Now that the fair is over, you can get through Puyallup in less than half an hour, And you can register for the most amazing kids’ art classes at the Fred Oldfield Center. Despite my repeated blabbing about this treasure, I still meet lots of folks who haven’t heard about this program.
The Fred Oldfield Center is located at the Puyallup fairgrounds. You’ve probably wandered in before-it’s got all the western art and cowboy things.
What you might not know is that the center offers art classes for kids year round!
Both my boys have done classes and camps here, and at the risk of sounding totally obnoxious, they have made some really beautiful things. The classes are taught by volunteers, and they’re really teaching art. The kids aren’t just copying or crafting; they’re learning real techniques like shading and perspective.
There are a variety of classes for ages 5-adult, and tuition is a genuine bargain. You should know that the whole place is run by grandma and grandpa types, which means they’ll dote on your kiddos and hand them sticks of gum from time to time. They’ll also feel free to scold them when they’re acting up, and they’ll probably call you, “Honey.” I love it, but I suppose it’s not for everyone.
Classes start at the beginning of October at various times. They have kids from all over come, but if it’s too far for you, you might check with your local parks department for options. Metro Parks Tacoma has excellent offerings. If you know of another good spot in the South Sound for artistic minded kids, do leave a comment or drop a line. I’d love to know about it!