We had the most fun at the last two Lowe’s Build and Grow Clinics that we attended. They are held twice a month on Saturday at 10 a.m. and on Sunday at 2 p.m. Space is usually limited to the first 50 guests. They ask that you register online, but you can also fill out the paperwork in the store as well. There were just a handful of kids there when we went on Sunday so we had plenty of room to ourselves. They set up kid-size tables with plywood in the last aisle of the store. (In some stores, Lowe’s has a separate classroom for the kids’ workshops.) My daughter was beyond excited that the hammer was kid sized and perfect for her. The kids also get an apron the first time you attend that you can bring back with you for each visit.
Their theme for the last few projects are from Dream Works (Madagascar 3, Kung Fu Panda, and Shrek). We have made
- a Luxury Assault Vehicle with an opening trunk for storage from Madagascar 3
- a dragon with movable head and tail from Shrek.
This weekend we will be making the Onion Carriage from Shrek and we can’t wait! Upon signing the waiver, they give you a package that has a colorful instruction sheet that also has word games on it for you to play with later. Each step is diagrammed for you so it’s pretty easy to follow. However, I put the dragon’s wings on backwards, so I did need to ask for another kit, which they easily gave me.
Once the kids complete their projects they get a certificate of achievement (still hanging on our refrigerator) and an iron-on patch so that you can put it on their apron. The best part is that this is all completely free! All in all, this is a great way to spend an hour with my daughter while my husband gets his Lowe’s fix for the weekend.
To find the latest Lowe’s Build & Grow Clinics visit our Calendar of New Jersey Events or the Lowe’s Build & Grow Clinics Schedule.