Programs, workshops, and community partnerships are the heart of Kidzu Children’s Museum. Our programs aim to bring our exhibits to life, foster connections with our community and provide positive educational experiences. Scroll down for lists of current, upcoming, and our normal weekly & monthly programs.
Sunday 1-5pm (Pay what you can Sundays)
We are closed on every Monday
Kidzu's current location at 123 West Franklin Street in downtown Chapel Hill will stay open through 2013. Our last day open at this location is December 29, 2013. For information about our move to University Mall visit our New Museum page.
Kidzu will be closed Dec. 24-26
Saturdays in December, 10:00am-5:00pm: Give Back To Our Community: Every Saturday in December kids can create crafts in the art room to donate to community groups such as the Ronald McDonald House, UNC HOPE Gardens, and the Orange County Animal Services Center.Native. Help us share the joy of the season!! Crafts are included with regular admission.
Thursday, December 5, 3:30-4:30pm: HANUKKAH STORYTIME: Join our special guest Haniah Lerner for an interactive storytime and learn about the Hanukkah holiday. After storytime make a fun craft to take home.
Friday, December 6, 4:30-5:30pm: WATERWORKS PLAYMAKERS WORKSHOP: Explore a Watery Wonderland with Kidzu and PlayMakers! Kids will have a very special opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes sneak peek at the transformation of PlayMakers' Paul Green Theatre into a waterworld for Metamorphoses & The Tempest. PlayMakers company member and featured actor in Metamorphoses, Arielle Yoder, will transform into a goddess of this watery world to teach us dramatic moves in PlayMaker's own Rehearsal Room. We'll perform our choreographed piece in the Paul Green Theater to music from the play by the award-winning local band Lost in the Trees. Cost is $12/child, ages 4-9 years. Space is limited and registration is required. Register below with a credit card or call us at 919-933-1455. Want more information about PlayMakers’ productions of Metamorphoses and The Tempest? Visit www.playmakersrep.org.
Sunday, December 8, 7:00-9:00pm: SOUTHERN SEASON EVENT TO SUPPORT KIDZU: Private Holiday Shopping Night: Join us for Wine and Food Tasting & Silent Auction. This Private Holiday Shopping Night is brought to you by A Southern Season. Proceeds go to benefit Kidzu Children's Museum. For more information visit our Special Events Page.
Thursday, December 12, 3:30-5:00pm: SCIENCE ALIVE: Kidzu is taking flight!! We are celebrating the 110th Anniversary of the First Flight! Come to Kidzu to learn all about the Wright Brothers and their flight! Drop in anytime during the program hours and build our own airplane and learn about how they fly. Take your airplane home and compete in Airplane Races! Program is free with admission.
Friday, Dec. 20 & Monday, Dec. 23, 9:00am-12:00pm (prek) & 1-4pm (Elem.): ABRAKADOODLE ART CAMPS: Abrakadoodle Art & Kidzu have partnered to offer FOUR ART EDUCATION HOLIDAY CAMPS! Children will learn about contemporary and/or master artists, artistic techniques from around the world & develop an art vocabulary. This will be a creative, imaginative, educational experience for preschool (3-5 years, must be potty-trained) & elementary (6-10 years) aged children. Two different mixed media art projects are completed in each camp. Artwork is one-of-a-kind & make great holiday gifts! Washable, non-toxic art supplies are used & aprons are provided. COST: $ 33/child/camp (incl. tuition & art supplies) PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED! Limited spots! To register, call 336-270-6307 or online at: www.abrakadoodle.com/nc03/schedule.html For more info: www.facebook.com/abrakadoodlenc
Saturday, December 21, 1:00-2:00pm or 3:00-4:00pm: GINGERBREAD HOUSE WORKSHOP: Experience the fun of decorating a gingerbread house. Each participant will receive an undecorated gingerbread house with frosting and lots of decorations. Cost is $20 per house (2 children can share a house), ages 4-9 years. Drop off is welcome for this program. Space is limited and registration is required. Register below with a credit card or call us at 919-933-1455.
Don't miss these Monthly Programs at Kidzu:
Saturday, November 23, 4:00pm: French-English Storytime: Join us for story time that includes fun educational activities! We will also provide a short craft that will be tied to the story and theme. Program geared to children ages 3 and up. No registration required.
Wednesday, December 11, 10:00am-12:00pm: Messy Morning in the Art Room: Art time for our youngest visitors (ages 2-5). Each month we feature a different materials and supplies to create fun and messy art. Projects usually take about 15 minutes to complete and can be done at any time during this program.
Wednesday, December 18, 3:30-5:00pm: Clay at the End of the Day: Monthly program time geared to kids 4-8 years. Each month we will feature an afternoon where kids can get creative with different kinds of clay and lots of fun clay tools. Projects usually take about 15 minutes to complete and can be done at any time during this program.
Weekly and Monthly Ongoing Programs
There's something fun happening at Kidzu every week! Each week experience the fun of stories, crafts, and hands-on art during these FREE drop-in programs. There's no need to sign up in advance. Kidzu is closed on Mondays.
Story Times: Each week we bring stories to life. Story times may include singing, finger plays, and movement. Special guest readers will drop in every now and then, so don't miss it. Free with admission. See our monthly calendar for dates.
- Toddler (ages 1-4) Tuesday 10:30-10:50am
- Preschool (ages 3-6) Friday 10:30-10:50am
- Bilingual Spanish/English once a month on Sunday at 4pm. Include themed crafts
Make & Take Crafts: Get creative! Our art room is open everyday for making do-it-yourself themed craft projects. Recommended for ages 2 and up. Free with admission.
Painting in the P.M.: Art time geared to kids 3-8 years. We feature different ways to getting paint on paper. Projects will be supervised by a staff member but painting is free-form. Projects usually take about 15 minutes to complete and can be done at any time during this program.
Messy Morning in the Art Room: Art time for our youngest visitors (ages 2-5). Each month we feature a different materials and supplies to create fun and messy art. Projects usually take about 15 minutes to complete and can be done at any time during this program.
Clay at the End of the Day: Program time geared to kids 4-8 years. We feature an afternoon where kids can get creative with non-hardening modeling clay and lots of fun clay tools. Projects usually take about 15 minutes to complete and can be done at any time during this program.