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“Great fun for the little ones”

Kidzu Children's Museum
Ranked #11 of 46 things to do in Chapel Hill
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Owner description: Kidzu Children's Museum is a hands-on museum dedicated to inspiring young children and the adults in their lives to learn through creative play. Come experience Kidzu's new Launch Pad at University Mall —make, build, explore and learn in this amazing location! Our space is brimming with fun and engaging exhibits including refreshed tried and true favorites like The Makery, Gravitron, and Farm to Fork plus several spectacular new exhibits: The Forest Theatre, a large-scale climbing wall, and the immense Tarheel Treehouse! In addition to these kids-powered exhibits areas for children infant to tweens, the New Launch Pad offers a wealth of new programs and activities related to arts, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), child health and wellness and emerging literacy.
Reviewed August 5, 2014 via mobile

Our family loves Kidzu. Great place to explore and let out energy. Especially on hot summer days. Definitely worth getting a membership or summer pass if you plan to go a lot. It's a little pricey otherwise but with a membership it's totally worth it. We wish it were somewhere else maybe. That old rundown mall isn't the best place but at least it's pretty easily accessible from Durham where we live. Lots of different stations so it's fun for all types of kids and ages. Craft room, book nook, chalk wall, main exhibit room with various fun stations like a kitchen and a prop stage. There was a large Clifford exhibit that was pretty neat but it has since changed. We like that it changes though, even more variety for the kiddos.

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Reviewed July 4, 2014

When my granddaughter visits, our trips to downtown ususally include a stop at the Kidzu Children's Museum. The hands on activities are so fun and each time, we discover something new.

1  Thank CHTarheel
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Reviewed March 5, 2014

We took our 2 1/2 year old granddaughter here and she was thrilled with the play areas, especially the restaurant and the fishing boat. She fed bones to Clifford the Big Red Dog, a special exhibit area. The place was packed on this cold Saturday morning and we understand why. It is a great place for parents of small children to entertain and educate.

2  Thank GwensGramma
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Reviewed October 12, 2013

Kidzu Children's Museum is perfect place to visit, when you are in Chapel Hill city-center with children. Free on Saturday.

1  Thank Denys C
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Reviewed June 21, 2013

I rarely write reviews but I have felt compelled to do so since leaving this place. This place is nothing short than a "pay for the day" daycare where the parents follow around their kids but much smaller. There was one semi discovery museum like contraption that puts balls through a tube an down a tunnel. This seems to be the main feature of their advertisement. I drove about 45 minutes with my kids only to pull up to a shopping center plaza full of odds and ends shops to find this small and daycare like facility. Upon entering the two girls at the front were both sitting texting on their phones and were sweet but essentially useless. One gave the rules while the other ate chips. When we entered the facility there it was literally the size of my living room. One area for arts and crafts, anothor for tots and then like two or three centers for pretend kitchen and garden etc. There were an additional two workers working the "area" which was complete and utter overkill. They stood around picking up EVERY toy my 19 month old dropped. He literally followed her (we were like one of five kids there) and picked up every toy she was playing with. I was also there as her mother picking up as well. It was like he was an OCD hall monitor. I was finally so annoyed I said, I promise when she is done playing I will pick up her toys, He kind of laughed and continued to stalk us. It was bizarre. I felt bad because he was so young but also felt like we had paid an admisison for my kids to play. Ugh, it was irritating. Finally my 4 year old finished an art project and we high tailed it out of there. Super disappointed. Also- not sure if it was the manager but a woman was having a meeting with a coworker when we were exiting. It appeared she was instructing her on the ins and outs of the place so she appeared to be of a managerial role. I had like seven hands full of stuff, a stroller with my little one and a four year old standing there trying to open the door and exit. If it were me I would of popped up and offered to open the door for a mom with her hands full. This women did not even blink and eye. I don't see a bright future for this kids museum. Sad because we appreciate all the others in our area!

10  Thank Melissa S
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Kidzu, Manager at Kidzu Children's Museum, responded to this reviewResponded July 12, 2013

Thank you for your visit to Kidzu and your review. As a nonprofit, Kidzu is dedicated to providing our community with interactive environments that support learning through play. In our current location we are very limited, due to space constraints, on how many areas of activity we can provide. You’ll be happy to know Kidzu is starting small but growing, in the Fall of 2013, to a new larger location at University Mall. Volunteers at Kidzu aim to help visitors learn about exhibit areas, engage families in play, and help keep our museum clean and safe- they can be a little overzealous at times. We’re sorry that your experience did not meet your expectations, we hope that you will try us again this fall.

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