Kaleideum, Winston-Salem’s interactive museum of arts, sciences, and exploration, announces a new partnership with Salem Montessori School along with plans to reopen the Kaleideum Downtown location, located at 390 S Liberty Street.
Kaleideum closed both Kaleideum Downtown and Kaleideum North last March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Once state and local governments deemed it safe, the museum opened Kaleideum North, located at 400 W Hanes Mill Road, four days a week while also offering remote learning and enrichment programs for the community. Starting Memorial Day weekend, both locations will be open seven days a week throughout the summer. In addition, the museum will run Camp Kaleideum at both locations with day camps for ages 3-rising 1st graders Kaleideum Downtown and day camps for rising K-7th graders at Kaleideum North.
“As the community continues to get vaccinated and we see a reduction in COVID-19 cases, we are looking forward to seeing more visitors at Kaleideum North and welcoming both visitors and campers back to Kaleideum Downtown this summer,” said Elizabeth Dampier, Kaleideum Executive Director. “We have been running day camps and remote learning and enrichment programs successfully and safely at Kaleideum North since last June, so we are prepared and excited to see visitors and campers discover, play, and learn at both locations again!”
At the end of August, Kaleideum Downtown will become a second site for Salem Montessori School, a growing private school that was in need of additional space for its elementary school program. During the school year, Salem Montessori will have exclusive use of the Kaleideum Downtown premises during the week, giving Kaleideum the flexibility to open the downtown location on the weekends.
“We are thrilled to be able to offer this option to our Salem Montessori families while supporting this wonderful community resource,” said Salem Montessori Head of School Julie Smith. “Kaleideum provides an engaging, lively space with ample parking, a safe drop off area, and use of outdoor space behind the depot building. The drive time between Kaleideum and our preschool program at Home Moravian Church is less than two minutes, making it easy for families to drop off children at both locations. Additionally, by using the greenway sidewalk, we can access our current playgrounds and all of the spaces in Old Salem.”
Kaleideum’s Summer Hours (May 29-August 23):
Mondays: 10 am-1 pm Members Only
Tuesdays-Saturdays: 10 am-5 pm
Sundays: 1-5 pm