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Feb 252013
 
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If your kids love to get their hands dirty, they’ve got ample ways to get creative on the cheap. During free hands-on craft workshops offered at major retailers, they can assemble Lego creations, build their own birdhouses and jewelry boxes, turn clay pots into animals or decorative gifts and more, all while keeping the mess out of your house. Days and times may vary by location, certain workshops may have a minimum age for participation, and some events may require an RSVP, so check with the store nearest you before you head out.

Here’s a sampling of free hands-on craft workshops for kids:

  • Home Depot: On the first Saturday of the month, from 9 a.m. to noon, Home Depot offers free Kids Workshops. They’ll leave with their craft, an orange kid’s workshop apron, a commemorative pin and a certificate of achievement.
  • Lowe’s: Twice a month, Lowe’s offers free Kids Clinics. You will need to RSVP to guarantee that your child will receive a kit, but walk-ups are allowed if extras are available. The Kids Clinics start at 10 a.m. Participants get their craft, an apron, goggles and a patch.
  • Bass Pro Shops:Bass Pro Shops offers a mix of free crafts and workshops throughout the year. Some are themed around major holidays, including Christmas and Easter, while others are part of Kids’ Challenge Weekends or Next Generation events.
  • Lego Stores: On the first Tuesday of the month, U.S. Lego stores offer a free Mini-Model Build. There’s a limit of one free mini-model set per child while supplies last, and the event is open to children ages 6-14.
  • Michaels: Each month, Michaels offers a variety of free and cheap crafts for kids. The month’s crafts often share a theme, and you’ll find creations that are perfect for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day gifts, spring decorations, and more. Some events are free, and others are free with purchase.
  • Lakeshore Learning Store: From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday mornings, Lakeshore Learning offers free crafts for kids.  Most of the activities are very simple to complete, making them perfect for preschoolers.

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Jennifer Maciejewski

Jennifer Maciejewski writes about anything that piques her curiosity, with profiles and service pieces ranking among her favorites. In 2008, she created Atlanta on the Cheap to teach herself how to blog and use social media plus create an easy way to tell people about fun (and often free) things to do in the ATL. What started as a side project soon became her primary business, and in 2011, she added RVA (Richmond) on the Cheap to the mix. She spends her free time exploring all that Atlanta and Richmond, her hometown, have to offer (on the cheap, of course).

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