Kids' Corner

city hallCity of a Thousand Architects: Building Challenge – for kids aged 5- 10
Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 September 10am – 1pm
City Hall (top floor), The Queens Walk, SE1 2AA
Kids and parents can express their creativity and take on the building challenge to create exciting and fun architectural structures and designs for an alternative London skyline.
No need to book just turn up on the day

Launch of Architectives Trails: Exploring London’s architectural gems – for kids aged 7-13
Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 September
Various locations around London’s riverside.
Collect your Architectives trails map and follow the trails to discover, explore and investigate London’s exciting architectural gems, both during the Open House London event and throughout the year.
Collect the map from the following locations during Open House London (look for the Open House stands inside):
Blue Fin Building, 110 Southwark Street SE1 0SU - Sat and Sun
City Hall, The Queen's Walk SE1 2AA - Sat and Sun
Portcullis House, Victoria Embankment SW1A 0AA - Sat
Lloyds of London, One Lime Street EC3M 7HA - Sat
Foreign Office, King Charles Street SW1A 1JB - Sat and Sun
Royal Courts of Justice, Strand WC2A 2LL - Sat
Guildhall, Gresham Street EC2P 2EJ - Sat and Sun
Westminster Academy, 255 Harrow Road W2 5EZ - Sat
Trinity Buoy Wharf/Container City, 64 Orchard Place E14 0JW - Sat and Sun
Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road SE1 6HZ - Sat and Sun
Supported by The London String of Pearls

Eco London: Re-modelling the city – all ages
Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 September 12noon – 3pm
Blue Fin Building, Blue Sky Space, 110 Southwark Street, London, SE1 0SU
Saturday 19 September 12noon – 3pm
Westminster Academy, 255 Harrow Road W2 5EZ
Come and create your own vision of London’s riverside architecture – using modelling materials to make your own 3D eco designs for the city adding to our huge 3D floor plan.
No need to book just turn up on the day

School’s Out! – Junior Open House exhibition of primary students’ work
Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 September 10am – 1pm
City Hall, The Queens Walk, SE1 2AA
Be inspired by the exciting school designs created by primary students during this year’s Junior Open House architecture education programme.
No need to book just turn up on the day
Supported by the John Lyons Charity

Many buildings are hosting childrens’ activities, such as the family events at Imperial War Museum (p55) and Westminster Academy (p67), creating your own wearable building at Trinity Buoy Wharf (p59), and modelmaking at Stanton Williams’ Offices (p43). Use the programme search pages on the website to look for buildings with activities for kids.

'Snap!' - photography competition for kids under 12
Open House invites all kids under 12 to photograph or a part of any building that you have visited in Open House London 2009! Your photograph can be of any building, old or new, big or small and be in with a chance of winning your image as a lovely large print for your bedroom!

How to enter the competition
To enter, email or post in ONE photo that you have selected as your best shot, to (must be high resolution jpegs, not more than 8mb in size, together with your name, age, address and phone number, and the name of the building). Closing date for entries is Monday 5 October 2009. You can ask your parent or guardian for help with sending everything to Open House to be sure it gets to us safely.
Winners will be notified by 31 October 2008. Please note photos entered into the competition will be uploaded by Open House to this page for all to see. Only winners will be contacted. Terms and conditions as with the adult photography competition apply.

Entries will be judged by our expert panel – famous architectural photographers Grant Smith and Morley von Sternberg and picture editor from the Guardian newspaper Marissa Keating.