Do you ever take the time to stop and notice just how awesome the Hardware store can be? It seems to take on some magical realm for my children the minute we enter through the doors. They have the TRY ME section, that allows little hands to maneuver some 'real' tools! My son loves the flashlight! (Keep an eye on what you let little hands try!!) The bright lights, the high ceilings, everything is something new to discover.
My son loves the light switch aisle. Here he can turn on and off buttons, slides and switches to his hearts content. He can ring doorbells and listen as the sounds change. Yes, the hardware store can in fact be a real field trip!