Squaw Valley Institute partners with KidZone Museum for affordable family programming | SierraSun.com

Squaw Valley Institute partners with KidZone Museum for affordable family programming

Courtesy Erskine PhotographyChildren are aglow with delight on the KidZone Museum's new illuminated climbing wall.

OLYMPIC VALLEY, Calif. and#8212; This year, Squaw Valley Institute (SVI) celebrates its 10-year anniversary, and as such, is charting a new course that embraces a wider audience from the Truckee Tahoe community. In support of that effort, Squaw Valley Institute and KidZone Museum are entering into a partnership focused on bringing programming for a more creatively, culturally and intellectually stimulating community for all ages.

Anyone purchasing a KidZone ACM (Area Childrenand#8217;s Museum) Museum membership will also be eligible for an SVI joint membership, typically valued at $150, for $60. This special SVI-KidZone ACM Museum membership will be offered to 50 families and will be good for one year from the time of purchase.

and#8220;As a mother myself raising two young children in the area, it was apparent to me that in order to reach out to a wider audience, it was vital to align with the KidZone Museum, a staple in most familiesand#8217; lives in the area,and#8221; said Renee Koijane, executive director for Squaw Valley Institute. and#8220;Ultimately, both of our organizations have the overarching goal of making this area a better place to live, and by together promoting our programs, we have the ability to make a bigger impact.and#8221;

SVI-KidZone ACM Members will of course have access to the KidZone Museum in Truckee, along with all ACM museums. They will also receive early electronic information once a month about upcoming SVI events. Two of those events will be co-branded, allowing free entry for these members. Additionally, SVI will provide affordable childcare on site for events or lectures held at the Resort at Squaw Creek through its Mountain Buddies program. And, all members receive, as usual, priority seating along with discounts on all SVI programs throughout the year.

and#8220;This is a wonderful opportunity for young families to expand their cultural horizons, and expose the children of this community to a wide range of ideas,and#8221; says Alissa Morganti, education supervisor at the KidZone Museum. and#8220;We hope families will recognize the potential that lies in this partnership and take advantage of this great deal!and#8221;

Programs for the remainder of 2012 include a presentation by Western States ultra runners and the movie premier of and#8220;Unbreakableand#8221; June 21 at Olympic Village Lodge. On July 7, Squawand#8217;s legendary skier and pioneer in airborne sports JT Holmes will present at the Plumpjack Conference Center. And, on Dec. 22 surfer Bethany Hamilton will present live at Olympic Village Lodge.

The SVI-KidZone Membership may be purchased online at http://www.kidzonemuseum.org, or in person at the KidZone Museum location on Donner Pass Road in Truckee. KidZone ACM memberships are $125 and $135, and the SVI membership will be an additional $60. To learn more about Squaw Valley Institute visit http://www.squawvalleyinsitute.org.

The KidZone Museum has recently upgraded the Starfish enterprise exhibit to include a glowing climbing wall, a bubble station and much more. The museumand#8217;s outdoor natural play-scape is open where children can explore in a stream and sand play areas during spring, summer and fall. Kids can also slide and create mud pies and plant in the garden. Check out their summer camps and more at http://www.kidzonemuseum.org or call 530-587-5437.

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