Have you ever imagined a place where mess is allowed, creativity is celebrating and kids are just down right happy? I have some news for you, that place does exist.
Nestled in Durham, NC is Bull City Craft, a crafting and painting studio for kids, teenagers and adults. This space is really here to fulfill the creative need of all ages.
I was invited to come in and host a story time, and of course, I jumped on the opportunity. This event was so special as it exercised creativity of all facets.
Upon arrival, I met a few folks who work there. And, oh my gosh. What a kind and vibrant bunch. I was immediately uplifted and excited to be in their company for the next hour. I was planning, in my head, on how I could get my own children to enjoy that space EVERY SINGLE DAY. This is still in the works. 🙂
We had a nice size group of kids who ranged in all ages. I love when I have a variety in the audience, I know the book will trigger excitement in a different way for each age.
I read the story and later joked that the reading was my monologue. Because seriously, I have the book memorized and can read it with the right inflections, moods and thrill when needed.
The studio was kind enough to follow-up the reading with a dream catcher craft. The craft perfectly complimented the book and I was pumped to see what the kids would come up with.
The kiddos were busying themselves with string, markers and beads (by the way, Bull City makes all of their own beads!) I was having a blast signing copies of the book for the families who were on the hunt for a new bedtime read. And a word to the wise, if you are signing your books with sharpies, maybe try to find a hiding place from the kids. Unless you want various items decorated with metallic sharpie.
All in all, this was a wonderful event. We even chatted about craft projects for my next book, so be on the lookout, the party train will be back! And if you’re on the hunt for fun activities for your kids, check this place out, it’s only $6 to play for the whole day. They have paint, crayons, paper, playdoh, toys, etc. And they truly love it when the kids make a mess. A messy kid is a happy kid!
Thank you Bull City team for being that special light in so many lives. I am blessed beyond measure that I got to meet you and experience your happy place.
And a quick thank you to Morgan Henderson Photography for capturing the event!