April showers are supposed to bring May flowers, but this year there has been a generous helping of April showers, May showers, and now June showers. What does one do with the kids when it rains? Staying home is always an option, but can lead to everyone going a little stir-crazy. When looking for rainy day (or even sunny day) options for kids other than the ubiquitous bounce house, Plaster Funcraft in Commack offers a great alternative.
Most people are probably familiar with the paint your own ceramics shops that have become popular in the past few years, but Plaster Funcraft is a bit different as it is a paint your own plastercraft shop.
The owner decided to go with plastercraft because it has more details than ceramic pieces. A teddy bear will have the eyes, ears, and mouth of a teddy bear; one does not have to paint them on.
Another benefit of plastercraft is that kids can take their masterpiece home right away – unlike at pottery craft places, no one here needs to leave their pieces behind for it to be glazed and fired in the kiln.
Plaster Funcraft is a Long Island business that has been in operation for over 20 years. They make all their pieces in their factory in Copiague, NY and their store is in Commack, NY. They have over 16,000 molds, so there is definitely something for everyone.
The prices are also friendly to the wallet. The majority of items are priced between $3.95 and $20; the painting fee is included in the price of the piece.
The store is a little utilitarian, but kids will enjoy painting their plastercraft so much that they likely won’t care. Bringing a smock from home is recommended as Plaster Funcraft doesn’t provide them; they do, however, offer old t-shirts to use as cover-ups.
By Mikaela Walker