Photo: Trevor Dykstra

2019-2020 Saturday Family Events

Designed with younger children in mind (ages 5-9 with chaperone), 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.
Ticketing will open on the 1st of the month prior to the event

Please sign up for the SAF newsletter for news about events for the family.

Photos by Lan Nguyen

CFAD Playlab

CFAD Playlab has been cancelled until further notice due to COVID 19

CFAD Playlab is a free drop-in Saturday program for youth and families at the Center for Architecture and Design from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Held the last two Saturdays of the month, children and their chaperones are invited to explore different architecture and design focused activities and test their skills thinking critically about the built environment. Design challenges tie into the current exhibit and rotate once a quarter. The program is designed for all ages.


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(Past Event) Put more play into your day!

June 6, 2020
10:00 – 12:00 PM
Via Zoom

Turning interstitial spaces (bus stop, waiting spaces) into playful spaces
Have you ever had to wait for a long time at a bus stop or in line at the store or the airport? Was it boring? Put more play in your day by transforming these “waiting spaces” into playful places.

(Past Event) How tall can you go? Skyscrapers

October 12, 2019
10:00 – 12:00 PM
At the Center for Architecture and Design

The sky is the limit when you are part of a great team! Building big takes big ideas, and you’ll work with new friends on small teams to dream up and build the tallest skyscraper SAF has ever seen.

(Past Event) Changing Climate: Transforming Houses

November 9, 2019
10:00 – 12:00 PM
At the Center for Architecture and Design

How will housing adapt to climate change and overpopulation?
Today’s forecast is “Cloudy with a chance of meatballs!” Learn about the ways designers are adapting to the challenges and opportunities of our Earth’s changing climate. Then roll up your sleeves to create a house of your own.

(Past Event) Winter Gingerbread House Workshop!

December 7, 2019
12:30 – 2:30 PM
At the Center for Architecture and Design

Join SAF staff and local architects involved with the annual Sheraton Gingerbread Village to explore the unique structural engineering and aesthetic challenges of working with candy, and build your own edible ski chalet, castle, apartment complex, mansion, or whatever your imagination inspires!
*This event has a ticketing fee to cover the cost of materials.

(Past Event) Eat Your Dreams: Restaurants

January 11, 2020
10:00 – 12:00 PM
At the Center for Architecture and Design

What would your favorite restaurant serve and look like?
Our favorite foods melt in our mouths and are oh-so-yummy in our tummies. Plus, they delight our senses of sight, smell, and touch. Explore how your favorite foods and restaurants tickle your senses, and then design a restaurant that attract a crowd!

(Past Event) Design the Future: Public Landmarks

February 8, 2020
10:00 – 12:00 PM
At the Center for Architecture and Design

What building will Seattle be known for in 2120?
Dash one hundred years into the future and be the architect who designs Seattle’s most famous public building. Will it speak? Is it made of cheese? How will this every day space bring people together? Look into your crystal ball…

(Past Event) A-MUSE-ing Museums

May 16, 2020
10:00 – 12:00 PM
Via Zoom

Museums are loving homes for the ideas and objects that are important to us. They tell stories about nature, history, and culture. What story will your museum tell and how will the design help tell it?


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


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