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HIP’s Summer Challenge Week #2: Making Monsters University Scarers at Lowe’s Build & Grow Clinic

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For Week #2 of HIP’S Summer Challenge, we headed over to our local Lowe’s Home Improvement Store for the FREE Kid’s Build & Grow Clinic! I have to admit that I have posted about these FREE Clinics for years (see my most recent posts here and here) but I have never actually attended one with my kids…. until now!

I was lucky enough to get my kids registered for the Monsters University Scarers Clinic that took place this past weekend. As you may know, you have to be on the ball to get your kiddos registered for these free clinics as they tend to fill up quite quickly so I was excited to snatch up 3 spots at my Lowe’s here in Boise (and my sister was able to snag spots as well for her kids so it was quite the family affair!).

Our Experience

* We arrived a few minutes early as we were expecting there to be a long line of other families checking in. Much to my surprise, there was no line. All we did was hand in our Liability Waivers (Lowe’s actually sent these via email after the registration was complete) and then grabbed the pre-packaged projects, aprons, name tags and kid-sized hammers.

* When I envisioned this clinic, I had pictured the kids sitting at tables and listening to an actual instructor provide them with directions on how to create their Monsters University Scarers. I was so wrong! There were no tables as the clinic was actually held in the Lumber Aisle (literally in the aisle as you can see from the pictures above). So we made ourselves comfy on the floor of the aisle and got to work following along with the pre-printed directions.

* The project was fairly simple and was equally enjoyed by all my kids (ages 6, 8 and 11). They really liked hammering the nails and were very proud of their finished projects. Piper, my 6 year old, thought it was so cool to get the free Lowe’s Apron and the special patch (the patch can be ironed on to the apron and then you can add patches to your apron each time you attend another Kid’s Clinic).

* All in all, we had a great time and I loved the fact that the Clinic was 100% free! It was difficult to drag my kids out of the sunshine and into Lowe’s in the middle of the day (our Clinic took place Sunday at 2PM); however, these clinics would be great for the Winter time or a rainy day.

Have you ever attended a Lowe’s Build & Grow Clinic and/or Home Depot Kids’ Workshop before?! If so, share your experience with us!


HIP’s Summer Challenge

Every Monday throughout this summer, I will be publishing a Weekly Post centered around different activities that I have personally done with my 3 kiddos (ages 6, 8, and 11) for around $10 or less. I hope you’ll join me![/h2s_box]

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  1. deborah

    we go to Home Depot workshop all the time we enjoy it and yes we have tables and buckets to sit on in the lumber aisle also

  2. Lindsay

    We have done a few of these clinics and my kids both love them. We are scheduled to do the next one coming up! It is a great free activity that everyone should try!

  3. Alisha

    My husband took my girls to Lowes this last weekend they made the Monster Scarers they both loved it & the Scarers are sooo Cute ๐Ÿ˜‰ He wants to start taking them to a clinic event each month for daddy/daughter day out!!!

    • Nicole

      I sign my 3 year old son up for every one I can for my hubby to take him for a Daddy day! They have done about 4 of them so far. Sometimes they go to McDonald’s beforehand for $1 hotcakes, and sometimes they go to the hobby store afterwards (which is not as budget friendly! haha) My little guy has been having fun scaring me with his “scarers”!

  4. Jennie S.

    Went to our first one yesterday and my boys, 8, 6, & 4, enjoyed it thoroughly. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Stacy

    I am wondering if anyone has brought a 3 year old to this and if they enjoyed it?
    I have heard from other families that bring kids 2 and up to these clinics. The signs say 5 and up I don’t want to push my 3 year old to go though if the store will turn him away.

    • Megan

      My son is three and we took him over the weekend. He had a blast! There were kids younger than him there.

      • Liza

        Can anyone tell me what’s the youngest child taken to Home Depot?! It says 5-12 yrs. my kiddos r 4. And don’t want to sign them in if not old enough

    • Alisha

      Stacy we took our 3 year old daughter she loved it just have to watch them closely with tools(hammer) hope that helps ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Elizabeth

      We have been attending both the Lowes and the Home Depot workshops since before some of my children were born and never had any problems. Our experience has always been, my husband and I could decide when they were old enough to build, usually around 2. A few times the worker helped us build one (a car or train) so our littlest would not feel left out! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Nicole

      My 3 year old has gone to about 4 of them since his very first ON his 3rd birthday! The minimum age is 3 on the waiver. His daddy helps him and he has fun.

    • Jessica

      My 3 year old daughter loves it. We’ve been to two so far, and I’ve signed her up for the one on June 22nd!

    • jennifer

      I took my 3 year old, and also had my one year old in tow. He spent his time sitting in a cabinet, popping in and out. Did I mention, he’s a very active one year old. We had a good time.

    • Kat

      I actually brought my 2 1/2 year old and she had a blast!! Just had to help her hammer but went well other than that.

  6. Kelly Anderson

    I just took my 4 yr old to this clinic! It was fun… I don’t think they will turn him away, you will probably just do most of the building for him…I had to help my son, but he loved it, really cute! It was our first time going , thanks to Hip2Save, I found out about it,love this site! I already registered him for the next Monsters University clinic !

