Kidzu is launching to new heights!
Kidzu Children's Museum is a hands-on museum dedicated to inspiring young children and the adults in their lives to learn through creative play. We are planning to expand to a much larger site in downtown Chapel Hill over the next few years. Read on to learn more about where we've been, what we're up to, and where we're headed
1. Founding Museum
105 E. Franklin St.
2006 - 2011
Kidzu Children's Museum opened its doors in March 2006 at 105 E. Franklin Street. In this site, Kidzu served more than 150,000 visitors, provided dozens of educational programs, offered outreach programs to children in need, hosted traveling exhibits from around the nation, and created Kidzu's first original exhibit, "KidZoom: The Power of Creativity!"
Soon after opening, we began searching for a much larger site for Kidzu, where we could meet the substantial demand for our services and become a lasting part of our community. The Town of Chapel Hill generously agreed to provide Kidzu with a new site for the museum atop the Wallace Parking Deck in downtown Chapel Hill.
2. University Square Location
123 W. Franklin St.
2011 - 2013
In November 2011, Kidzu moved across Franklin Street to a sunny new location at University Square. This beautiful, affordable interim site allowed Kidzu to continue serving the community as we planned our permanent museum on the Wallace Plaza.
At Kidzu2, visitors enjoyed our popular KidZoom exhibit, a wide array of weekly programs, special programming with Kidzu's UNC and community partners, field trips, birthday parties, Free Sundays, and much more.
3. Launch Pad: University Mall
201 S. Estes Drive
Launch Pad 1: February 2014 - July 2014
Launch Pad 2: opening winter 2014-2015
In the February of 2014, Kidzu Children’s Museum moved to University Mall in an approximately 10,000 square feet location. This larger location provides the opportunity for Kidzu’s Launch Pad initiative over the next few years as we prepare to move into our future permanent home. Our Launch Pad locations also allows Kidzu to expand our creative design-thinking, create new programming including maker workshops and STEAM (Science, Technology Engineering, Art and Math) education, and helps prepare us to grow. New exhibit elements, expanded programming, more field trips, better birthday parties and much more are always in the works. For more information visit our new museum page.
4. Future Permanent Site: Wallace Plaza
150 E. Rosemary St.
expected opening in 2017
Kidzu's home on the Wallace Plaza will allow us to be and do so much more for our community. With 15,000 square feet of indoor space and an ample outdoor area, we will offer a wide range of engaging exhibits and programs, expand our age rage, increase our outreach to children in need, and serve many more children and families.
The new Kidzu will be a playful, creative, green facility that will put children at the very heart of our community and will bring even more of Kidzu's vibrant energy to our downtown. Kidzu's home on the Wallace Plaza will also foster collaborations with partners at UNC and other organizations.
As a university community with world-class educational experts and a thriving artistic and creative culture, we have the ability to create an exceptional children's museum that nurtures and celebrates every child in our community. Please join us!