Welcome to the letter E in the A to Z Challenge for 2018. During the month of April I am using the alphabet to work my way through Michaels Arts and Crafts store.
Today we are looking at Events and Classes. Every month there is a different schedule of events, usually themed around the next holiday. This month it was all about Spring and Easter. You can find the details and schedule right at the front of the store with some examples of the projects you can make.
Then there is the ever popular slime! (In case you don’t have little kids around, slime is a concoction made with glue, water, saline solution and sometimes shaving cream, depending on the consistency you want. It’s kind of like silly putty but not). You can add food color and glitter and all kinds of things. One of the first weekends I worked I helped with a Halloween slime event. The slime was pre-made and tinted orange by one of the Michaels staff. A sandwich size baggie was given to each child and there were different kinds of decorations like glitter and tiny sparkles that they could use to decorate it. This was a free event and the kids got to take home the slime when they were done. I tell you, the amount of glue alone that gets sold in the making of slime is ridiculous. Elmers has something going with this one because glue is expensive! We sell gallons of them for $30 and they are “Everyday Value” items so the coupons don’t work on them. Many a parent has come to the register with their 40% off coupon only to be dismayed that it cannot be applied to the glue. Some very interesting discussions between parent and child at this point – LOL.
The classrooms can be rented for other types of things too, like Girl or Boy Scouts meetings and things like that. I’m thinking of renting one for a scrapbooking event.
Did you know Michaels held events like this? Would you take a class? Leave the kids while you shop?
Make sure to stop by some of the other A to Z participants, and come back here tomorrow for the letter F!