Recently, Make Meaning opened its doors on the Upper East Side. Having two daughters who love any and all types of Arts & Crafts we wasted no time in checking out the new space. We made online reservations for a Sunday morning with some friends who ranged in age from 4-8 years old.
Upon arrival, we were quickly assigned a ‘host’ and shown to our table. We were given a
quick tour and explanation of the seven different Creative Experiences at our disposal. (Ceramics, Glass, Cake Decorating, Jewelry, Soaps, Candles, Paper). The bi-level space is clean, bright and has catchy pop music that had the kids bopping around and singing in no time. Our host was extremely helpful and was constantly checking in with us to offer suggestions and make sure we had everything we needed. The kids all chose different projects and were excited to be doing something different than the usual pottery painting (although that remains an option).
We walked out with a slew of custom-made soaps, candles and frames. All of which which can be great gifts as well as a nice change from the usual ceramic figurines that clutter our shelves. There are snacks for sale as well as toys and candy. We spent close to 3 hours there and all four girls were perfectly entertained and content. Making reservations for when the store opens on the weekends is a good idea. By the time we were leaving, it was packed. Overall, the experience was great – from customer service, to quality of product
and price value.
Make Meaning is a membership-based destination. Membership is $36 for a year and includes discount for retail products, a $25 credit toward a class, and a free VIP guest pass, (perfect for a play date). Family membership includes up to 5 family members and is $149. Members just pay the cost of their activity and most options are around $25. Non-Members can buy a Creativity Day Pass for $12. We bought a yearly membership and have been there three times, so the membership has already paid for itself. Make also offers Specialty classes, Birthday Parities and other events.
We’re excited to have this new addition in our neighborhood and will be back soon. After a few hours of hard work and fun, the kids will be sure to work up an appetite, and luckily, Shake Shack is just around the corner!
New York: Upper East Side
1501 3rd Avenue
(between 84th & 85th st)
New York, 10028 NY 212.744.0011
Prior to becoming a stay at home mom, Mina was an HR Recruiter for years. Now her time is spent happily juggling the demands of two young daughters while trying to expose them to the endless adventures the city has to offer.
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