Free Classes for Kids and In-Store Activities

This article was written before the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. While stay at home orders and social distancing are in place, there are a number of safe activities you might consider for your kids:

Free classes for kids can help keep bored children occupied while they learn how to make something new. These free classes include building classes and craft classes that are full of fun projects kids will have a great time creating.

There are enough free classes here that your child could be going to one every weekend!


Home Depot

Kids' workshop at the Home Depot

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Home Depot's Kids Workshops happen the first Saturday of every month. Past projects have included model race cars, mail organizers, picture frames, and planters. Classes are free and also include an orange apron and an achievement pin.

You'll want to register for the workshops to make sure your child has a spot and that there are enough building materials to go around. These sometimes fill up quickly, so if you think you're child may like the class, be sure to sign up as soon as you can.



A Michaels Arts & Crafts store front.

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Michaels craft stores host free classes for kids several times a month weekends and sometimes even have weeklong events before big holidays. The classes at Michaels include all kinds of craft projects that usually center around a holiday or season.

Some classes may be complicated enough that a parent must stay with the child, but most classes are great for dropping off the kids while shopping.


Disney Store

Oxford Street Retail Outlets
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The Disney Store has some really fun in-store events that take place a few times a month in each of their stores. Find out how you can take your children to a Disney Store event where there's free gifts, songs, and stories. Events are on a first-come, first-serve basis. Make sure to arrive early, especially if there is a giveaway in addition to the activities.


Pottery Barn Kids

Pottery Barn Kids, a store in San Ramon, California, United States

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Pottery Barn Kids hosts free classes for kids almost every weekend at their stores along with a free weekly story time for kids of all ages. These classes often include a special craft, readings from popular children's books, and sometimes giveaways.


Lego Stores

Lego Store Castleton Square

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Each month, Lego Stores have free events for kids, ages 6 to 14, to come in and build a mini model. After they've built the mini model, they get to take it home for free.

There is a limit of four children per household who can attend, and children must stay for the entire event to take home the Lego kit used for the model. Kits may not be picked up at a later time.


Lakeshore Learning Center

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The Lakeshore Learning Center offers free arts and crafts classes where children ages 3 and older get to take part in a simple but fun craft. These classes happen every Saturday, and a parent or guardian must be present to supervise their children and help when needed. No reservations are required.


Local Stores and Community Centers

Picture of kids carving pumpkins outside

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Another option for finding free projects and activities for kids is to check in with your local community center, especially during holiday seasons. Pumpkin-carving activities are popular at Halloween, egg decorating is popular at Easter, and at Christmas, there often are craft projects for making ornaments or building gingerbread houses.

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