Explorer Day Camps

Kidzu’s NEW seasonal camp is a drop-off program for kids ages 3-8. 

Choose the days and times that work for your schedule, Monday through Friday from 9am-3:30pm for exhibit play, tinkering in the Makery, and themed STEAM and literacy activities. Half- and full-day options available.

Camp Hours

Full-Day: 9 AM-3:30 PM.

Drop-off: 9-9:30 AM. Pick-up: 3-3:30 PM

Half-Day (Morning): 9 AM-12 PM

Drop-off: 9-9:30 AM. Pick-up: 12-12:30 PM.

Half-Day (Afternoon): 12-3:30 PM

Drop-off: 12-12:30 PM. Pick-up: 3-3:30 PM.

Member Discount

Kidzu members receive 20% off all camp programs!

Have questions? 

Scroll down to see our Explorer Day Camp FAQ or contact Kidzu’s Camp Team at camp@kidzuchildrensmuseum.org

See our upcoming winter session themes!

January 17-20 & 13-27: Shadow Systems

Hide and seek at Kidzu! Get to know our new Explorer Day Camps as we experiment with light and winter shadows and celebrate Lunar New Year at this action-filled drop-off program.

January 30 – February 3 & February 6-10: How Sweet It Is

Kidzu’s exploding with sweetness during these day camps scheduled for the sweetest days of the year! We’ll celebrate holidays specifically centered around chocolate and explore an international love of food! Allergies accommodated.

February 14-17 & 20-24: Chillin’ at Kidzu

Slide on into Kidzu for winter fun that will make you shiver with excitement! STEAM-inspired activities will bring snow day anticipation as we experiment with ice and stay warm during those short winter days.

Explorer Day Camp FAQ

Online sales end at 4 PM the day before the program. If you’re looking to register your child for the program after that time, please call to speak with a Kidzu staff member to complete your registration at (919) 933-1455. 

Due to the drop-off nature of this program, pre-registration is highly recommended. Walk-ins are subject to availability. 

If you would like to be added to the waitlist for a sold out date, please email camp@kidzuchildrensmuseum.org

Unfortunately, no. Your child must be within the given age range (3-8 years old) by the camp day they will be attending. Kidzu also requires that each child be bathroom independent.

Full Day / AM Drop-Off: Caregivers arrive with their campers at Kidzu Children’s Museum, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill, NC 27514 (enter through the mall entrance adjacent to Alfredo’s Pizza Villa). Drop-off will take place inside at Kidzu’s front desk between 9:00 AM and 9:30 AM. Camp staff will ask a few screening questions to ensure the health and safety of Kidzu’s campers and staff.

AM Pick-Up: Caregivers return to Kidzu Children’s Museum to pick up their camper any time between 12 PM and 12:30 PM in our Forest Theater. No camper will be released until an authorized adult has shown valid ID and signed the camp check-out form with a staff member. During camp registration, there is space to list multiple individuals authorized for pick-up. Arriving after 12:30 PM may result in a late pick-up fee.


 

PM Drop-Off: Caregivers arrive with their campers at Kidzu Children’s Museum, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill, NC 27514 (enter through the mall entrance adjacent to Alfredo’s Pizza Villa). Drop-off will take place inside at Kidzu’s Forest Theater between 12 PM and 12:30 PM. Camp staff will ask a few screening questions to ensure the health and safety of Kidzu’s campers and staff.

Full Day / PM Pick-Up: Caregivers return to Kidzu’s Forest Theater to pick up their camper any time between 3 PM and 3:30 PM. No camper will be released until an authorized adult has shown valid ID and signed the camp check-out form with a staff member. During camp registration, there is space to list multiple individuals authorized for pick-up. Arriving after 3:30 PM may result in a late pick-up fee.

Aftercare is not currently offered for Kidzu’s Explorer Day Camps. However, we are offering extended 30-minute drop-off and pick-up windows to provide additional flexibility for caregivers.

Camps have a maximum of 20 children. Each camp will have at least 2 staff members.

Yes. Children must be potty independent to attend this program. Being potty independent means a child is able to communicate the need to go to the bathroom and complete the entire process on their own. While staff supervise multiple group bathroom breaks during this program, they are not able to facilitate bathroom visits for children.

See Kidzu’s full bathroom independence policy here.

Your camper should bring a snack and lunch that are both free of nuts and nut-products. Snack and lunch will not be provided by Kidzu Children’s Museum.

Campers should be ready to move! They should wear something comfortable that can get messy. In the event of an accident, pack a change of clothes in a labeled backpack. Close-toed shoes are recommended. Campers are currently not required to wear masks. 

The registration form has a section regarding allergies and other health concerns. Please be aware that Kidzu does not administer any medications with the exception of Epinephrine. If your child has an allergy that requires the use of an epipen, you will be asked to provide one.

If you would like to talk with our team about your child’s abilities and/or restrictions, please contact us at camp@kidzuchildrensmuseum.org 

There are no refunds for this program. However, you are welcome to transfer your registration to any date we currently have open for registration. Please call (919) 933-1455 or email camp@kidzuchildrensmuseum.org to transfer your registration.

Kidzu members receive a 20% discount on camp registration!

To receive membership discounts, you must be logged into Kidzu’s online member portal at the time of registration. Member discounts will apply automatically and be reflected in your cart prior to submitting payment. If you don’t yet have an account, please create one here using the email and contact information associated with your membership. If you encounter any issues during registration, please email our Director of Operations at singleton@kidzuchildrensmuseum.org

Not yet a member? Explore our membership options!

Yes! There will be time allotted for free play in the exhibit areas at each Explorer Day Camp.

  • Masks are encouraged, but not required, for campers and staff.
  • Screenings will take place at check-in each morning.
  • Museum exhibits and props are sanitized multiple times each day to ensure cleanliness before both camp and general admission begin. Surfaces will be wiped down after each snack time and lunch. DHHS approved sanitizers will be used for museum cleaning.
  • Kidzu is professionally cleaned and vacuumed twice per week.
  • The Kidzu team will utilize electrostatic sanitizing sprayers for a quick drying, one-pass method to sanitize high-touch items and surfaces.
  • Camp activities will take place outdoors whenever possible.

 

All procedures are subject to change depending on how government and health professional recommendations evolve.

Please contact Kidzu immediately in order for the museum to enact tracking and tracing procedures. You may reach us at camp@kidzuchildrensmuseum.org or (919) 933-1455.

Please contact Kidzu’s Camp Team at camp@kidzuchildrensmuseum.org