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The first Sunday of every month, Kidzu Children’s Museum has “Pay What You Can” day. If you’d like, you can “pay it forward” but it really does mean to just pay what you can.
This is a chance to visit Kidzu Museum for a price as low as you’d like to pay.
Kidzu Children’s Museum is at University Place in Chapel Hill, at 201 S Estes Dr, Chapel Hill.
Kidzu’s 8,500 square foot space provides a number of multi-sensory, play-centered areas for kids to learn through play. There are activities and programs for kids from infants to tweens.
There is also a Groupon available for Kidzu that will save you 26% on admission for four people, or 29% on admission for two people.
- Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm
- Extended hours until 7pm on Wednesdays
- Sunday 1-5pm
- Closed Mondays
- In addition to Mondays, Kidzu is closed the following days each year: Thanksgiving Day, December 24-25, New Year’s Day, and Easter Sunday.
Each day Kidzu features drop-in programs as well as great hands-on activities in the exhibit areas. Please check their calendar page to see what’s happening each day.
Admission (not including tax):
- $8.50 per adult
- $8.50 per child over 12 months
- Free for children 11 months and under
- Free for members
- $3.00 for EBT Cardholders
- $7.00 for seniors 65+
- $7.00 for military families
Exhibits at Kidzu Children’s Museum
The Front Yard: Outdoor Learning Garden
Growing gardeners can get their hands dirty in our raised beds as they plant, tend and care for our pollinator plots, and buzz about with their fellow pollinators at this exciting new outdoor learning exhibit. This exhibit is sponsored by Burt’s Bees Greater Good Foundation.
Farm to Fork
Lessons in organic gardening and healthy lifestyles abound in this dramatic play area celebrating local food and the farm to fork cycle. Planting and tending to fruits and vegetables, picking and arranging flowers, selecting farm fresh eggs and harvesting honey create an abundance of produce to weigh, measure, buy and sell at Kidzu’s Farmers Market or cook and serve at the Millhouse Kitchen.
The heartbeat of Kidzu is dedicated to “maker education” and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) learning. Visitors of all ages craft with real materials, tinker with real tools and explore new technologies as they create a wealth of creative projects. Each month, The Makery hosts appearances by “Makery Masters” – local artists, craftspeople, inventors and scientists who share their expertise with Kidzu visitors. Academic partnerships with UNC, NCSU and Duke elevate this program with the latest research and technologies to fuse science education with artistic expression.
Inspired by UNC’s outdoor theater and Paper Hand Puppeteers, this mini performance space encourages creative dramatics and expression. Puppetry arts and experiments with light, shadow, and design apply S.T.E.A.M principles to bring theatrical ideas to life.
The museum’s main exhibit area includes a large-scale climbing wall, locally designed by Progression Climbing and a new Tree House, with heightened experiences including an elevated Crow’s Nest that encourages children to explore Kidzu from a new vantage point 12 feet in the air. Pulleys, levers, and talking tubes give kids a chance to collaborate and start the Gravitron in motion. A Discovery Den beneath the tree house offers nature-based exploratory play for Kidzu’s youngest visitors.
STEM learning is set in motion as visitors explore the art and science of rotation. Powered by Kidzu’s beloved Gravitron, visitors can launch balls with a giant Archimedes screw and air launcher, racing them through tracks of their own design. Wheels and gears, cause and effect and the basics of physics build critical STEM skills.
Oversized ramps and blocks invite children to build amazing structures and develop their fine and gross motor skills. Fort building (under the Tree House), vehicle construction and other engineering activities will jumpstart creative problem solving.
Budding beekeepers can “harvest” local honey to sell at the Kidzu Farmers’ Market and rising engineers can study the hives’ skilled architecture and let it inspire them to build their own structures. Busy bees can collect pollen and other bee buzz (fun facts) throughout the museum to bring back to the hive.
Children and families are invited to burrow in and share a good read, write original stories and enjoy story times in both English and Spanish. Puzzles compliment the peaceful space and a closed door offers some quiet for nursing mothers.