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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

20 February 2019, 11am to 4pm

Design Day: The Grass is Always Greener...

This February half term join us for this architecture workshop for children aged 11 to 15. Participants will explore how location, form and materials in architecture can make a building more sustainable. We will then design and build model structures that will make the next generation proud.

England - London
21 February 2019, 11am to 4pm

Design Quest: Wings, Wheels or Water?

Join us during February half term 2019 for this creative architecture workshop for children aged 6 to 10. Using the RIBA’s collections, participants will discover different kinds of buildings that move before taking up the challenge to create our own structures that can move over air, land or water.

England - London
21 February 2019, 11am to 4pm

Design Day: Where Will We Live?

This February half term, join us for this architecture workshop for children aged 11 to 15. Participants will consider how the needs of people change over time and where we might live in the future. Using paper engineering and pop-up design techniques, they will create a 3D cross-section of a model house that shows how it has been adapted to accommodate the future needs of its inhabitants.

England - London
22 February 2019, 11am to 4pm

Design Quest: Making A Community

Join us during February half term 2019 for this creative architecture workshop for children aged 6 to 10. Working in small groups, participants will explore the different ways in which architecture can bring people together before designing and constructing life-sized models that show how their structure works in practice.

England - London
6 April 2019, 11am to 4pm

Family Fun Day: Build This Dream Together

Join us for a fun-filled family day of drop-in and timed workshops exploring architecture with a shared dream.

England - London
10 April 2019, 11am to 4pm

Design Day: Mobile Migration

Join us this Easter for this architecture workshop for children aged 11 to 15. Participants will learn how architects use modular community living to provide temporary living spaces for refugees before creating their own. In small groups, they will create animations that show the construction of their models to provide a unique insight into the community they are creating.

England - London
12 April 2019, 11am to 4pm

Design Quest: Making a House a Home

Join us during the Easter holidays for this creative architecture workshop for children aged 6 to 10. Using the RIBA collection and our own experiences, we will discover what it means to make a space accessible. We will design and make a 3D floor plan of a room that is adapted to the needs of the people who will use it.

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

Design Quest: Let’s Go Back to the Future

Join us during the Easter holiday for this creative architecture workshop for children aged 6 to 10. Thinking about how buildings can be constructed to reduce the impact of climate change, you will develop 2D designs for a future disaster-proof building into a 3D model.

England - London
Monday 15 April to Thursday 18 April 2019, 11am to 4pm daily

Design Day: Pop Up Community Spaces

Join us this Easter for this architecture workshop for children aged 11 to 15. Participants will be challenged to create a 3D structure that will bring communities together. Throughout the course we’ll explore examples of community spaces and consider how architects use clever design solutions with limited budgets and creativity.

England - London
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

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