Scientists agree that the only reason adults have children is so they have a socially acceptable reason to visit amusement parks, eat at novelty pizza arcades, and see movies with Shreks in them. Put some fun in the oven with today's kid-friendly Groupon: for $9, you get one child's admission/studio fee (a $10 value; $2 for children under age 2) and two activities ($5 each) at Make-A-Messterpiece in Glenview. Adult admission is free.
At Make-A-Messterpiece, children aged 0–12 explore creativity and the art of mess-making in an heirloom-free environment. Petite Picassos can spend unlimited craft time at the Splat-Tacular tables and try their tiny hands at any two of the five messtastic activities. Kids can invent a beat on paint-filled drums at the Drum Roll station, where rhythm-producing implements of all shapes and sizes create harmonies of music and mess. Young ones can dabble in the growing field of Bubbleology by studying gravity, color theory, and the effect of paint bubbles on a blank canvas. Each little mess-maker is outfitted with a long-sleeved smock to protect him or her from wayward hummingbirds and unintentional wardrobe redecorating.
Make-A-Messterpiece is staffed with dedicated professionals who aim to foster creative expression in every child. Though messes are made, they are subsequently unmade with the help of the children themselves and ghosts wearing mops. Parents can guide their progeny through each mind-expanding activity or take a time out at Club M, a couch-filled oasis. Club M offers free WiFi, magazines, Chinese finger traps, and a closed-circuit TV to monitor a child's splatter progress. Sippables and comestibles are available for purchase.
Make-A-Messterpiece receives a three-star average rating from Yelpers:
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.