  7. Mandy

    My son went this weekend and loved it. They had tables though! But he didn’t get an apron…not sure why. He is 3 and loved every minute. Definately doing the next one!

    • Jessica

      We’ve gone to two different Lowe’s. One they handed the aprons and goggles out to everyone, the other one you had to ask for it. Just ask when you go to the next one, they should give it to you.

  8. Erin

    Our Lowes had “tables” (large pieces of wood on buckets) and buckets to sit on…thank goodness because I’m 37 weeks prego and was wearing a dress! My girls (both age 5) had a blast and I’ve already signed them up for the next clinic in 2 weeks! Our Lowe’s does the clinics at 10:00 am…maybe each store gets to pick their time???

    • Nicole

      Our store offered the Monsters, Inc. ones this month both on Saturdays at 10 am and Sundays at 2 pm. It is usually just on Saturday mornings. Not sure if they are offering both days now because it is a more popular project or because school is out so they might have more kids?

  9. Kelly

    My husband and I have taken our son (who just turned 4) to four of these clinics. Our Lowes has the tables set-up in the lumbar aisle and also has carpet laid out. I admit when I first attended one I thought someone would be teaching the kids. Luckily I’m good at building things so I dove right in and helped my little guy. He has gotten better at the projects as he has gotten older. I usually have to start it and then help him finish. I think this is a great idea for kids and always make sure to sign up right away.

  10. Traci

    I have a 7 year old and a 2 and half year old. We have been going since December 2011. We have not missed any workshop at Lowe’s or Home Depot. My 2 yr old boy started at a year old and he can now put the nails in and hammer all on his on. I do start the nail because I have had many crushed finger nails trying to hold the nail for him. Their aprons from Lowe’s are full of badges. Our Home Depot aprons are full of the tack pins. We keep the instructions and put that along with the certificate and a picture of them with the finished project in a notebook. We also put the projects date on it and place it on a shelf in their room. They love playing with them and they do tend to take extra care of them, since they worked hard to make them. I think the accommodations depends on where you go. At Lowe’s in Montgomery, AL they have tables and chairs to sit at. At Home Depot in Montgomery they make tables from 4X8’s and buckets and you site on a bucket and is located in the lumber isle. At HD in Prattville they have tables at the front door provide snacks and drinks.

    • Nicole

      I like your idea of the scrapbook of them with the finished projects! I wanted to frame the certificates but since my little guy has been to 4 so far it would get to be entirely too many frames (unless I just put the newest one in front each month.)

  11. Ketsy

    We did this too. Haยก. I invited a friend and there were lumber tables but no buckets to sit on and also do-it-yourself. It was still fun for them. We will be going to the next one and hopefully they will have aprobs for us as they were out last time.

  12. harlow

    this is great to spend quality time with ur kids doing stuff like this. it seems like it would be really special. at free u cant beat that. congrats to all of you for taking ur kids to this. i wish my parents did stuff like this with me when i younger but i guess they did other stuff. seems like a cool activity and quite special time.

  13. liz richmond

    i took my great nieces to saturday’s workshop. they both had a great time even though they were not wanting to go. they liked it so much we will be doing future workshops.

  14. Nicole

    I took my 3 1/2 yr old twins to my lowes for this project for the first time this Saturday also! I had the idea as you, tables and teachers. But it was fun just is doing it! We didn’t get an apron though, but we did get kid goggles! The week before we went to Farr ice cream and had ice cream for breakfast!

  15. Nina

    I took my kids for the first time this weekend. We all loved it and are going back again!

  16. Kaylee

    We did this too. I totally envisioned the same thing–employees helping, etc. Our lowes had big tables out of wood set up and we assembled the kits ourselves. My daughters are 5 and 3 and they had fun, but not a blast. Probably wont go to one again anytime soon.

  17. Linda

    we took my granddaughter(3) for the first time this past saturday and she really enjoyed it, wehave already signed up for another one.

  18. Thia

    We took our 9 cub scouts on several events. They wore their uniforms. I took lots of photos of them while building, a photo of their completed project and then a group photo with the attendant. Over the years they completed several “required” projects and included the photos in their scrapbooks (another requirement) all while having a great time!

  19. Jen

    Thanks for posting about this earlier. My husband and I took our kids and it was awesome!

  20. LO

    We just did our first one! My daughter 3 1/2 loved it. Although hammering on a plastic table isn’t easy lol we signed up for another already

  21. Jenn

    Good to hear what it’s like. My almost 3 year old was signed up, but at the last minute, I canceled our spot because I thought he’d just be too young (and I’d have my 16 month old with me too), and I thought we’d disrupt everything. If it’s just in the aisle with no one “teaching,” we can leave if we need to or whatever. I think we’ll give the next one a shot!

  22. Patty

    We do both lowes and Home Depot all the time! Both my children love it! If its too busy, or we are pressed for time, we get the projects to go and go them at home later.

