At Color Me Mine, you can have all the fun of painting without having to worry about the messy clean up.
The process is simple. Start by picking out the item you want to paint (there are dozens to choose from, including household items and figures, plus seasonal offerings, like Christmas ornaments or menorahs), and then get situated at the table set up for you by the staff.
In addition to purchasing your item, you pay a flat fee for your paint, tools, the glaze, and firing ($6 for kids 12 and under, $10 for 13 and up). Aprons are provided, and you don’t have to worry about getting your own paint — each table has a tile showing the available colors (there’s a lot!), and you just let the friendly staff know what colors you need and when. When you’re finished, just return the aprons, get washed up, and settle your bill.
It takes about a week for firing, so plan your trip accordingly. If you’re in no rush to get your finished piece, plan an impromptu visit; if you want to make something as a gift and have a set date you need it by, give yourself enough time for it to be fired.
Prepare to plunk down some money. The prices on some of the pieces are pretty high, with the most inexpensive items around $20 each, but they do offer promotions; during a recent visit, patrons who checked into Color Me Mine Redlands on Facebook had their paint fee waived.
It’s not a huge space, so call ahead to make sure there’s enough room for your party. That being said, plan a party here! They hold events here often, and it would be a fun and easy way to celebrate a birthday.
The pottery pieces available to paint line the walls, and there’s a lot to take in. Make sure you look at everything before settling on a piece. Kid-friendly items — like piggy banks and cartoon figures — are in the back.
Don’t worry about your kids being too loud or making a mess — you’re there to get creative! It’s a laid-back atmosphere, and you can ask for as many colors and as much paint as you’d like.
Color Me Mine Redlands, open daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. 9900 Alabama St., Suite A, Redlands. 909-792-2622