Free Arts and Crafts for Children in New York City

The following is a post from Patrick G. Mackaronis. Patrick is the Director of Business Development for New York City-based social network Brabble. In this post, Patrick will guide us through the Free Arts and Crafts for children in NYC. Patrick can be best reached on Twitter at @patty__mack.

Lefferts Historic House in New York City

Lefferts Historic House is a 19th Century themed location in Brooklyn. They offer lots of great Early American crafts like basket weaving, doll making, candle making and projects that involve sewing. They also offer old traditional activities like butter churching or even games from that time period. These are offered most Saturdays and Sundays from 2:30 to 3:30 pm and are always free for children of all ages.


  • Lefferts Historic House, Prospect Park, Brooklyn

The Art Shack in New York City

The Art Shack in Hudson River Park offers free arts and crafts for children from May through September. It is offered on Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 pm. They supply all of the materials that are needed for the projects, which vary from painting and drawing to sculpting and more unique projects.

  • The Art Shack, Hudson River Park, (212) 766-1104

The Scholastic Store in New York City

The Scholastic Store is a busy emporium in NYC that is known for offering themed arts and crafts with many book releases. They also offering great arts and crafts events that feature some of their products that re for sale. These events are offered on most Saturdays at 3 pm. The materials are usually offered, but sometimes have to be purchased, so it is always best to check in advance by calling or checking on their website.

  • Scholastic Store, 557 Broadway, Manhattan

SpaceCraft in New York City

SpaceCraft offers arts and crafts for children, and holds events on Friday from 10 am to 6 pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 7 pm. On Saturday and Sunday they charge $5 per child, but on Fridays they allow people to pay as they wish, accepting any donation. They also take recycled craft supplies on Fridays. On Fridays they only use the recycled craft supplies for the projects, and on Saturday and Sunday the $5 fee goes towards the supplies.