Are you looking for a new activity for your child this fall? How about one that’s creative, inspiring, and fun all at once? Whether your kid is a budding artíste or just likes to be expressive in a hands-on, imaginative way, Little Loft has programs that indulge all kinds of creative penchants.
Little Loft is an art space on Capitol Hill where children can experiment with materials and techniques to develop their creative confidence. Offering drop-in hours, classes, workshops, and parties, children from 18 months to 10 years old can find projects that inspire and engage.
I wrote about Little Loft a few months ago in a post about birthday parties for kids. We celebrated Sasha’s 4th at the studio with a butterfly craft-themed bash that delighted us all, especially the birthday girl and her guests. More recently, they’ve received raves for their first season of summer camp.
Next up are new programs that begin in September, offered on both weekdays and weekends for a range of ages. Here are some ways your kids can get their art on there this fall and winter:
Children ages 18 months to 4 years old are welcome at drop-in hours for tactile play and basic drawing or printing activities. Classes are Friday, 10:30am – 12pm or Saturday, 9:30am – 12:00pm. Adults must accompany children.
Children ages 2 to 3 years old can attend weekday classes, rotating among tables with different art projects that explore different themes every month. Sign up for set days or opt for a 10-class seasonal pass and attend any flex class between September and June. Classes are offered Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday at 9:30am and Monday and Thursday at 10:30am. Adults must accompany children.
Starting at Little Loft on September 22, this series welcomes kids ages 5 to 10 years old, who are ready for craft projects involving sewing, knitting, found-object sculpting, and any project requiring scissors or glue guns. They will take place Sunday at 2:30-3:30pm. Drop-off optional.
This all takes place in a lovely, inviting, light-filled space that is set up to encourage creative expression. A long crafting table in the front accommodates large group projects, and there are smaller group work and tactile stations in the back. A book corner showcases exceptionally illustrated children’s literature, baskets of blocks, and a light table.
And if you’re interesting in bringing some creative inspiration home with you or sharing it with someone else, a retail section offers high quality art supplies, unique and inspiring themed coloring books, sketchpads, project kits, and fantastic birthday gifts. Favorite gift combos include space pack (black paper with metallic pencils) and fairy pack (fairies and mermaids coloring book, stickers, and colored pencils or felt pens). Add a bag of homemade glitter crayons, and Little Loft donates a set to Kidspace, House of Ruth’s program for children facing homelessness and domestic violence here in Washington DC.
Ready to get creative? For more information, rates, and registration, visit the Little Loft website.