Featured | Kidzu Children's Museum
Looking to entertain your clever, curious and sometimes very energetic child? We have just the place for you! Kidzu Children’s Museum focuses on making, building, exploring and learning for ages infant to tween. It’s a multi-sensory, play-centered space with an ever-changing menu of exhibits and programs to inspire creativity and learning through purposeful play. Scroll down to view all the programs Kidzu has to offer.
The Makery - The heartbeat of Kidzu is dedicated to “maker education” and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) learning. Visitors of all ages craft with real materials, tinker with real tools and explore new technologies as they create a wealth of creative projects. Each month, The Makery hosts appearances by “Makery Masters” – local artists, craftspeople, inventors and scientists who share their expertise with Kidzu visitors. Academic partnerships with UNC, NCSU and Duke elevate this program with the latest research and technologies to fuse science education with artistic expression.
Farm to Fork – Organic gardening and healthy lifestyles is the lesson of the day at this dramatic play area that celebrates local food and the farm to fork cycle. Planting and tending to fruits and vegetables, picking and arranging flowers, selecting farm fresh eggs and harvesting honey create an abundance of produce to weigh, measure, buy and sell at Kidzu’s Farmers’ Market or cook and serve at the Millhouse Kitchen.
The Front Yard: Outdoor Learning Garden – Growing gardeners can get their hands dirty in raised beds as they plant, tend and care for the pollinator plots, and buzz about with their fellow pollinators at this outdoor learning exhibit.
The bodies, minds and imaginations of kids are stretched in the Flexible Forest, inspired by creative performances in the Forest Theater, and literacy and teamwork is promoted in the Book Nook:
Flexible Forest - The museum’s main exhibit area includes a large-scale climbing wall, locally designed by Progression Climbing and a new Tree House, with heightened experiences including an elevated Crow’s Nest that encourages children to explore Kidzu from a new vantage point 12 feet in the air. Pulleys, levers, and talking tubes give kids a chance to collaborate and start the Gravitron in motion. A Discovery Den beneath the tree house offers nature-based exploratory play for Kidzu’s youngest visitors.
Forest Theater - Inspired by UNC’s outdoor theater and Paper Hand Puppeteers, this mini performance space encourages creative dramatics and expression. Puppetry arts and experiments with light, shadow, and design apply S.T.E.A.M principles to bring theatrical ideas to life.
Book Nook - Children and families are invited to burrow in and share a good read, write original stories and enjoy story times in both English and Spanish. Puzzles compliment the peaceful space and a closed door offers some quiet for nursing mothers.
Your inventor, movie maker, tinkerer, or chef will be delighted and so will you in the multiplicity of Summer Camps available for all kids ages 3 to 5 and 6 to 9.
There is also a Parents Night Out because YOU deserve Friday Night!
If you go:201 S. Estes Drive (inside University Place) Chapel Hill, NC 919-933-1455 Tuesday – Saturday 10 am to 5 pm Extended hours until 7 pm on Wednesdays Sunday 1-5 pm Closed Mondays Admission (does not include tax):
- $8.50 per adult & child over 12 months, $7.00 for seniors 65+ and military families & $3.00 for EBT Cardholders
- Free for children 11 months and under
- Free for members
- The first Sunday of each month is “pay what you can” admission day. Admission to Kidzu on this day is on a donation basis.