Doubtless, with the Christmas holidays coming up, you are scrambling to find activities to keep your kiddos busy while they're out of school. You'll want to find the right balance of arts and crafts activities, cultural outings and Guitar Hero II, I'm sure, so let me make a suggestion: glassblowing. Now bear with meI realize that glass melts somewhere between 2,600 and 2,900 degrees, but don't let that put you off. Junior can handle a hot glue gun, no? Same kind of thing. But since the tools of the trade (furnaces, blowtorches, warehouse space) are a bit of an investment, you'll probably want a preview before you clear space in the playroom. Luckily, Vetro Glassblowing Studio, 701 S. Main St. in Grapevine, is offering an opportunity for you to test the waters with its weekend ornament-making activities. Held from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday through December 23, the workshops will allow your kids to start out slow by picking their favorite colors and applying them to molten glass. An artist will ply the creation into the finished product, a handmade Christmas bauble, giving you the chance to evaluate whether or not Junior is ready for full-blown, er, blowing. At only $25, even if you decide the kids are better suited to Play-Doh and glitter, at least you got them out of the house. And that's worth every penny. Visit vetroartglass.com for more information.
Saturdays, Sundays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Starts: Dec. 8. Continues through Dec. 23, 2007