The whining has started.
I’ve hit that point — and it happens every summer — where the novelty of summer has worn off and the kids are just plain bored. And whiny. And even though the sun is shining, and for months I heard that all my oldest wanted to do was play outside, there is suddenly “NOTHING to do!”
And when they get whiny, I get whiny. And nobody wants to see that.
I started digging around. We’ve done the free movies. But now I’ve got 3 free – or nearly free – craft workshops that national stores are offering this summer. The best part? There’s probably one in your neighborhood.
1.) Home Depot’s FREE Kids Workshops!
Home Depot does an amazing job with their free workshops. They pick a project, and provide the supplies, the instructions, paint and any accessories. Kids get to keep whatever they make, plus an apron and a pin, while supplies last. Home Depot stores offer the kids workshops the first Saturday of every month, and have been doing so for 20 years. We’ve done two so far and have come home with a flower planter and a bug house. The experience was awesome. I took my nephew and he had a big grin on his face the whole time (especially after he missed the nail and hit my thumb with the hammer). I can’t recommend them enough. Just don’t forget to register!
Tips: Wear old clothes, and bring a plastic bag to store said project that said child dumped paint on, so that it can safely dry without coloring the inside of your car.
2.) A.C. Moore Kids’ Crafternoon
I love this one, not just for its clever title, but also for its $2 fee (per project, per kid). The program started in June and runs through Aug. 2, 2017. Every Wednesday during that time, kids can make a craft from 1-3 p.m. Mod Podge, Play Doh, wind chimes and bird houses are on the list. The only downside with this one is that it’s right smack dab in the middle of nap time. But hey, if you can push nap time back just a bit on Wednesday, you might just find a new favorite outing. Kids ages 5-12 can participate. Call first to verify if your location participates and whether you need to register. Check out the project schedule here.
3.) Michael’s Camp Creativity and Kids Club
Michael’s offers kid and adult craft workshops throughout the year, but they bump it up in the summer:
- Kids Club: While you shop, your kid can make custom crafts from Sprout TV, according to a brochure I picked up. The deal runs 10 a.m. to noon on Saturdays, and a parent needs to be on the premises. Cost is $2 per project (supplies included). Kids Club is open to kids ages 3 and up. And sessions only last 30 minutes. That’s 30 minutes of (semi) quiet shopping time where you won’t hear, “Hey, Mommy! I need this. I want this. No, I really need this. Please, please, PLEEEAASSSEE!”
- Camp Creativity: Kids ages 3 and up can also sign up for Camp Creativity. On Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays, from 10 a.m. to noon, kids can make a craft in stores. One session is featured each week, meaning you aren’t going to be showing up three times a week unless you are truly desperate to get out of the house. Cost is $5 per session or $12 for 3 sessions (available in store only). I’m catching this mid-way through the program, but there are still a few sessions left. Week 5 starts next week and features Princesses & Friends. (Did I mention some of these are Disney Family Crafts Kits?). The week after will be Safari Creatures (check ’em out below). Week 7 is All About Me. Find more info here. Be sure to register for Camp Creativity ahead of time. Space is limited.
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