Box City

Teaching kids about the process of urban development.

DAF is proud to present BOX CITY 2021 in partnership with History Colorado. This year’s event took place on Monday, May 31 through Sunday, June 6 from 10am to 3pm. The format for the 2021 event allowed for safe social distancing without sacrificing any of the family-friendly fun! 

Box City is an event for children (and their caregivers) – grades K-5 – where participants learn about the process of urban development and the principles that make for sound architecture, design and planning. Students start with a Building Permit for their desired building type, make a sketch of their building in the Design Studio, stop at the Hardware Store to get their cardboard and paper supplies, then head to the Construction Zone to make their Box City structure. After completing the Building Inspection process, students head to the Box City street grid where an Urban Planner helps them select an appropriate building site. Children finish the process by picking up their Certificate of Occupancy which includes a photo of them with their building.

Check out the timelapse video below of Box City 2021!