The Center for Architecture's Vacation Programs are offered during mid-winter and spring vacations. These programs give curious kids an opportunity to dive into an architectural topic of interest and test out their own design ideas. Each program explores a different theme through design challenges and building activities.

Need-based scholarships are available. For more information, see our Scholarship Application and Financial Need Form. Scholarship deadlines are listed with each program.

Masks are strongly encouraged for all K-12 programs, regardless of vaccination status. Read our full Health and Safety Protocol here.

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Vacation Programs are supported, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the New York City Council.

Vacation Programs

Registration for 2023 Vacation Programs is now open.

Great Escapes (Grades 3–5) April 11–13, 2023 (SOLD OUT)

Great Escapes ES

*NYC Public School Spring Break*

Design your ideal vacation getaway! Would you prefer a cozy mountain cabin, a beach house for water sports, an exotic jungle adventure, or something else? In this three-day program, students will think about the landscape, living and activity spaces, and special features as they design and build a model of their dream vacation getaway.

Scholarship Application Deadline: Friday, March 24.

This program is SOLD OUT. To be added to the waitlist, please email

Introduction to Digital Design (Grades 6–8) April 11–13, 2023

Digital design tiny house model

*NYC Public School Spring Break*

This 3-day program introduces students to SketchUp, a fun and free digital design program used by professional designers. Students will learn the ins and outs of the software, and of the architectural design process, as they create designs for their own ideal personal shelter. A great tool for continued 3-D modeling for fun and for school projects.

Students will need to bring their own laptop and charging cord with Wi-Fi capability for this class. Students can bring their own mouse or CFA will provide a wired mouse for student use. 

Scholarship Application Deadline: Friday, March 24.