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.

Vaccination and Mask Policy: All visitors ages 5 and up are required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination (with photo ID for adults) to enter the Center for Architecture. The vaccination policy for Youth Programs will remain in place through the end of Summer 2022. Please see our COVID-19 Health and Safety Protocol for current guidelines on masking.

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

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

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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

Vacation Programs 2022 will be offered both in-person at the Center for Architecture and online. Programs run three days (Tue-Thu) during NYC February and Spring Vacations. In-Person programs will run from 9am – 4pm. Online programs will meet from 9:30am – 3:30pm ET each day, with an offline lunch break from 12:00pm – 1:00pm. Details about themes, dates, and registration are below. 

Architectural Wonders (Grades 3-5) - In-Person April 19 - 21, 2022

Child with building model

*NYC Public School Spring Break*

Travel with us to explore great architectural wonders of the world! We will investigate ancient and new wonders of the world including the Great Pyramids of Giza, the Colosseum, Burj Khalifa and many more. Students will create their own designs inspired by these amazing buildings and structures and learn new design techniques and strategies along the way. Got some wonder-ful design ideas of your own? We’ll end with students creating their own architectural wonders for the 21st Century! 

Scholarship Application Deadline: March 29th. If you are interested in applying for a need-based scholarship, please see the scholarship information and Financial Need Form here.

Digital Design: Tiny Houses (Grades 6-8) - Online April 19 - 21, 2022

Digital design tiny house model

*NYC Public School Spring Break*

Inspired by the rising popularity of miniature houses, students will examine small spaces and how limited square footage can inspire exciting design innovation. They’ll also be introduced to sustainable design strategies that can make tiny homes energy-efficient enough to support off-the-grid living. Students will then design their own tiny house using the fun and free 3D design software SketchUp and create an animated walkthrough of their finished project.

Students will need a laptop or desktop computer, a three-click mouse, and Windows 10, 8, or 7 or Mac OS 10 operating system to download SketchUp software. Web-based software can be used on a Chromebook, but Digital Design classes cannot be done on a tablet or phone.   

Scholarship Application Deadline: March 29th. If you are interested in applying for a need-based scholarship, please see the scholarship information and Financial Need Form here.