Home Depot Kids Workshop: Create a “fun and useful” project with your child.  Home Depot Kids Workshops are held the first Saturday of every month, 9 am – 12 pm at all Home Depot stores. The best part about this workshop is it’s FREE!  Children receive an apron and an achievement pin each week.  Registration is requested but you can just show up.  It takes about a half hour from arrival to project completion.  Plus, sometimes they have kits left over, so if you miss the class feel free to ask customer service if they have extras. Try these local stores, Paramus, Mahwah, Hackensack or W. Nyack (Palisades Center).

TIPS:

1. Paint is involved – Dress accordingly

2. Bring a plastic bag to take your (painted) project home

3. Go early (We arrived about 9:30 am.)

4. Work on the ground – the tables can be awkward for small children

5. If you can’t make it, stop by the customer service desk to see if they have projects left over

*For more information see the Home Depot Blog or Kids Workshop Facebook Page.

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OUR EXPERIENCE:

***Let me start this section with a socks and sandals disclaimer. My son has recently started to dress himself and insists on wearing socks with his sandals. We are picking our battles these days… I’m sure you all can relate. 🙂 Therefore, please excuse our socks with sandals pictures below.

Okay, onto our experience…

Sign in, pick up your apron and grab your achievement pin. I must admit, I was a little intimidated bringing my son to the Home Depot but after this easy check-in I felt more at ease. Bring on the hammers!

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They suggest the workshop for ages 5 (+) but my little man is 3 and did just fine with his hammer (and help from Mommy).

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Look at these busy guys working! He’s so excited to use a hammer just like Daddy’s.

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Now, let’s talk paint. Yep, there was a lot of it and by the end we all had paint on us. Look at his hair!

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There’s Mommy, trying to keep the paint on the project rather than on our bodies.

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But, I warmed up to the paint idea after a while. Look! I even backed up enough to take a picture or two.

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And the final product was two very happy boys with their very cool lawn mower pencil holder thingies (I called them cars until I got home and my husband corrected me–still working on being a mom to boys). Oh man, the socks and sandals are still killing me!

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Have you been to this workshop and have tips for us? What’s it like in the winter? Have any other fun free activities for kids? Let us know! Leave your comment below.

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