Frank: I told my wife I wouldn’t drink tonight. Besides, I got a big day tomorrow. You guys have a great time.
College Student: A big day? Doing what?
Frank: Well, um, actually a pretty nice little Saturday, we’re going to go to Home Depot. Yeah, buy some wallpaper, maybe get some flooring, stuff like that. Maybe Bed, Bath, & Beyond, I don’t know, I don’t know if we’ll have enough time.
Yes, that’s right, I just quoted “Old School,” a movie so incredibly NOT appropriate for kids or parenting tips (they swear like sailors in front of a kid and claim it is alright because they give him “earmuffs”), but this quote perfectly sums up the first Saturday of the month for us. We spend it at the Home Depot Kids’ Workshop, participating in some “Orange Smock Madness.”
You see, the construction giant finally realized that many kids want to fulfill their dreams of being the construction workers they so admire, and they have set up a construction workshop, so to speak. They host a “Kid’s Workshop” on the first Saturday of every month, where kids can get a cute orange Home Depot smock, a commemorative pin for the craft they create, and a certificate for participating in the fun. And of course, a cute craft.
This was our first time attending one of these workshops because our little men are 2 and 3 and they end up hurting each other with their PLAY tools…I definitely did not want to give them REAL hammers. Once we spoke with our oldest about how important it is to be gentle and cautious with real tools, we decided to sign him up (so easy to sign up for free online) for the workshop.
After getting our e-mail confirmation with a parental waiver to sign and a start time of 9 a.m., we were ready for a fun ‘struction filled morning.
When we got there we found an area roped off for the Kid’s Workshop and checked in. The funny thing was, we didn’t know that it was “open house” style, so we could have strolled in anytime between 9 and 12. Oops, I guess we didn’t need to rush around like crazy people all morning.
After getting a cute orange smock, we were ready to create a wooden ambulance. Our little guy needed a bit of help with the hammer and nails, but he did a shockingly great job being careful and staying focused, especially without his distracting little brother there. Once the ambulance was built it was time to paint, which was a bit of a messy ordeal. Note to self: Messy shirts are a MUST for these types of construction workshops.
We found it a little funny looking around that many parents were doing all aspects of the ambulance craft for their kids (which makes sense if your child is on the younger side, around 2 or 3), but were a little disappointed to see some parents doing all the painting themselves even though their very capable child was ready and waiting next to them. Our little guy’s painting was by no means perfect, but it was tons of red (his favorite) and made him feel so confident in himself that I couldn’t have cared less what it looked like. Once it dries, it will definitely be going up on our mantle, as well as all of the future crafts we make at the Kids Workshop.
For more information on how to have a craft Saturday morning at your local Home Depot, click here.
Hope you all have a wonderful Saturday. I think I may end mine with a viewing of “Old School” and a huge bowl of popcorn!
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