Most of you probably are already familiar with these, but I wanted to mention them for those who are not:
Kids Workshops are free "How-To Clinics" designed for children ages 5-12. The workshops are offered on the first Saturday of each month between 9:00 a.m. and noon at all The Home Depot stores. Children accompanied by an adult construct projects from pre-fabricated kits. The kits are designed to be both educational and practical.
The Home Depot's Kids Workshops offer useful projects including the creation of toolboxes, fire trucks and mail organizers, as well as more educational projects, such as a window birdhouse, bughouse or Declaration of Independence frame kit.
The workshops teach children do-it-yourself skills and tool safety, while at the same time helping to instill a sense of accomplishment. Additionally, this fun time allows for quality one-on-one time between adults and children.
In addition to the newly constructed project kit, each child receives a kid-sized orange apron, similar to The Home Depot associates' aprons, and an achievement pin.
Since 1997, 12 million projects have been built at Kids Workshops More than 750,000 children built their first toolbox at The Home Depot Nearly 600,000 birdhouses have been constructed at Kids Workshops More than 290,000 children have built a step stool at Kids Workshops to help them reach higher 75 children per store attend a Kids Workshop on average while many stores have 200 kids attend regularly
I totally second this recommendation - these are the coolest workshops! And on the 2nd Saturday of each month, all of the Lowe's Home Improvement stores offer a similar program with a different project each month! I love to take my camera to these events and capture the process. They actually are pretty useful little creations! The Lowe's kid's workshops are only one hour long, though, and they begin at 10am, I believe. Please do call to double-check.