We’ve been wanting to check out Art Zone for awhile after hearing good things from friends. Our daughter loves arts and crafts so I decided to take her during their Open Studio session. The staff was very friendly and immediately offered to give us a quick tour given that it was our first time. They offer several “stations” which are set up for independent play. On this day they had a table with clay, cookie cutters, beads and beans to mold your own creation. Another table had slime with various cups and play scissors. Violet immediately bee-lined for the easel and paint brushes and her inner Picasso went to work on several masterpieces. Further back was another table set up with paper cut outs with glue and confetti for the kids to make a mess. That’s what I love about this place…messes are encouraged. At the very back is a water room with a running fountain and water toys. Rubber sandals are available for the kids. Next to the water room is a small area with windows and spray bottles with color liquid to spray on the windows. Squeegees are provided to “start over”. And lastly there is a playroom full of dress up clothes a small climbing structure and random toys. This was Violet’s least favorite room probably because there was no art involved. We spent a solid 2 hours here and would’ve stayed longer if it weren’t for the fact that it was approaching lunchtime. This was well worth the $15 and they package up all the child’s creations to take home. Art Zone is unique in that it is self-led or parent guided and the child can choose which activity to do and how to do it. Employees do walk around to replenish supplies but there are not there to assist in the art in any way. They are also a preschool and offer art classes, camps and Parents Night Out and birthday parties if you’re looking for something more structured.
Know before you go:Open Studio (ages 18 months and up) - $15 (packages available) check website or call for hours
Parent’s Night Out (ages 3 and up) – $35 Fridays 5:30p-8:30p
Free parking in their lot – 4 spaces otherwise there is street parking.
Changing table is available.
About the business:Art Zone
1102 Aviation Blvd.
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254