Kidz Kingdom at Gardendale First Baptist Church
Phase two of the master plan for Gardendale First Baptist Church joins the church campus to a highly charged worship and educational space for preschool children and elementary students. This area is called Kidz Kingdom. After a worship facility was built, leadership for Gardendale quickly realized that the next priority was to move its children and youth ministries to the new location.
The CDH design team chose two themes for Kidz Kingdom both incorporate bold and happy colors, which also act as wayfinding elements for children and parents. (Please see the video below.) They are also used to engage and to motivate each age group. The first floor contains a lobby designed with a playground theme and includes a durable play set behind a tree house design. Additional classroom spaces are designed with lots of color creating an inviting space for children and youth.
On the lower level, the entrance to the 500-seat auditorium has the look and feel of a real motion picture theater with a marque and lighting. This space contains a large stage with state-of-the-art audio, video, and lighting. This theater provides a place for children to be “kidz!” They can sing, jump around, worship, watch dramas, and interact with teachers and other children. Each Sunday, volunteers pop popcorn in a large movie theater popcorn machine.
The design also included the construction of a nursery, pre-school, and elementary educational classrooms. A spacious lobby doubles as a gathering and fellowship space for children and their families. Playgrounds and well-positioned parking complete the campus. The parent drop off area for the nursery and the check-in area is on the main level and has secure access doors. The entire facility is secure and safe. Cameras are placed in strategic locations so children are monitored at all times.
Gardendale First Baptist Church