“Imagination is more important than knowledge.”
– Albert Einstein
Art and play have a great positive impact on the intellectual, language, emotional, social, and motor development of children. Through imagination play, they learn about the world and their relationships to the people in that world around them.
The Monkeypod Art Studio is a new drop-in arts/crafts and imagination play facility for children ages 1 through 8 (but all ages are welcome), and their parents/caregivers. The studio is located in a warehouse at 830, Kolu Street in Wailuku, and was created to strengthen the bond of ohana through art and play.
The studio experience includes structured art and craft activities and classes, keiki yoga, drum circles, sing-a-longs, and story time, (which are offered multiple days of the week) while providing keiki the opportunity to meet and socialize with each other, as well as provide a venue for parents to connect with other parents.
Within the two-story Art and Play studio is an open arts and crafts area, as well as imagination areas set up like a house and a store. There is an exploratorium area set up with a light table with x-rays and brightly colored 3-D translucent magnets, and a miniatures area with a dollhouse, a horse corral, and a castle. There are also little nooks for reading, puzzles and community play activities.
There is a soft toddler zone where young children can play with age appropriate toys and climb on a padded structure, while upstairs there is a train table, puppet theater, pirate ship, dress-up costumes, puzzles, books, and floor space where activities like keiki yoga, parachute time, storytelling and drum circle are offered.
An all day play pass (kama’aina) to the studio is $12 for the first adult and $12 for each child (additional adults and children under 1 are free). This pass allows for same day re-entry and all activities that are scheduled. Families are invited to bring their lunch to eat in the snack room or go pick-up lunch and return to the studio.
A two-hour play pass is also offered. Here admission is $12 for each child, while parents/caregivers and children under 1 are free. This option is great for children still in need of naps, or if you can’t stay and play all day.
The studio has recently launched two new drop-off programs. The Art and Grow Program for children ages 3 to 5, is offered twice a week (either Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday) from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Parents may choose to stay at the studio, or they may drop their child off. The other program, Monkey Business Drop Off Service, is an hourly service to assist parents/caregivers with running errands and taking care of personal business. This service is $15 an hour for the first child, $7 for each additional child, and can be utilized up to 6 hours a week, per child.
For more information on activity schedules, “Fall Into Fun” Fall Break Camp and/or more information about the studio please go to www.monkeypodartstudio.com, or call Auntie Coco or Auntie Kathleen at 808-866-0041. We hope to see you there!
Image Credit: Monkeypod Art Studio Maui