Home Depot offers free 3 hour workshops on the first Saturday of every month, year round for children ages 5 to 12. Since its inception in 1997, 17.5 million projects have been built at the Kids Workshops. The workshops teach skills on building and safety, and is a great opportunity for children to share time with a parent as well. Along with their newly constructed project kit, each child receives a kid-sized orange apron, similar to The Home Depot associates’ aprons, and an achievement pin. In anticipation for Mother’s Day, they taught children how to build valet organizer. For father’s day, children made a Lil’ Toolbox. Kids are thrilled at their accomplishments, and to be able to hand their parents homemade gifts is the icing on the cake. This Saturday, July 2nd the project scheduled is a coaster set. Other upcoming projects include building and painting a pencil box, birdhouse and picture frame. Please note that children must be accompanied by an adult.
Lowes has a similar program called Build and Grow. The nice thing is that they are available in most stores every Saturday at 10 a.m. Some of their latest projects include a tow truck and binoculars. Pre-registration is recommended. Check your local store for details.