dealslowe's free kids' workshop - build a castle

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If they had offered these classes when my kids were younger, it could have saved them from becoming pokemaniacs.

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I didn't know Lowes did this. Our kids love the Home Depot sessions.

But... I tried to sign them up. Even though there's a Lowes about 1/2 mile away and a half dozen others within 30 miles, the nearest one "available" is 65 miles away. Bummer.

As an aside, HD doesn't make you "sign up" either.

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I have been bringing my kids to lowes for months now and sometimes I cant sign up on line. Just go and fill the form out when you get to Lowes. They always have a bunch of extra kits..

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@eviloverlord333: I don't know if I'd go that far. The wild fire that was pokemon still hasn't quite died down.

That said, this is a cool idea.

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@tsfisch: You don't have to sign up online, you can sign up in the store. It's more of a liability thing. The thing I like about the Lowes program is that they also give out work aprons and after they complete it, they give them patches to the put on them. There have even been times where we couldn't make it, but dropped by and they gave use the kits and patches to build at home.

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You have to sign up in store so they can check and make sure the kid isn't one of those fake regular American muslims.

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@faithlessking: Those pokémon need to keep coming so that I have a new game for my 3DS :)

This is a way cool thing for Lowes to do. I am going to send this link to the moms and dads at my work.

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My kids love Build & Grow. As a parent, you end up doing a lot of it for them (when they've very young), but the time spent together, and the take-away toy is great. I always look forward to Saturday morning clinics!

FYI to parents: Popular themes fill up VERY fast online, so you should look ahead to see what's being built. Popular themes are anything that fly, drive, rend, or spark the imagination. Castles fit the last category.

Get to know the folks at your Lowes, and they'll treat you right. Some stores that are really popular will order more than the standard 50 kits, so ask and then you'll know that you can most likely just show up and get a kit from your local store.

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@peel: Home Depot also gives you an apron, and gives you pins for each project completed. I'm not sure which one was first and who copied who, but it's clear somebody did - they sound virtually identical.

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My Cub Scouts (Wolves) love doing this, and I can bring a whole den for no cost.

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Does anyone know if these workshops (or the adult ones) are ever run on Sundays?

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@mml666 Workshops are always on Saturday at start at 10am.

Project and location has a big factor on availability. Early 2011 we could go to almost any Lowe's nearby around 11am and they'd have plenty for the kids. End of 2011, best to show up prior to 10am. The train projects were extremely popular, some who signed up online were denied the kit to build because they ran out.

It's a GREAT idea to spend time with the kids and it's FREE. Home Depot has a similar workshop for kids.

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@mml666: the workshops are 2nd and 4th Sat of each month at Lowes, 10am. The home depot ones are only 1st Saturday of the month, but no sign up required...just show up! That said, we love the lowes workshops and stafff much better. Great time spent with the kids

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@1graham: @volasm: Thank you. I can't make Saturdays. Oh well...