Creative Play for Lake County Kids

January is known as International Creativity Month. Started by Randall Munson, it was set to remind individuals and organizations around the globe to capitalize on the power of creativity.

Children in particular bloom and flourish when given the tools to be creative. We’ve put together this list of art centers that offer drop-in activities and drop-in events to help your youngest artists play creatively this month, and beyond. This list is meant to encourage you to get out and get creative without planning ahead, or cleaning up the mess!

drop-in art play

Lake County Drop-in Art Centers

Artist @Heart
344 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville | 847-816-4865 | Facebook
Open Wednesday – Sunday (see website for hours), aside from classes and workshops, you can come in anytime and work on a project of your choosing.  The studio has canvases, ceramics, mosaics, painting, and more.


Clay Monet Pottery Studio
532 W. Route 22, #130,  Lake Zurich | 847-540-7772
Drop-in during open hours and choose from over 1000 items to paint. Most items for children are priced between $10-24. All prices include everything you need and you can come back as many times as needed to finish the project.


Julie J Studio
406 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville | 847-984-0971
Kids’ open studio is on Thursday from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. and Saturday morning. Kids can drop in and paint something from Julie’s or come with their own ideas. Some instruction and assistance is given.


Drop-in Art Events in January

Can’t commit to a class? Or maybe you want to give art a try and see how your little one handles it. These Drop-in Art programs are a perfect way to get a taste of creative play and see how your child does!


Artsy Tots
Artist @Heart, 344 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville
Wednesdays & Thursdays 9:30 a.m, to 10:15 a.m.
Ages 1-4 yrs
Sensory, art and story time; $5 per class. No need to register, just drop in! Punch cards available for this class, 11 sessions for $50. Learn more about Artsy Tots in Melissa’s review.


Drop In Art Play
Barrington Area Library, 505 N. Northwest Highway, Barrington
Little artists express themselves with a new, process-oriented art project each week. Usually held monthly, upcoming events: January 15 2:30 p.m. and January 25 10:00 a.m.


Michael’s Kids Club
Your Local Michael’s Store, Lake County Locations in Vernon Hills and Gurnee
Weekly kid creativity workshops while you shop. Classes start every 30 minutes from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. See the Michael’s Webpage for current projects.


Create the Perfect Crown
10:00 a.m. January 16 – Wauconda Area Library, 801 N. Main St., Wauconda
Create the perfect crown in the maker space and then join in the Royals and Jesters photo op!


Kids Make & Take
5:00 p.m. January 20 – Chick-fil-A, 701 N. Milwaukee Ave., Vernon Hills
Join Miss Bonnie to make a snowman.


Make Stuff Drop-in
3:30 p.m. January 21 – Glencoe Public Library, 320 Park Ave., Glencoe
Test your creativity and explore new things in the Make Stuff Drop-in. Every other week, an activity or craft will be set up for you to try–from robotics to crochet, from coloring to circuitry.


Drop-in Craft
Daily, January 25-31 – Deerfield Public Library, 920 Waukegan Rd., Deerfield
Stop by the Youth Services desk to pick-up a craft pack that you can either do in the library or take home.


Winter Art Time
6:30 p.m. January 25 – Waukegan Public Library, 128 No. County St., Waukegan
Come and see what you can create using glitter, watercolors, and more! For children in grades 1 and 2.


Messy Morning
9:30 a..m. January 30 – Takiff Center, 999 Green Bay Road, Glencoe
Learn about the Glencoe Park District preschool programs while exploring our classrooms. Children will get to squeeze, squish, paint, swat, and do all the fun stuff you would never try at home. No need to pre-register; just put on your oldest duds and drop in for a messy good time! Recommended for preschoolers, up to age 5.


Did we miss your favorite studio? Tell us abut it in the comments so we can check them out!

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Melissa is mom to 4. She used to dream of traveling the world, now she dreams of a clean kitchen. She can be found on most social media sites as @PBinmyHair because with this much hair and four kids, you're bound to find something in it.

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