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Kid-friendly, architecture-focused events to get excited for

The AIA|DC has two fun events coming in the next few weeks

Thanks to the Washington, D.C. chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA|DC), families are able to introduce the big, wild world of architecture to younger generations.

One event to take notice of is a tour and scavenger hunt at Lafayette Square. From 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 15, children will be able to learn about the historic buildings and landmarks by the U.S. Capitol.

With Mary Kay Lanzillotta from Hartman Cox Architects as the tour guide, some of the stops along the way will include the Decatur House, Blair House, and Eisenhower Executive Office Building. Recommended ages range from eight to 12. The price to participate is $10 per child for AIA/DAC members and $15 per child for non-members.

The AIA|DC is also hosting four workshops from September through October, called "Tools of the Trade." For children ages 10 to 13, this program will teach modeling and drawing skills and allow them to personally design a site and a building that could work in the Penn Quarter neighborhood.

The workshops will be held on September 10, October 1, October 15, and October 29. Each will begin at 10 a.m. and end around 12 p.m. or 1 p.m. At all sessions, children must be accompanied by an adult. The location for "Tools of the Trade" will be the District Architecture Center at 421 7th Street NW.

For the full four-class workshop series, the price totals $60 per child for AIA & DAC members and $70 per child for non-members.

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