London’s first-ever family festival of architecture starts this Friday at a variety of locations in the Square Mile.
With over 50 free architectural activities taking place across three days, Open-City’s Archikids Festival invites children from all across the capital, plus their families, to discover the exciting buildings, places and spaces that the City has to offer. The programme includes tours, workshops, family activities and exploration trails.
At Chicken City you can build and weave your very own chicken coop. Fantastical designs are encouraged but its construction will be put to the test when the discerning chickens are released into their new home.
Or you could check out Broadgate’s architecture while cruising the streets on two wheels with the On Your Scooter guided trail.
Explore the real Urban Jungle and learn how jungle animals would adapt and evolve if they moved into London. Find out what an elephant, penguin or giraffe might look like if it were camouflaged against the architecture of our city, and customise your own city-dwelling creature.
For those of you with artistic leanings, you can pull, twist, turn and tie your very own three-dimensional city at Stringscape; join a snap-happy treasure hunt with Toddle in the City, where cameras and clues are provided for children to discover the Barbican’s hidden treasures; or head to the roof terrace of One New Change for some Sky Scraper Sketching.
Archikids Festival is entirely free and aims to encourage families of neighbouring boroughs to engage with the City on their doorstep, as well as educating future generations by allowing them access to places not normally frequented by children.