Looking for ways to keep your kids from saying, “I’m bored!” this summer? I’ve partnered with Michaels to tell you why their Camp Creativity is the perfect activity to get your kids crafting and off their electronics. My son LOVED it and can’t wait to attend more sessions.
My youngest son is really giving me a run for my money this year. He doesn’t want to sign up for any camps this summer even though a bunch of his friends begged him to do it with them. He quit parkour, which was his only activity, and doesn’t want to find another sport to do. While I see value in screen time for kids, I don’t want him on his iPad all day long, all summer. He’s super artistic and while he loves to draw, I know that won’t keep him engaged day in and day out. He doesn’t give me reasons why he doesn’t want to sign up for anything but my only guess is that he doesn’t want to make a commitment. I’m a total home body, so I get it. My kids JUST got out of school so the idea of jumping right in to something, long-term, is probably not awesome to them. Then I learned about Michaels craft classes for kids called Camp Creativity, and I felt like my prayers had been answered.
My family is no stranger to Michaels. I get a lot of my craft and party supplies from there so my boys are familiar to the store. But we had never taken a craft class here before. What is awesome about their Camp Creativity is that the classes are only 2 hours long and you can do just one session or all of them. So no real big committment here. Each week is a different theme (we got to try out dinosaur week) and classes are held on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 am – noon (through the end of July!). And on Fridays, they even do face painting! They are totally reasonably priced at $5/ class. You can sign up in the stores or online and sometimes you can even find the classes on sale (my online purchase of one class was on sale for $4 or bundle them in store to get 3 classes for $12. Parents must stay in the store the whole time but I hung out with my older son and we had a great time together. I’ll warn you, you are basically browsing for 2 hours so you are bound to spend a little money. I wanted my older son to find a project to do, too, and he brought home a model car kit to put together so I felt really good about that purchase.
I signed up for the class online and it was super easy. I recommend planning ahead and signing up early. By the time we were in the store to attend day 1 of the camp, the rest of the week had filled up for this location. They keep the master calendar in the store so you could just as easily pop in to sign up too. Full disclosure, my son didn’t want to attend his Michaels craft class. He cried multiple times that morning before we left the house. We are in a really hard stage with him where he says no to everything before he says yes. To anything. It even happens sometimes when we ask if he wants to go for ice cream. Crazy, right? I explained to him that he’d get to do two dinosaur themed crafts plus a journal activity, it would only be a small group of kids and that he’d have a great time. And sure enough, before he could even get his apron tied, he was already smiling and relaxed. I knew he would like it! Because it’s Michaels, they had a great supply of materials for the kids to use. The class seemed really well planned out and were things that all different ages could do and enjoy. The classes are for ages 3-8 so while there were a few smaller kids in the class, my son, who is 7 years old, was not bored or out-of-place. They also have printable coloring sheets, on the website, for each week’s theme that your kids can do at home. Michaels Camp Creativity is a great place for the kids to let their imaginations run and be creative.As the kids worked, the instructor walked around helping everyone who needed it. She was personable and friendly and the kids loved her. She shared personal stories of a recent trip to the desert and talked about seeing the large dinosaurs out by Palm Springs. She even showed them a photo of them. It was super professionally run and she handled anything that popped up (like some death talk spurred by Pokemon cards my son had brought. Oops). The class wrapped up a little bit early, but they are free to work on their journals until noon if they want. My son wasn’t ready to be done when I checked in on him so I let him color a little bit longer. When he was done, he was given a little travel bag to carry his items home. The teacher let us know that if he came to any other classes that he could bring his bag back, with a water bottle, in case he was thirsty. I asked my son if he wanted to do any of the other weeks and he said yes. YOU GUYS! He said yes! I just signed him up for another class (3 in a week was a little too much for him)! So excited. It will be perfect timing for me to browse the store since we will be heading off on a road trip and I’ll be able to pick up some boredom busters while I’m killing time.
Michaels Camp Creativity is a great idea for getting kids crafty this summer. Finishing up at noon means you can run home, grab lunch and still do other activities if that’s your thing. These classes are different from the ones found at your Michaels stores on the weekend. And if you are looking to get crafty this summer also, there are all kinds of Michaels craft classes for adults. Check your stores website to see them all (Tuesdays at my local store are all about floral arranging!) I’m so glad we checked out Michaels Camp Creativity! We hope to see you there!
My son was so proud of his finished work (which you can see in the very first image of the post) and he couldn’t wait to show his dad. Now he’ll have that as a summer memory that is sure to bring a smile to his face.
This was a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Michaels.
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