Vacation Programs are offered during mid-winter and spring vacations. These programs give curious kids an opportunity to dive into specific interests in architecture and test out their own ideas. Each program explores a different theme through art and building activities, design challenges, and guided investigations of architectural examples. Our educators strive to accommodate all learners. Classes are taught in a group setting and students engage independently to design and build projects. Classes include 12 to 16 students, 1 teacher, and 1 assistant.

Vacation Programs run three days (Tue-Thu), 9am–4pm. Vacation Programs are $400.

Need-based partial scholarships are available. Upon completing program registration as a “scholarship applicant”, you will automatically receive a confirmation email which includes a link to the Scholarship Application. Your registration is complete once you submit the Scholarship Application. If you are selected to receive a scholarship, you will be notified by email within one week of the due date. At that time, balance payment will be due. Application deadlines are listed below

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Upcoming Vacation Programs

Registration for 2024 Vacation Programs is now open!

House of the Future (Grades 3-5) Tuesday, April 23 - Thursday, April 25

Student holding a model of a green landscape and house

Students in this program will investigate how housing has changed over the years and what’s in store for the future. The group will get a glimpse into historic homes to see how people lived in the past, explore advancements in green architecture today, and speculate about how we might live in the future. For their final project, students will design and build their own model of a house of the future. 

Scholarship Application Deadline: April 5 

*This program is during NYC Public School Spring Break* 

Treehouses (Grades 6-8) Tuesday, April 23 - Thursday, April 25

Middle school student holding a model treehouse

Create your own fantastic model treehouse! Students will begin the project by learning about the structure and features of trees to craft their own scale models of the perfect tree. Using these creations as our starting point, participants will be challenged to design and build a fantasy treehouse within its branches. We will learn various techniques to support the treehouse and create ladders, swings, furniture, and other fun details to scale. 

Scholarship Application Deadline: April 5 

*This program is during NYC Public School Spring Break*