Open-City believe that the best way to understand and appreciate the value of good design is to visit the physical buildings and places, and that children should have the opportunity to engage with and be inspired by their city too! Open House Junior is Open-City's family programme to Open House London. Inspiring the next generation of Londoners about the great buildings of the city, the junior programme is full of fun and free architectural activities.
City of a Thousand Architects
17 September, 11am-3pm
City Hall in the London Living Room
Join us to get a bird's eye view of the city at City Hall. From such a height we will plan, design and build a future London skyline. Fun, free and drop-in anytime come build cycle routes, stadiums, green-zones, skateparks, school stations and much more!
Scale up the City!
17 September, 11am-4pm
RIBA, 66 Portland Place
Join us to learn about scale and create replicas of key London buildings. Inspired by skyline chess and with help from architects we will make large scale drawings of buildings including the 'Gherkin' and The Shard to construct a skyline.
Build a View Shaper
18 September, 11am-3pm
Outside the 'Gherkin', 30 St Mary Axe, EC3A 8EP or Leadenhall Market (Wet Weather Venue)
Inspired by the famous sculptures around 'The Gherkin' and Leadenhall Market, join this family workshop to capture a viewpoint of the scultures and then add it to the mega viewing structure. Part of the City of London's Sculpture in the City 2016 project.
Build Your Own Pavilion: Young Architects Challenge
17 & 18 September, 12pm-3pm
To celebrate the Serpentine Pavilion series, the Serpentine together with Kidesign are challenging budding young architects to design the pavilions of the future. Children aged 8-14 years are invited to meet with designers and architects and take inspiration from this year’s Serpentine Pavilion and Summer Houses to create their own 3D pavillions. There will be model making demos and an opportunity to learn about and use 3D CAD software, as well as to enter a competition for Young Architects.
17 September, 10am-1pm
Cheyneygates, Westminster Abbey
How high can you build a tower? Using lightweight materials, families are encouraged to work together to build gothic structures, Norman arches and super tall towers to discover through practical exploration and experimentation how this incredible building in the heart of London was built and re-built over the years.
17 & 18 September
Structurally Found is London’s 'photography treasure hunt' and competition to win a Macbook Air, an iPad and tickets to the View from the Shard by Instagramming and Tweeting the structures that keep amazing buildings standing. During London’s Open House weekend, each photo tagged with #StructurallyFound and a correctly identified engineering element such as #Arch, #Dome or #Tunnel from our hitlist counts as one competition entry. But this is more than a competition: this is a conversation. Structurally Found will get the public chatting with engineers who can answer their questions and give them a unique insight into the structures that make London. To find out more and join the competition - click here.
City Children's Trail
Pick up anytime at the City of London Information Centre, EC4M 8BX by St Pauls.
Devised by Open-City and supported by City of London Corporation, this free exploration map has three trails for short-legged walkers to explore the city. Each trail is packed with activities such as eye-spy, fill-in-the-gap, sticker-spotter and much more.
Family Activities at Open House London Buildings
Through-out the weekend many of the buildings opening their doors are also hosting fun children's activities. Find out more in the buildings listing - click here.
For Year-Round Exploration of the City - Get the Archikids Explorers Pack
Set out on an architecture adventure, letting your intrepid architective youngsters lead the way with their Explorers Pack. The booklet filled with Do-It-Yourself activities can be used at any building or place you wish and at any time of the year.
To get your Explorer’s Pack – Visit our Shop Page.