Have you ever spent a few minutes (or a few hours!) browsing birthday party ideas on Pinterest? From Superhero themes with homemade capes and costumes to Princess tea parties with real scones and freshly whipped cream, some parents go all out for their child’s birthday party. Although I treasure each milestone and year my children surpass, I am not creative enough nor do I have the time (or MONEY!) to create such elaborate themed parties for my kids. I’m more of the traditional Mom, tacky balloons and streams from the dollar store taped to the wall, homemade, lopsided cakes with coins hidden inside and presents that are wrapped in their favourite character wrapping paper.
Each year, I try to convince my kids to skip the whole birthday party fiasco. Why not go away for the weekend as a family? How about an bigger, more elaborate gift? Sadly, they want to surround themselves with their fellow peers wins out, and I am stranded, struggling for the ultimate party idea.
My son turned 10 this year. The thought of trying to entertaining a bunch a 10 year olds for a few hours is not only terrifying (Obviously pin the tail on the donkey is no longer thrilling!), but difficult! When I was introduced to Paint & Pixels, I knew I had found a winner. Paint & Pixels is a new enterprise that opened last November in Etobicoke. Although it was an hour drive from our home their unique take on art was not only impressive but right along the desires of these 10 year olds. They are different from other art studios as they combine visual art activities with digital art apps on iPads and green screen technology.
Our party was Star Wars theme! Upon arrival, the kids were provided with a green screen featuring their favourite Star Wars movie and pretend light sabers! The kids had fun showing off their best moves and combating their favourite villains on screen. It looked like they were actually part of the movie!
Once they got their sillies out, it was time to move to the splatter room on the lower level. Each child was give the option of selecting a Yoda or Darth Vader silhouette. All of my kids selected for the Dark force himself. Next they were provided with a palette of paint, a paint brush and stick. The kids got into their artistic grove by throwing, flicking, and swooshing paint across their black canvases. Once the canvases were an explosion of colour, they brought their projects to life with tons of glitter! The results were breath taking!
While the paint dried, the kids tried out their artistic ability on the iPads through a digital art program.
The entire ride home, the kids chattered non stopped about their experience. The freedom to get messy and explore the world of art both hands on and digitally, lit a spark that my son still talks about weeks later. If you are looking fro a fabulous birthday party that takes the stress of Mom, I highly recommend checking out what Paint & Pixels has to offer.
Birthday parties are not all they do! Paint & Pixels offers corporate/charitable events, team building activities and adult paint night workshops. Digital art classes, painting workshops, parties, summer camps, and splatter events are available in studio and remotely.