Programs at Kidzu

Come experience Kidzu's Launch Pad Location at University Place —make, build, explore and learn in this new amazing location! Programs, workshops, and community partnerships are the heart of Kidzu Children’s Museum. Our programs aim to foster connections with our community and provide positive educational experiences. We're launching ideas and imaginations!

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Kidzu hosts a full schedule of programming including Messy Mornings, Friday Fam Jam, Storytimes, Kidz Voices, STEAM'D Up! Afternoons, MIX IT UP in the Makery, Open Studio and Makery Masterpieces. In addition, we host workshops and special events throughout the year that bring our exhibits areas to life.

Use this link to see our September 2015 Calendar

Check out our Makery Blog and learn about the creative things happening in the Makery.

Special Programs

Parent Night Out Events: Friday, October 9 & 23, 6:00-9:00pm: Kids will enjoy a fun-filled night including exhibit play & exploration, a movie, and dinner from Alfredo's Pizza Villa, one of our University Place restaurants. This is a drop-off event for children ages 3-9 (must be potty trained). Kids will exercise their minds, bodies, imagination and independence. Mark your calendars now for these additional PNO's: November 27, December 11 (all from 6-9pm) Cost: $25 for first child and $15 for additional child in same household. Advance registration is required and space is limited. Register: call us at 919-933-1455, in person or at this link.

Girls Engineering Change: Saturday, October 24th, 9am-11am or 12pm-2pm: Join Girls Engineering Change to work with college engineering students in a hands-on engineering workshop and make a difference in your community! All girls ages 8-13 welcome!  To sign up, email

Weekly & Monthly Programs

Storytime Tuesdays & Fridays 10:30-11:00am: Stop in for storytime at Kidzu. Imaginations will run wild hearing stories of far off lands, wacky characters, friendships and fairytales. Each program has a theme with exciting stories and a fun activity, craft or song. Storytimes promote literacy and creative arts expression for toddlers and preschoolers.

Spanish Storytime 1st Sunday of each month at 3:30pm: Stop in for Spanish storytime with Mi Escuelita, a local Spanish immersion preschool. Held on the first Sunday of each month during our Pay What You Can Admission Sunday.

Messy Morning Weekday Mornings 10:00am-12:30pm: Come explore the messier side of art each morning in the Makery! Messy Mornings are an opportunity for young visitors to throw on a smock and let their creativity run free! All ages welcome.

To Market, To Market Tuesdays 3:30-5:00pm: To Market To Market invites children to meet local farmers, practice financial literacy, learn about healthy eating, and have fun! Families will explore the Chapel Hill Farmer's Market at University Place to purchase ingredients and then reconvene within the museum to mix up our recipes and make something delicious! Sign up by calling (919)933-1455 or drop-in at 3pm each Tuesday. Fees: $10/child - price includes all food purchases. All ages welcome! Register online at this link.

Kidz Voices Wednesdays 10:30am-11:15am: An energetic and fun filled introduction to music education. Jump up and down the Major Scale using your voice! Create a new instrument out of recycled materials to take home and make your own music. Cost is $5 for the first child and $3 for each additional child. No early registration is required.

JOIN US BEFORE WE OPEN! Yoga Kids with YogaJoy Thursdays 9:30-10:00am: You asked and we listened! YogaJoy is proud to partner with Kidzu to offer yoga classes for kids -- now starting BEFORE Kidzu opens each Thursday morning. Join us for 30 minutes of fun, stories, music, games and yoga poses.  Ages 2-8 (parents must stay with kids under 4). $5 per child. Register online at this link.

Makery Masterpieces Thursdays 10:00am-12:30pm: Ever wonder how famous artists create their work? Makery Masterpieces explains the art making process of such artists as Monet, Pollock, and Smithson; and invites young visitors to create their own masterpiece inspired by the artist of the day! All ages welcome.

STEAM'D UP! Wednesdays & Thursdays 2:00-5:00pm: Get STEAM'D UP as we invite makers of all ages to this afternoon event. Embrace your artistic creativity while also engaging in educational activities inspired by Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Design. Wednesdays we focus more on art & design and on Thursdays we focus more on STEM. All ages welcome, but geared toward school-aged children.

Friday Fam Jam Fridays 3:30-4:30pm: Thank goodness it's Friday! Kick off the weekend and celebrate family fitness and wellness with our energy filled Friday Fam(ily) Jam. You and your little one will move and groove to familiar and easy to learn music played by Kidzu's own Marcia Blackstock on her guitar and other instruments.

Open Studio Times Vary on Saturdays or Sundays: Join us for Open Studio each weekend as we recap the highlights of the week . We will feature the best of our activities using this time to think outside the box and let your imaginations run wild.

Mix It Up In The Makery Times Vary on Saturday or Sundays We will host Mix It Up in The Makery each month; when local artists, scientists, and makers bring their special expertise to The Makery. See our monthly programs listing link above for more details.

Pay What You Can Admission Sunday Held the 1st Sunday of each month from 1-5pm. This day is specifically designed to make our museum accessible to everyone, regardless of their ability to pay. As we do so, we know we can count on your support—as members, as friends, and as people who understand the importance of learning through play. Can you pay it forward??

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