My first-grader and I attended a drop-in craft session at Michael’s craft store in Emeryville on Saturday, and she loved it. I loved it because it cost $2 and she was extremely engaged. With rainy weather upon us, it seems like a good time to spread the word about this low-cost, low-commitment activity.
Every Saturday, Michael’s hosts a craft session at 10 AM. The table is set up until 11:30 and you can arrive at anytime in between. Expect to spend about 30 minutes on the project.
Materials are laid out on the table, and the teacher has a template for what you should be doing.
The Michael’s store employee-slash-teacher at the Emeryville store we visited was very sweet, helpful, and age-appropriate in her instruction. I was pleasantly surprised because all of my other interactions with Michael’s customer service over the years have been frustrating.
Scarlett, age 6, got right into the project, a mixed media turkey, and was happily choosing feathers with the teacher’s help. I easily could have escaped and wandered around the store, but I was enjoying the process. I asked the teacher if parents need to stay, and she said that children as young as three years old can stay at the table with her, as long as they are happy to do so, while their parents shop the store.
Because of the location — adjacent to many big box stores — this activity seemed like a great add-on to errands that families may have at Babies R Us, Target, Home Depot or Best Buy.
Michael’s stores in the 510 area are in Emeryville and Pinole.