Home Depot Workshop: Menorah Edition


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Yesterday we attended our very first Home Depot workshop- making menorahs just in time for Hanukkah. A menorah is the candelabra that holds the Hanukkah candles. Each night an additional candle is added to make the nights until all eight have been lit. This event was put on by Home Depot and our local Chabbad. There were two sessions for this event, one at 3:00 and another at 3:45. We arrived for the 3:45 a little early, but were taken in right away. It was set up really cute. The seats were upside down orange Home Depot buckets. These also held up "tables" which were pieces of plywood.
The first step was to get the kit and hammer the pieces in and glue the nuts on. All of the hammering was done by the adults, but R started to steal the hammers from the surrounding areas and hit whatever he could. Yay! Demolition is in our future.
Step two was to paint. R did all of the painting. By this I mean he painted himself, us, and the table. I actually think there was more paint OFF the menorah than on it. 
At all of these workshops, kids get a kit to complete during the workshop and then take home. They will also get a free orange kid sized apron, and at some of them a pin or certificate of achievement. These are on the first Saturday of the month, unless it is a special occasion like ours was. Most classes start at 9:00. Be sure to register online so that your child has a spot and has claim on a kit because they fill up quickly.
Workshops are held at the following locations: 
  • Norfolk: Military Highway
  • Virginia Beach: General Booth, Lynnhaven Parkway, Celebration Station 
  • Chesapeake: Hillcrest Parkway, Tintern Lane
  • Portsmouth: Old Taylor Road
  • Newport News: Chatham Road
  • Gloucester: Walton Lane
  • Williamsburg: Mooretown Road
  • Hampton: Armistead Ave
You can register for the next Home Depot session on Saturday Jan. 6th here. Be on the lookout for their monthly sessions. 
Description: Get organized for 2018 in our hands-on Workshop where you and your child can assemble a wooden block calendar to kick off the new year. Useful year-round, the block calendar is perfect for a tabletop display. Once the calendar construction is complete, your child can decorate it with paint and stickers. All Kids Workshop attendees must be accompanied by a parent or adult at all times. All kids get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last. Children must be present at the store to participate in the workshop and receive the kit, apron, and pin.

Home Depot also has partnered with Science Fair Central to bring family science projects to parents. Check it out here
He is our finished masterpiece. It actually is pretty sturdy and I think will hold up pretty well. We are looking forward to lighting it on Tuesday! Happy Hanukkah! 

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