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KidsBuild @ Home! (April 19-23, 2021)

To view all projects created during the KidsBuild! @ Home program this spring, please check out our KidsBuild! @ Home Showcase!

KidsBuild! is a hands-on, interactive learning experience that has been broadening children’s understanding of the world in which we live since 1992. While we cannot build in person this year, we are keeping the KidsBuild! spirit of creativity and collaboration alive through an at home experience. KidsBuild! is architecture, construction and urban planning. Similar to the in-person event, you (as an individual or family) will choose a building type, pick a site within our city map, select your building materials, build, and submit your design to the KidsBuild! architects to receive your Certificate of Occupancy.

WHO? KidsBuild! is designed for youth age 5-13 but anyone with an eagerness to design is encouraged to take part. Adults in the household are welcome to support and build with their children (just like KidsBuild! in person). There are no limits to participation.

WHEN? KidsBuild! @ Home is meant to occur during April vacation week (April 19 – 23) but you may build at any time. Virtual ‘meetings’ are scheduled twice during the week for you to check in with a professional architect to get feedback on your design.

WHERE? Your building location is the KidsBuild! city specially designed for this KidsBuild @ Home event. The building activity will take place at home. Unfortunately, we cannot build together this year.

WHAT? You will be using a KidsBuild! @ Home Workbook to guide you and building with materials you have collected from around your home. There are no requirements for what you can build with—recycled materials, LEGO, etc. are all fine. Digital submissions (Tinkercad, Minecraft, etc.) will also be accepted.

Then WHAT? Your submission will be featured in an online exhibition hosted on the KidsBuild! website and our social media accounts.

WHY? Because we miss seeing what our KidsBuild! young designers create every year and we believe it is important to continue to foster a love of design in all of our young builders—especially now!


  • Interactive workbook
  • Live interaction with professional architects
  • The full KidsBuild! process
  • Joy of designing with your household
  • Satisfaction when you receive your Certificate of Occupancy and your building is featured in the online gallery.

About KidsBuild!

Guided by volunteer design professionals, families chose a construction site from a fictional city grid, designed and built a building out of recycled materials, and were awarded a certificate of occupancy from the city building inspectors. Perfect for children age five–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.

Lead supporters of youth design education through Provoking Change Legacy Circle membership:

Boston Properties

HMFH Architects

KidsBuild! 2020 Sponsor

Perkins Eastman

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