Our exhibit are designed for children up to age 7 and focus on building their cognitive, physical, social and creative skills. At all times, supervise your child and help them engage in positive social play with others and ensure they are safe when trying new activities such as climbing and sliding. 

Once Upon a Time: This fairy tale exhibit fills half of the Museum. Children can climb up the rope ladder to the ship’s top deck and buy goods at the marketplace to cook for the dwarfs in Snow White’s kitchen.  Exhibit theme updates happen annually. First, the exhibit showcased fairy tales about Kingdoms. Currently, the theme surrounds fairy tales that take place in nature, and in spring 2018 the focus of this exhibit will be fairy tales about magic. The overall theme of this area changes completely every three years.

Thanks to major support from First 5 Placer County, Lahontan Community Foundation, Martis Camp Foundation, Blackwood Construction, Mountain View Construction and Tahoe Truckee Lumber.

Indoor Play Structure has a slide. It’s a great place for kids to use up all that energy and is an excellent tool for your children to gain gross motor skill development – especially during winter when getting outside is difficult due to inclement weather. The stairs to the slide are easy enough for younger visitors to navigate. This part of the museum also has a custom train table and magnetic building tiles an Air Flow exhibit and an Infant Area.

The Play Structure was included in the museum because children entering kindergarten in our schools achieved below the national average for gross motor skill development. Thanks to First 5 Placer and First 5 Nevada County for supporting the museum and this installation.

The Infant Area is an exhibit for visitors from 0 to 18 months of age. In this aquatic- and nature-themed area, your baby can practice rolling, crawling, climbing, cruising and all-around play in a safe environment.

Note: Children over 18 months are not allowed in this area. This area is designed for infants and their parents and must be kept as clean as possible. Help us make this area enjoyable for babies and their caregivers.

The Art Studio has exploratory art activities for you and your child any time the museum is open. In this self-service area, visitors have access to washable paints, markers, crayons, paper in many sizes and colors. Children will also enjoy creating with clay and other materials. We offer classes in the studio, such as Messy Family Fun.

Science Lab: Drop into our Scientastic lab anytime and check out the hands-on science activities and tools for self-guided science fun! This room has live animals, a child friendly microscope, building materials and a light table. This area is also the lunch room.

Exhibit areas created by enthusiastic volunteer parents, grandparents and community members. The following people have spent years  helping to create engaging learning exhibits for our children. We are grateful. 

  • Jerry Johnson
  • Suzanne Montgomery
  • Maggie Schumacher
  • Ann Tavan
  • Spin Shaffer

Nature Play Area: Our outdoor natural play-scape is where children can pump water into the stream and build in the sand pit, make mud pies in the mud kitchen and plant in the garden. Watch for special nature programs about bugs and animals after the snow melts. This is open for 3 seasons and closed in winter.