Inside Kidzu Children’s Museum’s Reopening in Chapel Hill
New summer hours, membership, and programming
Kidzu Children’s Museum (201 S. Estes Drive, Chapel Hill 27514) is now in phase 2.0 of their reopening. They have slowly taken steps to reach their new normal since resuming business in November of 2020. The museum’s top priority is to make sure visitors and staff’s health and well-being is at the forefront of their stay. Not only safety is important, but also the venue’s focus on STEM education, the arts, and emerging literacy in a creative atmosphere. Given these standards, the center has created a summer schedule packed with safe learning experiences and play.
The new summer hours for this year will run till Aug. 31. General admission is 12:30-2:30pm & 3-5pm from Tuesday to Sunday. During those times families can explore the 9 exhibits scattered about the premises including The Makery and the Flexible Forest. The former is a maker space dedicated to STEM learning while the latter is a treehouse complete with pulleys, levers, and a crow’s nest.
Yearly memberships are offered at different levels ranging from $145 to $225. Another option is the Summer Membership which is $60. One bonus for becoming a member is the Member Morning access on Saturdays from 10am-12pm. If membership is not the right fit, individual tickets are $8.50 for ages 1 and up. If your child is under 1 year old they can enter for free. Be aware that online advanced registration is required.
In addition to new summer hours, Kidzu has rolled out safe in-person and virtual programming. The in-person programming comprises of 4 options: Junior Gardeners, Parents’ Night Out, Storytime, and Garden Parties. Most notably, their Junior Gardeners program happens every Tuesday & Thursday from 9:30-10:30am. Young ones will tackle The Front Yard: Outdoor Learning Garden exhibit in an hour-long session promoting exploration, care, and discovery. Rather stay at home? There are 3 virtual opportunities as well: sensory play, supported playgroups, and Kidzu @ Home: The Virtual Museum. Kidzu @ Home is a huge resource of ideas, games, and activities that you can do with your family at home.
What are the Covid-19 protocols? Masks are required for all visitors age 5 and up, regardless of vaccine status. In addition, there are only 40 spots available per session so remember to make those reservations ahead of time.