Our Community Roots
In 1992, a grassroots coalition of parents, agencies and educators opened the nonprofit Sierra Nevada Children’s Museum (dba KidZone Museum) in the rural and isolated region of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range in Truckee, California.
We fulfill our mission to inspire learning though creative play and discovery, through early learning programs, and by presenting exhibits that offer children and their families the tools necessary to share creative learning opportunities together, while securing healthy and loving connections. These connections establish the emotional, physical and intellectual foundation for every child to enter school ready to learn.
The KidZone Museum strives to demonstrate extraordinary and innovative approaches to public service by reaching children and families in our region through our expanded community partnerships with social service and education organizations, hiring staff that can welcome families who speak Spanish and English, and offering a free bus service to reach families living in poverty. Together, we champion learning through play experiences while reducing isolation, increasing access to learning programs for low income families and creating a positive impact on the lives of children and families in our community.
In the 30 years since KidZone opened our doors, our audience has grown to 30,000, a growth of 500%. Financial support has grown 300%. This growth and need for learning through play and connections for families requires a bigger space for a bigger, brighter future for our children. See our plans for expansion. Help us achieve our dream of providing an inventive play space for future generations!