The Home Depot Kids Workshops are building classes that teach kids hands-on construction skills – and they're absolutely free. Every month, Home Depot Canada holds a new workshop just for kids. They'll learn how to make a different project each time, and they can even take their creations home.
These workshops happen at Home Depot stores across the country, and they're almost always on a Saturday. They really are a great weekend activity, especially since the whole family can go, and you don't need to pay for anything! We decided to break down everything you need to know about the Home Depot Kids Workshops, including how to register and the kinds of projects your kids might work on when they attend.
How to sign up for a Home Depot Workshop
This part is actually pretty simple. When you head to the Home Depot Kids Workshop section of their website, check the workshop location in the righthand corner. If it's set to your local store, you're all set! If it's not, change the location to the one you want. Once that's settled, just scroll down to see the next available workshop and hit the "register" button. It will prompt you to enter your contact information (remember to submit yours and not your child's) and note how many children are coming. That's it!
It's worth noting that these workshops are intended for kids aged five to 12, and activities might not be appropriate for younger children – so please only sign up kids within this age range.
What happens at Home Depot Kids Workshops
Once you sign up for a workshop, just show up at the location you selected and get started! Home Depot employees will guide your kids through the day's activity for two hours (and you can help, if you want). Adults are expected to stay for the duration of the workshop. Afterward, your child will get to take home their completed project, as well as a free achievement pin and certificate to congratulate them on a job well done.
What's up next: the July Kids Workshop
Now that the kids have been out of school for at least a week, you're probably looking for anything to get them out of the house and away from their iPads for a bit – and I don't blame you. If you have any aspiring builders in your family, check this out: on July 13, your kiddos can build their own tow trucks!
- When: Saturday, July 13
- Project: Build a Tow Truck
Home Depot also gave us a sneak peek of what to expect next month, when kids can build their very own rocket pencil boxes on August 10. Then, in September, they can actually use it at school or on their desk!
Home Depot Kids Workshop Schedule
Home Depot Kids Workshops happen once a month (usually on the second Saturday of the month), and kids can take part in a new building activity or construction project each time. Here are all the 2018 workshops:
- January 2018 – Wooden Clock Calendar
- February 2018 – Valentine Bean Bag Toss
- March 2018 – Construct a Periscope
- April 2018 – Wooden Birdhouse
- May 2018 – Windmill Planter
- June 2018 – Fishing Game
- July 2018 – Another Fishing Game
- August 2018 – Truck
- September 2018 – Field Goal Game
- October 2018 – Build a Fire Boat
- November 2018 – Build a Helicopter
- December 2018 – Build a Sled with Reindeer
Home Depot Do-It-Yourself Workshops
The Home Depot holds workshops for adults, too! Their Do-It-Yourself Workshops cover the skills you need to kick off home projects, gain basic maintenance tips and take renovations into your own hands. Experts will help you out along the way, and you can register online, just like you would for the kids' building classes. These workshops usually last for an hour and are held at different times throughout the day (so there are sometimes morning, afternoon and evening sessions), which means you should find one that works.