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Generous grant helps Truckee’s KidZone Museum

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Like all local nonprofits, KidZone Museum is counting nickels, dimes and pennies to keep their valuable programs open to all children in the community. Tahoe Mountain Resorts Foundation recently granted $10,000 to KidZone to help fund operations. All funding helps support early learning family programming for children and parents.

KidZone’s goal is to foster early childhood development by encouraging children to explore, discover and learn through play. They are experiencing growth, especially in the outreach program that provides free transportation and classes to local low-income families.

Because KidZone Museum is the only children’s museum in the Lake Tahoe region, families from as far as South Lake Tahoe take advantage during the cold winter months. Please visit http://www.kidzonemuseum.org or call 587-KIDS (5437).

Messy Explorations: Tuesdays, 10-11:30 am, ages 2-6 (parents must attend). This free program combines our popular Messy Art and Messy Science classes for two hours of creativity and wonder. Parents experience new discoveries with their child, get ideas for activities to do at home, and receive resources about child development.

Wonder Science: Tuesdays, 11:30 am-1:30 pm, ages 4-6 (parents need not attend), cost $150 per session, limit 8 kids. Children will explore 3 open-ended science activities each week and experiment to their heart’s content. Includes one hour of class, and time for lunch, play and pick up from Truckee Elementary. Session 4-Earth and Animals; children observe, handle and care for small animals like snails, worms and insects. Session 5-Wonder Science Favorites; children experiment with favorites such as bugs, tornado tubes and gak.

Art Workshop: Tuesdays, 9:30-11:30 am, ages 4-6 (parents need not attend), cost $150 per session, limit 8 kids. Includes pick up from Truckee Elementary. Session 4-Puppet-making; children use natural materials such as clay, wire, cotton fabric, glass beads and wool to create lively and colorful puppets. Session 5-Eric Carle Collage; children learn techniques from paper-making to finished collage!

jExplora! (Formerly Club Amiguitos): Mondays, 9:30-11:30 am or 12:30-2:30 pm, ages 3-5 (parents need not attend). Together with the State Preschool, children will participate in messy art and science, playtime, music, movement and literature. The first hour is taught in Spanish and the second in English. This preschool program is sponsored by Nevada County School Readiness.

Session 4: Feb 23 – April 10, Session 5: April 21 – June 5th

Our current exhibit is Into Africa, which celebrates African culture and rural life. Our goal is to replicate and represent jungle and desert areas such as the Congo and Serengeti regions.

*No classes will be held while the KidZone is closed to install our new FARM exhibit May 2-11.

KidZone Museum is located at 11711 Donner Pass Road, Truckee. Visit kidzonemuseum.org for information or call 587-KIDS (5437).