My Baby’s Got Class, Your Baby Ain’t Sweet Like Mine. Day 12 of My Favorite Things: Not Just Art & Soulshine Kids Classes

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Kids Classes On Long Island

Day 12 of My Favorite Things: Not Just Art & Soulshine Classes

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Photo Credit: Dara Troshane

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We Love Kids Classes!

Art is a very big part of my life and has been since I was little. I like to look at it, learn about it, teach my children about it, and make it whenever possible.

I took painting and drawing classes when I was younger and went to a fantabulous creative arts sleepaway camp for five years (where I taught glass blowing! Whaaat? My freshman year “you couldn’t guess that about me – fact).

Creativity Runs In My Family.

Art and music is in our genes.

It is not a surprise that my little girl loves them both too. I have been able to live vicariously through her these last few years by taking her to some of the best music and art classes I have found. Now I am enjoying Music Together once again through my son’s eyes.

Kids Classes On Long Island

Today’s post is about two of my favorite places to take kids classes on Long Island: Not Just Art in Oyster Bay & Soulshine in Port Washington. With the start of school looming this is the perfect time to think about signing up you(r kid) for an art class!

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A painting I made of giraffes in 2011. Even giraffes like hanging out on The Great Lawn.

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Not Just Art

For those looking for kids classes (for kids of all ages)– starting at infants – allow me to introduce you to Not Just Art. My son and I currently take Music Together at one of their satellite locations. Music Together holds a special place in my family’s heart. So when we moved out to Long Island I asked my good friends at Eastside Westside Music Together to recommend a class close to our new home. They sent me to Not Just Art. However, soon we learned Music Together was only a small part of the wonderful world of kids classes that Not Just Art created on Long Island.

We visited the bright, Oyster bay storefront of Not Just Art recently for a morning “mini-camp” and Music Together class. We got to see & take advantage of the bright, beautiful studios, retail space & spacious music room. My four year old excitedly did all kind of creative arts & crafts – including using common items in new ways (which I LOVE as I’m a recycling junkie).

We also got to tour the “older” kid art studios complete with wall to wall bins filled with recycled material ready for an imagination to run wild. I’ll admit to being a little jealous of all the great things there were to do for kids!

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Great For Kids Classes And For Kids Gifts!

Before we knew it, it was time for music class. I was so excited to take my two kids to one class – a first for me! It was so amazing to watch them enjoy the class together. Since my daughter is an old-hat at Music Together she was singing to my son, getting him instruments and even “ba ba, ba ba ba”-ing for him. I’ll admit it, I shed a few proud Mama tears…

I highly, highly recommend checking out Not Just Art. Besides all the fantastic classes they offer there is a pretty large retail space with the most fantastic gift and art items. As Eva, the owner – told me today –Not Just Art is a creative children’s enrichment center specializing in art supplies as well as science and construction kits.

They are located at 183 South Street right in Oyster Bay and can be reached at: (516) 922-8300. They offer: Music Together® Classes (for newborns through 5 years), Art Classes, Science Classes, Parent/Child (Mommy & Me) and Separation Classes, Theater Arts, Preschool Enrichment, Prek & Elementary After School Programs, Birthday Parties, Play Dates & Custom Events, Drop-In Art Studio, Scout Troops Badges, Seasonal Workshops, School Vacation & Holiday Programs, Summer Mini camps, & Family Activities.

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For those of you looking for art classes for kids and adults, allow me to introduce you to Soulshine. As soon as I entered Soulshine I felt like I hopped on a plane to the Caribbean. The beautiful bright colors transported me immediately. Fantastic!

My daughter made a beautiful painting on the perfect kid-sized canvas (!) And I was seduced by Dara’s “patented” circles to try as well. I must say, I did pretty well I think!

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We had planned to spend an hour there to check out the studio but were having so much fun the time flew. As soon as we got home my daughter immediately insisted we hang both paintings in her room. I’m not sure if it was some type of magical paint that Dara has, and I don’t usually look at our art through rosy glasses, but both paintings were gorgeous! I felt like we brought a little bit of Soulshine home with us. And it made me happy.

