30+ Super Fun Kid Friendly Drop-In Art Places In Maryland (updated for 2023)
Check out these super fun kid friendly drop-in art places in Maryland where you can get creative with your kids and unleash their inner artist!
Who says paint night is only for Moms! Getting arty crafty with kids is so much fun. However, maybe you don’t want that paint and glitter messing up your home.
These DIY Drop-In Art places in Maryland are fantastic for kids and would be great for an indoor art adventure any weekend! And they are all part of our comprehensive guide on fun Things to Do In Maryland With Kids!
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1. Artsy Partsy
Artsy Partsy is probably one of our favorite places to visit in Maryland. Ms. Jeannette has more than doubled the size of this kid-friendly art studio in Pasadena and for good reason. She offers tons of art classes for kids of all ages, including school’s out art camps. There are special events, including Mommy and Me and Daddy and Me painting events. Every Friday evening is Family Paint Night and there are open studio hours every weekend!
Address: 8055 Ritchie Hwy Suite 302, Patriot Plaza 3rd Floor, Pasadena, MD 21122
2. Urbana Art & Soul Studio
This is a fantastic art studio in Ijamsville, MD that mostly offers classes and camps. However, every Monday and Tuesday from 10-11am, they host a Tiny Art Explorers Program for kids through pre-K. This program begins with a “circle time” and then kids and parents participate in various art centers. The centers include monthly themed fine motor skills, fun easel painting, creative play, early literacy, math, & crafts.
Address: 2510 Urbana Pike (rt 355), Suite 104, Ijamsville, Md 21754
3. Walters Art Museum
Drop-In Art Making every weekend. Not only can you visit this Baltimore art museum, but head to the lower level to take part in ongoing themed art projects designed for kids! Available every Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the activities are themed and each weekend features a different project.
Address: 600 N Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21201
Related: 50 fun things to do with kids in Baltimore
4. Saturday Art Explorers|Glen Echo Park
Glen Echo is a super cool place where you can see phenomenal children’s theatre. You can also make art with your kids! Activities take place every Saturday morning from 10am-1pm in the Candy Corner studio for kids ages 10 and under.
Address: 7300 Macarthur Blvd, Glen Echo, MD 20812
5. Port Discovery
Did you know one of the awesome exhibits at Port Discovery is a super fun art studio for kids? The BGE Studio Workshop on the ground floor offers rotating make and take art projects kids of all ages.. and even parents, can make.
Address: 35 Market Pl, Baltimore, MD 21202
Related: Check out this ultimate guide to Port Discovery!
6. AnnMarie Sculpture Garden artLAB
If you visit Annmarie Sculpture Garden in Southern MD, you get the cool opportunity to make art from recycled materials and get super creative! They have tons of materials on hand and have suggested projects on a rotating basis.
Address: 13470 Dowell Rd, Solomons, MD 20688
Related: Spend an enchanting day at the Annmarie Sculpture Garden
7. American Visionary Art Museum
This wacky, but totally visually appealing art museum in Baltimore hosts Weekend Walk-In Workshops a few Saturdays a year. These workshops are hands-on, drop-in, art-making workshops in the AVAM classroom! Supplies & boundless inspiration provided!
Address: 800 Key Hwy, Baltimore, MD 21230
8. Baltimore Museum of Art
Free Family Sundays
Join us every Sunday from 2-5 p.m. for free art-making workshops. Drop-in for hands-on fun the entire family can enjoy. No registration required. All materials are provided. Generously sponsored by Wilmington Trust.
9. Social Studio in Baltimore
Social Studio’s Weekend Workshops take place every Saturday from 10am-noon. Each week there is a different ‘Make and Take’ activity and they change the theme every month. Classes are geared for kids ages 5+ and cost $25 to participate.
Address: 737 Deepdene Road, Baltimore, MD 21210
10. Creative Alliance in Baltimore
Kerplunk! FREE Family Art Workshop. Drop-in every Saturday from Noon to 3pm for FREE art-making workshops that the whole family can enjoy. No registration required and all of the materials are provided.
