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What's Cool After School

Some kids just need to create, and if you’ve exhausted the possibilities at home (or aren’t so crafty yourself) enrolling your child in a class to learn some new skills can be a great option. Many possibilities in our area are available to encourage your project-minded kid – here’s a few to check out!

Michael’s

Most folks know Michael’s is an excellent craft store chain, but did you know they also offer seemingly countless classes for kids? Craft Paint Basics teaches children how to use chalkboard paint (in a whole range of hues) on glassware, ceramics, wood and plastics. Enhance that paint with some totally cool chalk markers and let your kids go to town!

Another awesome offering is the Kinetic Sand: Now in Color class. What child wouldn’t like to dig his or her hands into this stuff, create molds of every shape and kind, then destroy them and start all over? This class is ideal for sensory play.

Michael’s also offers an extensive variety of baking classes for kids. Are they wild about cake pops? That’s just a start. All types of cake-making classes are available. They’ll even learn to frost those confections like a pro!

Michael’s

14670 US Hwy 31-N, Carmel

(317) 580-9200

www.michaels.com

Jo Ann Fabric and Craft Stores

Jo Ann’s offers an entire Kids Studio, which means lots of classes to choose from, based on your child’s age and interests. Perfect for the holidays, try the Fleece Animal Scarf option for ages five and up. Little ones will get to stitch a scarf with a funny face in a one time, one hour class. Or how about making some Little Lazy Pants? Recommended for those eight and up, your youngster will sew a pj-type pair of “lazy pants” in two, two hour sessions. What could be better for staying cozy this time of year?

Kids Can Knit is a three hour endeavor that will leave your child feeling accomplished and toasty at the same time. And Wilton Jolly Gents Gingerbread Men is the perfect holiday-themed class for your aspiring young baker. He or she can go crazy with those candy decorations and munch on the delicious results.

Jo Ann Fabric and Craft

1361 W. 86th St., Indianapolis

(317) 259-4506

www.joann.com

Beads Amore’

Do you have a budding jewelry designer in your brood? Head over to Beads Amore’ and soon they’ll be more in love with this particular craft than ever before.

Beginner classes are open to all ages and are two hours in length. New Beginning Bead Jewelry covers all the fundamental concepts of beading and will put your child on a path to creating something wonderful – and wearable! There are even private classes available for those who prefer a more focused, one-on-one learning experience.

Beads Amore’

3834 East 82nd St., Clearwater Crossing, Indianapolis

(317) 595-0144

www.beadsamore.com

A Sewing Studio in Carmel

Have a little fashionista at home? Let her create projects as unique as she is. A Sewing Studio uses a proven sewing curriculum developed just for kids. Students as young as seven will learn basic sewing terms, sewing machine skills, how to read a pattern, how to layout and cut a pattern and garment assembly.

Adults can take classes too!

A Sewing Studio

Located in The Village of West Clay in Carmel

317) 440-7709

www.asewingstudio.com

Also, be sure to check out Nickel Plates Arts (www.nickelplatearts.org), the Fishers Parks and Recreation Department (www.fishers.in.us), Carmel Clay Parks and Recreation (www.carmelclayparks.com) and The Hamilton County Arts Association(www.hcaa-in.org/classes.php) for other crafty, creative classes for kids!

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