I was excited to find out that Home Depot offers free kids crafts workshops on the first Saturday of each month from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm! And they some times add additional workshops for holidays. Of course, this is for the Home Depot of Michigan. Until recently I never noticed that the signage at my local store included the state. I'm not sure what that means for the company structure and event offerings from one state to another. So you will want to check with your local Home Depot to see what they offer. It's a very organized event so I would think it's offered throughout the country.
One event that I went to (wasn't located at a store) offered the workshop for kids ages 5-12. I have never seen an age listed for the workshops in the stores and I have seen kids of all ages participate.
The process: Sign in at the designated workshop location. Home Depot offers kids size aprons for first time participants so make sure you ask for one if it's not offered.
Next, participants are given a package that includes the materials and instructions needed to create that months project.
Then you head to a table to put it together. There you should find things like hammers, glue, sand paper, ...
Every time we have participated in a workshop there has been a decorating area. These usually include things like foam stickers or paint to decorate the finished item.
|Little planters for Mother's Day|
|Tool Box - picture taken before they were painted|
|Window Bird Feeders|
After completing the project you are given a certificate that includes a pin.
The pin is specific to each project and are collectors items for the kids that regularly attend. My kids add the pins to their aprons and they proudly wear the apron to every workshop :-)