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October 4, 2016 | DesignPhiladelphia, 2016 Festival

This year, DesignPhiladelphia is offering the most programming for youngins’ yet. See below for a full list of programs that engage the next generation of designers in hands on learning and play…

  1. “A Home for Max the Dog” Read + Build Family Workshop
    Saturday October 8th & October 15th : 11:00AM - 12:00PM @ Center for Architecture and Design
    Explore the world of architecture + design with your 5-8yo child at this fun family workshop! A great introduction for young minds to the world of design, architecture, and construction.
  2. “Animal House” Design + Construct Family Workshop
    Saturday October 8th & October 15th : 1:30PM – 3:00PM @ Center for Architecture and Design
    Children (9-12yo) will be challenged to design and construct (with your help) a mini home for an animal of their choosing – but they’ll have to make sure the home will keep their animal happy.
  3. Sew Tech
    Sunday October 9th: 3:00PM - 5:00PM @ The Handwork Studio
    Sew Tech invites students to tinker with technology, science, and fibers to develop interactive creations. We will teach the basics of building a soft circuit using conductive thread and colorful LEDs. All supplies are included and no experience is necessary.
  4. Texting & Tea
    Friday October 14th  4:00-6:00PM @ The Fabric Workshop and Museum
    In conjunction with FWM’s current exhibition, Ann Hamilton: habitus, teen participants will design their own tote bags by choosing texts and using antique printing techniques with tea dyeing.
  5. Art + Design Portfolio Review + College Fair
    Sunday October 9th, 12:00-3:00PM @ Center for Architecture and Design
    If you think you might want to study architecture, design, or the industrial arts, bring a portfolio of the best creative work you've completed in the past five years to receive FREE feedback from talented artists, architects, and designers representing architecture + design programs from our region's colleges and universities.
  6. Kids Fashion Design
    Saturday October 15th: 4:00PM - 6:00PM @ Center for Architecture and Design
    In this workshop we will teach the basics of machine sewing and fashion design all while making a cozy apron. All materials are included and no experience is necessary!
  7. Philly Row: Draw Your City Home
    Saturday October 8th: 10:00AM - 11:00AM @ Minnow Lane
    Join us for a class led by visual artist Miriam Singer to draw your city home. Recommended ages 3–10. Art supplies provided. Hosted by Philly Row. Please register online at
  8. Philly Row: Color Classic Philadelphia Rowhouses
    Saturday October 8th: 3:00PM - 5:00PM @ Minnow Lane
    Join us to color classic Fishtown rowhouses. All are welcome. Enjoy snacks and kid and adult beverages. Hosted by Philly Row, an exploration of the history and beauty of the Philadelphia rowhouse.
  9. Where Design Comes Into Play
    October 6-16th, 9:00 AM-6:00PM @ City Hall
    Join us for an exhibit of designers, educators, & communities visions for play-spaces and Philadelphia’s future!
  10. CHAD: Design Your Future
    Thursday October 6th: 4:00PM - 6:00PM @ The Charter High School for Architecture + Design
    The Charter High School for Architecture + Design celebrates the beginning of its 17th year serving Philadelphia's creative youth. Come celebrate with us and see what we are all about!
  11.  PlayFull
    Friday October 7th: 6:00PM - 9:00PM @ Biello Martin Studio
    Celebration of the concept that appreciation for art and design should start early. A child’s room installation featuring whimsical lighting and decorative sculpture. Open studio, light refreshments.
  12. Pearl Street Block Party
    Saturday October 8th, 12:00-5:00PM @ Pearl Street Alleyway
    Through the Pearl Street block party, Asian Arts Initiative seeks engagement with our neighbors in Chinatown North/Callowhill to create a community space for outdoor programming accessible to the diverse populations in our neighborhood and beyond.


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