Ready to put on your thinking cap? Every month, your family can receive a little free education at one of your favorite retailers. These monthly workshops are the perfect way to sharpen your mind and skill set, often without spending a dime.
Most of these workshops are free, although some do require you to pay a small fee to cover supplies or other costs. So, be sure to click the workshop links to find out if any minor costs apply.
Following are seven educational opportunities that could be in your near future:
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This famous home improvement store offers a series of weekly workshops. Some examples include:
- Do-It-Yourself Workshops. You’ll learn to use tools properly for the DIY projects you have planned around home.
- Do-It-Herself Workshops. You can complete projects such as building your own nightstand.
- Kids Workshops. Children can try their hands at various projects, such as building a candy dish.
Check out The Home Depot’s website to learn about and register for upcoming workshops.
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If crafting is your bag, head to your nearest Michaels store to take advantage of workshops for adults and kids.
Examples of classes available for adults include:
- Jewelry making
- Paper crafting and mixed media
- Knitting and crocheting
- Cake decorating
Kids also can try their hands at craft projects. In the past, Michaels has offered classes teaching children how to make felt character Christmas stockings and gingerbread houses.
Visit the Michaels website to learn more.
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If you’d like to sharpen up your skills for Christmas dinner — or any other feast throughout the year — attend a cooking workshop at one of Williams-Sonoma’s 220 stores across the U.S. and Canada.
Chefs and culinary specialists teach cooking classes at the popular retail stores. Sign up, and you’ll enjoy 10 percent off any purchases you make in the store that day. Kids also can get in on the kitchen fun by participating in junior chef classes.
Check out the Williams-Sonoma website for more information.
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Love your new iPhone, but don’t quite understand all the features it offers? Apple hosts free workshops for people who want to learn more about their devices, including Macs, iPhones, Apple Watches and more.
Programs also are available for kids, include Apple camp and field trips. Visit the Apple website to learn more.
The North Face
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This major retailer is synonymous with outdoor adventure. So, it makes perfect sense that it offers Mountain Athletics training, focusing on free workouts “specifically geared towards preparing for and achieving any outdoor goal” in five major cities across the country:
- New York
- San Francisco
- Washington, D.C.
If you long to get out and explore, find out more at The North Face website.
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Home remodeling has become an American pastime, so why not get your kids started early? Lowe’s offers a series of free “Build and Grow” clinics for children. It’s a win-win — your son or daughter can build something he or she is proud of, and you won’t have to hand over your prized tools — at least, not just yet!
Register your kids for hands-on fun at the Lowe’s website.
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Is your youngster wild about Legos? Each month, Lego Store retailers host an event during which children can build their own mini Lego model.
Registration begins at 9 a.m. on the 15th of every month. Space is limited, so be sure to find a Lego Store near you and sign up right away. If you miss the workshop, you can still find instructions for building the models at home.
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