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Kids Workshop Review: Microsoft

Microsoft offers free summer camps lasting 3 to 5 days long where kids can use Microsoft equipment to create things.  The age range is 8 to 13 years.  The staff will teach kids about movie making, digital photo editing, video game design, and story writing.  Each class is about 2 hours in length.

Free Field Trips

Students in grades kindergarten through 12 grade receive free hands-on learning experiences in coding, video production, presentation, and business skills. To register, contact your local Microsoft Store to book a free field trip tailored to your schedule, class size, and topic interests.

Stem Saturdays

Local Microsoft Stores have hands-on experiences every Saturday for 11 through 14 year olds.  If parents stay to help, young kids are also allowed to participate.  Register at your local Microsoft Store if you are interested in having your child participate.

Pros


  • The camps are free
  • Your child will learn new skills in technology
  • Kids get to use Microsoft equipment before purchasing

Cons


  • You may end up spending more than planned on buying software that your child likes.
  • These events fill up quickly (Register early).

What Other People Are Saying

Microsoft

"It’s really important for kids to get involved with technology at a young age, my son builds websites in his spare time and you wouldn’t believe how nice they look. Nothing beats learning something valuable for free."

"As a busy mom who embraces the idea of lazy summer days, but also wants to be sure to include some educational opportunities in the summer fun, I couldn’t pass up the Digital Movie Madness camp at my local Microsoft store. Leala was happy to take on the world of movie making and to learn how to create a story, write a script, and shoot and edit her own film and I was excited to have her engaged in a learning activity."

"Every summer, they participate in sports camps. We were looking for something with a tech and science component. There just aren’t that many opportunities out there like this.” You don’t mind travelling for your kids if you know it’s going to be valuable.” - Left by a parent who traveled many miles to get to a Microsoft Store.

Cost and Process to Join

Microsoft

To register for workshops, field trips, or STEM Saturdays, contact your local Microsoft store. The events are free.  Each store will have a list of the date and times that classes are available, along with the appropriate ages for each class. 

Customer Service

Mircosoft

From what I've read, the support at the Microsoft Stores are very good. If you think about it, they are going to want you to come back and purchase Microsoft software.  It wouldn't be wise if they weren't nice to the kids.  Everything I've read stated that the staff at the Microsoft Stores were knowledgeable and helpful.

My Conclusion 

The Microsoft events for kids are free and educational.  The events are a great way for your kids to not only learn, but to try out new software without having to pay for it.  Some find that it's a great way to try before you buy.  Many parents also loved the events, because they felt the events were educational ways to keep their kids busy, especially during the summer months.  To sign up or find what is available in your area, just visit your local Microsoft store.  Be sure to sign up early, as classes fill up quickly. I hope that my review has introduced you to a new fun way to entertain your kids this summer!

For more reviews and information, check out our list of the Top 10 Kids Workshops of 2018.

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