7 Activity Boxes Offered by Small Businesses in Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor

Support local — and teach your kids a little something new — with these seven activity boxes offered by small businesses in our area.

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Budding artists, bakers and cooks take heed: there’s a way to learn without a class. Local art studios and restaurants have created at-home DIY kits for pickup to let kids be kids and learn about the masters. Sculpting, crafting, baking and painting are all possibilities this summer, thanks to these activity boxes by small businesses in our area.

The Bees Knees Pottery

  • Where: 149 E. Main, Northville
  • Cost: $14.50-$20
  • Order: thebeeskneespottery.com

Order your figurine, clay, mosaic or canvas in advance and declare a pickup time. You will receive a kit with instructions and multiple colors to create your project at home. If the pottery needs to be fired, wrap it after it’s dried and return it to the studio for pickup in a week.

Creative Arts Studio

  • Where: 114 West 4th Street, Royal Oak
  • Cost: $10-$20
  • Order: potteryartkits.com

Preorder a figurine for curbside pickup Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Glazes and brushes are sold separately.

The Cupcake Station

  • Where: Rochester, Plymouth & Ferndale locations
  • Cost: $10
  • Order: cupcakestation.com

The pop up bakery that appears weekends in Rochester, Plymouth and Ferndale sells a DIY Cupcake Decorating Kit available for preorder. Each kit includes two vanilla cupcakes, two piping bags with buttercream frosting and sprinkles.

The Dexter Bakery

  • Where: 8101 Main St, Dexter
  • Cost: $18
  • Order: 734-426-3848

Each themed kit (galaxy, emoji, sweet treats and sports) includes six individually-wrapped cookies and coordinated icing. Limited quantities, order ahead.

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Orion Art Center

  • Where: 115 S Anderson St, Lake Orion
  • Cost: $5-$15
  • Order: orionartcenter.org

Pick from a fairy garden door, mini palette sign, clay hand building or pour painting kit with all of the necessary items included and a link to a video emailed. There is also a kit with an online class to paint like the masters (Piet Mondrian, Wassily Kandinsky or Georges Seurat).

Painting with a Twist

  • Where: Various locations
  • Cost: $35-$39 per person
  • Order: paintingwithatwist.com

Enjoy your own painting party at home with paint, a surface, brushes and written or video guidance for creating the perfect picture. Zoom with friends for a party!

PizzaPlex

  • Where: 4458 W. Vernor Hwy., Detroit
  • Cost: $20-$27
  • Order: pizzaplex.com

Pick from a regular or gluten free pizza kit with all the ingredients to make a great-tasting pizza at home. Order for delivery or curbside pickup.

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