Your friend invites you to a Birthday lunch; the doctor can accommodate you last minute this morning, you have to meet a contractor, but what to do with your children? Call and reserve a spot at Larchmont’s “Children’s Creative Corner“ of course! Fran Mannix, the owner for the past 4 years (going into her 5th), purchased this wonderful 25 years young establishment at 7 Addison Street, Larchmont, 914 833-8941. Open six days a week, and conveniently located across from the Chatsworth Elementary School, and with easy parking access to a municipal parking lot, Fran shared an impressive array of programs with me that she offers to the public.
Birthday parties (naturally) from the age of 3 upwards, are always popular (and don’t forget adult parties too!), as are Fran’s after school programs which start at 3:30 and end at 5 p.m. Fran’s Creative Corner is just that, as she takes the children around the world focusing on a different country, and perhaps making pasta necklaces and discussing Italy, decorating pandas and chatting about China making the projects both informative, educational and most of all fun! “Inspired by” renowned artists as the artists’ medium is discussed, and then allowing the children to create their own interpretation on paper in another popular enrichment class.
What I found to be really important was the ‘walk-in’ offering. Reservations are always encouraged of course, for you do not wish to be disappointed when you go to drop off your child, and there is a special program in progress, but for just $20, you can leave your child in the capable and loving hands of Fran and her staff, while you go to your appointment. Fran will let your child choose something to paint or a craft of choice, and then if completed in short order, there are always hands on crafts available to keep your artistic child occupied all whilst busy and socializing with his/her peers. Pretzels, Goldfish and water are offered as a snack, and the hour (or two) pass by in bliss for all. While I was there, I was greeted by a friend’s two children having fun. My friend lives in New Rochelle, was meeting a contractor, and it was great to see that you don’t have to live in Larchmont to utilize this great store.
Fran has a Four Day workshop for 4 year olds scheduled for June 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th entitled “The Color Wheel/Fine Motor Skills for 4 year olds”. The children will be utilizing tape, primary colors, finger painting, exploring colors and how they are made, and of course a book is read and enjoyed by all, snack provided too. June Workshops for Four Year Olds ? Of course! June 15th, 16th, 17th and 18th.”In the Jungle”, ‘Under the Sea – Magical Sea Life”, “Circus Clown College”, and “Prehistoric Times – Dinosaur Bones” all wonderful topics to learn about as the children use different mediums such as pastels, water color paints, fabrics and more. Email Fran at: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Summer Camps? Of course! Partnering with the Larchmont Music Academy, Children’s Creative Corner is offering a Tri-Arts Summer Camp . Whether one week, three or five weeks, contact Fran and nook now! June 29th- July 30th, 9:30 am – 12:30 p.m. , Art class, Dance Class, Kindermusik Class, snacks and fun!
In keeping the store innovative, interesting and always fun, Fran invites other professionals into the store to teach and demonstrate their particular expertise, such Carey Federspiel from ArtPartay , or partnering with Bicks 4 Kidz, a company specializing in legos (info on the web site soon!), or teaching decoupage. No matter the age, Children’s Creative Corner beckons!
Larchmont is GREAT!
Walk-in hours may vary, but our regular walk-in hours are: Mon–Wed 10-3, Thurs-Fri 10-5, Sat–Sun 10-3. Please call (914) 833-2880 to confirm