Sunday, January 24, 2016

Home Depot Kids Club

Did you know that most hardware stores have free kid workshops? Yes you heard me right, and they are TONS of fun for kids! We've participated in a bunch of these and we've never had a bad experience. We've made holiday trains that light up, dump trucks, bird houses, mailboxes and more.
Home Depot and Lowe's require you to register in advance so they have enough kits on hand for everyone, but at Buchheit we just walked in and got lucky.

Home Depot calls it their Kid Workshops and it's held the first Saturday of the month starting at 9:00 a.m.
  • All kids get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last.
  • Children must be present at the store to participate in the workshop and receive the kit, apron and pin.
Lowe's calls it their Build and Grow Clinic and it's held every other Saturday starting at 10:00 a.m. When a child shows up at a Lowe's Build and Grow Clinic they'll receive a free apron, goggles and project kit. Build & Grow workshops are hosted at select Lowe's stores on select Saturdays at 10 a.m. Projects can take anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour to complete, depending on the level of craft and your child's ability. The kids usually require help assembling the projects so be prepared for that. I usually hammer and assemble and then they get to paint it or apply stickers and then play with it. They've always given me empty boxes to carry things home that had wet paint on them. When you register online you'll pick what store you want to go to and you'll see how many slots are available. I suggest registering early because they fill up fast. They have large wooden tables with upside down 5 gallon buckets to sit on. You can take as long as you like to work on your creation. I'm so glad these places do this! My kids love the hardware store and still play with the things they've created. It creates great memories and gives them a sense of pride and ownership that they helped do it themselves. It also teaches valuable lessons like how to follow directions, hand-eye coordination, and problem solving. They recommend grades 1-5 for these projects but my kids have been going since they were 2 and loved it. They don't turn anyone away based on age. Enjoy!

UPDATING to mention that Lowes has decided to no longer offer their kids workshops beginning in 2017.

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