Here’s a few of the most frequently asked questions about our ARTventurers classes……
How old does my child have to be to attend one of your sessions?
Our Baby ARTventurers sessions are designed for children who are aged 6 months and over and who are ideally sitting unaided, up to around the age of 18 months.
Our Little ARTventurers sessions are for pre school age children and as a guide we suggest that they are suitable for children aged 18 months and above. However each child is unique – they all develop at different rates and it’s all about which session they will get maximum benefit out of! If you are unsure about whether your child is old enough to join in at our classes we suggest that you come along and try a session with your child on a “pay as you go” basis and see how you both enjoy it before signing up for a block of sessions.
Why are your ARTventurers classes divided into different age groups?
The majority of our classes are separated into the two age groups above and this is for two main reasons. Firstly, there are huge differences (obviously!) between a 10 month old and a 4 year old and we want to make sure when you bring your little one along to our classes that everything in that class is suitable for that age group and your child can get maximum benefit out of ALL of the activities on offer. So in the Baby ARTventurers class ALL of the activities are specifically designed for babies age 6 months to 18 months, all designed to stimulate and aid their development – as well as heaps of messy fun! And in the Little ARTventurers we often focus on developing specific skills such as scissor practice, explore different mediums and techniques that our Baby ARTventurers wouldn’t quite be ready for and often use small parts that aren’t suitable for mouthing babies. So the second reason follows on from this – it’s for health and safety reasons too!
However in the holidays and at weekends we understand that you want to bring the whole family along to our classes which is why many of our branches run our Family ARTventurers mixed age classes at those times. In these classes we “zone” our activities to make sure everyone can have lots of colourful, creative messy fun safely together!
Can I bring more than one child along to the classes?
Yes of course! For those with 2 or more ARTventurers attending the same term time class we usually offer a sibling discount for the second/subsequent child. If you have a little one who is younger than the recommended starting age for that particular class then you’re more than welcome to bring them along free of charge!
Do I need to bring anything along to the sessions?
We do provide oversized art T shirts at the Little ARTventurers sessions and at our parties for the children to wear over their clothes to try and minimise any mess as far as possible! There is also an option to buy your very own ARTventurers T shirt for your little one to wear and many children at our classes do this – they are great for messy play at home too! There’s no need for you to bring anything else although we do suggest that bringing a carrier or other bag along with you is a good idea to help you to carry all of the masterpieces home in – or you can purchase one of our fabulous ARTventurers art bags! For our Baby ARTventurers class we suggest bringing along a towel and a change of clothes for your baby to wear after the session – we do also sell ARTventurers baby vests which look very cute and are very popular!
What is included in the weekly session/class fee?
Everything! The session fees include all arty materials and also refreshments for the little ones (Little ARTventurers and holiday sessions only – we don’t offer a snack in the Baby ARTventurers class). Unlike some other activity providers we don’t charge a membership fee or insist that you purchase any branded merchandise from us.
Do I need to pre book a session or can I just turn up?
All of our sessions do work on a pre booking basis. This is because, for the safety and enjoyment of everyone, places are limited and we need to know how many children are coming to the session each week to be able to plan and offer high quality activities – and to make sure we have enough materials and resources for everyone! Our experience also shows that children benefit much more from attending the classes on a weekly basis – it’s through attending regularly that they develop confidence, skills and friendships. It’s easy to book a place – just visit our Find A Class page!
What if my little one doesn’t want to take part in all of the activities?
That’s fine – our sessions are child led and based on free flow activities. Your little one is free to explore and do as much as he/she wants to and you are both comfortable with. As with all new experiences some babies and young children may be a little overwhelmed during their first visit and want to stick to doing one or two activities. Experience shows that after a couple of visits they will become familiar with the environment and routine and will happily and confidently explore the wide range of creative activities. Similarly, some children who first come to the session just want to run around the room! Again experience shows that they will quickly become familiar with the routine of the sessions and their concentration span and ability to focus on activities will rapidly increase! Children learn by observation and imitation of the other children already engaged in the activities.
How do I pay for the sessions?
Payment can be made by PayPal or by credit card when booking on our website.
Do you do Parties?
Yes we do! Check out our Parties page for more info!
Is there anything else I need to know?
We are DBS enhanced checked, first aid trained and have full public liability insurance for your peace of mind. We’re more than happy to answer any other questions you might have about our classes, parties and events – just ask!