Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum
This past November, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum placed a beautiful Stop-by Studio for all to enjoy with free art kits and books to keep or borrow! My kids loved going to the museum pre-covied so grabbing one of these kits was defiantly a highlight for them. The kit contained watercolors, a paintbrush, a picture to paint as well as ideas to create your own art. The museum has posted several different “subjects” to paint with the most recent one being Snow Sculpture, Penguin–check it out!!
Located: 700 North 12th Street, Wausau
Every month since our kids have been little, I have signed them up for the free Kids Workshop where the first Saturday of every month between 9am – 12pm we would go to the store, paint and hammer away a new project. Since Covid, our local Home Depot in Wausau has been handing out their free projects for you to complete at home on the first Saturday of every month, first come basis until they run out. The kits include everything you will need except the tools and paint.
Wausau-2705 Sherman St, Wausau
Wisconsin Rapids-24th Street South, Wisconsin Rapids
Rhinelander-1400 E Lincoln St, Rhinelander
Available: first come basis on the first Saturday of each month
This past October, Lowe’s has recently stared up their free Kids Build and Grow Workshop again after a long break of not offering it. Every second weekend of the month, you are able to pick up a free workshop kit at guest services. These kits include everything you need to build your project (tools not included), a patch, step-by-step instructions, and if it’s your first build, they will give you an apron and safety glasses. For these kits, you do need to pre-register online and registration is limited.
Located: 230 Crossroads Drive, Plover
Available: at Guest Services on the second weekend of every month (Saturday-Sunday)
Weston Ace is always a fun place to go for their Kids Club! After each craft my kids would end up at the “zoo” and “aquarium” as they called it! If you haven’t been there, they have a large selection of fish and critters that will keep the kids entertained for some time! Since Covid- Ace’s Kids Club was on hold but recently has come back as a Crafts to Go for families! These kits are available the second Saturday of every month as first come-first serve basis.
Located: 2606 Schofield Ave, Schofield
Available: in store on the second Saturday of each month- on first serve basis
Marathon County Public Library
When we order books for pick-up at our local branch we always ask for the current Grab and Go bags that are available to everyone; child, teen and adult! These kits have everything you need to create a fun activity at home! Most kits are aligned with a season, online story you can follow along with and other fun themes. Check out the Marathon County Public Library website or call your local branch to see what they are currently offering!
Available: see availability online or call local branch