On one Saturday of every month, first-graders Vanity Gaither and her twin brother, Virtue, 6, head to Home Depot with their mom, LaWanda. But not necessarily to go shopping. The Hempstead twins attend the free Home Depot Kids’ Workshop, donning the store’s kid-sized signature orange aprons to make items such as a toolbox, a Valentine’s Day craft and a wooden car. “I like how they do the projects,” Vanity says. “I like how we build them.” Home Depot isn’t the only retail store that offers special weekend workshops for kids and families. Here are details for Home Depot and nine more establishments that do the same on Long Island.
Lakeshore Learning Store
WHEN | WHERE 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays at 2079 Hillside Ave., New Hyde Park
INFO 516-616-9360; lakeshorelearning.com
Each week features a different craft at this educational retail store. No need to register in advance. Kids ages 3 and older and their parents can drop in anytime during the session. Upcoming workshops include a Honeybee House on March 25, an April Showers Craft on April 1 and an Up, Up and Away Kite on April 8.
Pictured: Participants make "Lots O' Luck" hats for St. Patrick's Day.
WHEN | WHERE 2 p.m. March 25, 1475 Montauk Hwy., Oakdale
COST $15; must register at least 24 hours in advance; for kids 7 and older; must be accompanied by a parent
INFO 631-699-8310; in2ition-inc.com
Some of this artisan goods boutique’s upcoming hourlong workshops include making Sudsy Shiny Soap on March 25, Speed Racers model wooden cars on April 1 and Monster Spray on April 15. At Sudsy Shiny Soapmaking, kids make colorful, scented soaps with shimmer. At Speed Racers, they’ll build and decorate cars and then race them outside for a prize. At Making Monster Spray, kids help scare away monsters from under the bed with a custom-scented room and pillow spray.
WHEN | WHERE 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays at Long Island Michaels stores
INFO Find a local store at michaels.com
Michaels Kids’ Club workshops are geared to ages 3 and older. Upcoming workshops include Watercolor Frame on March 25 and Easter-related crafts on April 1, 8 and 15. Participants can register in advance online or just come in.
Pictured: Kyla Tolliver, 2, from Massapequa, participates in a crafting class in Massapequa.
WHEN | WHERE Periodic weekends at 100 Jericho Tpke., Westbury
COST Depends on workshop
INFO 516-334-0066; hicksnurseries.com
Hicks offers weekend workshops for kids periodically. Upcoming children’s workshops include a free “Plant a Snap Pea Seed” opportunity on March 25 and March 26 for kids younger than 12. Kids can plant seeds anytime throughout the day; preregistration isn’t necessary.
WHEN | WHERE Typically occur once a month from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Long Island’s Home Depot locations
Kids attending the Home Depot Kids' Workshop events get to keep their craft, and also receive a free certificate of achievement, workshop apron and commemorative pin while supplies last. Upcoming workshops include Build a Bunny Basket on April 1, where kids will make a basket to store Easter treats and decorate it with paint and stickers. All ages are welcome to drop in anytime during workshop hours; preregistration isn’t necessary.
Pictured: Kimberlee Thomas with her son Ajani Seales, 8, of West Hempstead put the final touches on a large crate toolbox kit at a Home Depot kid workshop in Hempstead.
The Lego Store
WHEN | WHERE 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday twice a month at 630 Old Country Rd., Roosevelt Field Mall, Garden City
COST $10 per child
INFO 516-746-3625; lego.com
Kids build a small Lego set and a box they can fill up with bricks to take home. For ages 6 through 14 with parent or guardian. Workshops occur before the store opening. The next workshops are March 25, April 22 and 29.
Toys R Us
WHEN | WHERE Frequent Saturdays and Sundays at Toys R Us; check website for projects and times
Toys R Us Workshops range from Lego building to Pokémon trade and collect events, to Shopkins swap events. Upcoming events include a “Beauty and the Beast” Lego event where kids will make a Lumiere character from the movie anytime from 1 to 3 p.m. March 25, and a Mega Bloks make-and-take event where kids will create a figure to take home from 1 to 3 p.m. April 1. Advance sign-up isn’t necessary.
Babies R Us
WHEN | WHERE Periodic Saturdays and Sundays at Babies R Us; check website for details
Babies R Us offers periodic workshops focused on infants. Upcoming events include Baby’s First Easter from 11 a.m. to noon on March 25, where families can make a craft and older siblings can color, and there’ll be a photo opportunity to take their own shots with a holiday backdrop; and Baby’s First Birthday from 11 a.m. to noon on April 8, with activities and planning ideas. Advance registration isn’t necessary.
Sur La Table
WHEN | WHERE Periodic Saturdays and Sundays at Sur La Table at 1468 Northern Blvd. in Manhasset and Smith Haven Mall, 630 Smith Haven Mall, Lake Grove
COST $49 a person; advance online sign-up required
INFO 800-423-0852; surlatable.com
Sur La Table’s Family Fun Classes are for kids ages 6 and older to work, cook and learn with their parents or other adult. Upcoming classes include Family Fun: Easter Sweets at 10 a.m. and again at 1 p.m. on April 16 and Mommy & Me: Baking Together at 9 a.m. May 13 and 10 a.m. and again at 1 p.m. May 14.
WHEN | WHERE March 24 to April 2 at Broadway Mall, Hicksville; Smith Haven Mall, Lake Grove; and Roosevelt Field mall, Garden City
INFO 516-932-2070 (Broadway); 631-724-4509 (Smith Haven); 516-739-0072 (Roosevelt Field)
Disney Stores’ Magical Memories Parade celebrates Disney Stores' 30th Anniversary. Guests are invited to hear short, fun stories and facts about Disney Stores' history, and younger guests are encouraged to dance along the store parade route to a 30th anniversary song that has been written exclusive for Disney Store. No preregistration required.