Happy Columbus Day to all of my American readers. Leo is actually starting to sleep again which means those terrible top teeth might come in. I am quite thankful he slept over the weekend. It was our turn to have The Pickle over. We have had a couple of disasters when The Pickle comes over on a sleepless weekend, but at least it prepares me for when we try for baby #2. Imagine a sleepless baby who wakes up the older child. Once the baby goes back to sleep the older child wakes the baby up and vice versa.
This weekend I took Ian to the Home Depot Kids Workshop. It’s a free program that happens on the first Saturday every month. What I love about the Home Depot Kids Workshop is how it shows kids do it yourself skills. Kids get a complimentary Home Depot apron. When they complete their workshop the kids receive a certificate achievement and a collectible pin. Each month it’s a different workshop. I wish I knew about it much sooner. We would have been going to these when we moved here. This month’s theme was Fire Safety Awareness. The Pickle got to build his own toy firetruck out of wood for free.
Home Depot gives families a very open layout. Parents and Grandparents can easily help out their little ones. There were 4 areas where the kids can build and a seperate table for the kids to paint.
Leo enjoyed watching all of the older kids build. It was unusually cold so we made sure Leo was all bundled up.
The Pickle was trying to do a cool guy pose. Do you see his really neat fire truck in the background? He is building it all by himself.
After building the fire truck it was time to paint. When Ian was done he got a certificate of his achievement. We went outside to check out the other activities. The police and fire department were giving out prizes to the kids. Home Depot had employees outside giving out hot chocolate. My parents were with us. They browsed the store with Leo while Ian and I braved the cold.
The fire truck had to be his favorite part of the experience. He got to tour the inside and outside of the fire truck.
My favorite time of the day was watching The Pickle interact outside of a video game. When he is over it is hard to get him to try to do anything other than play video games. This activity set the mood for the whole day. He didn’t ask to play any video games period.
If you have a Home Depot and a kid between the ages 5 through 12 I highly recommend taking the family out to the Home Depot Kids Workshop. Next month’s workshop will have kids building a turkey napkin holder. The way The Pickle’s visiting schedule is he will get to go to next month’s workshop. The only thing that could make this workshop better was if my husband didn’t have to work.
Have any of you attended a Home Depot Kids Workshop? Let me know your experience in the comments section.