London’s festival of architecture for children
Open City return to Canary Wharf to host Open House Families, a series of workshops and fun activities, all designed to inspire the next generation of city-shapers.
This free family festival invites children and their families to make and build by exploring and observing the iconic architecture of Canary Wharf and then creating their own structures, all whilst learning more about architecture, design and engineering.
The festival is suitable for all ages, but see programme for specific age recommendations.
Chalk on the Block, 11am-4pm, Adams Plaza – Doodle and graffiti the skyline of London’s tallest buildings onto our chalkboards to create a collaborative family masterpiece! Suitable for all ages, drop-in anytime.
Cut, Colour, Tape, Playscape!, 11am-4pm, Adams Plaza – Get your creative on and transform flat cardboard into a magnificent colourful 3D playscape with Stanton Williams architects! Suitable for all ages, drop-in anytime.
Let’s Go LEGO Crazy!, 11am-4pm, Adams Plaza – Get the whole family involved to build the tallest LEGO structure. Can you build taller than One Canada Square? Suitable for ages 7+, drop-in anytime.
Met-straw-polis!, 11am-4pm, Adams Plaza – Paper straws, masking tape and sheer determination… let’s build a city of straw-scrapers! Suitable for all ages, drop-in anytime.
Let’s Build London!, 11am-4pm, Cabot Square – Follow a real town planning brief with Chapman Taylor to create and construct your own 3D skyscrapers, swamps, hospitals and houses around the river Thames! Suitable for ages 7+, drop-in anytime.
Don’t Bin It, Build It!, 11am-4pm, Crossrail Place Roof Garden – Turn off the waste tap and give rubbish a second life! Join structural engineers Elliott Wood and turn plastic waste into building blocks to create your own recycled structure. Suitable for all ages, drop-in anytime.
The Day The Flowers Came Back, 11am-4pm, Crossrail Place Roof Garden – Come and make your own meadow of plants, trees and flowers at this drop-in workshop in the roof garden. Hear the magical Australian tale of the day the flowers went missing and join the brave children on their adventure to bring the flowers back. Suitable for all ages 5 and under, drop-in anytime.
Build a Birdbox!, 11am-4pm, Jubilee Park – Collage and cut, decorate and fold your very own bird house complete with a teeny tiny paper canary! Suitable for all ages, drop-in anytime.
Canary Crooners, 11-11.30am, Jubilee Park – Chirp like the birds in Jubilee Park and bring the buildings to life through musical storytelling. Suitable for ages 0 -15 months.
Canary Crooners, 12noon-12.30pm, 1.30-2pm, 2.30-3pm, 3.30-4pm, Jubilee Park – Chirp like the birds in Jubilee Park and bring the buildings to life through musical storytelling. Suitable for ages +15 months.
Young explorers, future cities!, 11am-4pm, Jubilee Park – Explore ideas for cities not yet known… unimaginable and fantastical! How big can we build? How will we move? How can we grow our food and gather our water? Your little explorers will join together with city designers from Grimshaw Architects to imagine, draw and collage a city of the future! Suitable for ages 4+, drop-in anytime.
Grow Your Own City, 11am-4pm, Jubilee Place – Using beautiful and functional origami, transform, fold and construct paper into magical urban landscapes with Studio Sanshea and Elden Croy Architect. Suitable for ages 5+, drop-in anytime.
The Spaces Between Buildings, 11am-4pm, Jubilee Place – Join SOM, the designers who transformed Canary Wharf into a bustling business centre, to make a new 3D city. Draw public spaces, roads, pathways and places before making paper buildings to add to a whole new city plan! Suitable for ages 8+, drop-in anytime.
Let’s Go LEGO Crazy!, 11am-4pm, Wren Landing – Get the whole family involved to build the tallest LEGO structure. Can you build taller than One Canada Square? Suitable for all ages, drop-in anytime.
Shine On, 11am-4pm, Wren Landing – Scribble beautiful colours onto shiny metal surfaces to reflect the architecture and spaces around you to create a memory of Canary Wharf’s steel, glass and mirrored buildings. Suitable for all ages, drop-in anytime.
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