Like universities, children's art studios provide young people with a place to think critically, an outlet to explore their creativity, and an excuse not to have a real job. Procrastinate constructively with today's Groupon: for $11, you get a day of creative kids' activities at Make-A-Messterpiece in Glenview (a $22 value).
Make-A-Messterpiece kindles creativity and critical-thinking skills by guiding children as they craft messy masterpieces through hands-on activities. Splat-Tacular Tables provides a space for mini-Monets to sketch, sculpt, and finger-paint. Special bubble-blowing machines in Bubbleology combine air, paint, and stencils to help kids make new discoveries about gravity, color theory, and Einstein’s famed bubblegum theorem. Youngsters can also mix potions at the Experimentation Station or construct edible concoctions inside the Creative Kitchen, where the treat du jour rotates every two weeks. Lil' Sprouts activities help budding green thumbs craft the skills necessary to grow their own fantastical beanstalks while teaching them about sustainability. A custom-designed sound studio hosts Drum Roll activities, in which kids can nurture their senses of rhythm and hone their signature stage dives. Caregivers absorb magazines, books, and free WiFi in Make-A-Messterpiece’s Club M, and the main studio's bright and colorful interior provides a sanctuary for spongy minds to grow and garner inspiration. Equipped with degrees in art and education, the Make-A-Messterpiece staff stands ready to engage children and tackle common questions such as, "How do I make this?" and "What is a bellybutton?"
The seasoned staffers at Make-A-Messterpiece nurture creativity and critical-thinking skills by guiding children up to aged 12 through messy hands-on activities. Aspiring chemists can mix their own concoctions at the Experimentation Station or explore gravity at the Bubbleology area, and future chefs can dabble in gastronomic delights at Creative Kitchen. Whereas Lil' Sprouts activities teach pint-sized crafters do-it-yourself projects, the custom-designed Drum Roll studio gives children the chance to splatter paint with each drumbeat, just like Carnegie Hall during renovation season. For little ones who would rather create aesthetic masterpieces, Splat-Tacular Tables furnish the tools they'll need to draw, paint, sculpt, or decorate their own creations.
Make-A-Messterpiece also goes beyond everyday activities to host school field trips and children's birthday parties with artistic activities, food, and goodie bags. For frequent messmakers, the center offers family memberships replete with perks such as everyday access to the studio, discounts on classes, VIP passes for special events, and consultations with Jackson Pollock's ghost.