Get Excited for Build It! and Bond at the Betts!

Build It! Architecture for Kids will be on view at The Betts House April 12 – August 23 2014. The exhibit, on loan from archKIDecture in Chicago, provides hands-on opportunities for children to explore architecture and construction.

The exhibit consists of nine modules presenting architectural subjects including roofs, tools, and shapes. Build It! encourages children to interact with each module, either on their own or by collaborating with other children or adults. Designed for children age three to twelve, the exhibit promotes visual literacy with activities on shapes, color, and symmetries.

In addition, a unique, fun, educational program on construction and building trades will be offered for youth group throughout the month of June. Bond at the Betts, an annual summer program at The Betts House, offers youth from local recreation and summer programs, a hands-on introduction to the building trades. The program, now in its 17th  year, has received national recognition with a 2008 Award of Merit from the American Architectural Foundation.

Bond at the Betts introduces youth to building trades through hands-on participation including mixing mortar, laying brick, blacksmithing, roofing, and an introduction to architecture. Qualified professionals with distinguished careers in their fields lead each sessions. 

Each session includes instruction on safety procedures, a demonstration by the session leader, and time for the youth to try out each trade themselves in a fun and supportive atmosphere. The instructors also discuss their respective fields, offering guidance on how to pursue a career in the building trades and what to expect on the job.

The Betts House, whose mission includes promoting the study of building materials and techniques, created this program to better connect the museum to neighboring communities. Participants are not charged to take part in Bond at the Betts. Grant funds are used for supplies.

Staff from recreational and other organized programs are welcome to contact us to learn the details and how to schedule a visit for this program. Reservations are required. Please contact us at or call 513-651-0734

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