One thing we've been doing every month since June are the Lowe's Build and Grow Clinics and the Home Depot Kid's Workshops. I never signed the kids up before, even though I have seen them, because the website (or somewhere else on the internet?) says recommended for ages 4+. A friend of mine suggested I take the boys and assured me that the boys would both enjoy going.
The first one we tried was Lowe's Build & Grow where they made a Monster's University Chest. Elyse (11) participated and so did my niece, Haley (15.) Over the summer, Lowe's did their clinics twice a month. They were held the second and fourth weekend of the month. They had different activity kits to make featuring Monster's University, Planes, and Toy Story. I'm not too sure if they've ever done any other kid's movies because we just started going a few months ago.
You have to sign up for the clinics online through their website. The clinics fill up super quick, so I usually keep checking until a clinic becomes available because I don't want to miss her. October's filled up quick and I wasn't able to take the kids. Boo!
The children participating in the Build and Grow clinics get a free apron and safety goggles. Each kit comes with the wood, nails, and direction. They give you a hammer to use and then you put stickers on it. At the end of the clinics, the kids get their own certificate and a patch to iron onto their apron. My boys enjoy going. They aren't old enough to complete their kits by themselves, but they do love to help hammering.
Home Depot offers the same things. They are called Kids Workshops and they are much bigger. They last for 3 hours and take place on the first weekend of the month. You can sign up online, but it is not required. The difference between Lowes and Home Depot, is that Home Depot lets you paint your project. & at the end they still get a certificate but instead of patches, they get cute little pins, a coloring page, and a snack.
The last Home Depot Kids Workshop we went to was super fun! They added lots of extra stuff to celebrate October and Halloween. They had little pumpkins set up to take pictures, a few carnival like games to play, and free popcorn. The kids made a fire helicopter for Fire Safety month and they had a fire truck there for the kids to see and even sit in. The kids loved it!
If you don't already take your kids, you need to! The next Home Depot Workshop is on November 2nd and the project is a tabletop ship. The next Lowe's clinic is on November 9th and the kids are making a pull back car. Not only are these events super fun for the little ones, they are FREE!