Programs at Kidzu

Come experience Kidzu's New Launch Pad 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.

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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 July 2015 Calendar.

Use this link to see our August 2015 Calendar.

Special Programs

Parent Night Out Friday, July 31 & August 14, 6:00-9:00pm: A Drop-Off Event at Kidzu! Kids are invited to play and explore at Kidzu while parents enjoy an evening out. This fun-filled night will include exhibit play & exploration, crafts, a movie and dinner from one of our University Place Restaurants. This is a drop-off (childcare) event for children ages 3-9 (must be potty trained). Kids will exercise their minds, bodies, imagination and independence. Cost is $25 first child and $15 for same family siblings. Call us to register at 919-933-1455 or use this link to register online. 

Fire Safety Day Saturday, August 8, 6:00-9:00pm: Stop, Drop, Roll into Kidzu as we heat up for Fire Safety Day Join us as Kidzu teams up with the Chapel Hill Fire Department and the UNC Healthcare Trauma Program to offer these special programs related to fire, fire safety and child injury prevention. Fire Safety Puppet Shows on Saturday at 10:30 & 1:30pm. It's time to learn about fire safety with the Chapel Hill Fire Department, in partnership with Kidzu. Children will learn important fire safety tips while having fun! Parents will be entertained as well. FREE on the University Place center stage.

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: 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. Times vary and are listed on our homepage when available. 

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 Mall to purchase ingredients and then reconvene within the museum to mix up our ingredients 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!

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.

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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