We are happy to announce a NEW offering this year: Building Fun Basics! — an hour-long program for Pre-K and Kindergarten students to awaken their interest in the architecture around them.

During the 2016-2017 school year, we offer any one of our programs at no cost to schools trying that program for the first time:  Building Fun, Landmarks & Preservation, Yorkville Immigration, or Building Fun Basics.

Since 1995, our architectural education programs for 1st-5th graders have taught children to “read” a building.  Our young architects learn about  building materials, architectural elements, and  the history of their school neighborhood.  They also study local landmarks and historic districts as they discover the history of preservation in New York City.

We offer our programs to schools located in East Midtown, the Upper East Side, and East Harlem. We currently reach over 1,500 students each school year and  are proud that our programs continue to grow.  We teach at many public schools, including Hunter College Elementary School, P.S. 77, 83, 87, 102, 158, 267, 290, and at private schools such as Allen-Stevenson, Buckley, Chapin, Convent of the Sacred Heart, Dalton, East Harlem School, Hewitt, Nightingale-Bamford, Our Lady Queen of Angels, Saint Stephen of Hungary, and Spence.

Thanks to the generosity of the Selz Foundation, during the 2016-2017 school year, FRIENDS is offering one FREE program (choice of Building Fun, Building Fun Basics, Yorkville Immigration, or Landmarks & Preservation) to any school trying that program for the first time!

For more about individual programs, please click below.



For general information or to register, please click below.
Download our 2016-17 Brochure





Programs are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, as well as:
Council Member Daniel Garodnick
Council Member Benjamin Kallos