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Workshops for families and children

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

22 June 2019, 11am to 4pm

Family Fun Day: Breaking the Boundaries

Join us for a fun-filled family day as we think beyond the boundaries of our daily lives and start making connections. Throughout the day you will consider the spaces in which you live, eat, travel, learn and play as we help you design, draw and build in a series of drop-in and timed workshops and activities.​

England - London
29 June 2019, 11am to 5pm

Family Fun Day: Great Exhibition Road Festival

In partnership with the V&A, we’re heading to Exhibition Road for a day of fun and creativity for all the family. Join us and learn new drawing skills using pencils and 3D printing pens to explore the cities of the future.

England - London
Monday 5 to Friday 9 August 2019, 11am to 4pm

Design Day: Grimshaw Architecture's Summer School

This summer, join us for this creative architecture workshop for children aged 11 to 15. Over 5 days we will explore our critical relationship with water, how we can adapt to new climates, and how this might affect the design of our future cities. Using a range of creative techniques including drawing, model-making and presenting, we’ll turn our ideas into building designs that overcome the challenges of our changing climate.

England - London
Wednesday 7 to Friday 9 August 2019, 11am to 4pm daily

Design Quest: The Children's Green Space Manifesto

This summer, join us for this creative architecture workshop for children aged 6 to 10. Over 3 days, you will consider what green spaces you would like to see for children in cities. You will learn about the different types of green spaces we can have in urban areas from parks, to roof gardens, before using your imagination to create new ideas for green spaces specifically for children.

England - London
12 August 2019, 11am to 4pm and 13 August 2019, 11am to 4pm

Design Quest: Making Dens

On this day-long workshop, we’ll consider different architectural structures and explore varied materials and construction methods, before working in groups to build dens that have different functions. Due to popular demand we're holding workshops on both the 12 and 13 August.

England - London
15 August 2019, 11am to 4pm

Design Day: Friendly Spaces

This summer, join us for this creative architecture workshop for children aged 11 to 15. Working in groups, we will develop 3D scale-models that demonstrate how we can design social and interactive spaces that remove the barriers people experience in their everyday life, to create public spaces that are truly for everyone.

England - London
15 and 16 August 2019, 11am to 4pm daily

Design Quest: Zoo-topia

This summer, join us for this creative architecture workshop for children aged 6 to 10. Over two days, we’ll learn about the different needs of animals and investigate the type of homes that would suit them before designing and building mini-model houses for a variety of animals, to create our very own Zoo-topia!

England - London

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