A Little Sketchy
The cool new kids’ art studio on the UES
Lots of Upper East Side families were bummed when the A-ha! play space closed last year. But now the neighborhood is getting something way cooler in its place: Scribble Press opens on April 24th as an art studio where kids and families can make their own books. The brilliant little space is the brainchild of two moms—one from New York, and one from LA—who met on a plane and bonded over their kids’ love of art.
Scribble Press opened its first location in West Los Angeles in 2008; the offerings at the new Manhattan studio will be largely the same, namely the opportunity to write, illustrate, and bind books on-site. How it works: stop in (no appointment necessary), and buy the project of your choice—a paperback or board book, note cards, bookmarks, a calendar or placemat. Kids fill their own caddies with markers from a wall of every color imaginable, before sitting at drafting tables on stools. The resulting pages are scanned on-site, and bound into finished products in as little as 15 minutes. Projects cost $17 to $40; an average board book is $25.
Scribble Press also offers fantastic art kits to be used in-store or at home, plus classes, workshops, and of course birthday parties. If your toddler requires some artistic inspiration, there are fill-in-the-blank book templates called Cueprints that are easier for the young ones, including “I Love My Mom,” “All About Me,” and topics to help with developmental stages, such as “I Can Sleep in My Own Big Bed” and “I’m a Big Sister.”
1624 First Avenue at 84th Street
Monday through Saturday 10 to 6pm, and Sunday 12 to 5pm