What We Aim To Be
Kidzu’s vision is to become an innovator in museum-based learning for children and families and one of the best community children’s museums in the country. Our goal is to excel at serving, celebrating and reflecting our community. Kidzu believes all children should have access to learning experiences that challenge and delight them and environments that encourage curiosity, creativity, unlimited discovery and safe risk-taking.
Kidzu Children’s Museum wouldn’t be here without the support of our friends and neighbors. The museum has always relied heavily on students from UNC Chapel Hill and area high schools to keep Kidzu running on a day to day basis. Kidzu prides itself on being a starter job for young people to help prepare them for entry into the workforce after college. We partner with more than 100 community organizations who provide our visitors access to a realm of sensory experiences. We’re on our way to welcoming our 400 thousandth visitor in 2017.
Lisa Van Deman
Lisa has more than 20 years in museum leadership and administration. She holds a MFA in theatre, and a BA in American literature and American history from Washington University.
Director of DevelopmentWith 15 years in non-profit administration, Kate is a former executive director of Trail Blazers – an experiential education based residential program. Kate holds a BA in theatre and sociology from Surrey University.
Melanie Hatz Levinson
Creative DirectorBefore joining Kidzu in 2007, Melanie spent 10 years at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on the curatorial staff. She holds an MA in art history from Columbia University and NYU as well as a BA in Art History from the University of Michigan.
School + Family Programs ManagerDeanna is a former educator with the Chapel Hill – Carrboro City Schools system, former coordinator of family programs at the YMCA in Atlanta, and a visitor services staff member at Imagine It Children’s Museum in Atlanta. She holds a BS in elementary education and Spanish from Butler University.
Museum ManagerElisabeth joins Kidzu with four years of experience in elementary after-school program management and development – most recently through the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools system. She has a BA in American Studies through UNC-Chapel Hill.
Communications ManagerCandace joins Kidzu with 9 years of museum experience with institutions across the state of North Carolina. She was a founding staff member of the Children’s Museum of Alamance County. She has a BA in corporate and electronic communications from Lenoir-Rhyne University.
Molly Trask, LEED G.A.
Lead Designer of Exhibits + GraphicsMolly has been with Kidzu since 2010 where she develops and directs all aspects of design for the museum. She has a BA from Duke University and a MA in Exhibit Design from the Corcoran College of Art at George Washington University.
Administrative + Development Coordinator
Michelle recently graduated from UNC Chapel Hill where she earned a degree in Chemistry with a minor in Art History. She is the glue that holds the management team together.
Makery ManagerMarcia holds a BA in Music with a minor in Education from UNC-Chapel Hill. She has worked with Kidzu since 2010. In addition to managing the Makery, she fills the museum with silliness, music, and purposeful play.
Visitor Services + Membership ManagerKailey has over 8 years experience working with adults and children with special needs and worked as a vocational specialist. She’s also volunteered for over 4 years at a therapeutic horseback riding program. She has been with Kidzu since August 2015.
School + Fee Based Programs CoordinatorKatie has been with Kidzu since 2014 where she started off as an intern. She has a BA from UNC-Chapel Hill in Art History and Italian.
Outreach + Special Programs CoordinatorRose is a recent graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a MA in Museum Education, and previously earned a BA in Art Studies from North Carolina State University. She joins Kidzu with previous experience at art museums around the state and a love for community outreach and art education!
Media + Marketing AssistantJade is currently a senior at UNC-Chapel Hill working toward a BA in Psychology with a double minor in Mathematical Decision Sciences and Studio Art.
Volunteer + Birthday CoordinatorLandis has been in the museum field for 11 years working in museums across the country and abroad and joined the Kidzu family in 2015. She has an MA in Fashion and Textile Studies from the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC and an MA in Archaeology from the University of Nevada, Reno. She also has a BA in Sociology from Elon University.
KIDZU NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT
We invite you to get involved with Kidzu and help us build a permanent museum that serves all children in our community and inspiring learning through purposeful play!
$7.50 per child over 12 months
$7.50 per adult
Children 11 months and under are free
Memberships start at $115 for a year of unlimited admission.
See our membership page for more information
201 S. Estes Drive,
Chapel Hill, NC