Kaleidoscope is a place that offers hands on arts and crafts for children. It is one of my younger children's favorite places in the city to go. The art supplies are all donated by Hallmark, and include stickers, cards that can be decorated, puzzle boards that are colored then cut into puzzle pieces, bows, ribbons, bookmarks, all kinds of shape cut outs just to name a few, and they even have a room in black lights dedicated to space where children take melted flourescent crayons and paint the wax on card stock shapes. awesome! The children are given a 90 minute session to do artwork to their hearts content (they hold about 4 sessions each week day) and parents can stay with their kids, or go next door to Halls and tour the museum and history of the Hall's Christmas trees, as well as antique toys and cards, watch cards being engraved for Hallmark, or enjoy making your own bow for packages. If this isn't to your liking, walk to the other side of Kaleidoscope and go shop at Crown Center's myriad of shops. If you have bored teens, they even have an outdoor ice skating rink right across from Kaleidoscope. Your family can easily spend and enjoyable morning and afternoon here and go home happy. We go every Christmas and the great thing about Kaleidoscope, they change their art supplies with the seasons and holidays so it is never the same no matter how many times you visit. This is recommended for elementary children, but on their website, Kaleidoscope has a calendar of 'family sessions' that older sibling and parents can go in and do arts and crafts with the younger children. Check the online schedule for group sessions online and show up 15 minutes early to put your child on a list to go in with school groups that might be scheduled. (There is typically lots of room for more) Otherwise, join the kids on a family schedule.
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