As I mentioned in my post the other day (read here), I am now recovered from the craziness of the end of school and an added bonus – Summer in San Diego has officially arrived.
As a relatively new stay at home Mom, it is important for me to find fun activities to do with the kids during the summer. I think it stems from my “Mom guilt” from all the years of working and having to put the kids in camps everyday for the entire summer. I realize what a blessing it is to have this time and I try to find a way to balance the mundane, day-to-day life with some quality fun time.
That being said, finding new and creative ways to keep the kiddos busy during the summer (without breaking the bank) can be a challenge. Today I am highlighting one of my daughter’s favorite activities – painting pottery. A few weeks ago my sister-in-law and I went with our girls to create something special for Father’s Day.
There are several paint your own pottery studios throughout San Diego, but our favorite is the Hot Spot Studio in Liberty Station.
Hot Spot Studio is our favorite for several reasons. One of which is the spaciousness of the studio itself. The studio is large so you are not bumping into others while picking out that perfect masterpiece or gathering your paint and brushes. They have kitchen tables that seat 4 again providing lots of elbow room.
There is always plenty of parking. We’ve been here on weekdays, weekends and even for birthday parties and parking is never an issue. Another benefit is the location. When you are done painting your pottery you can walk to one of the many restaurants in Liberty Station (Tender Greens is our fav) for lunch or head across the street to the large playground.
Another unique feature of the Hot Spot Studio is that you can choose to make a candle, which is a nice alternative for those of us who already have about 35 ceramic masterpieces. The staff is very friendly and helpful if it is your first time. If you are a newbie, here’s the rundown:
Choose the piece you would like to paint. They literally have hundreds of items to choose from – banks, jewelry boxes, vases, and figurines that the kids love. Prices range from $15 all the way up to $60, with $20 being the average cost. Dani picked out a bowl so she could create a personalized ice cream bowl for her Daddy and my sister-in-law picked out a plate to commemorate my brother’s first Father’s Day.
Turn your pottery in to the staff that will then fire it in the kiln. Pottery turned in by 5:00pm will be ready for pick up the next day. The studio also has non-fired glitter/confetti paints that can be used instead and are ready to take home on the same day.
This is just one of the fun activities we have done so far this summer. What are some of your inexpensive activities to do with the kids during the summer?
Next week on the blog is a grown-up field trip, also known as Date Night! Be sure to come back and check out the latest spot King B and I visited. In the meantime, you can read about our last Date Night here. Have a great weekend!