Every other Saturday, our local Lowe’s hosts a “Build & Grow” workshop. If you’re wise enough to sign-up in advance, the building is simple (a little assembly, some hammering, and a bit of stickering), the growing is incremental (fewer thumbs hammered, nails driven more deeply home), and the cost is ideal (free). Aprons are given out and each project comes with a patch that can be ironed on, signifying the woodworker’s completed work.
On the first Saturdays of the month, the Home Depot just down the road hosts a similar kids workshop event. Again: simple, fun, and free. They give out aprons too as well as certificates noting the completed project.
Sometimes that project is a toy, sometimes it’s a gifts (especially around Mother’s Day), and sometimes it’s a decoration. Never will it require the use of the woodworking tool pictured at the top of this post.
And after the kids finish their building projects, I relish the chance to browse two of my favorite stores with kids who are happily enthralled with their latest creation.
Combine one of these workshops with a donut stop and an errand or two, and your Saturday morning is looking pretty tasty, productive, and fun.