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KidsBuild!

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Nearly 100 volunteer architects help to set up and facilitate KidsBuild! each year.

Image Credit: Thuy Buonocore Photography

Taking place each April, KidsBuild! offers young designers the opportunity to share their ideas as they explore the possibilities of architecture, planning, design, and construction. Entering its 32nd year of operation, and 11th year hosted at BSA Space, KidsBuild! provides a space for designers of all ages to be a part of making and creating.

Guided by volunteer design professionals, participants choose a construction site from a fictional city grid, design and build a building out of recycled materials, and are awarded a certificate of occupancy from the city building inspectors. Perfect for children aged 5–13, and welcoming designers of all ages, KidsBuild! allows children to formulate ideas about architecture and design as they build a city from the ground up.

KidsBuild!'s model city is built throughout the two-day event and remains on display to the public throughout the following week. With over 700 participants joining each year, KidsBuild! is the largest free, public event offered by the BSA and engages a large cohort of volunteer design professionals to engage with participants.

Upcoming

Dates
April 6-7, 2024

Location
BSA Space
290 Congress Street, Boston, MA

Cost
Free to attend

Registration
Advanced registration is required, with spots opening to children and families in March. Bookmark this page and check back closer to the date.

Program

Type
Event
Public exhibition

Grade Levels
K-5, Children and Families

Timeframe
1992-present

Timeline
February: Volunteer interest and intake
March: Registration opens
April: KidsBuild!

Collaborators

Partners
KidsBuild! Planning Committee
Atlantic Wharf/BXP

Volunteers
Local architects and designers

Volunteers

Current Opportunity

Volunteers are essential to planning and running KidsBuild! To join the planning committee, email [email protected]. Additional volunteer opportunities will be available in March on the BSA Volunteer page.

Support

Thank you to those who have generously supported this program. To support this and other public programs, consider donating to the BSA Foundation.

K-12 Design Education

Additional questions about KidsBuild! or other K-12 Design Education programs? Feel free to reach out to Design Education and Engagement Manager, Taylor Johnson, [email protected].

Learn more about K-12 Design Education