When I had a house full of kids during the long summer months I could always count on free local classes to keep everyone happy. Here are three great places to get free unique building, crafting and wilderness classes over summer vacation.
Free Family Summer Camp at Bass Pro Shops
Bass Pro Shops at Basspro.com/camp is offering a fantastic summer of free crafts, activities and sporting lessons for your kids early June through mid-July amidst their natural wildlife displays. Every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m. your kids will delight in making free nature-type crafts and cooking campfire S’mores.
Other free activities include family sporting workshops, animal identification, archery, bird watching, camping, casting-pond fishing, hiking, insects and plants, pet safety and shooting gallery. Receive a free pin upon completion of every workshop and complimentary photos on the weekend. Then at 7:00 p.m. your Boy Scout will be able to earn merit badges, also free! Check your local Bass Pro Shop for days and times.
Free Make & Take Craft Classes at Michael’s Crafts
Visit Michael’s Crafts Stores for a schedule of summer craft classes or online at Michaels.com to find your closest store and access the “Store Events” tab for class schedules. Most summer craft classes for kids at Michael’s Crafts are only a couple of dollars per child to cover supplies and an age limit of 3 years old (with parent) or older.
For Father’s Day, weekly classes in June, your children can make dad a choice of several special crafts such as a photo frame, T-shirt or mug and will be able to craft a free Happy Father’s Day card. Then a family crafting event is scheduled in late June to create a free 4th of July patriotic craft.
Free Builder’s Workshops for Kids at Home Depot
Home Depot offers free how-to building workshops for kids the first Saturday of every month between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon, at all locations! Find upcoming kid’s building projects at HomeImproverClub.com and search “Kid’s Workshops.”
In addition to the child’s building projects to make and take home, your children will also receive an official Home Depot kid-size orange tool apron, safety instructions and an achievement pin. These classes are quite fun for your little builders and are packed with kids, but don’t worry there is always room for more.
With all these free classes your kids are guaranteed to have a well-rounded summer vacation and learn how to make things with their hands. I would however recommend leaving the electronic games and gadgets at home.