If it feels like you practically live at Home Depot (especially during the summertime!), you’re not alone. And there’s a reason to bring the whole family: monthly kids workshops.
It’s a cool program where your little ones can learn all kinds of DIY skills while having a blast! They happen every first Saturday of the month in Home Depot stores from 9 am – 12 pm. The best part? They won’t cost you a dime!
What to Expect
These workshops are like mini adventures. The friendly and experienced Home Depot staff, who know their stuff when it comes to building and creating, lead the way. They provide all the materials and tools needed for the project (including a cute apron), all free of charge.
Kids will learn how to make all sorts of fun things, like birdhouses, picture frames, and even wooden trucks. It’s not just about building stuff, though. These workshops also encourage imagination and problem-solving.
Imagine our surprise when we stumbled upon this amazing workshop while browsing for tomato starts at the store on a sunny Saturday morning. We hadn’t registered online, but we were still able to participate. But since supplies are limited for each class, it’s best to sign your kiddo up online before attending.
The project of the day? A birdhouse! The friendly staff handed us a neat little kit, complete with all the materials and step-by-step instructions. Now, my 4-year-old needed quite a bit of assistance, but he was thrilled to follow my lead and build his very own birdhouse. It took us about an hour to make the birdhouse. It was fun for older kids participating though, too. They eagerly dove into the instructions, figuring out the steps and letting their independent builder spirit shine.
How to Participate
To guarantee a spot for your little carpenter, sign up online beforehand. Select the store nearest you on Home Depot’s website. You’ll then be asked to fill out your name, email address and how many children will be participating. (Pro tip: Lowe’s also holds free, in-person kids’ workshops!)
The next class will be held on Saturday, August 5, and kids will be making a treasure chest (pictured above)!
Pro tip: These kids’ classes are best for ages 5-12.
These free Home Depot kids workshops are a win-win situation. Your little ones get to learn new skills, make new friends, and have fun in a safe and supportive environment. Plus, it’s a chance for you to spend quality time with your kiddos while they explore their creativity and grow as individuals.
If your kid is feeling inspired to do even more building and crafty, check out these projects — all designed to do at home! Plus, don’t miss our round up of the Portland area’s craft stores, many of which also offer kid-approved classes and workshops.
If your child is more into hands-on tech, Portland’s Apple store locations offer Free Apple Camp for kids, where they learn to create and problem solve using iPads, the Apple pencil and more, in a fun environment. Check out our popular kids calendar for more fun, and free, events!