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. The junior programme is full of fun and free architectural activities, to inspire the next generation of Londoners about the great buildings of the city.
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 from London's Living Room at City Hall. From such a height we will plan, design and build a future London skyline. Come and build cycle routes, stadiums, green-zones, skateparks, school stations and much more! Fun, free and drop-in activity. For more information click here.
Scale up the City! + more
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. RIBA will also be hosting 'Sketching Skylines' and 'Funky Facades' drop-in children's activities at 66 Portland Place on Saturday. For more information click here.
Build a View Shaper
18 September, 11am-3pm
Outside the 'Gherkin', 30 St Mary Axe Plaza, EC3A 8EP or Leadenhall Market (Wet Weather Venue)
As part of the City of London's Sculpture in the City 2016 programme and inspired by the sculptures around the 'Gherkin' and Leadenhall Market, join this family workshopand create a framed view of the city. View finders are then joined together to create a mega viewing structure. For more information click here.
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. For more information click here.
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. For more information click here or visit Westminster Abbey's website.
17 & 18 September
Structurally Found is London’s engineering treasure hunt, which challenges you to get under the skin of this city’s amazing buildings and discover the impressive engineering that keeps them standing up! Find the elements on this year's engineering hit list and tweet or instagram your pictures for a chance to win great prizes, including an iPad and a Playstation VR. Find out more and download the hit list at www.structurallyfound.org.uk or follow Structurally Found on Twitter @structureFound. To find out more about how to enter 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.
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.