Why pay for your kids to take classes and do events when there is so much free stuff available in your neighborhood? Here are things to do with kids in Atlanta as well as eight stores that offer free classes and events for kids.
William-Sonoma Junior Chef Classes: What could be better than someone teaching your child how to cook for free? Hopefully your child will have fun and want to use their new found skills at home weekly. The class is open for 9-13 year olds, and they will learn cooking skills, such as making pizza dough and noodles from scratch to making a tasty dish for dinner.
Lowes Build and Grow: Lowes offers free wooden projects for kids one Saturday a month at 10am. This is best for kids 5+, and kids will receive a free project to do, apron, safety goggles, and a patch.
Home Depot: Home Depot offers a free wooden project for kids just like Lowes, but their projects may be easier to get into since they offer projects from 9 am-12 pm. Home Depot’s free kid’s project is one Saturday a month and opened to kids ages 5-12.
Lego Store: The Lego store offers free Lego mini models for kids to build and take home. Events take place on Tuesdays at 5 pm and are available until they run out of supplies. It is open for kids ages 6-14.
Lakeshore Learning Center: Lakeshore Learning Center offers free art project classes for kids 3 and up. The classes are held every Saturday from 11 am to 3pm (these are the drop-in hours).
Pottery Barn Kids: Pottery Barn Kids hosts a weekly story time, as well as special events each month. For example, for September, they are hosting a Halloween Carnival, which includes treats, games, crafts, and face painting.
Apple Camp: Apple stores host a free Apple Camp for kids 8-12. They will teach kids in-store how to make movies by storyboarding ideas, shooting video, and creating an original soundtrack. Or, starting this summer, campers can create interactive books complete with their own illustrations and sound effects. This free class is only available during the summer and is closed until 2015.
Toys R Us: Toys R Us will have an event every now and then. It is best to check their event calendar, but know that they are not as consistent with events like the other places listed.
Michael’s craft stores did not make the list because they do charge $2 for their projects. All of these classes look like a lot of fun, and your kids are sure to enjoy them. Be sure to sign up early and check the event calendars often.