10 Free Workshops for Kids in Atlanta

Golf Clinics at PGA Tour Superstore
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It can be hard during the summer to keep kids busy, especially when it’s hot outside. Here are ten retail establishments that offer free craft or workshop days. These are wonderful drop in programs that can fit into an already busy day. Know of another retail store that offers crafts, clinics or workshops? Leave a comment and let us know.

  1. Home Depot Workshop – The first Saturday of every month, Home Depot sets aside a corner of the store for kids to hammer and glue a wooden craft. We’ve made treasure boxes, flower pots, fire engines, and airplanes to name a few. Kids get an apron and the craft they make all for free.
  2. Lowes Build and Grow Workshop – On select Saturdays, Lowe’s offers kids a similar workshop to the Home Depot. Lowe’s provides all the materials, hammers and gives each child a kid sized apron. Visit the website for specific dates and projects.
  3. Michaels Make and Take Crafts – Michaels Craft Stores offer free craft demonstrations and very inexpensive Make it and Take it Crafts in stores across the country.  There are programs for children, as well as teens and adults.
  4. Lakeshore Learning – Lakeshore Learning offers free crafts every Saturday from 11 – 3 pm for children ages 3 and up.
  5. PGA Superstore Free Golf Clinics – PGA Tour Superstore offers Junior Golf clinics on Tuesday and Friday evenings each week. Kids ages 7 – 17 learn golf fundamentals, rules and etiquette. Sessions are split between two different levels. The first is the Mini-Tour for beginners and the Nationwide Tour for intermediate players. Don’t have clubs? That’s ok, PGA Superstore has demo clubs your little one can use.  Call before you go to make sure they have enough pros and students to continue with the clinic that week and get the exact time for your child’s level.
  6. American Girl – The American Girl store has a host of events tied to their latest offerings. Some of these events are free and some are paid. Most require a reservation.
  7. Pottery Barn Kids – Pottery Barn kids has weekly story time on Tuesdays, as well as occasional crafts and even decorating advice for parents.
  8. Barnes and Noble – The Barnes and Noble bookstores have storytime for kids. During the summer months, they’ll enticing kids to read on their own with a free summer reading program. To find the events near you, go to the main B&N page and search for your local store and events.
  9. The Disney Store – The Disney Store’s often have free events that range from costume parties to story-time. Contact your local store for their upcoming activities.
  10. Toys R Us – The toy store giant has regular free events for kids.

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