Homemade Strawberry Banana Popsicles… 😋

Homemade Strawberry Banana Popsicles… 😋

creative play home activities recipes

For a little kid (and the kid within us all) nothing really beats a delicious frozen popsicle on a sweltering, hot day. Am I right? In our family, we try our best to limit our “added sugar” and artificial ingredient intake and sometimes that means witnessing the wistful eyes of our toddler when she sees other kids enjoying brightly colored and lovely looking sugar cookies, candy, and colorful bomb pops.

So, this summer, we’ve ventured into making popsicles at home… and we are all loving it. This is a fun kitchen activity we can do together, and the whole family partakes in the treats. Here’s a basic recipe that makes six 3-ounce popsicles. We’ve tried a bunch of flavors but this one is our favorite so far.


⋒ Strawberry Banana Popsicles ⋒

2 bananas (3 if your kid is a banana monster like ours)

6 strawberries

1 cup of almond milk (any milk)

Honey (to taste)

Vanilla (tiny dash) *optional

Muddler – You can blend as well, but we like the chunks of fruit so we use a muddler, a fork works as well.

Popsicle Mold – We loved the Zoku Classic Popsicle mold that we purchased on amazon but there are tons of fun characters and shapes out there to try.


Simple Steps: so simple a kid can do it… 

Just muddle/fork/squash/blend the fruits together. The juicy strawberries do get on clothes so don’t wear white (I may or may not be speaking from experience 🤦🏻‍♀️).

Add honey (a little will do if the fruit is sweet) and a dash of vanilla. Stir in almond milk.

Pour into the molds and prepare to answer the question “Are they ready yet” for the rest of the waking hours of the day.

Put the 🎨 ART in your 🌈 PARTY!

Put the 🎨 ART in your 🌈 PARTY!

art parties

We love hosting art parties in our studio that spark joy and creativity! Whether your little one is celebrating a birthday with all of his/her friends or the ladies are getting together to celebrate a bachelorette or new baby, or you just need a parents’ night out; we invite you to create in our beautiful studio space. We work closely with you to customize the perfect art/paint project for the age group and theme of your party. Contact us with inquiries at hello@essemartstudio.com

Basic Art Party Package:

$400 (up to 8 participating kids) $25 for each additional kid (up to 12 kids total)

Includes: 2 hours of party time (an hour before and after to set up and clean up) for a total of 4 hour rental; engaging art/craft activity upon arrival; Birthday Wish PosterBoard; Paint Project on prepared canvas (11×14 or 12×12 depending on theme). Each canvas is hand drawn and prepared for younger artists to provide a basic guide.

(If kids are under the age of 4, an adult must accompany them. This may affect the maximum # of participating kids. If additional staff is required, there is an additional charge of $30/hr per staff.)

An example 2 hour party breakdown:

1:00 Kids arrive and start to work on a mini project, sign Birthday Wish Board

1:20 Introduction to the studio, quick review of studio ground rules, and light snacks/pizza

1:40 Happy Birthday song + dessert

1:50 Clear up table and lay down art project/ Describe today’s project and get started

2:45 Start wrapping up projects to dry and clean up, birthday present time

3:00 Pickup time

Surface Making Workshop | White Canvas

Surface Making Workshop | White Canvas

studio workshop

We are super excited to announce that we are hosting our first adult workshop with Svitlana Pimenov of White Canvas at Essem Art Studio for a three hour workshop where each participant will learn how to make, and walk away with, a LIGHTWEIGHT FAUX MARBLE PHOTO BACKGROUND. We have admired Svitlana’s work for a couple years and it is a dream to have her at the studio. We hope you will join us. Here’s what the workshop will entail:

  • 3 hours of hands on experience with a small break for refreshments
  • learn how to (and walk away with your own) lightweight and absolutely unique faux marble photo surface
  • acquire original surface making techniques from Svitlana Pimenov, the founder of WHITE.C.A.N.V.A.S
  • get your questions answered during the Q&A session
  • BONUS: a DIY photo background supplies kit to take home backed up with a video tutorial

There are only 10 spots available, for more information and to book your spot, go to WHITE.C.A.N.V.A.S.

