The recently-launched UCCA Creative Studio is a family-oriented art space for kids aged 2-11. It offers workshops and classes out of its base in the Ullens Center for Contemporary Arts. What’s more, the studio’s classrooms and Discovery Area can be rented for kids’ parties. Birthday themes include Creative Art Bash, Super Birthday Bash, and Roaring Birthday Bash, while the Discovery Area has a stage and a reading nook for guests.
The Creative Art Bash allows kids to make crafts and artwork that can then framed and taken home as party favors. It’s bound to get messy, so make sure your children wear appropriate clothes. In the Super Birthday Bash, kids can dress up as superheroes and get their photos taken at the stage area at the Discovery Area. The Roaring Birthday Bash is a jungle-themed party with face painting, mask making, and other animal-inspired projects.
Depending on the package, UCCA teachers can be brought in to lead the various activities. Parents have an option between an “art fair” or “art workshop.” The latter centers on painting, drawing, and making multimedia art, while the former features two art stations with themed activities.
Optional services include art performances by guest artists, film screenings in the UCCA auditorium, personalized party favors such as ceramic cups, and UCCA guided tours in which young guests can make their own works based on the exhibition after the tour.
UCCA Creative Studio can accommodate a whopping 130 people, with a minimum number of ten guests. Packages cost the same for each age group (see box to the right). UCCA Creative Studio students get a 10 percent discount on birthday prices. In addition, the studio offers a customized package where the event can be held in your home (decorations and teachers included); call for a quote.
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RMB 2, 500 for the basic package (includes venue rental for two hours in one area); RMB 4,000 for the standard package (includes venue and art workshop for 10 guests; RMB 150 for each additional guest); RMB 7,000 for the full package (includes venue, food, cake, and art workshop for 10 guests; RMB 250 for each additional guest). Call for quotes on at-home events. Standard and full packages include decorations, seating, party hats, and balloons, teachers, games, art activities, and party favors.
Tue-Sun 10am-7pm. Ullens Center for Creative Arts (UCCA), 798 Art District, 4 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District (5780 0202/03) www.creative-studio.cn 朝阳区酒仙桥路4号798艺术区
Photos by Mitchell Pe Masilun
This article originally appeared on p21 of the beijingkids April 2014 issue. Check out the PDF version online at Issuu.com