Address: 3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore, MD, 21224
11. Paint Splatter Maryland
You have to sign up for a paint session, but this newcomer to the drop-in art scene looks super amazing!!!! It is exactly what you think it is: ‘a fun & unique experience for kids and adults to paint on a canvas and everywhere else. We offer regular paint or spice it up with our neon choices for the black light room.’ Sign me up!
Address: 146 S. AZAR AVE. GLEN BURNIE MD 21060 (BEHIND BOWL AMERICA)
12. Pic ‘N Paint Pottery: Pasadena, MD
There are so many paint your own pottery places in Maryland. This one is in Pasadena. Just walk in, pick out a ceramic to paint, paint away, and then come back in 7 days to pick up your creation!
Address: 3020 Mountain Road, Pasadena, MD 21122
13. The Pottery Stop: Ellicott City, MD
This great pottery painting place in Ellicott City hosts a number of fun events for kids and adults, including story time and painting.
Address: 9050 Baltimore National Pike, #109, Ellicott City, MD 21042
Related: Over 70 ideas for fun indoor play with your kids in Maryland!
14. Pottery Cove: Catonsville, MD
The Pottery Cove in Catonsville offers all kinds of fun kid’s activities. Kids night is always a blast! We offer themed nights, movie nights, free paint nights – pizza & a drink is always included! Ages 5-10. They also have storytime and other special events.
Address: 827 Frederick Road, Catonsville, MD 21228
15. ARTful Playhouse in Leonardtown, MD
This kid’s art studio is fantastic for encouraging creativity and messy play! The studio offers classes, parties, and more!
Address: 40955 Merchants Lane, Unit 2, Leonardtown, MD 20650
16. T.C. Studio Arts and Entertainment
This art studio in Ocean City, MD mostly caters to adults. However about once a month they have family paint night. Family night is a time to bond as a family over something creative and fun! With that being said – this is a time for BOTH kids and parents to participate! (Youngest recommended age to participate is 5. All kids under 7 should be assisted by an adult)
Address: 1505 Philadelphia Ave., Ocean City, Maryland 21842
Related: Great ideas for how to rock your Ocean City vacation!
17. Kidspot Children’s Creativity Center
Located in Chestertown, MD, this fun place for kids offer free art activities every Saturday morning. Open every Saturday free of charge to kids 2 to 12 years old accompanied by an adult, KidSPOT is a hands-on children’s creativity center that provides opportunities for kids to play, create and explore, thus expanding creative expression and problem-solving skills that will benefit them throughout their lives.
Address: 315 High Street, Chestertown, MD 21620
18. The Art Den
This great art studio in Rising Sun, MD offers regular Drop-In Art Days. Drop-in passes include full access to the studio space for the entire day and your choice of media to create with if you need it. Just show up during business hours and pay at the door!
Address: 10 E Main St Suite B, Rising Sun, MD 21911
19. Art Works Now
Located in Hyattsville, MD, this art studio offers a number of classes for kids. But they also have special events and open studio for toddlers and preschoolers. This is a multi-option art-play program designed for children under 5, however, the whole family is welcome. Not a drop-off program. Get ready to get messy!
Address: 4800 Rhode Island Avenue, Suite 1, Hyattsville, MD, 20781
Related: The Best Ideas for Things to Do in Maryland with Toddlers and Preschoolers
20. Academy Art Museum Family Art Days
Academy Art Museum in Easton, MD is a great place for all things art. Even though they are currently (2020) undergoing construction, the museum still hold FREE Family Art Days about once a month.
Address: 106 South Street, Easton, MD 21601
21. Muse Paint Bar Saturday Family Painting
This cool paint bar is located in the National Harbor, MD. It mostly offers events for adults but about once a week they offer canvas painting sessions for kids and parents.
Address: 122 Waterfront Street, National Harbor, MD 20745
22. Hot Fired Arts
This great art studio in Frederick, MD is a family owned walk-in art studio. They offer Fused Glass, Pottery Painting, Canvas Painting, and Clay hand-building to all ages!
