Are you in need of a gift for Grandma from your little ones? Not in the mood to get out the glitter at home? There are lots of places to go to make handmade holiday gifts with kids or to just to enjoy making a craft without making a mess at home. In addition, some places offer a Kids’ Night Out to allow you to holiday shop at the same time. Note: for ceramic projects, you will have to return to pick up your project at a later date.
Artist @ Heart
253 Peterson Rd., Libertyville | (847) 816-4865
Now at a new location, Artist @ Heart offers various walk-in art projects including ceramics (they have an entire wall of choices!), canvas painting, mixed media, and mosaics. They also have half-day and full-day camps for children ages seven and older where they work on projects such as a mixed media snowman canvas or a felted penguin. They also offer workshops.
Ceramics for You
1498 N. Main St., Antioch | (847) 838-1665
6695-D Grand Ave., Gurnee | (847) 855-2022
A ceramics studio for all ages with drop-in hours, they currently have workshops to create a hand or footprint ornament, perfect for the grandparents! Visit the Antioch or Gurnee calendar of events.
532 W. Route 22, Lake Zurich | (847) 540-7772
Clay Monet also has ceramic figurines that can be painted, even by little ones. They have a wide assortment to choose from: piggy banks, pet bowls, and mugs to name a few. Older children (ages 9 and older) can make their own clay pieces or create a sculpture through one of their classes. Check out their Kids Night Out on December 15 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. as well as their Santa & Me breakfast on their calendar.
Color Me Mine
700 N. Milwaukee Ave., Suite 127, Vernon Hills | (847) 816-0997
Kids get to paint something of their choice: a mug, a plate, a figurine. They also have Kids’ Nights Out, allowing you to drop the kiddos off and either grab a cup of coffee and relax or get some shopping done. Check the website for holiday-themed events coming up.
Daisy’s Artish Cafe
216 N. Milwaukee Ave., Ste 1, Lake Villa | (224) 372-7341
A coffee house and art studio… sounds like the place to take kids for a fun time while you relax and enjoy a cup of Joe. The cafe offers craft projects for both young and older artists. Check the website for holiday-themed classes such as Tiny Artists Holiday Paper Crafts (with pom poms, stickers, tape, and more) and the Family Ornament Decorating Party.
Taste Buds Kitchen
2521 Waukegan Rd., Bannockburn | 847-230-0330
Taste Buds Kitchen has classes for young chefs as well as offers family bonding time. There are Gingerbread House workshops for the whole family (as well as ones for teens) throughout December (there are even BYOB Gingerbread House parties if you want to get out and have some fun without the kiddos). They have three camps over winter break for ages 4-8 and for ages 9-13. Camps include Holiday Cookies Galore Camp, Winter Mystery Basket Camp, and Chocolate Lovers Camp. Campers can do a full week or even go a single day. They also have a New Year’s Confetti Cupcake event for the little ones.
Bass Pro Shop
6112 W. Grand Ave., Gurnee | 847-856-1229
Did you know that in addition to all the fun stuff at Bass, they offer free craft projects for the holidays? Bass Pro has photos with Santa (Bass Pass required) as well as crafts. Check out the schedule as to when the crafts are available as well as when Santa’s there–might as well cross two things off your busy list at once!
413 N. Milwaukee Ave., Unit 500, Vernon Hills | 847-918-8345
845 E. Rollins Rd., Round Lake Beach | 847-223-0223
Is your child into sewing? Did you know your neighborhood JOANN store offers classes for kids? Check out their class schedule (be sure to put in the store nearest you).
The Home Depot
Multiple Locations in Lake County
Home Depot offers FREE workshops throughout the year. They have both a Christmas tree ornament and a gingerbread house workshop before the holidays. Find the schedule for the Home Depot closest to you.
Some libraries offer holiday workshops. Look online or call for details, and be sure to check our calendar for upcoming events. Many libraries also have drop-in holiday crafts that are great for little ones.
- Cook Memorial Library has a DIY Holiday Gift Card drop-in on December 11, 2017 from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m for children ages three and older.
- Round Lake Area Public Library has a Drop-In and Get Crafty: Christmas workshop on December 9, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Do you know of a great place where kids can create handmade gifts? Tell us where it is in the comments section below.