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A while back, the twins and I were invited to a birthday party at Creative Canvas & Wine in Altamonte Springs. OK, so as the name of this place tells you, it’s not really just a spot for kids. I wasn’t really sure what to expect, but as it turned out, it was one of the best birthdays my kids have ever attended.

Here’s how it worked: The birthday girl picked out a painting for the entire group to paint. (She went with something gender-neutral — an owl in a tree.) Each kid got a canvas, his or her own work station, and a palette of paints. Then the instructor walked the class through how to paint it step by step. Simple enough, right?

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As I expected, my lover-of-all-things artsy daughter was right in her element. I was more surprised by how seriously my rough-and-tumble son, who’s not much into such things, took the whole experience. It was so fun seeing how differently the two of them, as well as the other children, interpreted the instructions. No two paintings were alike!

creative wine and canvas

creative wine and canvas

While the paintings dried, the children snacked on Chick-fil-A nuggets and a cookie cake, brought in by the birthday girl’s parents. Sorry, no wine at this under-age party! Parents used hairdryers to speed the paint-drying process, and then all the party guests posed with their paintings for a group shot.

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The good news is that you don’t have to plan a party or wait for an invite. Right now, Creative Wine & Canvas is offering a summer “Creative Kid Camp” at 10:30 a.m. weekdays for $30 per artist. Click here to see the schedule and to register. When school’s in session, children and parents are invited to paint classes on Family Day.

If you go: Don’t dress kids in their finest. The studio provides an apron, but these are kids we’re talking about. I learned this lesson the hard way. Also, make a day of it! Stash your painting in the car, eat lunch at Moe’s Southwest Grill or Jersey Mike’s Subs, and then take a walk around nearby Crane’s Roost Park. Address: 155 Cranes Roost Blvd., Suite 1130, Altamonte Springs. Phone: 407-260-9463.


DISCLAIMER: I was not compensated in any way for this blog post.

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