November 16, 2019

Balloon Twisting for Beginners

Balloon Twisting for Beginners

Date(s) - Saturday, November 16, 2019
10:00 am - 11:30 am

Northampton Center for the Arts

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Is your child looking to gain a new skill, start a new hobby, or just have some fun with balloons? This 90-minute workshop is a great place to start learning the art of balloon twisting!

This class will teach your child the basics: balloon safety, how to inflate a balloon and tie a knot (but see other info below), the basics of balloon twisting, how to twist a basic balloon dog, and more. They will leave the workshop with their own balloon creations to take home!

This class is most appropriate for children ages 8-12+ years. Children 5-7+ years are welcome to take the class IF accompanied by a parent. Balloons are not appropriate for children under three years old, as they can be a choking hazard. Twisting balloons are made of latex (not plastic) and are unsafe for those with latex allergies.

This workshop will take place on Saturday, Nov 16th from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM. If it is well-attended, it may be offered again in the future.

Cost: $20 per child; additional children in the same family are $15.

Contact the Northampton Center for the Arts to sign up!


Other info:

Balloon twisting is a great activity that challenges children to improve their hand-eye coordination, dexterity, and spatial awareness. It also encourages creative thinking, and, of course, it’s lot’s of fun! For children who are interested in developing the skill over time, it encourages continued, self-directed learning and artistic expression.

Inflating balloons (and tying knots):
The type of balloons we will use in class are not safe or practical for most people to mouth-inflate. I will be bringing pre-inflated balloons.

However, if your child wants to learn how to inflate balloons with a pump and tie a knot, and / or wants to be able to practice at home afterwards, please purchase this pump and bring it to class:

Professional-grade balloons will be provided (with an option to purchase some to take home).

About the instructor:
Melanie has been twisting balloons for almost 20 years, and has been twisting at events and parties in the Pioneer Valley for the past six. She loves working with children and is excited about the opportunity to teach interested kids about the craft! She is also a graduate student in Environmental Conservation at UMass Amherst and has two (indoor) cats and a turtle.