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Kidzu Children's Museum moving to University Mall

Posted May 23, 2013

A girl plays with the Gravitron at Kidzu Children's Museum.

Big news from Kidzu Children's Museum in Chapel Hill: The play space will move to University Mall this fall in the space formerly used by the Chapel Hill Public Library.

The move, slated for early September, will allow the museum to double its space while it makes plans to move eventually to a permanent home on Wallace Plaza in downtown Chapel Hill. The museum is currently in University Square, 123 W. Franklin St., where it will remain until renovations to the space at University Mall are complete.

The bigger space, according to an email from executive director Pam Wall, will provide more room for Kidzu to test exhibits, expand programming, increase the number of field trips and provide larger birthday party rooms.

According to the email, Wall expects Kidzu to be closed for several weeks to move and install the exhibits. Memberships will be extended. Kidzu will continue to offer birthday parties and field trips in its current space through June, July and August.

In the email, Wall writes that museum leaders expect its permanent home atop the Wallace Plaza will be ready in a couple of years.

"It takes an entire community to create a great children's museum. In the coming months, we will be offering opportunities for local children, families, and creative folks from all backgrounds to help us shape our new home at University Mall," Wall writes.

Kidzu, designed for kids ages 0 to 8, opened on Franklin Street in 2006. It made the move to University Square in 2011. Check my earlier post about that space. University Square is slated for redevelopment, forcing Kidzu's move.

I look forward to these changes. Great news from Kidzu!

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