Friday, April 27, 2018


Daughter Alexis was driving down Brodie Lane in Austin recently, just around the corner from her house, when she noticed that something new was going in where a Montessori school used to be -- a place called Figment Creative Labs -- Where Imagination Runs Wild. Lex went straight to her computer when she got home, to see what she could find out about them, and that's how we ended up taking Calvin on his biggest adventure yet!

Apparently this used to be called Wee Warhols, and got its start when owner Amber Scardino's friends were so impressed with all the fun things she was doing with her own kids that they offered to pay her if she would let their kids join in on the fun. So, she started doing some art camps and classes there at her own home, including her Mommy & Me program for toddlers, which focuses on process art -- art which is done sheerly for the joy you experience in the doing of it, with no regard for the finished product.

Kinetic Sand + Ice Cream Scoops
A Sequin Board Which Changes Colors When You Run Your Hand In Either Direction
We just happened to get in on the very last M&M session before she shuts down for the BIG MOVE, and Calvin ended up having the whole place to himself, with Amber's undivided attention!

The Potions Lab, where you get to play with vinegar and baking soda and food coloring!

It's Hammer Time!
An Inclined "Race Track" With A Bucketful of Vehicles
OH WOW! Train Tracks! I Love Train Tracks!

Making Muffins and Cakes
Calvin's very favorite station of all? The confetti egg stomp...

especially since, instead of getting the usual 3 or 4 eggs, she let him do the whole carton! (No one can resist the way he says "One more time?") Afterwards he got to drizzle glue on a piece of paper and scatter the confetti all over it (and the bottom of his shoes). There was also a masterpiece created with paint, paper, fly swatters and plungers!

The only bad part? Trying to get him to leave! Not even the promise of pizza with Papa could console him.

Check out this video to see what all is in store at the new location when it opens in June, and be sure to share it with anyone you know in S. Austin who has kids!

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