Lowe's Build and Grow Beginner Clinics for Kids

A picture of a girl building a project out of wood
Building workshops let your child create a variety of age-appropriate projects. Photo © Hero Images / Getty Images

Kids are natural do-it-yourselfers. Just ask any Dad working on a home improvement project who's been followed by a child with a hammer. Lowe's free Build and Grow workshops for kids encourage those eager helpers with age-appropriate projects that let them whack hammers, paint wood and build their own masterpiece, all in a safe, fun environment.

What are Lowe's Kids' Workshops?

The Lowe's Build and Grow kids' workshops are in-store clinics for kids.

Project types vary but all of them give children the chance to learn how to build something out of wood.

From one child to a house of 5+, the workshops fit in with your family budget too. Everything about these kids' workshops is free.

Lowe's provides everything your children will need to complete the project, including one project kit per child, goggles, aprons, kid-sized tools and other supplies. Kids also receive a project-themed patch and certification of merit for their hard work. Iron the patches on your children's aprons every time they complete projects and then they can show off their achievements when they attend a new clinic.

Lowe's lists the next two Build and Grow Clinics on its website. You can also find the upcoming Lowe's kids' workshops planned by visiting your local store.

Age Recommendations:

Most clinics are held for first through fifth graders. Parents are required to stay with their children, so most locations will allow you to help children 5 and under build a project as well.

It's a great way to spend quality family time together because everyone will have their own kit and can work together to complete their projects. And don't worry if you're not handy with a hammer. Lowe's employees lead the workshops and are happy to help pitch in to guide your kids through each step of the project when needed.

You or your children will probably have to ask for help, though, because Lowe's wants to encourage your children to figure out the easy-to-follow instructions for themselves. What's the fun of having someone build your project for you?

Types of Projects:

Past clinics have helped kids build a variety of wooden projects, including:

  • Bird feeders
  • Helicopters
  • Kaleidoscopes
  • Race cars
  • Schoolhouses
  • Tabletop basketball sets
  • Treasure chests
  • Trellis planters

Another perk about Lowe's kids' workshops is that many of the clinics offer licensed character projects. For example, kids have made Monsters University boxes, a Captain America motorcycle, IronMan's Avenjet, Dusty from Planes and a Pizza Planet Truck from Toy Story.

Dates and Times:

The Lowe's Build and Grow workshop times and days vary based on your location. Some are held on select Saturdays at 10 a.m. while others have found their Lowe's offers the clinics on Sundays at 2 p.m.

Check with your local Lowe's to find out when a kids' workshop will be held. If it conflicts with your family's busy schedule, be sure to call other Lowe's stores in your area. Many times you'll find each store offers various days and times so you don't have to miss out on the free kids' workshops.

Signing Up for One of Lowe's Free Kids' Workshops:

There is a limit of 50 kids per clinic and workshops do hit capacity fairly quickly. Online registration is recommended to reserve spaces for your children.

A three-step online registration process lets you select the workshop you want to attend, how many kids you'll be bringing and the location you'll be visiting. After you fill out your children's names, ages and genders as well as your mailing info, phone number and email address, your children will have their spots reserved for the upcoming workshop.

Check your email before your workshop date. Lowe's usually sends an email with liability waivers that have to be filled out before your children attend. If you forget yours, they have them on-site the day of the workshop too.

If you don't have Lowe's in a city near you, check with Home Depot.

The company offers similar kids' workshops in its stores.

One final perk of Lowe's free Build and Grow workshops for kids is that you can ask the person in charge of the clinics if there are any leftover kits from previous projects. Many times, they have a pile of kits from other kids' workshops so they'll give them to you for free. That way, you can build even more fun projects at home together!