NYC craft stores with kids classes
Tykes can learn a handy new skill at these local spots.
Tue Apr 20 2010
Beads of Paradise
Beads of Paradise
Tons of antique and brand-new beads from around the world, plus international artifacts collected during the owners' travels, are up for grabs at this Flatiron gem. If the unique trinkets catch your child's eye, sign her up for a class. Children ages eight and up learn how to make a necklace, a bracelet and a pair of earrings ($75 per session). 16 E 17th St between Broadway and Fifth Ave (212-620-0642, beadsofparadisenyc.com)
Nearly 3,000 bolts of fabric, including fun kiddie prints like funky bunnies and colorful spaceships, fill this quaint Chelsea shop. Sewing classes for kids ages eight to 12 are held throughout the year. Up next: how to stitch a stuffed toy ($75 for four sessions). 133 W 25th St between Sixth and Seventh Aves (212-807-0390, cityquilter.com)
This sewing studio and teaching facility (it's also the lab for the in-house label at Flirt, a nearby shop carrying home decor, clothing and accessories by local designers) hosts a calendar of courses. A once-a-month Saturday youth class ($95) teaches first-timers how to pin, cut and sew a lined cotton tote bag. Tykes get to choose from about 35 to 75 fabrics depending on the season. 303 Third Ave between Carroll and 1st Sts, Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn (718-852-2889, flirt-brooklyn.com)
After scoping out the store's collection of colorful yarns (everything from coarse wools to rich silks), kids ages seven to 11 can sign up for a four-week class ($100) where they'll learn how to make purses, hats and even sweaters for their stuffed animals. Or grab a spot at the Sunday parent-child classes ($100 for four sessions) where generations can bond over a family knitting project of their choice. 208 W 79th St between Amsterdam Ave and Broadway (212-787-5896, knittycity.com)
Browse the aisles at this UWS store for the biggest selection of Crayola products this side of the rainbow, not to mention American Girl--inspired supplies and all the modeling clay a kid could need. There's also an ongoing roster of classes and free family events. Recent workshops have included magnet making and cake decorating. 808 Columbus Ave between 97th and 100th Sts (212-865-0813, michaels.com)
This relaxed Soho home for knitting, sewing and quilting recently relocated—its new digs are four times larger than the original and sport a dedicated classroom. The beginner's knitting class ($45 for one session) welcomes kids ages eight and up as long as they don't mind sitting through the two-hour lesson. Purl also sells materials to make blankets by hand. 459 Broome St between Greene and Mercer Sts (212-420-8796, purlsoho.com)
With its walk-in craft project classes ($5 to $45), daily and weeky workshops and sign-up courses, a trip to this Williamsburg shop makes you feel like you're back in summer camp. Children of all ages can stock up on crafting kits and books, then stay to decorate a finger puppet, sculpt a picture frame out of recycled materials, design a barrette or mess around with paint. Special events for little ones include concerts by Rug Bug Music and free storytimes. 355 Bedford Ave between South 4th and 5th Sts, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-599-2718, spacecraftbrooklyn.com)
Pint-size knitters will benefit from the shop's personal treatment—kids ages eight and up can take a private one-hour lesson with a friendly specialist ($50). If the luxurious yarns aren't enough to entice the entire family to pick up a pair of knitting needles, browse the in-house collection of already-made children's and adult scarves, hats and bags. 33 East 65th St between Madison and Park Aves (212-288-9276, stringyarns.com).