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Truckee’s KidZone Museum: So long, Lucky Duck Farm and hello Starfish Enterprise

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adayinyourlifephotography.comOne fish, two fish, many many more fish, under the sea murals, interactive play areas, saltwater aquarium, and more make up the KidZone Museum's Starfish Enterprise.
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TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; For the past two years, hundreds of children have planted vegetables, ridden horses, brushed goats, dressed and fed and#8220;babiesand#8221; and built down-home structures at the KidZone Museumand#8217;s Lucky Duck Farm. All exhibits at the KidZone, including the Lucky Duck Farm, offer hours of thoughtful engaging activities, inspiring children to learn through play.- Local children often visit three times a week, but never tire of the multiple ways to build, dress up, and play farm. and#8220;My kids always ask, and#8220;Can we go to the KidZone today?and#8221; Vangie Wightman, mother of two young girls said. and#8220;They love the exhibits, the art room and playing with other children. I personally look forward to seeing and hanging out with other moms.and#8221;-

The Exhibits Committee volunteers, comprised of parents and local business, rose to the enormous task of permanently retiring the Lucky Duck Farm to make room for the brand new Starfish Enterprise, an exciting ocean-themed exhibit designed for children ages 2-5. and#8220;These volunteers provide the core inspiration and innovation needed to build state-of-the-art exhibits designed for our children,and#8221; said Exhibits Manager Liz Bordner. and#8220;The committee donates time, materials and recruits other volunteers.and#8221;

This year CATT, Ryan Group Architects and Kelly Brothers Painting were recruited to create the research submarine, sand play area and reading nook. and#8220;Our Kelly Brothers Painting family is very excited to support the new exhibit and#8230; 18 of our employees gracefully disassembled the Lucky Duck Farm in 45 minutes to prepare for the Starfish Enterprise. This is a family and community affair we support wholeheartedly. After having a kindergartner in three preschools, I said, and#8216;Whatever it takes, I would support this program.and#8217; I know what the KidZone means for parents and for children to have the freedom to be themselves,and#8221; said Deb Kelly of Kelly Brothers Painting.

The Starfish Enterprise will also feature a saltwater aquarium, donated by the Lane family, and designed and installed by Salt Water Systems. But the central attraction in the exhibit will be the Imagination Playground. and#8220;It is going to be incredibly exciting to have the Imagination Playground in our and#8216;reefand#8217; area for kids to build whatever they can imagine. Imagination Playground is a cutting edge exhibit that is found in some of the biggest and best childrenand#8217;s museums around the world and in parks in cities like New York and Chicago. Giant foam blocks let kids create new worlds every time they visit. We feel so lucky to have this available to our children right here in Truckee,and#8221; Museum Early Learning Educator Brooke Landis said.

All of this could not take place if not for the volunteers, and many donors and foundations that support the museum. and#8220;For over a decade, Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation has been a huge support to the Museum with their various funding streams that contribute to the museum exhibits and programs,and#8221; said board President Helen Pelster. and#8220;Placer County First 5, Teichert Foundation and Tahoe Mountain Resort Foundation also provide support every single year. Donors keep giving even when their children no longer use the museum. We love being part of such a caring community.and#8221;

Starfish Enterprise is complete and open to the playing public. For information contact the museum at 530-587-KIDS visit http://www.kidzonemuseum.org.

and#8212; Submitted to aedgett@sierrasun.com-


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