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Corning Museum of Glass - Walk In Workshop
Corning Museum of Glass - Walk In Workshop …
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The Finger Lakes arts scene is all about engagement and learning. Here, you're free to flex your creative muscles at arts centers and museums offering an array of DIY and maker experiences for all ages.

How many museums welcome kids to work off their seemingly endless excess of energy by playing hide-and-seek among the exhibits? At least one! In the spirit of the Great Plains, kids are invited to roam the Wild West at the Rockwell Museum, which features the finest collection of western art east of the Mississippi. Encourage your little ones to go on an art hunt through galleries, learn how to draw a horse, and dress up in old-timey costumes to play in a child-sized tipi. It's pint-sized adventure and fun for all.

Or, you could become a family of glassblowers! Also known as a glassmith or gaffer – hence our Gaffer District – a trip to Corning and the Southern Finger Lakes wouldn't be complete without a glass making experience. Work with our expert glassblowers to safely create a one-of-a-kind ornament, a glass pumpkin, or treasured souvenir of your visit. This is one of the Finger Lakes must-do experiences!

Well, that and wine tasting; which coincidentally, is the point of Wine and Design, an art studio offering art classes and a BYOB atmosphere so you can paint and chill while receiving expert instruction. Wine and a blank canvas? The perfect pairing!

For budding herbalists, a visit to Healing Spirits Herb Farm in Avoca is a must. This certified organic medicinal herb farm grows over 60 botanicals, and offers classes in making healing salves, blending teas, and concocting natural cosmetics.

The Finger Lakes are filled with treasures, from rare vintages to extraordinary works of art – but the best prize is the one you make yourself! Explore the diverse maker culture and create not only memories, but a unique memento of your trip.

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Provides instructional programs in a wide variety of art forms, presents a diverse mix of performances and art exhibitions annually. Family friendly.
Corning, NY
Experience glassblowing! All ages welcome!Meet the artist who first began hands-on glassblowing experiences in Corning over two decades ago. Whether you blow-your-own ornament or pumpkin or make a...
Corning, NY
NOFA-NY certified organic medicinal herb farm growing over 60 botanicals. On farm store, group classes offered on salve making, tea blending, herbal cosmetics and much more.
Avoca, NY
Learn the Story of the American Experience Through Incredible ArtWhile The Rockwell Museum first gained a reputation for its exceptional collection of Western and Native American Art, it became...
Corning, NY
A New Way to Look at GlassEver been to a museum entirely focused around a single material? Ever thought of glass as more than just something you drink out of? At the Corning Museum of Glass, you'll...
Corning, NY
A unique craft store. It offers hard to find products for the rubber-stamping and scrapbooking enthusiast plus workshops and classes galore.
Painted Post, NY
We basketize anything for anyone, at anytime, for any reason. We have designed for The First Lady, Will Ferrell and Ellen DeGeneres. Our Cafe and Juice Bar serves meals for all tastes and includes...
Corning, NY
The Studio is a word-class teaching facility that offers residency and scholarship programs at various times throughout the year. The Studio also features a walk-in workshop that offers a variety of...
Corning, NY
WINE AND DESIGN, is an art studio offering fun and lively art classes where you can bring your own food and beverages of choice and enjoy a relaxing and pressure free, creative environment! Imagine a...
Corning, NY

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Family Fun at The Rockwell

Baby J and his friends tried out the Family Exploration Studio and left some of it intact for your family to enjoy as well. 

Camping and Outdoor Adventures: A Match Made in the Finger Lakes
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