Give Back Tahoe: KidZone Museum has become a vital hangout for families
TRUCKEE, Calif. — KidZone Museum’s mission — to inspire learning though creative play and discovery — is fulfilled through early learning programs and interactive handmade exhibits that focus on healthy development of children and their relationships with their families.
Each year, 23,000 people (big and small) walk through the doors to experience the museum’s “learning through play” approach. With all these visits over the years, the museum’s temporary structure has seen its share of use.
“Our current ‘temporary’ facility is aging, and with that comes costly repairs,” said Carol Meagher, director of the KidZone Museum. “We need to raise funds for a permanent facility.”
The KidZone Museum is ready to expand to a larger permanent facility. An economic feasibility study has confirmed the need for a bigger space to serve the growing community. This may include expanding programming beyond the museum’s current under-7 age demographic.
“We have met with Exploratorium staff to identify exhibits and programs that might fit a new museum that also serves older children and teenagers,” Meagher said. “At this point, our goals are to start an endowment to sustain our scholarship programs and raise funds to build and maintain a new state-of-the-art building for our community.”
The KidZone Museum’s greatest success in the community has been outreach to locals living in poverty. The museum received a national award for its KidsReach program, serving low-income families and continues each year to offer free bus service, free admission, and free community programs.
Funding for KidsReach will become a crucial need next year, since First 5 Placer funding for the program will decrease by 42 percent.
Volunteers are key to the museum’s sustainability. Those interested in helping may contact the museum at firstname.lastname@example.org.
KidZone Museum is located at 11711 Donner Pass Road in Truckee. The museum can be reached at (530) 587-KIDS or kidzonemuseum.org.
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