Here’s a holiday PSA from us here at Red Tricycle NY:  Your mother-in-law does not need another serving platter that you picked up in a panic at Macy’s. However, she’ll love one personally hand-painted by her grandchild! Make holiday dreams come true — and keep your little one engaged on a cold or rainy day — at one of these drop-in spots where kids can unleash their creativity and help you cross a few folks off your gift list!

For Unique Pottery: The Painted Pot in Brooklyn

With three different locations, and one brand spanking new space in kid-centric Park Slope, The Painted Pot is the go-to place for creating a handmade gift in Brooklyn. This paint-your-own ceramics studio is a cheerful place to do some crafting, and the new Park Slope studio (blocks away from its original location) is bigger, brighter and a good choice for after-school activities or slow weekends. In addition to painting ready-made figurines, platters, mugs and more, kids can create mosaic picture frames and mirrors or even try their hand at glass fusing. The Painted Pot charges an $8 studio fee plus the cost of individual projects.

Good to know: The Painted Pot's new digs are a few short steps to Cocoa Bar, where you and your little artist can cozy up to a hot chocolate reward for all the hard work. You can also find Painted Pot outposts in Bay Ridge and Carroll Gardens; hours vary by location.

Hours: Mon.-Wed. 9a.m.-9p.m.; Thurs.-Sat. 9a.m.-10p.m.; Sun. 9a.m.-7p.m.

200 7th Ave., Park Slope


photo: Hanna R. Neier

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—Hanna R. Neier