Soap-making classes for NYC kids
Tykes can spice up bathtime with soaps they make themselves.
Thu Dec 16 2010
Make Meaning Soap Workshop
Getting little ones to wash their hands or hop in the shower isn't always an easy task. That's sure to change after they create their own bars of cleanser.
Daisy May Soaps
Founder Delores Harris grew up watching her grandmother make soap from scratch. Now she teaches the craft to families. Adults pour melted glycerin into molds, then kids add scents and colors. Once the concoction has cooled, it's time to decorate. Harris hosts groups at her Brooklyn studio but also makes house calls for birthday parties. (718-756-9138, daisymaynaturalsoap.com). $10 per person plus supplies(for groups of five or more) for a two-hour class.
Kids can drop in anytime and use cookie cutters, molds and tools to make bars of soap (four for $20). Hiding a toy inside costs $3 extra—after a few weeks of lathering up, it will magically materialize in tots' hands. Sign up for a workshop to create specialty items, like sushi- and cupcake-shaped bars (from $26). 329 Columbus Ave between 75th and 76th Sts (212-362-0350, makemeaning.com)
The founders of Meow Meow Tweet, an organic soap company based in Brooklyn, lead classes at this LES spot. Youngsters choose scents—lemon, citronella, fennel —and styles, so each concoction is truly original. If you're hoping to evade the colds that run rampant this time of year, have your kids add sage to a batch—it's antibacterial. 195 Chrystie St between Rivington and Stanton Sts, suite 402F (makeworkshop.com). $95 per person.
Tobio Soap Nuts Studio
Families create four projects during the session; placing a photo into a clear bar is a big hit with kids. The fee includes materials and a snack—tummies are known to growl after adding Ghirardelli cocoa powder to a batch of soap. Sat, Sun 11am--2pm; reservations required. 99-32 66th Rd between 99th and 102nd Sts, Rego Park, Queens (347-776-7938, tobiosoapnuts.com). $85 per person.
Would your kid prefer to buy a cool scent rather than make her own? Hit these stores for sweet-smelling wares.
Eloise Shop at the Plaza
After trying on tutus, check out B.Witching Soap Co.'s new Bubblegum Kisses products. The liquid soap, lotion and bubble bath smell just like the original Bazooka Joe. Central Park South at Fifth Ave (212-546-5460, theplaza.com/shops)
The Little Soap Shop
Stop in for a bath bomb; the fizzy sensation will make kids think they're part of a science project. You may also catch owner Vivian Dritsas making eco-friendly body lotion or soy candles. 22-07 36th St at Ditmars Blvd, Astoria, Queens (718-626-1241, thelittlesoapshop.net)
The family-owned shop has mango-butter bars that soothe kids' skin. Adults in need of a pick-me-up may go for the coffee mint flavor. 147 Van Dyke St between Conover and Van Brunt Sts, Red Hook, Brooklyn (718-624-2929, saipua.com).