Just a couple of months ago I found out about Home Depot's and Lowe's free workshops that they host for children. Since then I've realized that many people don't know about these programs. The information is not easily accessible on their websites. So please read on...
Lowe's program is called Build and Grow.
You DO have to sign up in advance. They only accept the first 50 applicants so if you live in a busy area, you need to sign up early!
Basically what they do is hammer nails and follow instructions. The parents are the ones who guide the child, not the instructor.
The kits/programs are FREE. If your child really likes them then you can purchase other kits they have available in the store.
Every child receives a certificate of completion and a patch. The first time you go, if you let them know its your first time, your child will receive an apron and goggles.
Lowe's Build and Grow occurs every 2 weeks on Saturday. You are supposed to arrive at 10 o'clock am.
The kids really like it and they are learning an important skill.
Home Depot's kids workshop runs just a little differently.
You do NOT have to pre-register for Home Depot. Its a first come, first serve kind of deal.
Home Depot holds their workshops on the first Saturday of every month. You can drop in any time between 9 and 12 to complete your project.
As with Lowe's, Home Depot's workshop is FREE!
The projects are geared towards children ages 5-12, although even younger children can go. They provided glue for those who were too young for nails.
Home Depot provides children with an apron on their first visit and a pin for each completed project.
I hope I didn't forget any details. You can search around different stores and see if there are any fun things for your kids to do!
What kind of activities has your family discovered?