Get ready to get crafty! Across the Bay Area, art studios and other small businesses have put together inspirational take-home crafting, imaginative play, tinkering, sewing, cooking and even computer coding kits for kids. All are designed to delight as well as stimulate the creative juices in your young ones and best of all, you won’t be digging in your garage for a paintbrush. Scroll through to find your next crafty project!
CuriOdyssey Science Kits
Curiodyssey has 23 different science kits, perfect for at home learning, including quite a few fun robotic kits. Build a solar rover using a soda can, study wind with your own wind turbine, get hands deep in science with the Yuckology Slime Lab and more.
Cost: $13.99 and up
The Rabbit Hole
This children’s theatrical space in the heart of Noe Valley is a mecca for make-believers. In lieu of classes, the founder has designed a series of Bunny Boxes filled with a curated selection of hand-made projects designed to spark pretend adventures for kids ages 3-6. Each box includes several projects, a letter from a magical character and an interactive video to spark make-believe play. Boxes are available for pick up at on Wednesdays between 4‑5 p.m. or for an additional fee, can be delivered right to your door.
Cost: $55; discounts available for siblings or with a multi-box purchase
Tucked into the heart of Ghirardelli Square, Culinary Artistas is a creative cooking school just for kids, offering classes, camps, parties and more. Currently all Zoom-based cooking classes are free, and they offer a curated a special kids cooking kit with a safe chef’s knife and other kid-friendly utensils. Delivered via USPS.
Jenny Lemons is a small-batch clothing company and DIY art school run by San Francisco-based artist Jennie Lennick. It carries an adorable selection of embroidery and macramé craft kits best for slightly older kids, plus a Shrinky-Dink based kit for making homemade lapel pins. Items are shipped, but contactless pick up is available on Mondays and Wednesdays at their store on 24th Street.
Cost: $20 and up
Aldea Home & Baby
This Mission District home store, which offers hand selected eco-friendly toys, baby items and décor goods, is offering several kid-oriented craft and playtime kits, including a Being Creative Kit featuring a book for fashioning origami animals and a dinosaur coloring set. The kits can be purchased online and either picked up at the store or received by mail.
Cost: $20 and up
We love this SF shop that is the place to go for kids to learn about STEM. They've put together a number of STEM kits that are a great way to teach kids about science while having fun. Try the chemistry kit that comes with everything you need to complete five experiments, or the Earth model playdough kit to learn all about the layers of the Earth. Pickup on Wednesday and delivery on Thursday is available.
Cost: $16 and up
Ambitious whiz kids with time and patience can built their own mini-computer using a do-it-yourself computer kit from STEAM-ed startup Piper. Each computer is built from the ground up and introduces kids to concepts behind computer science, electronics and coding. Recommended for kids ages 8 and up.
Messy Art Lab
This art studio for kits is offering a number of fun kits that will let kids create and explore the world around them. Choose from the fairy or unicorn small world kits that let little ones create mini worlds for imaginary creatures. They also have a fun rainbow kit that includes painting materials and is great for the littlest of artists.
Cost: $33 and up, additional $6 for delivery
All sorts of art kits are available for purchase from Sketchbook Studio. You can make a fairy house, do a collage with an under-the-sea theme, paint some finger monsters and more. Curbside pickup is available on Tuesdays and Fridays, or select delivery for an additional charge.
Cost: $10 and up
The owner at Twirl will custom-build a craft kit for your child (recommended for ages 2 to 12). Purchase online and include a note with your child’s age and special likes; they will develop a personalized box full of art goodies accordingly. Even better, they will deliver it to you at home, or anywhere in the East Bay.
Cost: $60 including delivery; delivery outside Alameda $10 extra
Lemon Blossom Creations
The art studio in Walnut Creek, located in the Palos Verdes Mall, is a treasure trove for creative types with camps, classes and parties galore. During shelter-in place, they are offering a nice selection of craft kits, including a Safari Craft Kit (our favorite!) and a DIY Party Kit. Even better, they will personally deliver the kit to you if you live in Concord, Walnut Creek, Pleasant Hill, Lafayette, Orinda or Moraga.
Cost: $15 and up
This community based textile studio and communal work space located in Berkeley is selling DIY face mask kits (sewing machine required) that you can keep or donate, plus other kits for making handmade coasters, embroidery projects and more. Best suited for ages 10 and up with parental supervision. Kits are shipped only; no pick up.
Cost: $30 and up
The Art Beat
Decorate a canvas tote, take an at-home painting class, paint ceramics and more. All these kits and tons of other options are available for pick up or delivery from The Art Beat in Campbell.
Cost: $14 and up
Fuzed Glass Studio
The glass art studio in San Rafael is normally open for drop-ins, classes and parties, but during shelter-in-place is offering home delivery kits for decorative glass projects ranging from lively fridge magnets to colorful sun catchers and bike bells. The projects are more suited to for kids ages 5 and up, with parental supervision recommended for younger children. Kit delivery is included; drop the designed piece back off at the studio later to be fired in the kiln.
Little Tree Art Studio
Each Monday, this darling art studio releases a new art kit, which can be picked up at its location in downtown San Anselmo. If you live close by, delivery on Tuesdays is included. Past themes have included robot sculpture, batik tapestry and heart garlands. Most kits are appropriate for kids ages 5 and up.
Cost: $20 and up, prices vary
Constructing kits with creative things-to-do is nothing new to this Los Altos-based company, which has been offering subscription boxes for babies up to age 16 since 2011. The company’s namesake Kiwi Crate is designed for ages 5 to 8 and encourages a tinkering mindset. The monthly STEM-oriented crates include materials for making a pinball machine, stained glass kite, stomp rockets and more. Plus the company has a free at-home resource list online during the pandemic. Plus, you can save 30% on your first crate with code REDTRI!
Cost: $19.95 per month and up; shipping included
—Donna Berry Glass