For a couple years now, I have been sharing the Kids Workshop at Home Depot on my calendar with you. And I have been dying for my son to try it out! We finally completed our first workshop and I am excited to tell you all about it!
I think all of us are pretty familiar with Home Depot. It’s my husband’s favorite store so we spend a fair amount of time in here.
However, I have learned that many people are completely unaware of their kid workshops! It’s a great hands-on activity that involves building, creating, and sometimes a little decorating (painting and coloring depending on the store and the craft). And the coolest part? It’s free. Absolutely free. And you get to take home what you made for free. I don’t know about you guys, but I love when I find a completely free kid’s activity.
The Home Depot Kids Workshop is a monthly event at your local participating store. Since we are local to Enfield, we participated at the store in town. Our workshops are held from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on the first Saturday of every month. You can confirm when your store has their event by heading over to the Home Depot website, or stopping by your store and checking the calendar in the front of the store.
The workshop was held in the indoor garden center. When you walk in, there is a little table set up with a Home Depot employee ready to help get you started. You can register for the event online; however, you can also drop in and as long as they have a craft available, you can participate.
Every child must have a parent with them at all times. You will be asked to sign in. You can drop in at any time during the 3 hour workshop. Plan to spend anywhere from a few minutes to 30 minutes depending on your child and the craft.
At the front table, you will be able to grab the project. It comes bundled up with all the pieces and instructions. Each child should take one project.
If this is your first visit, you will want to grab a Home Depot apron. This apron is yours to keep but if you come back for future workshops, make sure you bring your apron! They had markers so you could personalize your apron too!
Lastly, make sure you grab your Home Depot Kids Workshop pin! Every month when you participate in a workshop, you will get a new pin. The pin has the month and year on it, so this is a great little souvenir! We saw some kids with an apron full of pins! Something to aim for!
They had work spaces set up nearby and you can just grab any space you want. It was pretty busy at the workshop that morning but we took the smaller table for ourselves. Since you can drop in whenever, you will find that the traffic moves pretty steadily.
The work space has the tools you need for the project. Today we needed screwdrivers (please don’t ask me which kind – probably the one name Phil).
With our workspace set up and our tools in hand, we dived into our project! Today we were building an Easel with white board. It was a pretty easy craft with about ten pieces. The steps were simple and easy to follow. This is a self-guided project so you can take your time but if you need help, remember the associate is nearby!
He was daddy’s helper with the screwdriver!
But in all honesty, while he looks cute and helpful, this was a split moment in time. My four year old was very distracted. His attention was captivated for all of ten seconds. He quickly ripped off the apron because he didn’t like it around his neck. He decided it was more fun to run around and be, well, a four year old. There is a reason this is recommended for ages 5 and up. While some four year olds can completely handle this kind of activity (trust me, I watched other kids younger than him stay engaged), my child was is not one of those!
We enjoyed the fleeting moments when he did want to participate; and he was pretty proud of himself when it was finished! Even though he stole the credit for daddy’s hard work!
Truth is though, this is such a fun activity for kids and the family. I am so glad we tried it out, and we are probably going to go back before he turns five. His attention level definitely needs some work but this is a great way to practice that! And since it’s free (minus the $50 my husband spent in the store after we did the workshop), it’s worth it!
If you have never been to a Home Depot Kids Workshop, you will want to add this to your to-do list. Just remember that you know your child best – go in with realistic expectations, take your time and be ready to help (either a little or a lot) and just have fun as a family! Who knows, this may become a monthly tradition and you’ll have an apron full of pins one day!
This about sums it up…
136 Elm Street – Enfield, Connecticut
Home Depot Kids Workshops are held once a month nationwide (times may vary by store – make sure to check your local store’s schedule!)
- Home Depot Kids Workshops are available either by sign up (online) or drop in, and are held once a month at participating Home Depot stores nationwide.
- Completely free!
- Family friendly – most workshops are intended for ages 5 and up but parent participation is encouraged!
- Parking lot
- Restrooms Available