Archikids Festival – 17-19 May 2013 (Saturday programme)


Following the outstanding success of this year’s pilot project Junior Open House Festival Open-City establishes its flagship festival programme in 2013 called Archikids Festival.

Archikids is a three day festival on 17-19 May 2013 located in the City of London’s Square Mile. The festival encourages young people of neighbouring boroughs to discover the City of London’s fantastic buildings and architecture through the programmed activities. Archikids will establish itself as a main programme in Open-City’s education strand.

The festival is aimed for 5 – 11 year olds from all over the capital and specifically from City of London’s neighbouring areas – Hackney, Tower Hamlets, Islington. Over 5,000 children and adults will be actively involved.

Saturday Programme


Beneath Beneath the City’s Skin
Join the Ministry of Making to build scale models of the truss structures of some of London’s most iconic buildings. Discover the hidden strength of triangles beneath the City’s Skin. Location:Broadgate Tower Piazza
Time: Drop-in from 10.30am-1pm and 1.30pm-4pm
birdcity Bird City
The jay, swifts, pigeons and even the tawny Owl! What type of house will your bird live in? Bird City invites children to design their very own bird-house inspired by London’s square mile buildings; creating over the weekend a Bird City suspended in the trees.
Location: Goldsmiths Hall – Churchyard of Saint John Zachary
Time: Drop-in from 10am-5pm
bridge gap Bridge the Gap!
Time to design, build and test a model bridge with Arup. Inspired by the Thames ‘next door’ explore some familiar structural forms, putting the principles behind how bridges work to the test with a remote controlled experimient!
Location: Leadenhall Market
Time: Activity Sessions at 10am, 11.30am, 2pm, 3.30pm
be an arcitective Be an Architective
Pick up one of our wonderful DIY activity trails, maps, or amazing activity cards and take yourself on an architectural exploration of the City of London.
Location: Pick up at the Festival Hub Info Points
Time: 10am-5pm
barbican The Big Barbican Adventure
Calling all intrepid adventurers! Explore the Barbican in this do-it-yourself adventure trail for families.
Location: Pick up at the Advance Box Office
Time: 11am-5pm
bridges City of Bridges 
Add to the gigantic city of bridges in the striking Amphitheatre of Guildhall Art Gallery, following the work created by local schools.
Location: Roman Amphitheatre – Guildhall Art Gallery
Time: Drop-in from 12am-4pm
Chicken City
Release the Chickens! Chicken City will build and weave a fantastical chicken coop in the Square Mile. Construction will be put to the test when the resident Chickens are released to their new home!
Location:Goldsmiths Hall – Churchyard of Saint John Zachary
Time: Drop-in from 11am-5pm
centre Centre Cane City
How flexible is our city’s architecture? Using natural ‘centre-cane’ materials children will create abstract and curvaceous forms to consider the concept of ‘Mobile Architecture’.
Location: 10 Exchange Square
Time: Drop-in from 11am-4pm
City of a Thousand Architects
Become an architect for a day and join over 200 fellow Archikids to help build our famous GIANT cardboard city, full of skyscrapers, stadiums, and skyrockets!
Location: 155 Bishopgate
Time: Drop-in from 10am-5pm
Hatwalk Catwalk
Turning architecture on its head! Create your own candy creation!
Location: One New Change – Ground Floor
Time: Drop-in from 10am-5pm with designated ‘Catwalk Runway Show’ times on the hour.
habitat Habitat for Henri
Imagine ‘Henri’, a fictitious and fantastical creature and then lets design and create a shelter for him to live.
Location: Leadenhall Market
Time: Activity Session at 11am and 2pm
tunnel The Little Big Tunnel
Design your tunnel in sizes Small, Medium and Large! Join us to build a colorful maze of structures which shift in scale: shrinking and growing. One minute you’re a giant then next a mouse!
Location: One New Change – Lower Ground Floor
Time: Drop-in from 10am-5pm
On your scooter!

Time for you to whizz around Broadgate’s amazing architecture with the On Your Scooter guided trail. See what happens to your surroundings when on two wheels!
Location: Exchange Square
Time: Activity Sessions at 11am, 12noon, 1pm, 2pm

Postcards from London
Join this guided photography trail of the Square Mile, capture your favourite places of London and learn about the hidden secrets that images can reveal about your city.
Location: One New Change – Roof Terrace
Time: Activity Sessions at 10am, 12noon, 2pm
urban The Urban Jungle
How would jungle animals evolve if they moved into our city? What would an elephant, penguin or giraffe look like if camouflaged amongst the architecture of London?! Customize your own city-dwelling creatures.
Location: Exchange Square
Time: Drop-in from 10am-5pm
ssh Ssh Design 
Participants will enjoy an interactive tour of our beautiful Grade II* listed building (and a ‘silent’ peep into our Victorian library) before designing a dream library inspired by their discoveries. 
Location: Bishopgate Institute
Time: Activity Sessions at 11am-1pm and 2pm-4pm
skyline Skyline Shadow Show
Redesign with the city’s skyline at the Skyline Shadow Show by making your own skyscrapers and joining the giant shadow puppet show performance.
Location: 155 Bishopsgate
Time: Activity Sessions at 10am, 11.30am, 2pm, 3.30pm
string Stringscape
Pull, twist, turn, tie. Using only string, lets weave a web of light and line and to create our own three-dimensional city!
Location: One New Change – Ground Floor
Time: Drop-in from 11am-3pm

Sky Scraper Sketching

Add to our growing skyline sketch on the roof terrace of One New Change. Draw St Paul’s close up or the London Eye from afar.
Location: One New Change – Roof Terrace
Time: 11am-4pm
Toddle in the City
Toddlers and favourite adults- come and learn about the city with our treasure hunt! We’ll provide children’s cameras and clues of what treasures are hidden around the Barbican. (Age: 3 to 6 year olds). Pre-booking required:
Location: Barbican
Time: Activity Sessions at 11am, 1pm, 3pm