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Laughing tots have been crawling
through the former Laughing Turtle
HOl11.e since February, when Kidzu Chil-
dren's Museum opened in the 3,000-
square-foot space as a hands-on learning
center for young children. The home-fur-
nishings shop is lending the space rent
free through August 2007 while the
museum raises money for a permanent
space of about 15,000 square feet.
Laughing Turtle Home owner Dana McMahan
operates a gift shop near the museum
Cathy Maris, who worked at UNC's
Frank Porter Graham Child Development
Institute before becoming museum di
rector, said UNC students make up the bulk
of the museum's volunteer staff. She
encourages donations, supporter melnber-ships of $300 apiece and founding family
supporters at $5,000 per family. The
museum will feature a series of traveling
exhibits that change every few months.
Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday
through Saturday. Admission is $4 for any-
one age 2 and older.
Kidzu Children's Museum, 105 E.
Franklin St., Chapel Hill; (919) 933-1455
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After 18 years in the tiny, orange building near Booker Creek and East Franklin
Street, EI Rodeo Mexican restaurant has
headed east. In April it reopened in the
space that was the
Mellow Mushroom. The
decor is arty and upscale.
The menu has a few new
dishes, says owner
Rigoberto Ibarra, but
prices remain about the
The move nearly
doubles the size of the
restaurant to about 5,400
square feet and adds a
large patio for outdoor
dining. The tables are
handmade by Mexican
artists and have glass tops
over Diego Rivera prints.
American steaks will be
on the menu with the eatery's handmade
tortillas, and a new chef from Mexico is
adding flavors beyond EI Rodeo's traditional Monterrey style.
- Nancy Oates
EI Rodeo has left the building. Its new location is further east, in the
space that once was the Mellow Mushroom.
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