So my baby brother got married at Seabury Hall’s Cooper House over the weekend. It was beautiful—manicured grounds, lots of stiletto heels, hundreds of glasses of wine, homemade beer, two kegs and, of course, the reflection pond.
If you have never been up to Seabury for the craft fair or other events, or watched Jimi Hendrix’s Rainbow Bridge, let me explain this reflection pond situation: It’s this snazzy tiled pool that’s about a foot-and-a-half deep by 20-or-so-feet long. There’s also a fountain thing in it, and my guess is that it’s there for meditation, beauty and reflection of some sort.
Enter the Flower Girl: dark curly hair, eyelet lavender dress completed with a chic bow satin sash—we’re talking Ralph Lauren kid model. She’s six. She’s also my daughter, and hell on beaded sandals.
Anyway, she decided that it would be a really great idea to take a swim in the pond. She swam in that pond like a fat kid consumes chocolate cake. We had to pull her out of it after about an hour-and-a-half just so her skin wouldn’t slough off.
Yes, kids have a lot of energy—raw creative energy that needs to be burnt off. If you’re feeling me on this, you’ll be happy to know that I found a safe place for your peeps to release the creativity without the threat of pink eye and the dreaded flesh-eating virus.
Kids & Company, a contemporary art studio in the Maui Mall is the answer. This place is packed full of stuff for kids to make, paint and create. They have a huge selection of pre-fired pottery that’s ready to glaze. In our personal collection at home we have a Princess mug, Princess plate, two tri-sectioned baby plates and a teapot with matching cup.
The folks there set you up with everything that you need. Basically, you pick the piece that you want to work on and they provide you with tons of different brushes, glazes, sponges, stencils and encouragement to get the creative juices flowing and the kid batteries drained.
After you paint your masterpiece they glaze it for you and in a few days you have this gorgeous piece of functioning pottery that is completely unique.
Pottery isn’t the only thing that you can do at Kids & Company—you can stuff your own animal friend (not taxidermy, more like Build-a-Bear), make a mosaic, learn watercolor, acrylic—you pretty much name it and they got it.
They have several regular events that take place weekly. Bisque It Baby Mondays is a gathering place for new moms who want to bring their fresh bundle of joy out to kick back and bond with other new moms.
Toddler Tuesdays involves storytelling, snacks and painting. Wacky Wednesdays are filled with multimedia art classes. Thursdays are “Mommy and Me” days, and every Friday is Family Fun Night where the whole family can enjoy 25-percent off their total bill.
Right now, Summertime Art Camp is going on. Starting July 9, the camp theme will be Mask Making.
Basically, Kids & Company is an art studio that’s child and baby friendly. I took my one-and-a-half-year-old and they were totally cool with it. He did leave covered in ink but hey—self-expression is self-expression.
Reflect on that. MTW