Daddy and little man have started a new father-son tradition: the Home Depot Kids Workshop. This past weekend I tagged along to see what all the excitement was about.
They hold the workshop the first Saturday of every month. Parents are welcome to bring their children (5 – 12) for a completely free building experience. Before I attended one in person I assumed these were pre assembled kits the the children just painted so they could say “I made this” when actually they require nails, glue and a little help from mom or dad.
This month the kids were given a birdhouse to put together. Daddy did need to start the nails for him because they were tiny little things, but then little man was more than happy to pound them into place.
Daddy did make a teeny tiny mistake with the roof, but I like to think of it as a modern architectural flair. Besides, when you’re dealing with a three year old it doesn’t make much difference. We knew it was about to be slathered in paint anyway.
The workshop was such a fun experience for little man AND us. It’s not only a great time to bond, but also teaches problem solving, sharing and how to follow directions. I was amazed at how cooperative all the other parents were as well. It gets pretty crazy in there with 30+ children hammering nails and slinging paint, but everyone was mindful of personal space and manners. At the end, each child also gets a certificate of achievement and a special pin to put on their apron as a reward for their hard work.
- WHERE: Your local Home Depot
- WHEN: The 1st Saturday of every month | 9 am – 12 pm (You don’t need a reservation, just pick a time that works best for you.)
- COST: Nothing – it’s absolutely free!
- WHAT: A complete set for a wood craft including all supplies and decorations, an official Home Depot kid’s apron (theirs to keep) and a certificate and award pin for each time they attend.
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Home Depot also offers Free adult workshops. This month’s topic was how to do your own faux paint finishing. Very cool!
We found out that Lowe’s offers free Build & Grow workshops as well. We’re going to try that one next!
Does your family participate in any local children’s workshops? Share them with us!
*This is not a sponsored post and is not associated with or requested by Home Depot or Lowe’s.