My kids' favorite place to paint by Tauni M. at InsiderPages
This was a great idea, whoever originally thought of it was a genius. Your kids, even you, get to paint a ceramic figurine( or cup, plate, vase, etc.), let someone else clean up the mess, fire it, and return it to you looking as if it was professionally done. They have lots of colors, its has a darling cottage-like feel to it, and there is always someone willing to help. Its an easy, kill- two- birds- with -one- stone solution at gift giving time.
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PROS: they keep the mess, relaxing atmosphere
CONS: maybe a bit meager selection of ceramics, $$ a tad pricey