The information below refers to our in-person Messy Art program. For answers to your PLAY @ Home questions, please visit the PLAY @ Home registration page, or email us.
After over a year, we’re really looking forward to welcoming you and your children back into our art room to paint. What we’re able to offer at this time is quite different from what you may remember from the past (though we are determined to make it fun). We ask you to please read this page carefully before planning your visit. We hope to see you soon. 🎨
Due to COVID-19, before coming to PLAY for your scheduled Messy Art appointment, please do a self wellness check at home for any signs of illness, including: fever, cough, shortness of breath, or any other possibly troubling signs. If you observe any of these symptoms in yourself or your child, please stay home. As always, our main goal is for PLAY to be a safe, clean, and healthy environment for children, and we can only achieve this with the help of all of our families.
You will have already signed an electronic wavier/liability form upon booking and paying for your Messy Art appointment. (*If your child is attending with a caregiver, he or she will have to fill out a separate form.) In addition to your at-home wellness check, we will be doing a wellness screening at the door, including a temperature check using a no-contact thermometer. Please note, if anyone in your party has a temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or above, or is showing outward signs of illness, you will not be permitted on the premises. Please note that your prepaid fee is NON-REFUNDABLE if we have to turn you away due to any signs of illness.
Please do not bring any people with you other than the participants you have registered. (More information on siblings participating together is below.)
We require the use of face coverings at ALL TIMES for everyone. No one will be permitted on the premises without a face covering. Face coverings must fit properly, covering your nose and mouth.
All employees whom you will interact with at PLAY will be wearing face coverings at all times and will all have been fully vaccinated with one of the currently approved COVID-19 vaccines for everyone’s safety.
Our community area is empty of toys during this time, and will be used as an entrance area & retail store. Please arrive no earlier than 5 minutes before your scheduled time so we can invite you directly into the art room to get set up after your wellness check.
Please do not bring any food with you. There is NO FOOD allowed in the space at this time. Water bottles are allowed in all rooms.
Please keep your child with you at all times, and maintain a distance of at least 6 feet between yourselves and others while on the premises.
All common areas will be disinfected frequently. We have added an air purifier with a HEPA filter to the main space as well a MERV13 hospital grade air filter to the AC unit in the art room.
Hand sanitizer will be supplied in all rooms, and we encourage you to wash your hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds with soap and water as recommended by the CDC before and after participating in activities at PLAY.
Our required age range for Messy Art at this time is 2-6 years. Because of the necessary limitations we are working within, visiting PLAY for art at this time will not be appropriate for every child in this range. Children will have to be masked during their entire visits, they will need to stay with you and follow your directions in order to maintain distancing, and we will unfortunately not have other activity options for them in the space if they are not interested in painting.
If your child is well accustomed to participating in activities while masked, is willing and able to follow your directions, and loves to paint with you, we hope you’ll consider a visit. If your child isn’t comfortable with one or more of these things, please think about waiting until all of these restrictions have been lifted to visit us. We want everyone who visits us for Messy Art to have a very positive experience.
If you test positive for COVID–19 within 2-3 weeks of visiting us, please notify PLAY as soon as possible so we can take appropriate steps to notify anyone who may have been exposed.
We are offering 1-hour blocks of time in our art room for parent-and-child Messy Art. (This not a Messy Mixed Media class with projects, but more similar to what we did during drop-in Messy Art in the past.)
Your easel will be set with tempera paint, paper, and brushes. After your child has had a little time with these materials, we will offer collage materials (which will be different each week) and/or different painting tools. Our art facilitator will assist you as needed with hanging paintings, refreshing paints, and offering materials; however, much of what you need will already be at your easel, and our facilitator will give you space to enjoy making art with your child unless you need her assistance.
On Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays, blocks will be available by appointment from 9:30am-10:30am & 11:00am-12:00pm. (See the schedule.) *Updated: Spaces will open for booking every second Tuesday at 7am for the following two weeks. The cost is $20 per child. Once your hour is up or your child is finished painting, we will ask you to promptly exit the building via the art room exit door. The community area will be open for shopping only, and we’ll ask you to please not congregate there with other families after painting.
We are limiting the number of people permitted inside the art room during each block to 4 children with 1 accompanying adult each to allow for proper social distancing based on the size of our art room and CDC guidelines.
There is a 30 minute break between the two scheduled blocks, during which the space will be cleaned and the art room reset entirely with new paints, materials, and tools.
Once you have booked your Messy Art spot, your payment is non-refundable. However, you may SWITCH your booked spot to another open day/time, provided that you contact us by email at least 24 HOURS prior to your originally booked time.
If we need to cancel your appointment due to under-booking or for any other reason, we will notify you by the day prior and refund your payment in full.
If you have a CLASS CREDIT on file from a cancelled Spring 2020 session class and would like to use it toward Messy Art, please contact us to request a Square gift card to use for your payment. (Please specify the $ amount of your credit that you would like transferred to a gift card.) *Please note that once a gift card is issued, it is non-refundable and may be used toward any goods or services we offer.
*Booking with a Square gift card: If you already have your Square gift card, please email us your desired date and time from the schedule and we will assist you with booking.
Unfortunately, due to added expenses during this time, previously issued PLAY ART CARDS are not valid for Messy Art at this time. As soon as we are able to expand our services back to pre-COVID capacity, we will begin accepting PLAY ART CARDS again. Thank you for your understanding.
To book spots for two children (siblings within the same household) within the 2-6 age range, please select “Messy Art (for 2 children, age 2-6)” upon booking. When attending with two children, you may bring a second adult. (If you are comfortable and confident attending to both children by yourself, you may forgo bringing a second adult.) If you would like to attend with three siblings within the age range, you will need to make two separate bookings and bring at least two adults. (Please email us with any further questions about this.)
What about siblings under two? While we truly miss seeing your babies & toddlers in person, at this time the minimum age for coming to PLAY in person is two years. This is so we can require mask wearing of all people present, and also because we recognize that the necessary restrictions in the space right now do not allow us to create a developmentally appropriate environment for young toddlers. As the situation improves, we look forward to welcoming back your babies & toddlers, who are such a big part of what we love about PLAY.
If you would like to book a private hour of Messy Art for your small learning pod, please contact us by email. The same policies & capacity limits apply.
…anything white, suede, or anything you or your child loves dearly. We will still be providing smocks for both children and adults during this time; however, smocks are not required and if you prefer to bring your own smocks, aprons, or art shirts (any oversized shirt from home that can double as a smock) we encourage you to do so, as this will help us reduce laundry.
As always, the tempera we use is washable, but even “washable” paints occasionally stain. In Messy Art, how messy you get is really up to you (within reason). Painting is much more fun for both children and adults if there are no worries about clothing.
We don’t allow strollers in the space, but we’ll lend you a bike lock if you want to leave it out front, and there is ample space for locking it up. Shoes are optional in the community area; we’ll ask you to remove them in the art room.