New Truckee museum feature takes children on Peruvian journey |

New Truckee museum feature takes children on Peruvian journey

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Mayra Colmenarez’s son plays in the new KidZone Museum ‘Take Flight Peru’ exhibit.
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TRUCKEE, Calif. — In the world of imaginary play, members and visitors of the KidZone Museum voted Peru to be the next destination of the Museum’s “Take Flight” installation.

On Sept. 30, the plane left China, and flew to Peru. The installation augments the museum’s “Take Flight” installation and includes authentic Peruvian instruments, a llama area, spice market, a new “building your shelter” area, hat shop, and a wooden, hand-made, child-friendly, life-size weaving loom.

The new exhibit will be unveiled, complete with visiting llamas, on Thursday, Oct. 16, 4-6 p.m.

“We are thrilled to introduce the rich culture of Peru to the children in Truckee and look forward to welcoming families as they explore and learn together,” said Museum director Carol Meagher.

While playing in “Take Flight,” a child will wander to the Peruvian market and then discover his or her sense of smell by exploring Peruvian spices.

Another may crawl to the llama stable and explore his or her sense of touch by feeling the soft cozy fur and brushing a miniature alpaca. Another might wander up to the hat shop and use the mirrors to see what she or he looks like.

The sense of smell area is an added layer of learning and discovery that incorporates the five senses of touching, tasting, smelling, hearing and seeing . Not only are the five senses a part of California State Standards for Kindergarten, they are a fun and inviting way to allow children to explore each area.

“KidZone Museum is grateful for the hours of volunteer time the community gives in preparing exhibits at the Museum,” said museum Exhibits Coordinator Maria Snideman.

For more than 20 years, museum volunteers have created exhibits with natural handmade materials. For Peru, volunteers hand made Peruvian baby clothes and costumes, custom woodwork for the market place and beautiful murals that envelop children into the imaginary play environment.

Grants from the Sonoma Community Foundation and First 5 Placer have helped support children’s books about Peru and stunning picture books for children and adults to learn and enjoy together.

All this support brings an authentic, natural learning environment where children and adults can look forward to seeing the beautiful fabrics and colors found in Peru and can dress in hand-sewn ponchos and snuggle the dolls up in authentic slings.

This is a complimentary element to the “Take Flight” installation, which was supported by the Tahoe Truckee Airport District.

This article was submitted to the Sun by the KidZone Museum, located at 11711 Donner Pass Road in Truckee. To learn how you can support museum programs or volunteer, call 530-587-KIDS (5437), or visit