they deliver on that promise. Kids and adults are invited to walk into any of their studios — there are also branches in Park Slope and Bay Ridge — to create, spend time with family and friends, and have fun. However, registration is necessary for classes and workshops.