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KidZone Museum offers free summer admission to active-duty military families

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TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212;-The KidZone Museum, a nonprofit childrenand#8217;s museum in Truckee, Calif., along with museums across the country, is offering free admission this summer to active-duty military families through Labor Day, Sept. 5, 2011.

The Blue Star Museum initiative was launched in 2010 and is being led by the National Endowment for the Arts and Blue Star Families, an organization supporting military families. One of its primary goals is to raise awareness of the challenges and strengths of military family life. The program currently features more than 1,300 museums nationwide. The District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and American Samoa are also participating in Blue Star Museums. Museums include nature centers, childrenand#8217;s museums, fine art museums and history and science museums. In 2011, more than 500 museums joined.

and#8220;This is just one way that we can show our appreciation to our military and its families,and#8221; said Carol Meagher, executive director, KidZone Museum. and#8220;By choosing to become a Blue Star Museum we recognize their efforts and commitment to us.and#8221;

The free admission program is available to any bearer of a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), a DD Form 1173 ID card, or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card, including those stamped URW and DB. These include active duty military (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard), National Guard and Reserve members and up to five immediate family members.

For additional information about The Blue Star Museum program and its admission guidelines, please visit: http://www.nea.gov/national/bluestarmuseums/index2011.php

Currently featured at the KidZone Museum is the Starfish Enterprise exhibit. Exhibit highlights include an Imagination Playground and#8220;reefand#8221; building, a research submarine, reading nook and sand play. The Museum is dedicated to and designed for families with children up to age seven. Exhibits change periodically and focus on sparking a childand#8217;s curiosity. For additional information, visit http://www.kidzonemuseum.org.

To maintain national excellence and a place where the community and visitors can come to play, the Museum relies on the generous support of volunteers, members, benefactors along with donations and participation in its annual Tahoe Family Festival in August. For more information on how to support the KidZone Museum, please visit http://www.kidzonemuseum.org and click on and#8220;Support Us.and#8221;

For additional information about the Museum, 11711 Donner Pass Road

Truckee, Calif. please contact Carol Meagher, executive director, at director@kidzonemuseum.org or 530-320-5613.

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