Giveaway: The Big Build/National Building Museum

Saturday, September 21, 10 am–4 pm

Be a builder for the day at the Big Build festival! Amateur
builders young and old can discover what it’s like to build a brick
wall, carve stone, hammer nails, and much more as they work side by side
with designers, builders, and artisans demonstrating their skills. Meet
plumbers, electricians, ironworkers, landscape architects, woodworkers,
and experts in many other fields to learn about their professions and
hobbies. At this year’s Big Build festival you can:

  • Climb aboard cranes and tractors
  • Build a brick wall
  • Construct a log cabin
  • Plant a tree and autumn plants
  • Carve stone
  • Imagine living in a tiny 500-square-foot house
  • Compete in a nail driving contest
  • Create a hardware wind chime to take home

New This Year

The Big Build Scavenger Hunt
Kids can
pick up a construction hard hat from the Association of General
Contractor’s table and collect stickers or signatures on their hat from
the demonstrations and activities they participate in. Collect five and
receive a prize!

Sidewalk Chalk City
type of building or feature would you contribute to a cityscape? City
streets will be marked on the G Street sidewalk just waiting for your
chalk creation.

Getulio! A children’s play
Getulio, the youngest of the Piccirilli brothers who carved the Abraham
Lincoln Memorial. It’s a daunting task trying to carve the 19 foot
statue on his own. Lend a hand and it just might get done.

Book Reading and Signing by author Isabel Hill
Isabel Hill will read her new book, Urban Animals of Washington, D.C. Join her to find the great architectural details that exist in our own neighborhoods. A book signing will follow the reading.

The Big Build goes green
This year, the Big Build festival goes green, celebrating the Green Schools
exhibition with activities and demonstrations that explore how the
construction industry helps preserve our resources. New exhibitors
include Perkins+Will, Forbo Flooring, Love & Carrots, Little Main
Street Playhouses, and Ideaventions.


Free access to the Great Hall,
historic building tours,

Museum Shop, & cafe.

Exhibition admission:

$8 for adults
$5 for youth, students, & seniors
$3 a person for Building Zone only
Free for Museum members.
And we’ve got a family 4 pack of tickets for the museum!! Enter by leaving your favorite thing to build with your child in the comments below.  Be sure to LEAVE YOUR EMAIL (do it like this: kristinalsk(at)yahoo no need to do the @ or put .com, I know the email extensions!) or make sure you’ll check facebook to find the winner! Tickets are good for any day’s admission, not just the big build. Winner will be selected Friday morning.
Giveaway Rules.  We haz ’em. 
This prize is provided by the National Building Museum, and this giveaway is not affiliated with Apple, the iTunes store, Android, Google Play, Facebook, or any other entity or business.  Winner is responsible for transportation and any additional purchases at the museum.  Entrants agree to be bound by all rules and regulations by entering. Good luck!