Family Day workshops take place one Saturday a month at the Center for Architecture. These two-hour programs introduce families to architecture and design through hands-on art and model building activities, gallery tours, and design challenges.

Family Day programs are designed for children ages 5 to 13 accompanied by an adult. Unless noted otherwise, admission is $10 per person. Pre-registration is required for all programs.

Looking for online family programs? Visit our Architecture at Home page and join us for free, live, educator-led Architecture At Home Events!

Check out our Youth Programs FAQs. For further questions, please email k12education@centerforarchitecture.org.

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UPCOMING FAMILY DAYS

Language of Architecture - Morning Session Saturday, September 17, 11am - 1pm

Families looking at architecture outside

Do you speak architecture? In this program, families will learn to “read” buildings for clues about their design and function as they observe and sketch architectural elements through an interactive slide show and neighborhood walk (weather permitting). Families will then design their own scale model of a building to take home. 

There are two sessions: Morning (11am to 1pm) and Afternoon (2pm to 4pm).

Language of Architecture - Afternoon Session Saturday, September 17, 2pm - 4pm

Families looking at architecture outside

Do you speak architecture? In this program, families will learn to “read” buildings for clues about their design and function as they observe and sketch architectural elements through an interactive slide show and neighborhood walk (weather permitting). Families will then design their own scale model of a building to take home.

There are two sessions: Morning (11am to 1pm) and Afternoon (2pm to 4pm).

Build a Lego City - Morning Session Saturday, October 15, 11am - 1pm

Families standing around a model city built of legos

Families will explore architecture, design and construction with everyone's favorite building material - Lego bricks! We will start by learning about the different types of buildings and structures that make up NYC. Families will then create their own Lego masterpieces of skyscrapers, bridges, stores, apartments, and more for our model city. 

There are two sessions: Morning (11am to 1pm) and Afternoon (2pm to 4pm). 

Registration will open on Tuesday, September 13

Build a Lego City - Afternoon Session Saturday, October 15, 2pm - 4pm

Families standing around a model city built of legos

Families will explore architecture, design and construction with everyone's favorite building material - Lego bricks! We will start by learning about the different types of buildings and structures that make up NYC. Families will then create their own Lego masterpieces of skyscrapers, bridges, stores, apartments, and more for our model city. 

There are two sessions: Morning (11am to 1pm) and Afternoon (2pm to 4pm). 

Registration will open on Tuesday, September 13

Animal Architecture - Morning Session Saturday, November 19, 11am - 1pm

Child holding model doghouse

Have you ever been curious about where animals live? Families will explore how animals build their homes by observing structures such as nests, ant colonies, shells, and dams. We will use this as inspiration to create our own animal architecture designs! 

There are two sessions: Morning (11am to 1pm) and Afternoon (2pm to 4pm).

Registration will open on Tuesday, October 11

Animal Architecture - Afternoon Session Saturday, November 19, 2pm - 4pm

Child holding model doghouse

Have you ever been curious about where animals live? Families will explore how animals build their homes by observing structures such as nests, ant colonies, shells, and dams. We will use this as inspiration to create our own animal architecture designs! 

There are two sessions: Morning (11am to 1pm) and Afternoon (2pm to 4pm).

Registration will open on Tuesday, October 11

Architectural Lanterns - Morning Session Saturday, December 10, 11am - 1pm

Child with paper lantern

Join the Center for Architecture for a celebration of light. In this program, families will explore the role of light in architecture and learn how global communities brighten up the dark night. Families will then design a lantern to take home and illuminate a space of their own. 

There are two sessions: Morning (11am to 1pm) and Afternoon (2pm to 4pm).

Registration will open on Tuesday, November 8

Architectural Lanterns - Afternoon Session Saturday, December 10, 2pm - 4pm

Child with paper lantern

Join the Center for Architecture for a celebration of light. In this program, families will explore the role of light in architecture and learn how global communities brighten up the dark night. Families will then design a lantern to take home and illuminate a space of their own. 

There are two sessions: Morning (11am to 1pm) and Afternoon (2pm to 4pm).

Registration will open on Tuesday, November 8