Kidzu Children’s Museum will celebrate its 17th birthday with a party on Sunday, March 5 from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Chapel Hill Mayor Pam Hemminger issued a proclamation on Kidzu's 10th birthday in 2016, making the first Sunday in March "Kidzu Day" due to the impact the museum has had on the community, according to an email from Kailey Singleton, Kidzu's director of operations.
Kidzu is a nonprofit, hands-on museum that opened in March 2006 with the purpose of educating children in engaging ways, located inside University Place Mall at 201 S. Estes Dr.
It features many exhibits, including a climbing wall, an outdoor learning garden and a maker space, which focuses on science, technology, engineering, arts, math and “maker education."
Because of COVID-19, Kidzu closed for nearly a year. However, the museum staff created new online resources to allow children to keep benefiting from its vision.
“During COVID, when we had to be closed, we created a virtual museum," Singleton said. "So we were able to extend our resources to people all across the globe — we actually had some in other countries that were visiting our website and using some of our content.”
After several years of not being able to celebrate, Kidzu is hosting its 17th birthday party. The party will showcase new birthday themes, and special guests will facilitate multilingual storytimes.
Spin art and a birthday card-making station will be available in the Makery, a creative space in the museum, and there will be a bubble dance party in the museum at 4 p.m. Anyone who attends the party will receive a voucher for $50 off a birthday party at Kidzu.
“Our maker space was one of the first maker spaces in the Carolinas that was dedicated specifically to young children,” Singleton said.