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Children's Museum

Lisa Ann Watson Children's Discovery Museum

Open Sundays 12 – 4 pm

Young Architects – Designing the Future

Jan. 14 to March 16, 2018

Imagine your child being the next great architect, following in the footsteps of Frank Lloyd Wright, Thomas Jefferson, Frank Gehry, I.M. Pei, or Zaha Hadid. In Young Architects: Designing the Future this dream can begin! From the Children’s Museum of Cleveland, this exhibit is a fun-filled educational event that turns the Lisa Ann Watson Children’s Discovery Museum into a design environment that enhances problem solving, helps children develop motor skills, spatial, social and language skills, hand eye coordination, and a capacity for creative, divergent thinking. Children will learn about prolific national and local architects as inspiration, and use a huge array of block building media for a hands-on interactive learning experience. Young Architects is divided into three main areas - live, work and play - with each area highlighting a renowned architect accompanied by photographs of their iconic buildings. As children observe these various structures, they will be challenged to contemplate such questions as: Why does it look the way it does? What is it used for? What materials were used in its construction? Children will create their own masterpieces and learn about this important art form. Designed for children aged 2 to 8, they will:

  • Build with natural wood blocks in hundreds of shapes and sizes. Architect Frank Lloyd Wright used blocks when as a child and believed block play influenced his modern style.
  • Discover the different architectural styles of Japan, Russia, the Middle East, Greece and Rome with multicultural wooden blocks.
  • Model: When architects design buildings they often make “scaled-down” models of the structure. Children can model their own structures using colorful geometric blocks.
  • Learn about schools, factories and skyscrapers. Children will see the progression of building height and design with the interactive “skyline of towers” and then create their own skyscrapers with giant interlocking blocks.
  • Draw buildings at the inspiration coloring station.
  • Architecture is where we play: play is not only about sports and games; it is also about creativity and fun. Children will use wooden plank blocks to create complex buildings from basic shapes, like famous architect Zaha Hadid.
  • Use geometric foam blocks to construct a stadium for favorite sports teams and set up the plays with athlete figurines.
  • Get inspired like I.M. Pei by the pyramids, and build their own using giant waffle blocks. 
  • Toddlers will use baby-friendly blocks, an important developmental tool.


Admission $5; JCC Members Free

For more information on these and other events in the Lisa Ann Watson Children's Museum, call: 305.271.9000 x268 or x265 or email


Funded by The Children's Trust. The Trust is a dedicated source of revenue established by voter referendum to improve the lives of children and families in Miami-Dade County.

With the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.

Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.


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