Review: Not Just Art in Oyster Bay

By Maria Wen Adcock

Located in quaint Oyster Bay, Not Just Art is a gem for children on Long Island. The innovative studio offers music, art, and science classes to stimulate curious minds. Founded 18 years ago, Not Just Art provides age appropriate projects for children from birth to 12 years old. Under the direction of co-owners Eva Regulski and Mara Esposito, nurturing teachers apply their deep knowledge of children’s developmental stages into every class project. The classes develop imaginations, creativity, and cognitive skills in a fun and engaging way.

Upon entering the studio, parents walk through a charming specialty toy store filled with thoughtfully chosen products. Shelves display art supplies, musical toys and instruments, science supplies, construction toys, games, infant toys, CDs/DVDs, books, and other educational toys.


A music room complete with a piano graces the back of the studio. Two art rooms located on both the first and second floors allow for plenty of space to accommodate kids. Child-size easels, smocks, and sinks create an inviting environment for the young. Teachers provide guidance verbally and through demonstrations before each project.

A recent Art Together class for toddlers 20 months-4 years and their caregivers included easel painting, pumpkin decorating with glitter, beads and paints as well as bag decorating with stickers and markers. Children enjoyed naming colors and shapes while practicing hand-eye coordination skills. With an engaging teacher and multiple small projects, the hour long class flew by without kids experiencing boredom.

Not Just Art offers a wide range of activities with flexible schedules such as:

  • Music Together® (for newborns through 5 years)
  • Sign, Story & Songs (babies & tots)
  • Art & Science Classes
  • Parent/Child (Mommy & Me) and Separation Classes
  • Theater Arts
  • Preschool Enrichment
  • Pre-K & 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
  • Offsite Events for Schools and Special Groups
  • Specialty Toy Store and Creative Supplies for Curious Minds

Music Together classes are available not only in the Oyster Bay studio but also in satellite locations in Garden City, Huntington, Manhasset, and Plainview. Click here to read our review of their Music Together Classes at Once Upon a TreeTop in Plainview.

Please visit www.notjustart.com for class schedules and prices.

Not Just Art
183 South Street
Oyster Bay, NY 11771-2254
(516) 922-8300

Hours: Sun Closed; Mon-Fri 9:30am–5pm; Sat 9am–3pm

 

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