Free and Low-Cost Classes at Your Local Retailers



Have you been hearing the words, “I’m bored” from your children this summer? If so,

check out these free to low-cost summer boredom buster crafts, DIY projects and scavenger hunts at your local retailers. Some even allow you to leave your children with them while you shop in the store while others require you to stay with your child for the experience.




Michaels


Michaels Summer Camp Creativity

Sessions start every half-hour from 10 a.m. to noon. Projects and fees depend on the child’s age.

  • Ages 3 to 5 cost $2 (includes supplies)

  • Ages 6 and older cost $5 (includes supplies)

Parents may shop in the store but must stay on premises the entire time.

Classes are limited in size and not all stores host the workshops, please check the in-store craft registration page for the week’s project.


  • July 18 & 20 Jamboree - Let’s make some music!  Craft your own instruments for a rockin’ good time.

  • July 23, 25, & 27  Campfire Projects - This weeks projects are all about sharing stories about your summer or made up stories of far away lands.



Michaels Kids Club

Sessions start every half-hour from

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM. Projects and fees depend on the child’s age.

  • Ages 3 to 5 cost $2 (includes supplies)

  • Ages 6 and older cost $5 (includes supplies)

Parents may shop in the store but must stay on premises entire time.

Classes are limited in size and not all stores host the workshops, please check the in-store craft registration page for the week’s project.


  • Saturday, August 4 - Kawaii Backpack Tags

  • Saturday, August 11 - Back to School Crafts

  • Saturday, August 18- Wall Decor Art

  • Saturday, August 25- Kawaii Canvas Art





Home Depot Workshops


The Home Depot Kids Workshop is for children ages 5-12. An adult will need to stay with the child during the entirety of the Home Depot Kids Workshop.


The project kits are only available while supplies last. Registration is recommended and they host their kids workshops once a month. The next one is:


Bookworm Bookends

Saturday, Aug 4, 2018

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM


Come celebrate your child’s devotion to reading in our book lover’s hands-on workshop. Together you and your child can build a set of bookworm bookends to add personality, organization and excitement to bookshelves in any playroom, family room or bedroom.


Once your bookends construction is complete, you and your child can decorate it with paint and stickers. All kids get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last.


Interested in learning more at home? Visit Science Fair Central built by Home Depot and Discovery Education for more project ideas!



Lakeshore


The Lakeshore Learning Center classes teach kids how to create a wide variety of crafts that they can create with little or no assistance. Children must be 3 years or up to participating.


A parent or guardian must be present with the child to supervise them and help them out if needed.


All materials provided and no reservations are required.


Class are every Saturday 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM.

Limited locations also have crafts available every Sunday 1:00 AM - 3:00 PM.


Find a store near you.



Armstrong Garden Center


Kid’s classes only available at select locations:

  • Monrovia

  • Westchester

  • Torrance

  • Temecula

  • Tustin

  • Encinitas

  • Morena

  • Anaheim Hills

  • Thousand Oaks

  • San Juan Capistrano

Armstrong Garden Centers July kids class series schedule is as follows:

  • Wednesday, July 19 at 10:00 a.m. – Bold Butterflies – This class will allow children to learn about the life cycle of butterflies and how they help flowers bloom. Each child in attendance will make a butterfly feeder to take home and enjoy.

  • Wednesday, July 26 at 10:00 a.m. – Beautiful Birds – Gardens provide food and habitat for birds and birds help gardens grow. Kids attending this class will learn how along with planting a sunflower seed to take home.

Garden center scavenger hunt

Participate in a garden center scavenger hunt while exploring all the sights, smells, sounds, and sensations a garden can offer.



Lego Store Mini Model Build


Have the opportunity to build and keep a mini model each month at your local Lego Store.


Sign up in advance and pick a time for your build. Every month is a different model and you get to take your mini model home--for FREE!


Registration opens at 10:00 AM ET on the 15th of the month prior. Spaces are limited for each store, so don't wait!


Visit shop.LEGO.com/Minibuild-Registration to register.


You must have a registered LEGO VIP email address. If you do not have one, you can create one for free at shop.LEGO.com/VIP.


  • Due to safety and build experience standards, participants must be between the ages of 6-14.

  • The mini model must be completely built in store.

  • Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis and quantities are limited.

  • Lego requires that you stay with your child while they are building.


Want to build the model out of the bricks you have at home? Visit shop.LEGO.com/Minibuilds to download the building instructions.



Kids Hour at Apple Stores


An adventure awaits each week as kids create fun, hands-on projects.


Designed to spark imagination and creativity, kids will explore coding, storytelling, illustration, movie making, music, and more. So enjoy learning  a new skill at your local Apple Store each week.


Days, times, and topics vary by store, see your local store on the Apple website for options. https://www.apple.com/today/program/kids-hour-sessions/


Please check with your Apple Store staff when you check in to see if you can shop while your child plays with their technology!

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