Who We Are
Founded in 2009, ConstructionKids believes that children are born to build! And, as their creativity grows, children require a broad palette of tools and materials to make things by themselves in order to learn about the world around them. We design programs, introduce materials, and teach tool usage that matches our builders’ cognitive, physical and social development ages.
Our staff is comprised of professionals in the fields of teaching, art, engineering, woodworking, and humanities; all are skilled both as educators and craftsmen in our workshop. All staff are background checked, and have received extensive ongoing training with Construction Kids.
What We Do
ConstructionKids offers year-round instruction. Children learn to use real tools and get to build projects, in a safe and creative environment. During the school year, we provide hands-on field trips and after school programs for Pre-K to 6th graders, and Holiday Builds and Birthday Parties for children ages 4-9. During the summer we offer week long Summer Day camps at multiple locations throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn.
Sustainably Harvested Lumber
ConstructionKids uses only sustainably harvested domestic softwoods, primarily Eastern White Pine. Eastern White Pine is the green choice because it has negative life-cycle CO2 emissions is renewably harvested.
Every 6-8 weeks we receive a track trailer of wood from a New Hampshire Sawmill. We are especially proud of our partnership with the sawmill, as they have been at the forefront of responsible forestry practices for over 25 years. Every piece of wood that goes into the yard becomes part of either a wholesale or recycling chain.
We are committed to be part of the responsible and sustainable forestry industry in the United States.
Parents & Kids Love Us
"Arlo made his skateboard with you this summer and has been an avid, slightly-obsessed skateboarder ever since. He always shares with pride and joy the fact that he made his skateboard and people are always pretty blown away by that!
Thank you for igniting this passion and sense of accomplishment and pride! We have had many wonderful times with you and look forward to more!"
"[ConstructionKids] is the perfect mix of structure and flexibility. My son has fun and feels accomplished. The projects are extremely well organized. The staff is nurturing and supportive.
It's pretty amazing to walk into a room of little kids, most wearing headphones, all focused and safely using real power tools. The crew at ConstructionKids breaks everything down into steps that kids can understand and then trusts them, which is unusual."
“It’s been really exciting to see Lizzie come home every night showing signs of design thinking, and to hear Nate talk casually of partnering with a seven-year-old!"
“……..I would also like to thank you all for allowing me to register Logan these last few weeks of camp. He is having an amazing time, and my husband and I both see the positive effects this experience has had on him. We just moved here in May from Texas, and Logan has had a difficult/emotional transition. Construction camp has been a shining light for us!! The counselors are ALL so wonderful and have made Logan feel so welcome, thank you!!!"
“My son Mosi had an amazing summer at Construction Kids. I had heard about Construction Kids by word of mouth here in the neighborhood, and Mosi had visited CK on a field trip at school. Mosi was excited to go to camp everyday, to either start a new project, or continue working on something he had started building. He absolutely loved the camp counselors and made a lot of new friends each week he was there. We love Construction Kids because it fosters independence and creativity, both are so important during these formative years! Mosi left each week feeling proud and confident about the incredible projects he completed. I have recommended Construction Kids to a number of friends in the neighborhood and will continue to do so!"