Open House Families is London’s brand new festival of architecture exclusively for children and their families, designed to inspire the next generation of city-shapers

About Open House Families

Festival activites


With more than 50 hands-on workshops including craft and design activities, engineering experiments, architectural tours and storytelling sessions, children will learn about their city and how it is created.

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Attending the festival

Open House Families is a free event inviting everyone to take part. Places for ‘drop-in’ events enable families to drop in on the activity at any time within the times stated. If pre-booking is stated with activites please follow the instructions to secure your ticket and to avoid disappointment.

Many of the activities at the Gherkin, Here East, Gasholder Park and Canary Wharf are outside so remember to be prepared...

- If it's sunny bring lots of sun block.
- If it's cold or rainy wear appropriate clothing
- Bring a picnic blanket!

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Get involved

Thank you to all of our partners: architects, artists, engineers, industry experts, venues, volunteers and our sponsors for their time, enthusiasm and for making this unique festival possible. If you would like to be involved in next year's festival please email

Illustration by Ailsa Cullens
Graphic Design by Scott Muirhead

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Featured Events

Canary Woof!

09 - 10 June 2018

Slicing the Gherkin

09 - 10 June 2018

‘A wonderful free event that delights in encouraging younger children and their families to develop their drawing and making skills, imagination and understanding of architecure within the stimulating environment of the City’. 




30 St Mary Axe, Canary Wharf Group, Gasholder Park, Here East, London Graphic Centre Elliott Wood Partnership, City of London

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