Does your family include a young Monet or a budding Picasso? Is your refrigerator plastered with drawings, paintings and artsy photographs? At Missouri's many outstanding creative centers, you can encourage that natural talent and uncover new abilities.
At Kaleidoscope, in downtown Kansas City, young artists have the opportunity to make masterpieces using a wide variety of fun materials. They can sketch a scene or doodle a self-portrait, and then dress up their creations using glitter, ribbon, puff paint and melted crayons. A public service of Hallmark Cards, Kaleidoscope gives kids everything they need to let their imaginations run free. Choose an independent art session (during which school-aged children can create art on their own) or a family art session (suitable for kids of all ages and their parents).
In St. Charles, get the creative juices flowing at My Handyworks Interactive Art Studio. Kids love the out-of-the-ordinary art activities, including making wax castings of their hands, decorating a flower pot, and dyeing a candle.
How about opportunities that don't happen every day? In St. Louis, at Third Degree Glass Factory, located on The Delmar Loop, you can take classes in glassblowing, bead making and flame working. Commemorate your visit to Third Degree by taking home your very own blown-glass creation, such as a beautiful paperweight. Visit the studio the third Friday of each month, 6 p.m.-10 p.m., and be treated to a family-friendly open house with glassblowing demonstrations and live music.
In Chesterfield, the Children's Illustrated Art Museum enchants visitors with its collection of art works that were published in children’s storybooks. View original art created by many famous and beloved illustrators. They host a variety of hands-on classes, parties, field trips and other activities.
Find inspiration at the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri. Founded in 1961, with a mission to expand artistic participation and awareness, this Cape Girardeau institution regularly showcases some of the best art in the region. Visit the council's three visual-arts galleries to see amazing works by established and up-and-coming artists.
The Sikeston Depot Museum & Art Gallery blends the past with the present. Situated in downtown Sikeston, the depot, which was built in 1916, houses a museum full of fascinating information covering the area's history. In the on-site gallery, local artists display their works, including gorgeous nature photographs taken at the Mingo Wildlife Refuge.