Line up the hammer and hit the nail on the head! San Diego has a variety of build-it workshops where you and your kids can enjoy the fun off taking small pieces and building something new. Whether it’s an airplane, a tractor, or a mailbox, your little construction worker will have an awesome craft to bring home to play with or brag to their friends about. Check out these local hot spots and set up your next DIY project for the whole family.

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Lowe’s Home Improvement
Lowe’s offers a free Build and Grow clinic for kids ages 3 and up. The workshops are scheduled on select Saturdays, and are always at 10 a.m. for one hour. Previous projects include planter boxes, race cars, birdhouses, and more. All participants get a pair of goggles, an apron, a patch, and of course, their very own wooden craft. Friendly Lowe’s associates help little builders craft their projects into works of art. If you don’t see the clinic as you walk into the store, just ask at the Customer Service Desk. Check out the website to find your local warehouse and look at the list of clinics. Registration is always open a few weeks in advance, so make sure to register early before the clinics fill up.

Lowe’s Home Improvement
Warehouses throughout San Diego

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Home Depot
The first Saturday of every month, Home Depot offers a free workshop designed for kids ages 5-12. Register online and arrive from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. the day of the workshop. Each kiddo receives a certificate of achievement, a Home Depot workshop apron, and a commemorative pin. They also get to keep their craft. Past projects include a toolbox, bird house, truck, picket fence photo frame, and lots more. Try to show up as close to 9 a.m. as you can since all kits and supplies are given out on a first come, first serve basis!

The Home Depot
Locations throughout San Diego

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DIY with Pro Help
Christy and Drew Heiskala have been in the construction industry for many years doing their own home projects as well as helping other people do theirs. Starting in May, they’ve opened their doors to families with the hope to inspire the next generation of builders. If you’re looking for the perfect gift for Father’s Day, join the woodworking fun on Jun. 14 to create an all-ages game that can be played for years to come. The workshop is designed for kids ages 7 – 14, but there will be building blocks available for kids 6 and under. The workshop is free with advanced registration, or $5 for drop-in attendees. Reserve a spot early as there are a limited number of spaces available (RSVP via Facebook or call 619-928-9DIY).

DIY With Pro Help
1851 5th Ave.
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 928-9349

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The Children’s Woodshop Bus
What is better than getting to build your own DIY craft? Building it in a 30-foot transit bus that was transformed into a traveling woodworking workshop! The Children’s Woodshop Bus offers one-hour woodworking workshops designed for kids ages 6-10, and cost $15 per child. Each little builder has his own adjustable work station and gets to practice hammering, drilling, and turning screws to create their very own project. Check online to see where the bus will be traveling next.

The Children’s Woodshop Bus
(858) 272-5631

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— Brooke Hausman

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