Wednesday, December 22, 2010
An Art Felt Christmas
As Christmas draws closer and with many events and programming over until the New Year, I am in search of fun activities for my daughters Lily (3) and Eva (5mths) that won’t break the bank and will keep them engaged for an extended length of time.
Tuesday morning we headed to Art Felt in Village Square (Downtown Burlington) to do some arts & crafts. I wasn’t sure what to expect I just knew that they had drop in programs for kids from 9:30-11:30am. We entered the quaint shop and immediately Lily was taking off her coats and mitts and getting ready to do “creative”. There are two high tables with stools for the children to work at and a variety of materials for them to use. With Christmas on its way the owner Angele has set up opportunities for children and adults to decorate their own ornaments using paints, ribbon, and polymer clay. The clay is very cool you can mold it freehand or they have a pasta maker to press it flat and you can use pre-formed shapes to stamp and cut out for decorating. Any of the crafts made with clay are baked in the oven on-site (or you can take it home and bake it, if you prefer). For moms, you should be aware that you need to be hands on in assisting your younger children with some of the tasks. I had my hands full with Eva so Angele was kind enough to help Lily get started on her projects and assist with the more challenging details.
During our visit several other children ranging from 5 years to early teens as well as, moms and a grandmother came to indulge their creative side. The program was unstructured but Angele is on hand to offer guidance and make sure you get what you need in the way of supplies and materials. The crafts change regularly through the seasons so plan to visit often.
Art Felt also does parties for both children and adults which can also include jewellery making in addition to the other crafting available. In speaking with Angele I think she would be happy to work with your group to ensure your needs are met and everyone has a good time.
After two hours and some help from Angele to get Lily dressed to go (I think she would have stayed all day) we left with 2 ornaments, a charm, several little stamped cards and some “magical” reindeer food to put out on Christmas Eve. We spent $20 including materials and taxes, it was money well spent and we have some great keepsakes for years to come.
Guest Blogger: Linda