We just discovered the coolest, most adorable, fun place in Ponchatoula where we attended Madisyn’s 10th birthday party. The Big Red Barn Creative Art Center is a perfect place for many different activities, parties, art classes, paint and play, art camps and sewing classes.
As the owner says on her website,
“It’s not Big, it’s not Red and it’s not a Barn, but it is A LOT OF FUN.”
If you have children or grandchildren this is a place you must take them to. I didn’t know it existed until we learned Madisyn’s 10th birthday party would be there. Now I’m wishing I was a 10 year old so I could go to all of the activities there.
The brilliant young lady behind the Big Red Barn is Melissa Durel-Porter: artist, teacher, dreamer, and dabbler.
Melissa (known as Ms. Missy) has 23 years in arts education for over 23 years. This experience includes dance, creative dramatics, visual art, and music appreciation. As soon as I met her I liked her!
When you walk in the front door you are in her cheerful play room, filled with toys. The playroom is used for class discussions, stories, rug/lesson time, and free play. These two pieces of art made up of various miscellaneous objects create a tree and a pink flamingo!
Through a pair of french doors is her art room where most of Madisyn’s birthday party took place. The room is filled with light and color and is perfect for all sorts of creative art activities.
I am aware that I “may” look out of place with all those little girls but I can’t tell you how much I loved getting to paint with them.
The library/lounge was a comfortable place where the children played and adults rested while the girls painted. The sewing room has several sewing machines, tons of fabric scraps and vintage sewing patterns and notions.
Another play room had doll houses, a tent play area and just about anything a child would want to play with.
This blog post could be (but isn’t) very very long since there is so much to share about the amazing spaces she’s created at The Big Red Barn. Every square inch of all the walls are filled with creative art, art supplies, toys, etc. I throughly enjoyed being there. There are so many activities taking place there that the list would be very long.
I’m going to stop here because her website and facebook space describe it all so much better than I could.
THE BIG RED BARN WEBSITE http://bigredbarn4kids.com/index.html
THE BIG RED BARN FACEBOOK SPACE https://www.facebook.com/bigredbarn4kids/
Madisyn’s birthday party there was fabulous. The party theme was Hawaiian luau and all things beachy so we started off by painting flip flops, sand and water on canvas with instruction from Ms. Missy. I say “we” because yes Grannie Rosalyn and 12 little girls participated in the painting. I loved it! One thing I thought was cool was that there was no “example” to look at. This was to let us be as creative as we wanted to instead of trying to copy the example.
Chip and Misty provided pizza, fruit/vegetables and desserts. The girls and us sang Happy Birthday to Madisyn. This is such a great birthday party idea and every one of the girls loved it. Here’s some of their flip flop creations!
Madisyn had a big smile on her face the whole time and was a beautiful Happy Birthday girl! Several of the girls went home with Madisyn for a sleep over. We weren’t there but from the looks of the pics it was a great night which included getting made up by Madisyn’s big sis Kallie!
If you like what you see here or on their website here’s The Big Red Barn’s contact info, 234 SE Railroad Ave, Ponchatoula, LA 70454, 985-373-0468.