Kidzu Children’s Museum New Launch Pad Opening

The wait is finally over, Kidzu’s Launch Pad Opens this weekend! This Daring Dad is very happy about this, I love Kidzu and my boys and I have missed it a great deal. Allison has shared her love of Kidzu and it’s wonderful offerings in the past. Look for me to add my perspective as well after my kids and I visit the Launch Pad this weekend. So what exactly is this Launch Pad about? Here is all you need to know…..

Update: Due to the weather the Member’s Night is cancelled and the Launch Pad opens at noon on Friday, 2/14/14

Kidzu Children’s Museum Opening

 NEW Launch Pad

Friday, February 14, 2014 at University Mall – Chapel Hill, NC

Featuring Adventures with Clifford The Big Red Dog

CHAPEL HILL, NC – Kidzu will open their all new Launch Pad this Friday at University Mall in the space formerly occupied by the Town of Chapel Hill Public Library. The nearly 11,000 square foot facility will allow Kidzu to grow in an incremental way, prototyping exhibit elements, adding new exhibits, expanding programming, increasing field trips, providing larger birthday party rooms, and hosting larger special events, as Kidzu’s permanent home atop the Wallace Plaza in downtown Chapel Hill is under development.

Kidzu2The Launch Pad will host a big red opening on Valentine’s Day, featuring a BIG RED DOG namedClifford™! Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt will officially open the museum at a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10 am on February 14th. At the exhibit you can board the Birdwell Island ferry and journey to the world of Clifford™, America’s beloved big red dog with a heart to match. See Emily Elizabeth™ and many of the residents of Birdwell Island. Inspired by Scholastic Entertainment’s top-rated TV show Clifford The Big Red DogÒon PBS KIDSÒ, the exhibit offers numerous immersive “paws-on” adventures that reinforce “Clifford’s Big Ideas” – ten simple tangible life lessons designed to help young children navigate their world: Share, Play Fair, Have Respect, Work Together, Be Responsible, Be Truthful, Be Kind, Believe in Yourself, Be a Good Friend and Help Others. The exhibit runs through May 25, 2014

A new exhibit at the Launch Pad, The Makery, focuses on the Maker Education Initiative mission to build confidence, foster creativity and spark interest in science, technology, engineering, math and the arts (STEAM) and learning as a whole. Underwritten by the Grable Foundation and Duke Energy, this vibrant art studio and makerspace invites visitors to tap into their creative energy and mix up real materials, tinker with real tools, and play with new ideas and processes.  Visitors will be inspired by a 10′ Spoondalier by local artist Carter Hubbard and a puppet flying by on a giant woodpecker by Paperhand Puppet Intervention, among other creative works by local artisans and makers.

The expansive lobby features a locally made interactive honeycomb wall; Show Me the Moolah, a cow donated by the UNC Cow Parade; and room for stroller parking and traditional sidewalk activities like hopscotch. New exhibit areas include the Book Nook and Fabric Forest, created in part by local textile artist Elaine O’Neill, as well as the Caregiver Clubhouse, where Kidzu will host discussions on best practice in early childhood education and other topics related to parenting. Kidzu’s iconic Gravitron will be front and center at the Launch Pad, encouraging learning through play as children launch balls and race them down tracks of their own design.

“We are excited to open our Launch Pad prototyping facility, along with a nationally acclaimed traveling exhibit, in this new and larger museum,” said Pam Wall, Kidzu executive director. “The Launch Pad will provide the opportunity for additional programming, increased number of field trips and events all while continuing to launch literacy and creativity for the families of our community.”

The Launch Pad has been generously sponsored by Amy and Michael Tiemann in honor of Amy’s mother, Ann.

Kidzu Children’s Museum inspires children and the adults in their lives to learn through creative play. Since 2006, Kidzu has been providing children and adults with a fun, educational environment and has served nearly

Museum Hours:       Tuesday – Saturday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm  Sunday: 1:00 pm – 5:00 Closed on Monday

Admission:  $5.50 per person for adults(includes tax)  $5.50 per child over 12 months of age (includes tax)

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