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KidZone Musuem and Squaw Valley Institute present Dr. Stuart Brown

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TAHOE/TRUCKEE andamp;#8212; The KidZone Museum partners with Squaw Valley Institute to offer a lively, fun and informative presentation by Stuart Brown, M.D., on the importance of play in an individualandamp;#8217;s life. The presentation, which includes a Q andamp;A, is June 5, 4:30 p.m., Resort at Squaw Creek, Olympic Valley. The cost is $10. Tickets can be purchased at http://www.squawvalleyinstitute.org.Dr. Brown will discuss topics such as what triggers an adult or childandamp;#8217;s emotional engagement with the world, holds our attention and helps to craft each personandamp;#8217;s unique human brain. Heandamp;#8217;ll also explore the growing data on the relationship of play to an individualandamp;#8217;s performance, emotional regulation and overall well-being. Attendees will learn what highlights the evolution, neurobiology and characteristics of play behaviors and their embedment in the survival circuitry of the brain. The consequences of play deprivation will also be discussed. andamp;#8220;For us to live in complex social groups, play lies at the core of creativity and innovation. Play prompts us to be continually, joyously, physically active, combating obesity and enhancing overall health and well-being,andamp;#8221; said Dr. Brown. andamp;#8220;It can interrupt the damage done by chronic stress and even give the immune system a bounce.andamp;#8221;Stuart L. Brown, M.D., is director of the National Institute for Play and author of andamp;#8220;PLAY: How It Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul.andamp;#8221;Trained in General and Internal Medicine, Psychiatry and Clinical Research, Dr. Brown recognized that playtime is essential to human development when he systematically discovered its absence in the life stories of murderers and felony drunken drivers. His broad-based evaluations of highly creative individuals revealed the centrality of playfulness to their success and well-being.Signed copies of Dr. Brownandamp;#8217;s PLAY: How It Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul will be available for purchase at the presentation. All proceeds will go to the KidZone Museum.andamp;#8220;We are thrilled to welcome an expert like Dr. Brown to talk about the importance of play for not only children, but adults too,andamp;#8221; says Carol Meagher, executive director, the KidZone Museum.The museumandamp;#8217;s current exhibit, Starfish Enterprise, features an imagination playground andamp;#8220;reefandamp;#8221; building, a research submarine, reading nook and sand play, 11711 Donner Pass Road, Truckee. For additional information, visit http://www.kidzonemuseum.org.For additional information about Dr. Brownandamp;#8217;s presentation, please contact Carol Meagher, executive director, KidZone Museum at director@kidzonemuseum.org or 530-320-5613.About the KidZone MuseumThe KidZone Museum is a nonprofit organization dedicated to and designed for families with young children to seven years-old. Its exhibits engage a childandamp;#8217;s curiosity with an array of repeat play activities. Featured exhibits change periodically and always include educational elements that focus on the healthy development of children. With each exhibit, they think about how children will be able to utilize their social, physical, and cognitive skills. The KidZone mission is to inspire learning through creative play and discovery.andamp;#8212; Submitted to aedgett@sierrasun.com