I am a stay at home mum trying to be a freelance writer - or a freelance writer trying to be a stay at home mum. I enjoy getting out and about with my two little girls and am Chief Editor of Perth Mums Group perthmumsgroup.com.au
Published February 24th 2018
The hardware giant has got shopping with kids all worked out
Bunnings have got the business of shopping with children totally figured out – create a space to invite children in and their parents may actually enjoy spending their time – and money – at the store. Total genius. I mean, yes, there are DIY jobs to be done around the house, but there are also children to be taken care of, so at some stage, you are going to have to take them with you. Bunnings is one shopping trip that you need not fear. In fact, here are five reasons to take your children to Bunnings.
I've been a parent for almost three years now and can safely say I have never, ever noticed there is a playground at my local Bunnings, In fact, there's probably a playground at every Bunnings I've ever visited, but I've never noticed those either. It's not a huge playground, but it's got a gate with a latch so they can't escape and there's enough climbing apparatus, slides and tunnels to keep them amused.
See – Bunnings, they just get us parents. Give the children a playground and a café right next to said playground so the parents can treat themselves to a well-earned coffee while the kids have a play. Each café serves hot drinks and a range of snacks and treats.
The kids get to do their own DIY projects
Bunnings runs regular DIY projects just for the kids, in which they can make a range of things from toolboxes to planter boxes and toy trucks to paintings. There's a different theme each week, which might be recycling or gardening and each workshop is aimed at children over 5 years and are designed to get kids interested in DIY, the home and gardening. You can see what workshops are coming up at your nearest store and make a booking online.
They also have some awesome DIY videos online, in which the kids can make Easter and Christmas crafts, Father's and Mother's Day gifts and even their own toys! You can view the videos here.
There's other fun stuff on offer for the kids
Bunnings in O'Connor recently hosted characters from the popular kids' TV show Dinosaur Train. That's a pretty good incentive to get parents into the store – the kids get to see their favourite characters and the parents have given the kids a fun outing without even really trying. And they get to buy stuff at Bunnings. It's a win for all.
Bunnings stores also host regular 'Family Nights' for Mother's Day, Father's Day, Easter and Christmas, in which the whole family can take part in crafty activities and DIY.
Where else can you find pint-sized trollies just for the kids? My little girl LOVES having her own trolley – it also helps to slow her down so she's not constantly running up and down the aisles and I'm not chasing her and can actually find the stuff I need.
So you know where to find me for the rest of the day. Yep – you guessed it, I'm off to Bunnings with the kids.