When you’ve traded tickets to the ballet for reruns of Bob the Builder and the only bottle of white you’ve opened in a while is the milk, you may start to get the feeling that you’re missing out on the local arts scene.
Have no fear, moms and dads. Living an artful life isn’t just for grown-ups. Here are five places you can take your kids to get them engaged in the arts so you can swap a few dinner conversations about Paw Patrol to Jackson Pollock.
Treehouse Kid and Craft
Parents love this specialty store and studio, lovingly created by sisters Kristen and Kim Bach, as much as they love their offspring. A Meredith Anne White mural provides a brilliant backdrop for petite Picassos to paint the afternoons away.
There are Saturday drop-in art classes, where your sweeties can soak up the talents of Atlanta’s local artists, as well as the masters, allowing them to learn problem-solving skills through hands-on activities with talented teachers.
Follow their colorful Instagram for inspiration and to find out about music classes, art camps and special events.
533 W Howard Ave Suite A
815 W Broad Street
All Fired Up
The bounty of unmarked ceramic offerings provided by All Fired Up for tiny hands to cover in colors is astounding. From piggy banks to plates, spoon rests to soap dispensers, cookie jars to ceramic cars — even if your mini-me can’t complete a masterpiece just yet, at least they can paint something useful.
53 South Main Street
1563 North Decatur Road
2960 Shallowford Road
Center for Puppetry Arts
The Center for Puppetry Arts performances stay with you long after the storytelling has stopped on the stage.
On rainy days, take your little ones to meander through the museum and watch their eyes widen as they take in the wonder of Jim Henson’s world. Participate in the “create a puppet” workshop and marvel at your kids’ ability to make their own characters and perform stories with little more than some paper and a prompt. Don’t forget to stop by the museum shop before you leave for a selection of the most unique gifts in the city.
1404 Spring Street NW
Street Art Stroll
Vibrant colors peeking out from various properties, much-needed messages of hope, all types of typography and crazy colorful cartoon characters can spark the imagination and lead to some heart-centric conversation with your children.
Take your family for a stroll through Cabbagetown, Castleberry Hill, Little 5 Points or along the Beltline and admire the abundance of public art that Atlanta has to offer. There’s no dress code or cover charge for this kind of adventure, but we suggest wearing comfortable walking shoes and taking lots of photos of your findings.
Not sure where to start? Click this interactive street art map for ideas.
If you’ve got a baby Bowie or a little John Lennon on your hands, then you simply need to call Sydney Ward at cutely named Little Treblemakers. This gold dust woman is a rock star at teaching ukulele, guitar and piano lessons to children who are curious about the magic that music can bring. Lessons are available in Buckhead and at the super cool Standard Electric recording studio in Decatur . . . so cool, in fact, that you might just want to sign yourself up to become the next big rock star.
Standard Electric Recorders
2916 Memorial Drive SE
Carlisle Montessori School
1036 Lindbergh Drive NE