Free Mother's Day Fun: Make a Kid Chair at the Hammer

Family craft time steps up to the next level.

While table-bound go-outs are a staple of Mother's Day, after brunch, families start asking "what to do now?"

There are walks in the park, the flying of kites, the admiring of flowers or you can, of course, build furniture, if that's more in line with the handy, roll-up-the-sleeves sorts of things that get your family jazzed.

Of course, the furniture that shall be built on Sunday, May 10, at the Hammer Museum won't require heavy sawing or 2-by-4s or gauges. The free-to-join happening is all about building a kid's chair out of recycled materials.

"Colorful and sturdy heavy-duty cardboard tubes will serve as legs for stools" and yarn weavings and neon tape will accessorize, if the chair designers so wish. You've never accessorized a piece of furniture? There's always time to start.

Designer Tanya Aguiñiga will lead the two-hour build, which is being held in conjunction with the exhibit "Provocations: The Architecture and Design of Heatherwick Studio" (which includes "surprising chair designs").

Hours: The post-brunch (or pre-lunch) time of 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The hefty tubes, by the by, are "recycled spools from fabric factories" so count on them doing the job. If what your family makes turns out to be a chair that your kid really uses for a year or two, what a fine memento from a Mother's Day spent working as a team.

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The gifts of Mother's Day have a way of being enjoyed in the moment (chocolates and flowers and such). But a sturdy little child's chair in the middle of the den is a colorful reminder of one happy, hands-busy holiday spent at the Hammer.

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