Home Depot Kids’ Workshop

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.”

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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

Looking for other places to do some great arts and crafts?  Simply search arts and/or crafts in the search box.

And be sure to check out some fun things to do at home, too!

Happy Creating!
Amanda:)

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Comments

  1. dogear6 says

    That sounds like a great way to spend Saturday! Yeah, there are some things I don’t miss about living in Chicago. Today was 67 degrees and sunny. I got some time outside, although not as long as I’d like.

    Nancy

  2. april says

    This is super sweet. Our little guy has enjoyed a few of those workshops as well. It was sunny and warm here in the South yesterday–but wonderful! We are so tired of 90+ temps. 🙂
    Happy rest of the weekend!

  3. oana79 says

    Lovely, sounds like a lot of fun! We do IKEA fun days too, and I try not to be one of those parents who paint the kid’s work themselves. Sometimes I manage, sometimes the perfectionist urge takes over 🙂

  4. Krysta says

    First off, YOU LIVE IN MY FAVORITE US CITY!!! I love Chicago, but unfortunately I CANNOT handle the cold, i.e. why I live in Costa Rica… haha please don’t judge me. So with that being aid, I do not understand the “cabin fever” gripping the US right now bc of the snow, but I do love a good crafting opportunity! I think it’s great that you signed your kid’s up for the Home Depot Kid’s crafts and I can’t wait to hear about the outcome! Stay warm!

  5. martha brady says

    for the life of me, i don’t “get” why parents feel the need to finish their kids’ projects so they will be all professional. do they not know this isn’t a competition? and their kids miss out on the fun of accomplishing something for themselves! now you know one of my pet peeves!

    our grandson goes to something similar at lowes with his dad once a month. loves it!

  6. Michele says

    What a fun way to spend a Saturday with family! Plus, FREE is always a great word! I was a preschool teacher for 20+ years and it was so hard to get parents to let their kids be kids and not want to do everything for them. Letting your son handle his own tools, make his own decisions and paint the ambulance his way are important problem solving skills that will help be successful in school. It’s about the process not the product! Have fun at Lowe’s and hope your son keeps his interest in hands on work!

  7. Natalie says

    No joke, I know the winter weather in VA isn’t as bad as it is up there.. But I’m so over this weather, it wouldn’t be bad if it was at least warm enough to enjoy and play in the snow, lol. I’ve always wanted to do stuff like this with the kids at Home Depot, I always see it, but there’s not one close enough to do it. After we move there will be.

    • amandasimkin says

      There are tons of other major retailers that host craft workshops like this, such as Michael’s and Lowe’s, too!

  8. Shirgie Scf says

    I can see how the little kid enjoyed the workshop. Good thing it’s an indoor activity, at least you don’t need to beg mercy for mother nature. Sometimes, you need to find ways to become so productive even at cold days and this one is a perfect example. High five for your kiddo for a job well done.

  9. Terri Ramsey Beavers says

    I love taking the kids to Home Depot on Saturdays. They always make the cutest little crafts and it gives them something to do. They love their little aprons and really enjoy going. Of course I get to look around Home Depot afterwards and I have to admit it’s one of my favorite shopping stores, lol. Girl or not, I love getting creative with Home Depot supplies.

  10. Andrea says

    First off, love your writing style. Second, I think the progression of corporation’s actively inspiring the younger generations is a step in the right direction. I would be interested to see how many females attended this workshop as I believe its important to encourage women into roles such as construction and engineering as well. What a fun day!

  11. CourtneyLynne says

    Omg this really does sound like a fun thing to do!!! My daughter is only two but she’s almost old enough where I can start taking her to these kinda fun things! And I totally know what you mean about parents taking over-_- my daughters art wall in our house you can definitely tell was created by a 2yr old… As it should be 😉 other friends of mine…. Ughhhh…. You can so tell they did half the kids work since most super little ones don’t have those fine skills yet!

    • amandasimkin says

      It is a great way to have fun together at least one morning a month…and to get girls involved in traditional “boy” activities, too!

  12. Beth says

    It’s funny how I’m just reading this, what? …5 months after you wrote it? And exactly the same thing still applies! Chicago is still freezing (I’m sure even more so than in Oct) and I’m huddle under my blanket as I type this!

    Can’t wait for it to warm up so we can finally go out and have some fun!

    • amandasimkin says

      So the story is in Chicago….it’s always cold! But at least it makes us appreciate the beautiful weather that much more!

  13. Krystal says

    I can’t wait to take my son to one of these! He is just two so we are a tiny bit too young right now. I love those mini aprons and all the activities they can do. This is such a fun way to spend time together as a family.

    • amandasimkin says

      There are so many fun activities like this once your little guy is older…at three years, the possibilities are endless!

  14. Michelle Hwee says

    How fun! My younger cousin actually does the Home Depot classes for kids every once in a while and loves it! I think its fantastic that they have these activities and opportunities for kids. I have never heard of the Lowe’s one but keep us updated!

  15. Kiwi says

    Ha funny you quoted Old School. Anything with Will Ferrell is funny to me actually! Its getting cold in Atlanta and supposedly day #2 of this “snow” is supposed to come so we are waiting…I wanna be in pjs and watch movies all day too!

    • amandasimkin says

      Oh how Atlanta and Chicago snow days differ….stay safe and enjoy your jammies if you can. And maybe watch Old School?

  16. Amanda @ Adorkablii says

    I love that home depot does this! My dad was a Plummer and i looked up to him and his job! I was always amazed at how could fix things and such! It’s also a great way for kids to realize that it is a great career to have. Building things is fun! I do need to take J to one of these, I know he would love it!

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