8 Artful Activities to Inspire Your Mini Artist

By Shayna Mace
Special to TravelWisconsin.com

Do you have a budding Picasso on your hands, or simply want to introduce your child to a creative outlet? Try these fine art-inspired activities this winter that’ll guarantee no one in your family is saying “I’m bored!”

On the Stage

The stage is bursting with family classics both parents and kids will love like James and the Giant Peach, Winnie the Pooh and Oliver! Eau Claire Children's Theatre provides an experience both educational and entertaining. As an added bonus, celebrate your child's birthday with one of their affordable show and party packages.

For 30 years, Milwaukee’s First Stage Children’s Theater has put on professional theater productions for kids ages three and up. The lineup has no less than seven plays going on until early-June, so brush away those winter doldrums and treat the crew to a theater escape.

Art Adventures

At Higher Fire Clay Studio in Madison, kids learn the art of clay throwing and sculpting. Each hour and a half session teaches children the fundamentals of working with clay. Classes are recommended for ages five and up but younger kids can work with parents to make a from-the-heart creation.

Eau Claire’s Craving Canvas & Ceramic Studio is a colorful way to have kids spend a few hours painting their own original canvas masterpiece or adorning a ceramic piece of their choosing. The studio welcomes walk-ins or if you have a group, schedule a painting party. 

One-year-olds up to grade-school kids can be immersed in art at Artworks for Kids in Green Bay. Classes are themed around the month (like Valentine’s Day or spring) and are offered during the day (for the younger set) or after school. Do a drop-in class or sign up for a package of classes to inspire your pint-size creative soul.

Interactive Endeavors

The Madison Children's Museum offers a memorable day of exploring and discovering three floors of fun, complete with rooftop garden and authentic log cabin. Right on the Capitol Square, your kids are sure to learn about themselves and the world around them. The best part is, they won't even notice they're learning!

Channel that creative energy and check out Kids’ Art Adventures at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. This free program for six to ten year olds is on the first or second Sunday of the month (check the schedule). Workshops are themed around the museum’s current exhibition and the museum’s Young At Art showcase.

At the Children’s Museum of Green Bay art activities are offered almost daily, including painting and clay projects that kids can make and take with them. Kids will also love art-focused workshops throughout the month like the recycled art studio, toothbrush painting and art in action where kids will use drills and beaters to create fun (and messy!) art.


Put on your creative thinking caps, explore more interactive exhibits and discover Wisconsin's genuine and crafty side!