Home Depot Kids Workshop
First Saturday of the month
9:00 am-12:00 pm
On the bright first Saturday morning in March, Chris–the husband and daddy–packed up the girls and drove to Menards, Lowe’s, and Home Depot. They were on a mission to buy the supplies needed to redo our bathroom. What they ran into was the opportunity to build. They all came home extremely excited and chitty-chatty. Meanwhile, the boys were beside themselves with envy having to wait until the following month.
That month couldn’t go by fast enough. Finally, the first Saturday of April rolled around. Everyone piled into the van and away we drove.
The activity in April was to build a birdcage. Not only did they get to build it, but they got to decorate it as well. Decorate equals paint. And not just 4 or 5 different colors. That would be too lame. You gotta have at least 15 or more different colors to choose from.
Home Depot Kids Workshop Projects
The projects are easy for parents and children to do together. They have many different steps with simple instructions to follow. I promise they are fairly simple. I have a hard time with following written directions and I was able to do it. When we arrived at 9:15 am, the benches were packed. I think this was an anticipated event this month because we were told that they had 15 families there before 9:00. I noticed that for the most part, the kids were very patient. They were excited to do their projects, so I was amazed at how well they waited for a spot to open.
I would recommend no more than two children for one adult. Any more children per adult could get to be overwhelming. But if you are game, go for it however you can.
All the workshop participants felt a sense of accomplishment because they carried home a completed project. Not only that, but they presented their handiwork to the workshop foreman and were offered a Home Depot Kids Workshop Certificate of Achievement. They carried home their project, their own apron, and a pin representing the completely project.
Highlights of Home Depot Kids Workshop
- A completed project. We were able to put our birdcages up in the backyard and each of our kids can be proud of their work.
- The workshop runs for 3 hours from 9:00 am-12:00 pm. That is a nice chunk of time.
Disadvantage of Home Depot Kids Workshop
- Plan for an hour. Some activities may take 15 minutes, but the activity that includes painting will take much longer. Especially those with painting. Especially those with over 15 different colors to choose from.
- The finished products from these kits are rarely toy-sturdy. You have two choices in most cases 1) find a place where you can display the creations unmolested or 2) expect it to get broken and use it as a teaching moment about fixing broken toys and taking care of what we own.
Home Depots are all over the country. And since we have them here in the Twin Cities, it’s fun to take advantage of the things that are in our own backyard.
**NEW** Home Depot has a new program called Science Fair Central, where they share ideas for STEAM projects. If you like the in-store workshops, you may enjoy some at-home projects, too.
More Ways to Indulge Your Child’s Love of Building/Fixing:
- Lowe’s: Workshops for Kids
- Fix-It Clinics; An Ecological Family Fun Idea
- Leonardo’s Basement, Minneapolis