A few weeks ago I posted a link on my Facebook page to the latest Home Depot Workshop for kids. Home Depot's workshops are completely free. I mean, really, I've said it before and I will say it again- ya can't beat free!!! *Note, Lowe's Home Improvement Stores also offered these workshops for kids but ceased offering them in December of 2016. Boo, Lowe's! Read on for links to Home Depot's fabulous workshops and what you'll experience there.
Home Depot Workshops for Kids
We love to attend Home Depot workshops and we are grateful that they offer them for kids. Experience with the workshops seem to vary by store. I have heard that some stores actually have an instructor who will guide you through the building process, but this has never been the case for us. The kits come with instructions and we are usually just left on our own to complete them (although there is usually an employee present if you need help). You need to pre-register and choose your location online. My son has made some adorable creations at Home Depot, all for free. Like this lawn mower pencil holder:
Or my favorite, Lucy's car from Despicable Me 2! Both are made of wood. Look at the little minion driver! It's a decal.
Home Depot provides each child with a free apron and a pin of the project they completed. Note that I don't have photos of my son constructing these. That's because after the first workshop, I realized that it was the perfect time for daddy/son bonding, and that I needed to step back, or step off, or whatever. So my son usually goes to these workshops without me now, so I get to eat my cereal in peace!
How Complicated Are the Projects?
The projects tend to vary in complexity, but an adult should always be there for the tough stuff. They usually require some form of hammering and maybe even some painting. They are geared for kids ages 5 and up. Sometimes there are decals to put on (like on the Minion car) and instructions usually accompany each kit.
The projects we've made have been nice quality. Most are pretty sturdy and my son has always been proud of what he made.
Jersey Momma Tips
These workshops tend to fill up quickly in our area, so be sure to keep an eye on the schedule and write down when the registrations open. They will sometimes allow you to fill a 'no show' slot if you come the day of, but that's not always guaranteed. The website only lists a few projects at a time, probably because everything is in such high demand. So it's good to keep checking their schedule. If you happen to miss one of the workshops that your child really wanted to attend, you can look to see if Home Depot sells the actual kit in the store.
To register for Home Depot Workshops for Kids or to find workshops in your area, click this link: Home Depot Workshops for Kids
MORE WORKSHOP TIPS:
* Definitely sign up in advance online. If you wait too long, the workshops do fill up.
*If the workshop you are looking at is full, it is still possible to attend. If you're willing to take the chance, show up about a half hour after the workshop starts. In most cases, they will have extra kits they can give you, or kits from people who signed up but did not show up.
*The workshops are for boys AND girls, so don't be afraid to let your daughter have that bonding time, too! The kids don't always build cars and trucks. The workshop lists have included birdhouses, picture frames, holiday themed items, and more.
*If you attend a workshop and don't care for it, try a different store location. Experiences vary at each store, although we have never had a "bad" workshop!
*If you don't like the idea of having your child build the project in the store, you might be able to take a kit home with you, depending on the project and the store's policies.
*If it's a nice day, sometimes the workshops are held outside. My son built his lawnmower project in a shaded area at the front of Home Depot, on the sidewalk where tables were set up for them.