Create Your Own Art: Family Arts and Crafts

Family Arts and Crafts at Puppetry Institute
Kids can express their creative sides in pottery classes around the state, including at the Puppetry Arts Institute in Independence, pictured.

Throughout Missouri’s museums and exhibits you’ll find plenty of opportunities for the family to create their own arts and crafts. Here are a few stops to check out along the way …

Family Arts and Crafts at Kaleidoscope
At Kaleidoscope, children use their imagination to make art with everyday objects.


Start your family arts and crafts adventure at the Puppetry Arts Institute , in Independence, to learn the history of puppetry and watch a featured presentation. Visit their workshop to create a puppet of your very own.

Tap into your creative spirit at the Hallmark Kaleidoscope, in Kansas City. Let your imaginations run wild with creative, interactive exhibits and special 40-minute family art sessions.


Get a real hands-on arts and crafts experience at the Mudroom Studio, in Columbia. Using pottery and clay, the studio features classes, demonstrations and special exhibits where visitors create their own work of art to take home.

Kids especially enjoy their time at the Clayground, in Osage Beach . Get hands-on with the staff members and create your own pieces from an endless supply of creative supplies and inspiration.


Create a perfect gift for family and friends at Creative Ewe , in Cape Girardeau. The studio lets visitors choose from a variety of pieces to complete, including mugs, platters, jars and just about anything else you can imagine.

Family Arts and Crafts at Branson Mill
Shop at the Branson Mill for fun boutiques and crafts.


At Creative Concepts, in Springfield, they believe every person is a different kind of artist. From traditional to abstract and mixed media, create your own work of art or choose from an extensive and very reasonable selection of finished pieces. Check out their Canvas & Cocktail nights for a fun and creative night to remember.

You never know what you might find at the Branson Mill Craft Village, in Branson. The mall features boutiques, arts and crafts, and a gift for just about everyone on your list. Go beyond the counter and take one of the many hands-on classes offered. Don’t forget to watch the live art demonstrations as you shop.


Yucandu, in St. Louis, does a little of everything artistic. A unique retail store and studio space, it features exhibits and hands-on classes such as jewelry making, painting and collage, as well as a wide selection of completed works, art materials and vintage goods. Family arts and crafts making is fun and memorable!

DID YOU KNOW? The Saint Louis Art Museum, located in Forest Park, was constructed as the Palace of Fine Arts, for the 1904 World’s Fair.

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