Build a model fireboat at Home Depot Kids Workshop on Saturday

Jon Johnson File Photo/Gila Herald: Kallie Tapia-Downing, 5, works on assembling her birdhouse.

By Jon Johnson

THATCHER – The popular Home Depot Kids Workshop will take place this Saturday, Oct. 6, from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the Thatcher location at 750 S. 20th Ave.

This month, parents are invited to join in with the store’s hands-on workshop to help their children build a model fireboat to put out shoreline or shipyard fires and transport emergency personnel and rescue workers.

Coincidentally, the Thatcher Fire Department will also be holding its annual fire safety program in the parking lot of the store the same day.

Jon Johnson File Photo/Gila Herald: The Home Depot will have its Kids Workshop this Saturday.

Once the firefighting vessel is complete, children may decorate it with paint and stickers.

The Thatcher Home Depot has run out of kits for the children in the past, and store representatives ask those interested in attending to register online here first, so enough kits will be provided for all the children in the future.

All workshop attendees receive a workshop apron, certificate of achievement, and a commemorative pin while supplies last.

The workshops are designed for children ages 5-12, but all ages are welcome. Workshop attendees have to be accompanied by an adult at all times. The workshop generally runs from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., but be wary, popular items can run out, so it’s best to make it there earlier than later. 

The workshop is easy to find, just follow the sounds of hammering – usually in the supply section adjacent to the garden center – and the buzzing of children hard at work. Projects usually consist of some slight hammering of small nails or attaching a couple screws to build a wooden object, which the children can then paint or adorn with stickers. The workshops are a free activity.