Explore our newly renovated Creepy Crawl and participate in creative, Halloween-themed activities. See the Mad Scientist in action, decorate your own trick-or-treat bags and stop by all treat stations. Open to families with children in 2nd grade through high school. No drop-offs. Costumes are discouraged for safety reasons. Admission is $10 at the door – cash, check, or credit card payments accepted.
With the Halloween Spooktacular only three days away, here’s our third and final featured activity, Spooky Jars. In case you didn’t catch the first two, we’ve shared blogs on Haunted Landscapes and Story Doodling on Trick-or-Treat Bags.
Like the first two activities, this one also helps kids identify as creative individuals. Between the ages of 14–16, researcher Viktor Lowenfeld shows that kids enter The Period of Decision; the point in which they decide if they are or are not creative individuals. Their natural development of artistic abilities and creative inclinations will stop unless a conscious decision is made to continue and improve. Activities such as Spooky Jars, help kids broaden their understanding of art and learn to be creative across a variety of mediums.
Battery Operated Tea Light
Paint + Small Sponge Brush
Using a small sponge brush, coat the inside of an empty glass jar with your favorite color paint. (Stay away from dark colors.) Once dry, decorate the outside with a black, fine-tip Sharpie. Drop in the tea light and place somewhere for others to see!
We’re so excited to be hosting our first-ever public event, Halloween Spooktacular, on October 31 at SPARK! While you’re here, you’ll get to explore our newly renovated Creepy Crawl and participate in creative, Halloween-themed activities as a family. See the Mad Scientist in action, decorate your own trick-or-treat bags and stop by all 13 treat stations. This event is open to families with children in 2nd grade through high school. No drop-offs are allowed. Admission is $8 in advance; $10 at the door.
Take advantage of this event as an opportunity to lead your children down the path of self-discovery and help them identify as creative individuals. (Before they decide they’ve outgrown Halloween.) Take a note from researcher Viktor Lowenfeld on the stages of creative and mental growth, explained through drawings by Betty Edwards.
According to his studies, during the dawning of realism stage (occurring between the ages of 8–10) children find that generalization doesn’t suffice as a form of expression for reality. Instead, children spend more time on detail imitating reality. And while we sometimes suspend reality for Halloween, SPARK! offers art activities that challenge children to think abstractly and independently.
To kick-start their creativity, we’ve decided to give you a sneak peak of a few activities happening the day of our October 31st event. (All materials are included with admission.) First up: Haunted Landscapes with one of our favorite instructors, Vet.
Black Construction Paper
Using oil pastels, create your own haunted landscape against a black backdrop and then take your masterpiece home and hang. We suggest skeletons, ghosts, monsters and mummies. This activity is suitable for all ages.
Stay tuned for the next featured activity: Storydoodling on Trick-or-Treat Bags