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KidZone Museum’s Tahoe Family Festival fun for entire family

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TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. andamp;#8212; The 2011 Tahoe Family Festival, benefiting KidZone Museum, a nonprofit children’s museum, promises to be an event full of activities for families looking to play, discover, explore and have fun. As a last hurrah before school begins, this year’s Family Festival is set for Sunday, Aug. 28, at the Truckee Regional Park, noon-6 p.m. and will highlight live music, food, cycling, face painting and much more. Kids are free. Adults are $5.In two years the event has raised more than $16,000 which supports programs at the museum such as free bus service for 30-50 families from Kings Beach and Truckee to visit the museum and participate in science and art through the museum’s nationally recognized program KidsReach. At the KidZone Museum families enjoy innovative hands-on exhibits like the new under-the-sea exhibit andamp;#8220;Starfish Enterpriseandamp;#8221; which includes an imagination playground, a submarine and indoor sand play. The entire exhibit was built by community volunteers. For many years, the board, volunteers and staff talked about having a more mission centric family fundraiser that was unique in the North Lake Tahoe/Truckee community. andamp;#8220;After looking at other family festivals and the Strawberry Music Festival, we began planning the Tahoe Family Festival with guidance from one of our board members, Andy Mond, who owns INDependent Events Production andamp; Promotions,andamp;#8221; said Carol Meagher, executive director, KidZone Museum.The same five volunteers have planned the event for the past two years, and 30 volunteers work the Festival. Natural Riders produces a bike ride to the festival on the legacy trail and a bike rodeo for kids. The bike rodeo has an obstacle course, bike safety and strider running bikes. andamp;#8220;Natural Riders emerged from a passion for cycling and sharing the sport we love with children. We are committed to the successful introduction and development of cycling for children and the festival is a perfect place to do this,andamp;#8221; said Natural Rider’s owner Roger Rintala. In addition to music food and the bike rodeo, there will be face painting, hoola hooping, a bounce house and arts and crafts for kids. KidZone Museum, Trails and Vistas and the North Lake Tahoe Family Resource Center have planned some choice entertainment in the Family Fun Zone that includes: bubblemania, making musical instruments, creating and painting birdhouses, and origami creations. Full Belly Deli, the Tourist Club, Cheri’s Hand Dipped Ice Cream and Bonzai Coffee are just a few of the local vendors that will provide tasty treats and eats for the entire family. Remember to bring hats, sunscreen, chairs and blankets for the concert; bike helmets for the rodeo and your pocketbook for the great raffle that includes a custom bike rack by Mountain Forge who donates to every KidZone event and exhibit the museum has held in the past four years. The bike rack, hand crafted out of metal, is a work of art.The museum and the hundreds of children who visit and play there annually, thank the following major sponsors: Clear Capital, Plumas Bank, Suddenlink Communications, Wells Fargo and continued support from Truckee Pediatric Dentistry, Truckee Tahoe Airport, Mountain Home Center, Tahoe Truckee Medical Group, Quality Automotive, Castellar Family, Tahoe Forest Health System, Carla Beryl McClure L.Ac., MSTCM and La Galleria. Special thanks to partners Atypical Design, Crux Events, INDependent Event Production andamp; Promotions, Natural Riders, Eco Printing andamp; Imaging. To volunteer contact Meagher at director@kidzonemuseum.org, or call 530-587-KIDS.Follow the museum on Twitter @TahoeFamilyFest or visit http://www.tahoefamilyfestival.com. KidZone Museum is a nonprofit children’s museum and donations are tax deductible. The museum is located at 11711 Donner Pass Road, Truckee.