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Workshops for families and children

Inspired by the RIBA Collections and seasonal exhibitions, our programme for families and children provides hands-on creative activities for you to explore contemporary themes around architecture including housing, the environment, migration and placemaking.

Our large-scale family days offer an opportunity for you to learn and work together on a variety of drop-in and timed activities including big builds, digital workshops and collaborative installations. 

During the school holidays, our one-day and multi-day creative workshops allow you to work individually and in teams to develop creative skills through design and construction challenges.


Our workshops

Design Quest workshops are for children aged 6 to 10 and provide a creative environment where we introduce architecture through play and making.

Design Day workshops are for children aged 11 to 15 and take architectural design and creative experimentation a step further.

Our creative workshops run 11am to 4pm, are drop-off and are for all abilities. Workshops are led by artist and architect educators. All materials are included in the ticket price, but you should prepare a packed lunch for your child. Online booking in advance is essential.

We also have courses and workshops for Young People aged 15 to 24.


Our creative workshops for families and children

17 and 18 February 2020, 11am to 4pm daily

Design Quest: Space Base - Life on Moon?

This February half term, join us for this creative architecture workshop for children aged 6 to 10. Over two days, we will imagine that our society has left Earth and relocated to live…on the moon. We’ll research, design and build a new world for people to live in, making sure that it caters to the needs of humankind.

England - London
19 and 20 February 2020, 11am to 4pm daily

Design Day: Street Art

This February half term, join us for a creative architecture workshop for children aged 11 to 15. Over two days, look at how art can makeover our streets, and turn inconspicuous architecture into a dazzling work of street art that serves its local community. Using different techniques such as paste ups and mural painting, you will then be given a specific site to design, and work together to create your own artistic interventions for an imagined community that brings life to local architecture.

England - London
21 February 2020, 11am to 4pm

Design Quest: Home of Architecture

This February half term, join us for this creative architecture workshop for children aged 6 to 10. Put on your architect’s hat and think about what you, as an architect of the future, think the 'Home of Architecture' should look like. Through a series of games, discussions and challenges, you’ll create your own design for a new and improved RIBA building that is suitable, not just for the next generation of architects, but for everyone.

England - London
21 February 2020, 11am to 4pm

Design Day: Gimmie Shelter - Safety Structures on the Move

This February half term, join us for this creative architecture workshop for children aged 11 to 15. As the world becomes more prone to extreme weather and natural disasters, architects are having to find evermore creative ways of designing buildings that work with climate change. In this workshop, we will look at the development and use of temporary mobile structures that can be packed up and carried around by individuals to use after adverse weather or disaster situations.

England - London
21 March 2020, 11am to 4pm

Design Day: Recycle and Redraw

Join us for our first creative architecture workshop on a Saturday for children aged 11 to 15. Explore how model-making and drawing can be used to present architectural design and ideas. Using recycled materials, we will create 3D architectural structures, before using digital drawing to bring these structures to life as a digital artwork.

England - London
Design Day April 2020
14 and 15 April 2020, 11am to 4pm daily

Design Day: Jigsaw Estate - modelling a community

This Easter holiday, join us for a creative architecture workshop for children aged 11 to 15. During this two day workshop, participants will use design and model making to explore how individual houses can become an active community, by focusing on house design, street layout, community spaces and amenities.

England - London
Design quest
14 and 15 April 2020, 11am to 4pm daily

Design Quest: Civilisation Station

This Easter holiday, join us for this two day creative architecture workshop, for children aged 6 to 10. This workshop will explore how we can combine different architectural styles and languages, to make an internationally understood architectural language through drawing and collage.

England - London
Design Day April 2020
16 April 2020, 11am to 4pm

Design Day: Marvellous Architecture

This Easter holiday, join us for this creative architecture workshop, intended for children aged 11 to 15. Make an impact with vibrant and creative designs in comic book form, to show what future cities might look like. Marvel at your ideas for impactful architecture that minimises the environmental impact on the planet.

England - London
Design Day April 4
17 April 2020, 11am to 4pm

Design Day: Brilliant Bridges

This Easter holiday, children aged between 11 and 15 can join us for a creative architecture workshop. Structures separate us and structures bring us together - in this workshop, we will bridge this gap with model making and design skills, looking at all aspects of building bridges.

England - London
Design Quest April 17
17 April 2020, 11am to 4pm

Design Quest: Theme Park Dream

This Easter holiday, children aged 6 to 10 can join us for a creative architecture workshop, focusing on creating an amazing theme park that's accessible for everyone.

England - London

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