I love to take my kids to The Home Depot's Free Kids Workshops to keep them busy in the summer. However, I've found that the workshops do more than just keep them busy—they help build self-esteem, give my children a sense of accomplishment, and teach important skills about tools and general safety. The workshops also allow my kids and me to spend one-on-one time together—which is the best perk of all!

Who the workshop is designed for

The Home Depot Kids Workshops are made for children from 5 to 12 years of age. However, every age is encouraged (whether you’re younger than 5 or older than 12!), as long as a parent or guardian is there to supervise. I usually see parents, teenagers, toddlers and grandparents getting in on the fun! An adult does need to stay with the child during the entire workshop, but I don't mind—I like getting my hands a little dirty.

When to attend

The Home Depot's Kids Workshops are held on the first Saturday of every month. They typically start at about 9 in the morning and last until 12 in the afternoon. The Home Depot does encourage you to register ahead of time so that they can make sure to have enough craft supplies for everyone, but registration is never mandatory. In fact, I've shown up late (on multiple occasions) and an employee was always happy to make space for us at one of the tables. While you’re at the registration page, be sure to check out the description of what workshop events are coming up next!

What you can expect to build

My family and I have built so many amazing crafts and useful projects at The Home Depot Kids Workshops! Over the years we've made things like fire trucks, birdhouses, mail organizers and tool boxes. The next workshop on June 7th will teach participants how to build a riding lawn mower. On Saturday, July 5th, your kids can build their very own bug house, which my bug-loving daughter will LOVE!

The fun doesn't stop there

Besides Kids Workshops, The Home Depot also offers Do-It-Yourself Workshops for all ages. (In fact, I like to bring the entire family to these fun events). At these workshops you can expect to learn skills like how to stain your deck or how to install hardwood floors. The Home Depot also holds workshops that are designed for women (and girls) called Do-It-Herself Workshops. I love taking my daughter to these events. Besides learning how to do things like building a patio table with our bare hands, we learn self-empowerment and confidence, which is an important life skill for every woman to learn.