Fans of Kidzu Children's Museum in Chapel Hill will have to wait a little longer for a new and temporary space to open at University Mall.
In an email to museum goers, Jon Mills and Betsy Bennett, co-chairs of the museum's Board of Trustees, wrote that the museum won't be able to open in a new space until early 2015. Museum leaders had originally hoped the new space would open in mid-November.
Kidzu has been in a series of temporary spaces as it prepares to build a permanent home off Franklin Street. It closed its Launch Pad at the mall this summer to make way for the new Silverspot Cinema, which is expected to open in 2015.
"University Mall is hurrying to get our new space ready for Kidzu to come in and build its brand new exhibits (as well as some familiar ones) and be ready for opening in early 2015," they wrote in the email. "We're so pleased that this next space will be every bit as unique and engaging as you've come to expect Kidzu to be!"
The email said the new space will offer some expanded opportunities for infants to tweens, along with field trips, rentals and special events.
"We know that for many, early 2015 sounds like a long way off, and we're working with UMall as fast as we can to get our doors open," they wrote.
As work on the new, temporary space continues, Kidzu has been offering activities in a pop-up location near A Southern Season. It is open from 10 a.m. to noon and 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday.
Kidzu features hands-on activities for kids from infants to age 8 during these times. Admission is $4 for child non-members and $2 for child members ages 12 months and up. Adults are free. The fees help support the pop-up operating cost.