By Keilah Woodard

The holidays are approaching and it’s a wonderful time to teach kids about giving. The sweetest gifts are the ones they make themselves. Here are some favorite local spots where they can have fun creating something special for family or friends.

8714 Washington Ave. Ste. 135
Roseville, CA
(916) 749-3717
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Sunday & Monday Closed
11 25 family and pets holiday gifts boy Best Places For Kids To Create DIY Holiday Gifts

Photo Credit: Keilah Woodard

Turning recyclable items into works of art is what reCreate is all about. Kids are allowed to explore their creativity while learning about protecting our environment. Cardboard tubes, corks, beads, foam, yarn, and fabric are just some of the fun things available. They also have project kits for a small fee with extra special coordinated materials to get you started. If you visit during Drop-in Crafting hours, your kids can make art projects they can take home to wrap up for someone special.

Color Me Mine
9640 Bruceville Road Suite 100
Elk Grove, CA
(916) 714-4943
Hours: Monday-Thursday 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., Friday 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p. m., Saturday 11:00 a.m. –
6:00 p.m., Sunday 12:00 – 6:00 p.m.
305 Iron Point Road
Folsom, CA
(916) 351-9008
Hours: Monday – Friday 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m., Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.,
Sunday 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
boy painting at artbeast Best Places For Kids To Create DIY Holiday Gifts

Photo Credit: Keilah Woodard

Get creative with friends and family at Color Me Mine. This is the perfect place to make a truly customized gift that the receiver will treasure. Mugs, plates, bowls, vases, and more can be painted with whatever your child can imagine. Pick the ceramic piece you’d like to paint, plan your one-of-a-kind design, select colors to paint with, have fun painting, they glaze and fire it for you, then pick up your finished piece and enjoy.

Alpha Fired Arts
4700 Auburn Blvd.
Sacramento, CA
(916) 488-4700
Hours: M-F 10:00 a.m. – 6:00n p.m., Sat 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Sunday closed
kids creating at trailmix Best Places For Kids To Create DIY Holiday Gifts

Photo Credit: Keilah Woodard

Alpha Fired Arts offers several different forms of art, but the Paint Studio is best suited for the whole family. Bring your kids to get their hands messy in the name of love! They can paint a fun piece of pottery then Alpha Fired Arts glazes and fires it to turn into your finished piece of art. What an incredible gift for a friend or family member! Store
116B I Street,
Sacramento, CA
Hours: Daily 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p. m.

Besides offering awesome family outdoor exploration products, the Store in Old Sacramento has an activity center that really turns the store into an outing destination. Their Activity Menu has many crafts for kids of all ages. It may even be hard to decide between fun projects such as a Paint-A-Critter, creating a bean mosaic, and building and painting a birdhouse.

Art Beast Studio
2226 K Street
Sacramento, CA
(916) 441-1233
Hours: Open Daily 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Kids 8 and under adore ArtBeast and can spend hours exploring all of the different forms of art offered there. They can try out painting, drawing, molding, constructing, and more in an inspiring environment. ArtBeast encourages kids to take their special projects home, so why not have your little one imagine what Grandma or Grandpa might like to receive?

Keilah Woodard lives with her husband and three children in Sacramento. She writes regularly about the best places to go in the Sacramento area with kids on her website


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