I recently went for a playdate to SplashLab Arts in Manayunk and OMG is it the CUTEST place!!! I first found out about SplashLab Arts through Instagram. (If you aren’t following us, please do!) My kids start school later than public school, so we decided to visit this adorable art studio with another family one morning. It was great because we were the only people there! We had the best time and have already gone back!
The concept of an indoor playground is hardly new, but the spin on this one is that everything is centered around art. When you first walk in, there is an area with sofas and chairs as well little cubies with puzzles, magnetic tiles, stacking toys and more items for independent play or entertaining toddlers. There is also a play kitchen, playdoh and a giant wall coloring mural in the same area.
To the right of the entrance is a collection of tables for painting, coloring, markering, and more. This is the area where they also teach adult and kid paint nights! **Note – it’s a BYO and perfect for a party night out. Behind the front two sections is another area of couches with floam, a lego wall, a magnetic wall, and a chalk wall. It’s another great area for little and big kids alike.
The best area by far is the splash room! A room where you can paint the walls, the ceiling, the furniture or paper (if you want to take your art home.) They provide rain boots and smocks but don’t dress your kids in anything you wouldn’t want to get dirty. My kids got paint in their hair and mine and they totally splattered paint across my face too. LOL.
SplashLab Arts is open daily from 9 am to 4 pm (only until 1 on Saturdays) for drop-in play. It is $10 for the first kid and $7 for any siblings. They have additional hours for birthday parties, drop-off classes, camps and adult classes.
The Day the Crayons Came Home
I intended to bring in our copy of The Day the Crayons Came Home by Drew Daywalt but I left it in the car. I ended up finding out that they had a copy inside and on display to inspire the kids. They had about 6 other books propped open to look at and multiple others on the windowsill.
We read The Day the Crayons Came Home while we were at the studio. The story is the sequel to Daywalt’s incredibly popular The Day the Crayons Quit. In this book, a bunch of Duncan’s lost and forgotten crayons write to him asking to be rounded up. One particularly funny crayon sends postcards throughout the book as she keeps misidentifying the places she is visiting. I think its actually funnier than the original and shorter too (which makes bedtime that much sooner!) I definitely recommend this book for any bookshelf.