Kreative Kids

10/23/2019 - Denise Bernacki

Arts & Culture, Family-Friendly
Creative, hands on activities for kids in Kenosha, WI
Creative, hands on activities for kids in Kenosha, WI
Creative, hands on activities for kids in Kenosha, WI

If you have a creative, imaginative little one like I do, it’s easy to find artistic opportunities in Kenosha.  As the weather gets cooler and our visits to the playground are fewer, there’s a different kind of fun happening indoors.  Release their inner creativeness and see what gets expressed onto paper, canvas, ceramic or whatever they decide to experiment with.

Alpaca Art Pottery Painting

No plans for the day?  Paint some pottery.  This place is great because you can come and go as needed to work on your piece.  It’s so easy, have your little one pick a piece to paint including dishes and platters (my little guy chose to paint a troll and a puppy), picture frames, vases, figurines, banks, boxes and the list goes on and on ($7 is the flat studio fee plus the cost of the pottery which ranges anywhere from $3 to $60)..  They have an idea center filled with stamps, stencils, idea books, sticker letters and lots more.  Need help with colors or ideas?  Just ask; the staff are happy to help!  Alpaca has all the paints, brushes and supplies on hand so that your little Alpaca can make their ideas come to life.  Make no mistake though, this place is great for adults too!  Work side by side with your little one and come up with a work of art of your own!  Once you are finished, leave your piece at Alpaca Art and they will glaze and fire it for you.

One week later, come back and pick up your shiny, new and unique piece of creativity!  So fun, easy and doesn’t hurt your budget.

Pro-Tip: To save a few dollars, bring the kiddos on a Wednesday to save 50% off of the stdio fee!

Check their website for more information and check out how you can party it up with Alpaca too!

Pinot’s Palette

This is the ultimate ‘paint and sip’ studio!  No, no pinot for the little ones, but there is juice and a snack!  They have an awesome kids program called Little Brushes.  My son and I went to go paint a cupcake on canvas.  While this painting was more geared towards girls, he had no problem making it his own.  He chose green instead of pink and added a few other finishing touches to make it just a little bit different.  It is recommended for kids aged 6 and up, but my little guy is 4 and really enjoyed it.  It’s such a fun experience you can share with your little one when traditionally this is something that you would do with your girlfriends or significant other.  For $25, you can sign your child up to paint a piece of art that you can forever hang on your wall for everyone to admire; the adult does not need to pay a separate fee because you are not painting your own piece but you are welcome to help the child if needed.  The instructor and the owners make it so easy and fun to follow along.  Little Brushes classes are available on certain Saturdays between 11am and 1pm:

  • Gobble Gobble - On November 9, get ready for Thanksgiving with a little Turkey Time.  This canvas is the perfect decoration for your home for the Thanksgiving holiday! 
  • Get into the holiday spirit on November 29 when you paint a Hanging with Ruldolph scene - the reindeer has his antlers tangled with ornaments!
  • Plaid Penguin - December 7 will feature a proud penguin with a plaid scarf and a snowy holiday canvas to get your ready for the winter season.
  • Llamaste - An adorable llama in a matching hat and scarf is on the paint books for December 21, making this a great family outing just in time for Christmas Vacation. 

Check their schedule for more Little Brushes opportunities and check out the Kids Painting Party option too!  So fun!

Kenosha Public Library

One of our favorite places to go is the library!  Think outside the book and take advantage of the countless FREE programs that the library offers.  Most programs are designed for you to just “drop-in” while registration is required for others.

  • Tiny Artists - Wednesdays on October 16 and November 20 between 10 and 11am, visit the Southwest library for a hands-on art activity that inspires creativity and builds confidence for toddlers and preschoolers.  Dress for a mess!
  • Pumpkin Painting - On Tuesday, October 22 between 6 and 7pm at the Northside library, children in grades 3 and 5 will be creative and have fun designing their own pumpkin.  Pumpkins, paint and other supplies will be provided.  Dress for a mess.  Registration required.  Registration opens 2 weeks before class.
  • Art Sparks - On Tuesday, November 12 between 4 and 5pm at the Uptown library and on Fridays on October 11, November 8 and December 13 between 3 and 4:30pm at the Southwest library, children in grades K-5, go beyond crayons with cool and creative art mediums.  Create a masterpiece and discover your inner artist.
  • Family Paint & Sip - On Friday, December 6 between 1 and 2:30pm at the Northside library, enjoy a paint afternoon for families with children 8 and up.  Everyone gets their own canvas!  Follow along to create a work of art and sip on juice.  No younger siblings, please — this program is for caregivers to paint side-by-side with kids who don’t need close supervision.  Registration required.  Registration opens 2 weeks before each class.
  • Nocturnal Animal Art - On Wednesday, October 30 between 4 and 5pm at the Northside library, study real nocturnal animal specimens from the Kenosha Public Museum and create a piece of art based on what you see.

So what are you waiting for?  Paint the town…or some canvas, pottery, a pumpkin or whatever your artistic mind gravitates to.  Visit Kenosha, bring the kids and get Kreative!

Community Blog Team 2018

Denise Bernacki

Community Blogger

Brand new Kenosha resident – just relocated here Fall 2017 from NW Indiana. Touring Kenosha for the first time along with my husband and 3-year-old son.