Stopped by Lowe’s last week for something, and caught the tail end of a cool workshop where they had kids build a wooden memory box; they even gave them cute little red aprons with the Lowe’s brand on them! I wished I had known about them sooner so I could have had my kids sign up for it; apparently, Lowe’s sponsors free children’s workshops that they call Build and Grow Clinics. The Web site says they’re for kids in 1st to 5th grades, but I saw toddlers at that workshop and so I signed up my 4-year-old with no problem.
The next one is scheduled for Saturday, May 24 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., and it’s to build a little planter (shown) in which they can plant a seed and watch their plant grow. All you have to do is sign up online to register and print a waiver form that you’ll take with you to a participating Lowe’s; you’ll have a choice of locations when you sign up.
Other upcoming clinics:
Saturday, June 14: Wooden Measuring Tape
Saturday, June 28: Mini Baseball Game
More a Home Depot fan? Not to worry, The Home Depot also has a free Kids Workshop for kids 5 to 12 years old. It takes place the first Saturday of the month between 9 a.m.-noon at all Home Depot stores, no registration necessary. In addition to the newly constructed project kit, each child receives a kid-sized orange apron, similar to The Home Depot associates’ aprons, and an achievement pin.
The next Home Depot Kids Workshop is on June 7, and the project is a wooden catamaran, shown below.