Kids of Charlestown · Zumes Exhibit

Kids of Charlestown · Zumes Exhibit

community exhibit

The Kids of Charlestown exhibit is now hanging at Zume’s Coffee House! In total, we had 39 beautiful works of art created by young and budding artists, aged 1 through 10 years old. Everyone did such fantastic work and the collective display is both colorful and impressive. The exhibit will run from July through September.

The summer themed art projects were painted at Essem Art Studio under the guidance of Charlestown resident and abstract artist, Sophia Moon throughout the month of June. Moon has been hosting Art Labs in her studio since last September, providing kids (and their parents) the opportunity for creative play and exploration. A big thanks to all the Charlestown families who participated, making this project a success; to Savvy Sitter Boston for assisting with the Art Labs; and to Debra and John (Zume’s) for the vision and the exhibition space. We enjoyed working with all the young artists—aged one to ten—to create this beautiful exhibit. We hope you enjoy it, and that it inspires you to add a little art to your daily routine.

It was wonderful to meet new Charlestown families and kids; and collaborating with two amazing women Debra Ball (Zume’s) and Lauren Kuruc (Savvy Sitter Boston). The best part was the look of pride and joy in the little faces as they recognized their paintings on the wall. This community art project was a labor of love and our hearts are full.


⋒ Art Labs ⋒

⋒ Art Labs ⋒

art labs studio

Music + Art Labs combine singalong and art time for little artists (1.5 – 4.5). This approach affords focus and flexibility and creates opportunities for the little artists to get involved in creative play and exploration. Little artists will explore a variety of mediums, have rich sensory experiences, and learn to make marks and small creative decisions. Art Activities will occasionally incorporate lessons in letter, number, and color recognition in a loose and fun way.

Saturday Art Labs are open to all ages. Please check schedule for Saturday Art Lab dates.

Private Play Dates · If the available Art Labs don’t work with your schedule, families can coordinate to have private art play dates with their little ones. The minimum number of participating children is 6 and we can accommodate a wide range of ages.

For all Art Labs, we explore age/level appropriate mediums through guided activities and graduate to more complex mediums over time. All kids must be accompanied by an adult (adult to kid ration must be 1:2).



⋒ Zume’s Art Exhibit: Kids of Charlestown ⋒

⋒ Zume’s Art Exhibit: Kids of Charlestown ⋒

art labs community

We are super excited to partner with local hot spot, Zume’s Coffee House (Main Street; Charlestown) and Savvy Sitter Boston to bring a community art experience to the kids of Charlestown. Zume’s walls, usually adorned with the gorgeous canvases of rising local artists, will be dedicated to featuring the art work of Charlestown kids during the months of July, August, and September.

The summer themed art project—abstract florals—will be painted at Essem Art Studio during dedicated Art Lab sessions under the guidance of Charlestown resident and abstract artist, Sophia Moon throughout the month of June. Moon has been hosting Art Labs in her studio since last September, providing kids (and their parents) the opportunity for creative play and exploration. Savvy Sitter Boston—in the service of providing local, dependable, trustworthy and fun babysitters—will assist in facilitating the Art Labs.

The nominal fee to participate will be $5 per child. The fee will reserve a spot for each child in a dedicated Art Lab (typically $25/ per child). The canvases, paint, supplies, and hours of labor to bring the show together are being donated by the women behind the three local businesses – Debra Ball (Zume’s), Lauren Kuruc (Savvy Sitter Boston), and Sophia Moon (Essem Art Studio).

Registration is simple. Choose the date/time below and purchase a session for each child you wish you register.

June 8 | 9:30 am
June 22 | 9:30 am
June 22 | 10 am

*If the above times don’t work for you, you can schedule a private playdate to participate in this community art project with your fellow Charlestown family friends, please email us and we can schedule something. (Minimum 4 kids for a private art playdate)

Art Labs at Allo ★

Art Labs at Allo ★

art labs

In May and June, Essem Art Labs, run by yours truly (Sophia Moon) were hosted at Allo Playspace in the Navy Yard every other Wednesday at 10am. It was super fun to meet new little friends. We love the staff over at Allo Boston and look forward to future collaborations!




new studio space  ♥

new studio space ♥


Yay! We’re moved into our cozy, new studio space. Same building (Charlestown Commerce Center). We are now in unit #318. The space is perfect for private art playdates with your favorite mommy/kid(s) so contact us if you’re interested in booking an hour of laid back fun and art exploration.