Address: 1003-D West 7th St., Frederick, MD 21701
23. The Amazing Glaze
Locations in both Bel Air and Mt. Washington. The Amazing Glaze offers painting pottery, mosaics, glass fusing, and canvas painting for adults and kids! They also offer Kid Paint Nights. Drop your child off for Paint Nights for Kids! Kids will learn all of the steps of how painting on canvas works. They will leave that evening with an Amazing piece of art to display in your home. Ages 6 & up
Address: Mt. Washington (Baltimore) location: 1340 Smith Ave, Baltimore, MD 21209 and Bel Air location: 5 Bel Air S Pkwy, Bel Air, MD 21015
24. Kiln Born Creations
This is a fantastic pottery painting and art studio in Easton, MD. Like many of these art places, much of their activities are geared towards adults. But they have two kid-focused events every month. 1st Friday: Story Time from 10:30-11:30am is perfect for your younger kids. Kids enjoy story time and then a project that corresponds to the book. A small snack and drink will be available for children attending.
1st Friday: Kids Night Out from 6-8pm is geared towards kids ages 6-13. Sign your child up for Kids Night Out where they will be joined with other kids their age to make a project, eat pizza and have a lot of fun! The best part is you getting two hours to do whatever you want on a Friday night!
Address: 1 S. Washington Street, Easton, MD 21601
25. The Pottery Patch
Locations in Dunkirk and Mechanicsville, this is a great pick-your-own pottery painting studio. The Pottery Patch is a contemporary paint your own pottery studio for all ages and skill levels! We offer ready to be painted ceramics. Unlike traditional studios, there’s no having to pour molds or clean greenware! They also offer monthly kid-centric events.
Address: Dunkirk location: 10735 Town Center Blvd Suite #5, Dunkirk, MD 20754 and Mechanicsville location: 29015 Three Notch Rd, Mechanicsville, MD 20659
26. Pottery By Me & More
A “paint your own” pottery studio located in Hagerstown Maryland that carries a large collection of pottery including cups, plates, and mugs. They welcome artists of all ages so you can definitely paint with your kids!
Address: 1201 Dual Highway, Hagerstown, MD
27. Mr. Toad’s Pottery
An Inclusive Paint Your Own Pottery Studio that offers Board Art, Mixed Media and Mosaics. Located in La Vale, MD. A great option for Western Maryland!
Address: 1313 National Hwy LaVale, MD 21502
28. Firehouse Pottery and Arts
Firehouse Pottery and Arts calls themselves a boutique-style studio that delivers personalized customer services unlike any other. Their events are chiefly family-oriented and focused on creative learning for people of all ages. Located in Mount Airy, MD.
Address: 115 E Baltimore Street, Taneytown, Maryland 21787
29. Deep Creek Pottery
This great art studio in McHenry, MD offers canvas painting, paint your own pottery, clay workshops, and mosaic tile creations. Great options for kids and parents!
Address: 662 Laurel Ridge Road McHenry MD 21541
30. Allegany County Arts Council ArtLab
Not exactly a drop-in art experience, but you can arrange for the ArtBus to come to your event! From their website:
“ArtLab is a mobile arts education and enrichment platform which allows us to bring the power of creativity to you. A former bookmobile, graciously gifted from the Allegany County Library System, it has received an impressive makeover which allows us to bring equipment and supplies to every corner of our community.
Since its arrival, the ArtLab has offered free STEAM programming to students all across Allegany County, entertained kids in the pavilion at Delfest, visited public libraries, church parking lots, private schools and more.”
Allegany County also offers Art on Demand– virtual art lessons for elementary school-aged kids.
31. AR Workshop
This is boutique DIY art studio that offers hands on art classes. There are 6 locations in Maryland (Columbia, Frederick, Rockville, La Plata, Reisterstown, and Rockville). Each location has monthly family friendly events like crafternoons, family friendly wood and canvas workshops, and more. Check the specific location for the events you can sign up for!
32. Board and Brush
Another fantastic art experience with multiple locations in Maryland. This is essentially a wood sign art studio/workshop, but they offer family friendly workshops too. Maryland locations are in Columbia, Forest Hill, Westminster, and Easton. Click on the location you want to visit to see their monthly calendar of events!
33. The Purple Bicycle
This new children’s art studio in Bel Air that caters to all kids from toddlers to teens! They offer weekly art classes, family paint nights, camps, and more!
Address: 15 East Churchville Road, Suite 109, Bel Air, MD 21014