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Pick up an art kit to help ease kids’ winter boredom

Bellevue Arts Museum is giving away 1,200 craft kits on Saturday.

Are your kids getting tired of the usual rainy afternoon art projects?

Time to mix things up a little: Pick up an art kit.

In honor of what would normally be its winter Free Family Day, Bellevue Arts Museum is having “Winter Crafts to Go,” in which it will give away 1,200 craft-making kits (best for kids 4 to 10) via contactless pickup between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday (Jan. 30).

Craft superstore Michael’s has a section on its website called “Boredom Busters.” Likewise, Joann has project ideas, many complete with video how-tos. They want to sell you things, of course, but it’s possible you’ll find projects for which you already have the materials.

Check Seattle Art Museum for upcoming family-oriented online programs. Tacoma Art Museum also has child- and family-oriented programs, including one called Creature Feature in which kids’ works will be displayed in conjunction with Earth Day.

And there’s always paint-your-own pottery, which in some cases can be done at home. Here are some local shops to try.

Also, read the new Seattle’s Child Playlist for winter activities from crafts to reading to science. Art projects include coffee filter snowflakes, winter landscapes with newspaper and bubble wrap, winter tree finger painting and much more.

And remember … spring is on the way!

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Julie Hanson

Julie Hanson is the website editor for Seattle's Child. She is a longtime journalist, South King County resident and mom to a 13-year-old girl.