In the era of technology, many kids are starting to replace old fun kid activities for hours in front of a screen. Of course, there are many educational cartoons and videos for them, but we as parents don’t want our kids’ worlds to be just that.
Childhood is the stage of life in which personalities start to form, and what better to give our little ones as many good influences as we can?
Art is naturally linked to creativity, an attribute that is increasingly being touted as one of the most important factors for the success of individuals, organizations, and cultures. Giving children the tools to create freely is essential to a healthy and happy childhood.
Denver has tons of options to offer crafty kids. They can try something new or find a class on something they already love!
Where: 1SA2630 W Belleview Ave, Littleton, CO, USA
Kids in their toddler-teen years will love exploring ideas, techniques, and processes at artSPARK Creative Studio!
This unique art-making space offers art + sewing classes, camps, parties, and workshops in Littleton, CO.
Where: Programs in North and West Denver
Abrakadoodle Art Classes for kids are all about creativity!
Kids use their imaginations while using a wide variety of materials, such as paints, wire, clays, and more. Your little one will explore artists, techniques, world cultures, and more. Art classes are divided into age groups. You will also find Art Camps which include art lessons, music, games, crafts, and special activities!
Where: 6100 E 23rd Ave, Denver, CO 80207
The Art Garage offers high-quality classes taught by expert and professional artists for toddlers, kids, teens, and adults!
Their programs aim to inspire, empower and promote creative self-expression. You will find workshops year-round, and all instructors are professional artists or art educators with extensive experience.
Where: 100 West 14th Avenue Parkway, Denver, CO, USA
All families are welcome at the Denver Art Museum! And thanks to the Bellco Free for Kids program, all visitors 18 and under enjoy free general admission to the museum daily, ensuring that more children than ever can experience the transformative power of art.
Programming for children includes:
Day at the DAM, a program designed for kids ages 6-11 to spend a day at the museum making art and learning from local teaching artists and museum staff.
Sensory-Friendly Mornings, an opportunity for kids with neurodiversity or sensory processing disorders and their families to visit the museum in a safe and fun way.
Create Playdate, a program for families with children ages 3-5 (though siblings are always welcome too!) that offers storytime, artmaking, and in-gallery activities at the museum.
Foxy and Shmoxy: Art Detectives, and many other events and camps!
Where: 2121 Children’s Museum Drive, Denver, CO 80211, USA
The Art Studio is a baby-friendly exhibit to create with your own artistic style!
Kids will get to paint or sculpt a masterpiece, play with clay, paint a masterpiece, create with chalk, visit the artist-in-residence, and more!
Where: 1335 E 22nd Ave, Denver, CO 80205, USA
Children are built to tinker, play, create, and make meaning of their world with their hands.
The Craftsman & Apprentice gives them the space, materials, tools, and guidance to do their best work. Kids can enjoy classes, camps, parties, and more!
Where: The Art Barn, Denver, CO
Every class at The Art Barn is a unique creative experience and guaranteed to bring out kids’ inner artists. Class sizes are kept small and spaces fill quickly!
Besides classes, parents can create a memorable birthday party for their child with the all-inclusive Art Barn birthday party experience!
Where: 1250 Bannock Street, Denver, CO 80204, USA
Discover a new world and let the art move you and your entire family! The Clyfford Still Museum offers a variety of family-friendly offerings and admission is always free for children ages 17 and under.
Young children are experts in abstract art, which is what Clyfford Still is best known for creating. That means you can visit the Clyfford Still Museum with your young children, and they will guide you!
Where: 6460 E Yale Ave, Denver, CO 80222, USA
This is not only a class to get creative, but also to try delicious treats!
Here, everyone can learn the art of cupcake & cake decorating with awesome kits and classes for everyone, including families with children 8 years old and older.
Where: 350 S Dahlia St, Denver, CO 80246
MACC “Illuminates the Human Experience” through creative and cultural programs in the performing, visual, cinematic, and literary arts for the Jewish community and the Denver community at large.
The Art Academy offers visual arts and pottery classes for adults (year-round), teens (fall), and children (summer only).
Where: 29 S Fox St, Denver, CO
A field trip to Ink Lounge allows youth to experience a professional design & screen print studio. Kids will learn about the screen printing process, everyone will pull a print supporting a social issue.
Field Trips are for youth, K-12 to university level & youth-focused non-profits.
Where: 200 Grant St Denver, CO 80203
The Art Students League of Denver offers courses and programs that foster growth for artists at every level.
It offers ongoing classes, workshops, and summer camps that provide hands-on experiences for all ages and ability levels.
Where: 31880 Rocky Village Drive, Evergreen, CO 80439
The Center For The Arts Evergreen has something for all ages, from toddlers to teens, there’s a class for them where they can expand their knowledge of art and get first-hand experience building something with clay.
The center offers drop-in classes in ceramics for kids.
Where: 5214 East Colfax Ave Denver, CO 80220
Ceramics in the City offers pottery painting, clay hand-building, pottery wheels, kids’ school programs, adult classes, and more!
You will also find after-school and summer break programs for kids 7 and older. Projects include clay hand-building, pottery glazing & painting, glass fusing, and pottery wheels.
Where: 965 Santa Fe Dr, Denver, CO 80204, USA
CVA’s Art + Action Lab offers in-depth programming for teens interested in creative careers.
There are current programs that include an introduction to creative careers through a paid internship, focused professional development, and a conversation series with local arts professionals.