kids laughing and playing at museum

Making Connections

KidZone Museum’s bilingual staff and our programs and learning experiences offer Tahoe-Truckee families opportunities for early childhood development, education, and parenting support. Our KidsReach initiative and social service partnerships increase our outreach to under-served families in our region. Families from our KidsReach Program visit the  museum to play and participate in our enrichment programs. During their visits, families learn about resources in our community and the stages of early childhood development.

Award-winning community programs

Our outreach program to under-served youth, KidsReach, received a Promising Practice Award from Association of Children’s Museum’s and MetLife for our innovative grassroots successful outreach efforts.

We are actively requesting donations for our KidsReach initiative to provide innovative experiences that can bridge the economic, cultural, and educational gaps our families experience. Our focus is to connect with families who are under-served, survivors of domestic violence, and those facing mental health challenges.

Our Programs

Science Festival

Thanks to a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the museum is able to bring Science Festivals to 400 children who can learn about science experientially. Thanks to the many volunteers, the Experimental Aircraft Association and Truckee Tahoe Airport for assisting and giving us space.

Science in the Schools

Thanks to Placer County First 5 and IMLS, we provide science in the Family Room in Kings Beach, in preschools and in Kindergartens in our school district. Currently we are finishing up our first pre-school science manual to share with our families and teachers.

Download our Science in the Schools brochure.

Staff Development

To better serve our community we attend conferences that update us on the best child development activities and exhibits for children. We have attended workshops at Lawrence Hall of Science, Exploratorium, Oregon Museum of Science and Industry and the annual Children’s Museum Conference. We have toured the Boston Children’s Museum, Chicago Children’s Museum, Bay Area Discovery Museum and Brooklyn Children’s Museum and Please Touch Philadelphia Children’s Museum. We found out about the Imagination Playground, Mega tiles, the ball wall and lots of other interesting learning tools that we have installed in KidZone museum from these workshops. We enjoy sharing this knowledge with your families and strive for excellence.

Community Partners

We partner with many organizations in our community so we know how to meet the needs of local children and families. One of our partners, the Tahoe Truckee Community Collaborative, is where we meet twice a month and discuss local happenings and issues with over 40 organizations. Another organization we helped start is the North Tahoe Environmental Education Coalition (NTEEC). NTEEC has over 30 organizations that focus on science education and share resources and ideas to enhance science education for our regions children.

Together with our First 5 Placer County partners, we plan programs for young children living in Placer County and also share resources like event space and staff. We also participate in Community for Kids, formally the Child Abuse Prevention Council. The council produces the annual Kids Day, which was held behind the museum in 2013 and attended by hundreds of local families who were able to learn about local resources and information and enjoy kid friendly activities.

Through our partners we provide classes and programs in the Kings Beach Family Room, North Tahoe Family Resource Center, at the Boys and Girls Club and with various teachers in the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District (TTUSD). With the TTUSD Early Learning program, we partnered with the annual Child Development Conference and helped to support a session with national storyteller, Olga Loya. Storytelling is key to enhancing a child’s reading skills. As a partner in the Campaign for Grade Level Reading, finding a variety of ways to promote literacy is a goal of the museum.

Tahoe Safe Alliance, Early Head Start, Kings Beach Co-op Preschool and Sierra Teen Education and Parenting Program visit the museum for free whenever they can. Wherever there is a need for a child or family we do our best to fill in the gaps and join partners in support of their events whenever possible.

KidZone Museum collaborates with the following organizations

Sierra Community House Logo
Adventure Risk Challenge Logo
Rotary Club of Truckee Logo
First Five Nevada County Logo
Nevada County Public Health Logo
First Five Placer Logo
Community Collaborative Tahoe Truckee Logo
California WIC Logo
Soroptimist Logo
Communities for Kids Logo
SOS Outreach Logo
Nevada County Library logo
STEPP Center Logo
County of Placer Library Services logo
Head Start California Logo

Truckee & Kings Beach
Head Start Preschools and Home Based Early Head Starts

Healthy Babies

Truckee Healthy Babies

Tahoe Truckee Unified School District

Truckee State Preschool
Kings Beach State Preschool
Kings Beach Elementary Family Room
Special Education programs
Kinder Support