Building memories at the Home Depot
Two hundred kids with hammers – what could possibly go wrong?
Declan hammers while (a very trusting) Dad steadies the materials.
Photo courtesy Heather Hansen
Home Depot, in their infinite marketing wisdom, realizes that it’s impossible for customers to leave their store without buying anything. Whether it’s a cute plant, new lamp or something you might actually need, all they have to do is get you inside to guarantee a sale.
So the Home Depot Kids Workshop might be free, but let’s be realistic – you’re still leaving with a new sprinkler.
Unnecessary gardening supplies aside, the store’s monthly kids workshops offer an opportunity for you and your child to work together, share pride in a project well done, and even build trust (watch out for mommy’s fingers with that hammer!).
What to expect at a Home Depot Kids Workshop
Recent projects have included a picture frame, wooden race car, and rocket ship pencil case. All projects come with necessary supplies and step-by-step instructions. There are typically plenty of tack hammers and screwdrivers available to borrow if the project requires those tools. Children also receive a commemorative pin and a small orange apron.
When to go
Various Seattle and Eastside locations, drop-in style, typically the first Saturday morning each month. Make a scarecrow planter on Saturday, Sept. 7, 9 a.m. to noon, at most Seattle-area stores. Check your store’s schedule and register online for your location. You are not guaranteed supplies unless you pre-register.
How to participate
After checking in to pick up your bag of supplies, you’ll find an empty spot on the floor to build your creation. With a young child hammering while a parent figures out the instructions, most projects will take 10 minutes. Allow more time for older kids who want to manage the instructions and complete the project on their own.
Free (other than whatever you buy at the store while you’re there, of course.)
After building your project, proudly attach the month’s craft pin to your child’s apron – and since all your new workshop crafts will soon monopolize your toy box, maybe swing by the storage aisle to pick up some shelving supplies.
Heather Hansen works in marketing and communications. She lives with her husband and 3-year-old son in Bothell.