Ah yes, Another holiday, another project. There are cards to create, treats to make, and gifts that let kids know how much we love them…hopefully for under $10.
We started The Robot Garage when our three daughters were young, but with two now in college and one almost there, the pressure is off. They’re lucky if they get a card this year! When I think back to the Valentines Days we still remember, they are about time together, more than things. We’ve always been a maker family, and that carries over to The Robot Garage where the projects we build are as much about building friendships, memories, and confidence, as they are about creating objects.
BRING YOUR KIDS TO THE ROBOT GARAGE DROP-IN ROOM TO BUILD-YOUR-OWN VALENTINES GIFTS
The Robot Garage Drop-In room has just added a Valentines colored Lego brick station, and a Plus Plus station too. Bring your kids in to build, and purchase the builds by the pound when you leave. Time together and memorable gifts to boot! Visit www.TheRobotGarage.Com for Drop-In to see our hours, but generally every day but Monday. Kids are $8 for up to 2 hours and adults are free. Builds can be purchased by the pound and little hearts like this Plus Plus heart are only a few dollars. Kids must be accompanied by adults.
THE ROBOT GARAGE TOY STORE IS PACKED WITH LITTLE GIFTS
You can also check out a wide array of affordable gifts in our toy store including wind-up hearts, rainbow twirlers, and Plus Plus building tubes. We also have a large selection of The Lego Movie 2 kits, starting at $9.99
VALENTINES GIFTS TEND TO DISAPPEAR, BUT MEMORIES CAN LAST A LIFETIME
Today, our hand-made cards are long gone, but the memories of gathering around the kitchen table to create them are still there. The pink and red cookies were gobbled up immediately, but the memories of baking and decorating are still there. The glitter and glue and paper scraps have long since been swept up, but we’ll never forget the time a red velvet cake recipe somehow ended up looking like a CSI crime scene when we let our kids, and their friends have control of the kitchen.
Below are five tips for creating great memories and a couple of links to sites with good project ideas.
5 TIPS FOR TURNING GOOD PROJECTS INTO GREAT MEMORIES
1. Most of us can’t turn off our phones but try setting yours aside across the room. No texting or calls unless they can’t wait.
2. Sure there’s laundry to do and beds to make but try not to multi-task. Your undivided attention will be a gift in itself.
3. Get everything organized ahead of time but if things turn to chaos, go with it. Kids will be kids.
4. Encourage your kids to be who they are, even if it doesn’t fit into your vision of the finished product. If your child loves SpiderMan and insists on using orange, orange it is!
5. Make a gift for someone else and take it over together. It could be for a grandparent, a neighbor, or the people at a local police or fire station. Valentines is a great way to introduce kids to the joy of giving in straightforward, age-appropriate ways.
2 LINKS TO CREATIVE VALENTINES PROJECTS
The Robot Garage inspires the innovators of tomorrow with fun, hands-on engineering experiences today. We offer classes, camps, scout events, field trips, birthday parties, kids-nights, Minecraft nights, a community drop-in LEGO room, and a great toy store. We are based in Birmingham and Rochester Hills and serve 7,000+ students each year. (Our Village of Rochester Hills location is on a limited schedule until our new space opens in the spring but classes,camps, and parties are running!)