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Photo Credit: Dara Troshane

All Kinds Of Classes And Workshops

Dara offers in-studio kids classes, art camp over school breaks, she is even happy to do custom classes around your schedule (by appointment). For the older artists, she offers mom’s night packages in her studio, can come to you & your friends, or can bring everything to a restaurant for the ultimate night out experience! For back to school she is offering Nursery/Pre-K classes, Children’s Mixed Media Art, story art/ draw & paint, Intuitive Painting (adults), Mosaics (adults), Creative Soul Circle, and a Friday Night Drop Off class.  Another exciting draw (pun intended) is Soulshine’s backyard garden where Dara will bring out easels on beautiful days to paint in the beauty of nature. So you can get your Monet-on.

I can’t recommend Dara & Soulshine enough. Check them out! Soulshine is located at 146 Main Street in Port Washington, NY 11050 or you can reach Dara at: (516) 944-3142 or

It is nice in this day and age to find good people running “mom and pop” shops. In you have a few moments, check them out. Feel good about supporting local, women owned businesses. I know I do.

Thank You For These Amazing Kids Classes!

Thank you Not Just Art & Soulshine for letting me relive my youth through creativity and introducing my children to art. You are both my favorite things!


Soulshine has offered to giveaway a little surprise to one lucky reader! To win – please post in the comment section below:

What is your favorite way to be creative? Sneaking it in while your kids are doing it counts!

Winner will be chosen Wednesday, August 20th.


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Published by Stacey Wallenstein

Stacey Gish Wallenstein created The Mint Chip Mama blog in 2013 to share her love and passion for giving children meaningful life experiences and helping moms like her navigate the challenges and benefits of raising children in the New York metropolitan area. Before becoming a full-time mom in 2010, Stacey spent the better part of the preceding decade as a high-end customer relationship management (CRM) professional for some of the most well-known brands in the hotel, luxury, fashion, and beauty industries, such as Harrah’s Entertainment, Chanel and Christian Dior, Inc. She managed customer loyalty programs for thousands of clients around the country and created social media strategies for a span of industries including healthcare services, restaurants, consumer packaged goods, specialty foods, local attractions and retail locations. After 13 wonderful years in Manhattan (the last three of which spent as a city mom), Stacey and her husband moved to Long Island in 2014, where they now reside with their three children (13, 10, and 7). There, she is a founding member of her local Parenting Center, which provides classes and coordinates events designed to educate and inform parents while fostering an environment of support and friendship within the community. A graduate of the University of Michigan, Stacey has been active in the New York area alumni organization for nearly twenty years, serving as a board member on the school’s University of Michigan Alumni Club of New York City. She also holds a Masters in Psychology from The New School in New York City. Please check out The Mint Chip Mama in the Press: The New York Post, Psychology Today, NY Metro Parents, New York Family, Parents Magazine, Newsday, News 12, NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt: Kids, NerdWallet, Big Apple Kids Guide, and more! The Mint Chip Mama was also nominated as "The Best Blog On Long Island" for 2022, 2023, 2024, one of the Top 20 New York Mom Blogs & Websites, and one of the Top 100 Mom Lifestyle Blogs on the web! For more updates, follow her on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok and Pinterest.

7 thoughts on “My Baby’s Got Class, Your Baby Ain’t Sweet Like Mine. Day 12 of My Favorite Things: Not Just Art & Soulshine Kids Classes

  1. My favorite way to be creative is to belt out show tunes around the house…and my poor boys end up doing the same- always singing the “girl” songs and parts (my husband us not such a fan of this!). They would probably prefer an art class!

  2. Last year my son started kindergarten, and I helped out with the Teacher Appreciation posters. I suprised myself because I hadn’t been doing creative things since I was a kid, but I loved it so much I ended up making several posters. Each one took longer to finish than I was expecting because I was having fun! It gave me so much pleasure to think out the project, and then the whole cutting/pasting/drawing process felt so good it was almost therapeutic.
    PS:We’re huge fans of Music Together, but we already aged out 🙁

  3. COOKING! I love making it up as I go along with whatever is in the house 🙂 And as far as creativity with kids, so far play-doh and painting seem to be the far and away winners

  4. I think coloring – in the lines or out – is the most relaxing activity going – and it lets me teach my little guy to have fun creating things of his own!

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