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Basic Information

Address: Kaleideum Downtown 390 S Liberty Street Winston-Salem, NC 27101 Kaleideum North 400 W Hanes Mill Road Winston-Salem, NC 27105
Phone Number: (336) 714-7105
Director: Elizabeth Dampier

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Additional Information

Days and Hours: 9 am-4 pm Tuesday-Friday
Kaleideum is an interactive learning museum in Winston-Salem, NC, created from the July 2016 merger of Children's Museum of Winston-Salem and SciWorks, the Science Center and Environmental Park of Forsyth County. Currently, the museum operates two locations -- Kaleideum Downtown and Kaleideum North, and welcomes school groups, homeschoolers, both of which offer learning reimagined for school field trips and other groups.

We provide indoor and indoor and outdoor educational programming that is correlated to the North Carolina Standard Course of Study and the North Carolina Foundations for Early Development. From Learnign Lab programs such as "Legos and Lights" and "Fur, Feather, Scale, and Slime" to Performance-Based Programs such as "The Navigators," Kaleideum brings art and science to life.

Grade Levels:
Group Type: All group types are welcome!
Disabled Access:

All venues are wheelchair accessible.

Program Type:

Kaleideum offers entertaining educational programs, including: Learning Lab Programs, Performance, Based Programs, Kaleideum to You, Planetarium Programs, Outdoor Programs, and Off-site Programs

Accreditation: Member of ASTC and ACM
Admission/Tickets: Wisnton-Salem/Forsyth County School System — Free; Other Schools in Forsyth County — $4; Preschools — $4; Out of County Students — $6
Registration: http://north.kaleideum.org/school-field-trip-form/
Food: Bring your own lunch; vending machines available.
Length of Visit: Two hours is recommended.
Student/Staff Ratio: Based on your organization's requirements.
Exhibits: Kaleideum Downtown's permanent exhibits include: Kaleidoscape, a crocheted climbing structure; the Lucky Climber; the "Beanstalk," a climbing structure that leads from the lobby to the second floor; The Enchanted Forest; Amazing Airways, a series of air tubes that are designed to allow children to test hypotheses about air flow; the Krispy Kreme Doughnut Factory; the Food Lion Grocery Store; and The Prop Shop, a theatre-themed maker space. Kaleideum North features a planetarium, live animals, PhysicsWorks, BioWorks, HealthWorks, KevaWorks, a traveling exhibit hall, nature trails, and an Outdoor Environmental Park.
Gift Shop/Factory Outlet: Gift Shop at Kaleideum North
Reservations Needed: Yes, for field trips.
Nearby Attractions: Old Salem, Bethabara, Reynolda House, SECCA
Mission Statement:

Inspiring wonder, curiosity, and lifelong learning in our children and community through interactive play and discovery.

Philosophy/Belief Statement:

We envision a creative, innovative learning ecosystem that equips and empowers us all to make a difference in our ever-changing world.

Facility History:

Kaleideum North began in 1964 as the Nature Science Center. Started by the local Junior League; the museum was originally housed in a barn at Reynolda Village. In 1972, the Nature Science Center moved to its present location on Hanes Mill Road into a campus that originally housed the Forsyth County Home and Hospital, the precursor to Forsyth Medical Center. In 1992 the Nature Science Center closed and underwent a major renovation, re-opening under the name SciWorks. In 2001, the museum upgraded the facilities by doubling the space of one of the main galleries and adding an indoor eating area to the building.

Kaleideum Downtown was created by the Junior League of Winston-Salem as a gift to the city to celebrate the league's 75th anniversary. The museum opened its doors during November 2004 as a safe place for young children and their families to learn and play together. Designed with a literature-based theme, the museum focused on experiential learning and the educational benefits of play through literature, storytelling, and the arts, while offering birthday parties, summer camps,field trips, workshops, storytime programming, theatre performances, and special community events. The Junior League pledged that 10 percent of its active members would volunteer at the museum until at least 2020.

In November 2014 the Children's Museum acquired Peppercorn Theatre, which became a programming arm of the museum that produces high quality, original theatre works, puppet shows, performance-based field trips, and live science shows to entertain and educate.

On July 1, 2016, The Children's Museum of Winston-Salem and SciWorks merged and announced the new name -- Kaleideum -- a few months later.

Social Networking:

Kaleideum Downtown: https://www.facebook.com/kaleideumdowntown/
Kaleideum North: https://www.facebook.com/kaleideumnorth/