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 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 Street, Chapel Hill
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 Street, Chapel Hill
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 Place
201 S. Estes Drive, Chapel Hill
Launch Pad 1: February 2014 - July 2014
Launch Pad 2: Opening April 11, 2015
In the February of 2014, Kidzu Children’s Museum moved to University Place(changed name from University Mall in 2015) 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 allow Kidzu to expand creative design-thinking, create new programming including maker workshops and STEAM (Science, Technology Engineering, Art and Math) education, and help prepare us to grow even bigger. 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:
In the planning stages
Kidzu's primary goal has always been to develop a permanent museum of adequate size with outdoor space and room for growth to best serve the children and families of our growing community. Kidzu's Launch Pad at University Place is a taste of the kinds of exhibits and activities the museum would feature in a permanent location, as well as other exhibits, program spaces, classrooms and outdoor exhibits that would serve, celebrate and reflect the academic and cultural richness of our community. In early 2015, the Kidzu Board of Directors voted to spend the next 8-12 months exploring site and partnership options that would be financially feasible yet able to accommodate Kidzu's educational vision.
We invite you to get involved with Kidzu and help us build a permanent museum that serves all children in our community and inspires learning through creative play!