"Paint and sip" parties are becoming more popular on Long Island, with different venues offering these events in Nassau and Suffolk. But why should adults have all the fun?
Here are some spots that offer paint parties and classes for kids — skipping the “sip” (for obvious reasons).
Mainly a paint-and-sip spot for adults, Pinot's Palette (61 W. Main St., Bay Shore) also has Paint Your Selfie self-portrait classes for kids. The studio also offers Little Brushes Kids Parties, open to children ages 6-12, to celebrate a birthdays. Staff artists will be on-hand to guide kids as they paint, with pizza and cupcakes available as well. Info: 631-446-4777, pinotspalette.com. Pictured: Lily Gargan, Victoria Gill and Amelia Kasten, all of Bay Shore, at Pinot's Palette in Bay Shore.
The "Kids on Canvas" classes at Abrakadoodle (55 Lumber Rd., Roslyn) teach about painting on canvas, be it on boards, paper form or stretched. Techniques taught recall the work of some of the art world's biggest names, from Renoir to Pollock, Warhol and more. INFO: 516-686-6900, abrakadoodle.com.
As You Wish
Parents can jump in with their progeny when painting at As You Wish (418 Bedford Ave., Bellmore) and take part in Mommy and Me classes. They also offer drop-off Kids Can Paint events (spaces are limited, so RSVP in advance). Info: 516-590-7878, asyouwishparties.org.
Haven Art Studio
Classes at Haven Art Studio (29 Haven Ave., Port Washington) that include painting take place most days of the week, for kids of different ages; check the website calendar for days and times. The studio offers Mommy and Me classes, where you can paint alongside your child, paint your own pottery classes and more. Info: 516-883-8344, havenartstudiony.com.
Casa de Spin
You never need worry there's something without paint happening at Casa de Spin (81 Grand Ave., Massapequa), as they do one thing here -- spin art. All events include painting, so check their website for open spin nights. Most days, if you want to create here, you'll need to make arrangements in advance. Info: 516-654-7746, casadespin.com. Pictured: Abigail Argyropoulos of Bellmore, 7, creates spin art during her birthday party at Casa de Spin in Massapequa.
Key To My Art
Paint events are held frequently at Key To My Art (10 W. Oak St., Amityville), especially weekends. The website will let you know what theme will be in play, which can change daily or hold to one focus during weeks when the kids are off from school. Some themes include animals, unicorns and pop culture. Good news for parents of kindergartners: many paint sessions are appropriate for kids ages 5 and older. Info: > 631-608-9048, keytomyart.com.
Most paint events at Mini Monet (64 Railroad Ave., Sayville) are nights aimed at teens and older, but there is a steady flow of weekend and holiday afternoon sessions, and even evenings (7-9 p.m.) for kids ages 6 and older. The studio also offers special events, such as a paint and movie nights, family nights and more. Info: 631-218-9797, minimonetsayville.com.
Muse Paintbar has many locations on Long Island: Garden City (837 Franklin Ave.; 516-874-3500), Port Jefferson (134 Main St.; 631-938-7800), Great Neck (34 Middle Neck Rd., 516-252-0515) and Woodbury (8285 Jericho Tpke.; 516-207-0755). The paintbar holds "Family Day on weekends and some holidays, which are open to kids of all ages. There are also recurring events available for kids, such as "Paint Your Pet" sessions, in which participants can upload pics of Fido, Kitty, Tweety (or whatever your beloved animal may be) into a backlit canvas, then use the photo to trace. Info: musepaintbar.com.
Mainly a paint-and-sip spot for adults, Pinot's Palette (61 W. Main St., Bay Shore) also has Paint Your Selfie self-portrait classes for kids. The studio also offers Little Brushes Kids Parties, open to children ages 6-12, to celebrate a birthdays. Staff artists will be on-hand to guide kids as they paint, with pizza and cupcakes available as well. Info: 631-446-4777, pinotspalette.com.
The Painted Canvas
Aside from hours of paint time that can be reserved in advance, The Painted Canvas (5768 Rt. 25A, Wading River) has actual Paint and Snack events. Adults can do the familiar Paint and Sip thing, but younger paint aficionados can sign up for two-hour classes where they can paint a picture of a dessert, while eating an actual example of what they're creating. Info: 631-886-2444, thepaintedcanvas.org.