My husband has long had a love affair with Bunnings. When I see him sloping off somewhere on a Tuesday night with a twinkle in his eye, it's safe in the knowlege that he's heading to his favourite shop in Australia. However, I've come to realise that this isn't just a shop favoured by men folk and DIY lovers, but it's also a great shop to take kids to as well. Not only do kids seem to enjoy the task of choosing paint, picking plants and helping find things to make and build, but they also seem to enjoy the overall experience of heading to Bunnings. Here are some reason why Bunnings is a great shop to take kids:
1. Small kids get their own trolley, and they love it. The simple addition of a kids trolley makes the shopping a more fun experience, and the little ones particularly, seem to think that you've taken them on a fun trip out.
Kid sized trolley
2. Lots of Bunnings include an indoor playground. As a reward for accompanying Daddy on his many trips to Bunnings, our eldest gets the added treat of then having 10 minutes or so in the playground. I've not yet been to a Bunnings that doesn't have an indoor playground (although I'm sure they exist), and this great little space gives kids a chance to inject some fun into the shopping trip out.
Happy face at the playground
3. The friendly staff. I love Bunnings staff, and find them helpful, knowledgeable about everything, and extremely family friendly. When we enter the store, our kids always get a special hello, and when we're paying for goods they generally get offered a handstamp which is of the Bunnings red hammer. On most occasions, upon leaving, our kids are also gifted a balloon. Small touches, but they make for a great trip out with the kids.
4. Special kids events. Throughout the year Bunnings invite kids in for special occasions where kids entertainers or games have been planned. We recently enjoyed spending some time at Bunnings on the Sunday prior to Australia Day and our local store had put on games and treasure hunts. My son spent a good 25 minutes playing bean bag tossing and hunting for treasures and he won two Bunnings bears (one for him, and one for his brother). We're looking forward to an event in a few weeks time where they'll be roving reptiles in the store.
You could win a Bob bear too
Australia Day at Bunnings
5. Kids workshops. In addition to special fun events in the year, kids workshops are a regular feature at many of the local shops. These feature simple 'how to make' workshops in addition to some gardening themed sessions. Special sessions to look out for are ones around Mother's Day, Father's Day and Christmas where kids can often make and take home a gift. Just ask at your local store for details.
Prices are truly just the beginning of a long list of reasons to visit Bunnings
If my husband were making this list, he'd also be including the fact that at weekends outside almost every Bunnings is a sausage sizzle. The fact he comes home with tomato sauce and mustard round his lips is a dead giveaway to his recent whereabouts. Sausage guzzling aside, the sizzle offering is just one way that Bunnings try to do its part in supporting its local community, if you want to find out a bit more about how they partner with your local community, ask instore or find out online.
So there's plenty of reasons to shop at Bunnings, and now lots of reasons to also take your kids with you.