By Patricia Hall, Fairfax Family Fun
Sad news: The Lowes Build and Grow program is no more! As parents of young children may know, Lowes, the large chain of hardware stores, has run a monthly program, Lowes Build and Grow, to give kids a chance to construct items under the direction and guidance of a store employee. The sessions, offered monthly, would give kids a chance to make a do-it-yourself (DIY) project such as a planter, race car, birdhouse, or jewelry box, using real tools.
Unfortunately, the program has come to an end! After 10 years of hosting Build and Grow projects, Lowes has announced the final session was in December 2016. A statement on the company website reads: “Thank you for supporting Lowe’s Build and Grow program over the last 10 years. The final Build and Grow clinic was held in December. We will continue to explore new and fresh ways to inspire, educate and engage with customers. Please visit Lowes online How-to library for project ideas, easy DIY and decorating tips and more or Lowe’s Open House for the latest news about how Lowe’s is helping in communities across the nation.”While Lowes does not give an explanation for terminating the program, we’re guessing it was not for a lack of interest: on the contrary, these sessions would often fill up, as they were great ways to introduce young kids to DIY and woodworking and provide them with the satisfaction of walking out with a completed project. With each session, participants also received a free Lowes apron, googles, a themed patch, and a certificate of completion.
Parents who loved these workshops can take consolation in that another large home improvement store will continue to offer a similar program: Home Depot conducts Kids Workshops every month, DIY sessions for guests of all ages and experience levels. Workshops are free, and participants receive the kit, apron, and participation pin. The next kids’ workshop, on February 4, 2017, is for a Valentine-themed photo box.