Sunday, April 19, 2009

Can We Build It?

Did you know that Lowe's and Home Depot offer FREE kids workshops where you can channel your inner carpenter and experience the joys of hammers, nails , and wood glue all at the same time? Well, it's true, my friends, it's true. My husband and I took the kids to the Home Depot workshop and we all had a great time. Each child got an orange Home Depot smock, collector's project pin, and a wood project, complete with step-by-step instructions on how to put the little thing together. The project we had last month was a racing ramp with 2 cars. (The fact that I was able to put it together with relative ease... with my 3 1/2 year old's 'help'... is evidence that the projects are very user friendly).

All Home Depots in the area offers workshops on the first Saturday of every month from 9-12pm. The projects are on a first come first serve basis, so try to get there on the early side. Last month we missed out on the birdhouses because someone, (and I'm not one to name names...but I am married to him) needed to stop at the bank beforehand. They were gone by 11. If you don't want to do the project there, they will give you one to take home with you and there doesn't seem to be an age requirement. To find a Capital District Home Depot click here.

All the Lowe's Hardware stores in the area offer Build and Grow workshops, every other Saturday with the next one taking place on April 25th (the Lowe's rep. said she thinks this week's project is a hanglider). It runs from 10-11am , but they prefer if your child is in 2nd grade or older. (***Make sure you pre-register online, otherwise you might have a very disappointed child, and that's never fun) To find a Capital District Lowe's to find out more information, and pre-register, click here.

Why are these workshops free you ask? Well, I asked the same question until we spent a ton of money on home repair paraphernalia after they lured us in there. No such thing as a free lunch... or a free birdhouse.

Thanks to Leanne G. for the tip!

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