Posted on Thursday, November 27th, 2014 at 7:00 am
Need something that will occupy your children’s attention for a little while so you can get your gift shopping done? There are plenty of free kids events happening in December. Some of them require registration, and all of them require an adult to be there. Your significant other, or another family member, could attend the event with your kids while you shop.
It won’t be too difficult to find a Santa near you! Talk to your kids and let them know that they will have to wait in line to see Santa. Select an adult family member to stand in line with your kids. This will give you a little while to shop the mall for Christmas gifts without your kids seeing what you purchased.
Lowe’s Build and Grow
Lowe’s Build and Grow offers free building events for kids. Registration is required ahead of time. Kids who participate get a free apron, goggles, a patch, and the opportunity to build a wooden project.
December 13, 2014: Holiday Train Engine – Kids get to put together a wooden train that is festively decorated. The finished build looks like Santa is driving the train.
Home Depot Kids Workshops
Home Depot also offers free building events for kids who are between the ages of 5 and 12. Registration is required. Kids who participate get a free Workshop apron, certificate of achievement, and a commemorative pin. They also get the opportunity to build a wooden project.
December 6, 2014: How to Build Holiday Yard Stakes – Kids will learn how to put together festive holiday yard stakes that have snowflakes, snowmen, or gingerbread men on them.
Lakeshore Learning holds free craft events for kids who are ages 3 and up. No reservations are required.
December 6, 2014: – Chilly Snowman – Kids will decorate a cup and make it look like a snowman that is wearing a scarf and earmuffs.
December 13, 2014: – Welcome Winter Wreath – Kids will create a wreath by gluing pieces of tissue paper and yarn onto a prepared paper plate (that has been cut to form a circle with an open center).
December 20, 2014: – Festive Card Holder – Kids will create and decorate a paper folder that can be used to store their holiday cards. They also get to make a snowman that will help them hang up that folder.
December 27, 2014: – Celebration Noisemaker – Kids get to make a “noisemaker” musical instrument out of paper plates, a craft stick, feathers, pom-poms, and glitter. Beads will be placed inside the “noisemaker” so that it makes a sound when shaken.