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2017- 2018 Saturday Family Events

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Designed with younger children in mind (ages 6-11), our family workshops encourage children and their caregivers to explore architecture through hands on activities each month. Workshops start off with an exploration of exciting examples of architecture from around the world and activities that highlight the design process. Then, the kids are off – designing and building their own structures in a whirlwind two hour workshop that culminates in a group presentation.

Workshops are FREE with advanced registration. A season pass automatically enrolls your student in all six classes.

Season Pass


Animal House: Zoos & Aquariums

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October 7, 2017
10:00 – 12:00 PM
At the Center for Architecture and Design

Buildings aren’t just for people, and zoos and aquariums aren’t just for animals. Sheltering animals far from their natural environments, while also accommodating human visitors is a big challenge. Kids will learn about the ways in which zoos and aquariums have changed over the years, and design the animal sanctuaries of the future.

Free RSVP

Above & Beyond: Skyscrapers

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November 4, 2017
10:00 – 12:00 PM
At the Center for Architecture and Design

Engineering marvels and symbols of the city, this workshop focusing on our urban towers will push participants to go up, up, up! While students and caregivers learn about the challenges that building high brings, solving them while building their own neck craning towers.

Free RSVP

Extraterrestrial: Architecture in Space

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January 6, 2018
10:00 – 12:00 PM
At the Center for Architecture and Design

We’re bored with Earth. What about Mars? Participants will learn about the very different problems architects would face if building for the surface of other planets….and moons…and asteroids? The sky is not even the limit…

Free RSVP

For Kids, By Kids: Playgrounds for Everyone

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February 3, 2018
10:00 – 12:00 PM
At the Center for Architecture and Design

Why should adults design your playgrounds when YOU are the ones who use them? Insanity. In this workshop, kids will learn about mind-blowing playgrounds around the world as inspiration for their own playscapes, while focusing on accessibility for kids of all abilities.

Free RSVP

Aquatecture: Underwater Buildings

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March 3, 2018
10:00 – 12:00 PM
At the Center for Architecture and Design

Imagine standing on Alki Beach, waiting for the water taxi to come take you home…under the Sound? Students and family will channel the spirit of Atlantis and design their own underwater hideaways… make sure they’re waterproof!

Free RSVP

Float On: House Boats

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April 7, 2018
10:00 – 12:00 PM
At the Center for Architecture and Design

Ok, it’s time to surface. Did you know many people in Seattle live on boats full time? Sounds pretty nice, with summer on the way! Join their ranks with your own custom designed floating abode… emphasis on the float.

Free RSVP

CfAD Playlab

Most Saturdays 1:00 – 4:00 PM
at The Center for Architecture and Design

The CfAD Playlab is a free drop-in Saturday program for youth and families at the Center for Architecture and Design from 1pm to 4pm. Each week children and families are invited to explore different architecture and design focused activities and test their skills thinking critically about the built environment. The program is designed for all ages.

For more info please email us: info@seattlearchitecture.org

ADDRESS

Center for Architecture and Design
1010 Western Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
Phone: 206.667.9184

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