  23. Alla

    I just registered my son and on the waiver it says its at 2 PM but when you read towards the bottom it says the registration resevs the kits untill at 10:15 at which time the kits will be given to others present at the clinic. Does that mean I have to go there at 10 AM or should I go at 1:45. So confusing ๐Ÿ™

    • Stacy

      At my Lowe’s the clinics used to be Saturday at 10am but this month they added a Sunday at 2pm spot. I am assuming the waiver didn’t get updated for the Sunday clinic. We went at 1:45 and had no problems.

  24. Tara

    My husband took our 4 year old daughter for the first time and they had a great time! I’ve signed them up for the next one, and I think this will become a regular Daddy/daughter date and when our son is old enough he can join too.

  25. christine

    Didn’t know they still did these! My grandpa took me when I was like 10 so my 6 year old brother could go a few times and I could not stand it! Lol

  26. Karen

    I take my kids to the Home Depot one a lot. In the spring/summer they have the tables set up(no seats) out side the contractor entrance. I tend not to go in the winter when I have a hard time getting my boys out of the store past all the ‘cool stuff’ to touch! We just did the lawnmower pencil holder and it was really easy for the kids to do most of the work. I am not a big fan of registering ahead of time so although I have registered for Lowes I have never actually made it there!

  27. VictoriaBF

    Our Lowes has actual tables and chairs to sit on. My daughter is 3 1/2 and we started taking her there since she was 2 1/2. I always help her to hammer safely. We really enjoy these workshops. ๐Ÿ™‚

  28. monica

    I love going to the clinics! I have taken my son since is was 3. I took my daughter this past weekend and she is almost two. My husband came along so I had some help. They have taken these little monsters everywhere with us. To the baseball game, out to eat, to the store and everyone has complemented about how cute they are and they are surprised when I tell them that we made them! We will be going to the next one on the 22nd and it is another monster university item that we are making and I am going to take my son to see the movie after we are done. I believe it comes out that weekend. It’s so much fun and it is free!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  29. Jenn

    I took my son all the time. He is in 7th grade now, so is too old to continue. They were always really great. My son has Autism so they always let him start early so he could avoid a lot of the noise. If it got to be too loud, they let us take it home to build. I think that it is a really nice activity they offer.

    • Christine

      Thank you for the info! We have two kds with disabilities (our 13-year-old has severe autism). I signed them both up for the one in 2 weeks. It is good to know we can just walk away if he gets to over stimulated and finish the project at home:)

  30. J

    We have done the Lowe’s and Home Depot in the past. They are so much fun! Great skills for kids to explore. Home Depot has been coming to our elementary school Fun Day the past 2 years and bringing kits for kids to build. Highly recommend these events for kids.

  31. Diana

    After reading this post and all the comments I went ahead and signed up for a Home Depot one for July 6th! I think our girls will enjoy a little bonding time with Daddy!!!

  32. Lisa

    I took my daughter (8) this past Sunday…had a blast! Registered for the next event in 2 weeks….she can’t wait! Register early, next event
    already filled in our area. Great project and it’s FREE!! It’s not just for boys ๐Ÿ™‚

  33. Chris

    we had a great time making our scarers and look forward to making the chest in two weeks! our lowes added a second day to the clinic, it is offered on sat and sun, so it is a wee bit easier to get registered, but yes you do need to be on the ball!

  34. Jenny Martin

    I took my 4 and 6 year old nieces this weekend for the scarers build. I definitely thought it was going to be a group thing where whey could learn and build with other kids but boy was I wrong. We didn’t get goggles or aprons or nametags. I just handed her the release form and she gave us the kits. That was all the assistance we got. We had big stacks of lumber for “tables” but we had to stand. My boyfriend and I are both 6′ or taller so that was a real pain in the neck! When we finished we did get certificates and patches. I’m signed up for the next one too. I hope its a little more organized!

  35. Sarah

    In our area there is a Despicable me 2 clinic at Home Depot on July 6th

  36. Marietta

    I took my daughter also she had a blast. We plan on doing as many as possible this summer. We did one at Home Depot last year but the times just never work for us. We went with friends and had a blast!! By the way parents need to keep their hands out of the way of kids with swinging HAMMERS!!! ouch!!!!!

  37. Jennifer

    We did our first workshop Saturday. My kids six and four loved it.

  38. Jen

    Have a 28 month granddaughter , is that too young to take to one of these workshops ?

  39. Alisha

    We took our almost 8 year old on Sunday. He enjoyed it. He really loved the apron, goggles and the hammer. It was fun watching my husband and son put the pieces together and it was a nice little outing for the family. I would do this again.

  40. Seb's mom

    Quick question, can you just drop by early to see if you can attend the Lowe’s one?
    I never have to register or sign a waiver for Home Depots. My little guy loves this monthly event bounding time with dad….
    Missed the sign up time for Monster Inc!!!
    anyone can help???

  41. Jodi

    So excited! I signed both my kids up! They can’t wait, thanks Hip2Save!

  42. nancy deterding

    My grandchildren love the build and grow workshops. They are so proud of themselves when they can complete a project all by themselves.

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