We are reopening!

We will reopen on Wednesday, September 22, through Saturday, October 30, for members and special groups only. Your pre-COVID memberships will be reactivated upon visiting.

For everyone’s health and safety, proof of COVID vaccination (age 12+) and masks (age 3+) are required for all visitors. Get more information on policies, online registration, cleaning, and visitation procedures. All our staff are vaccinated!

Phase 1 Reopening Schedule

Open hours: 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

  • Sunday and Monday: Closed for deep sanitization
  • Tuesday: Special programs (not open to public)
  • Wednesday: Members only
  • Thursday: Members only
  • Friday: Field trips and vulnerable populations (not open to public)
  • Saturday: Members only 

Prepare for your visit

  • Registration required for Members Only days
  • Proof of vaccination
  • Wear museum mask given at entry
  • Stay home if not feeling well
  • Wash hands often
  • Follow all guidelines
  • Bring your own water bottle
  • No food allowed inside the museum
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What to expect when visiting the museum

Proof of full COVID-19 vaccination and photo ID are required for adults. All museum staff are vaccinated. For everyone’s health and safety, proof of COVID vaccination (age 12+) are required for all visitors.

Masks are required for visitors ages 3+. We will provide triple-layer paper masks for our visitors in child and adult sizes. This is the only mask approved by the Museum for visitors, and you will be given your mask upon entry. You will not be allowed to wear your own mask. No exceptions.

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Registration is required. Pre-registration is required for members-only days. Pre-COVID memberships will be reactivated upon visiting. Register now.

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A welcome station will be located at the museum entrance. You will pick up masks and sanitize hands before entering and when you leave the museum. Also, sanitizing stations are throughout the museum and hand washing is available in the restroom.

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Please reschedule your visit if … in the 10 days leading up to your visit you or anyone in your household has tested positive, experienced COVID-19 symptoms, or if you are unvaccinated and have come into close contact with anyone confirmed or suspected of having COVID-19. Symptoms include cough, fever or chills, difficulty breathing, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, stomach upset, muscle or body aches, headaches, and fatigue.

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Frequently Asked Questions

We know the vaccine saves lives. We want to provide a safe environment for children and their families to stop the spread of COVID-19. The mutations of the virus (Delta/Lambda) warrant extra precautions. We are a children’s museum serving the community. Our concern is for public safety as a whole. We live here, our friends are here, some of our family members have suffered from COVID or have died from COVID. 

Our COVID policy review team  took into account the play and engagement the museum offers, which is very different from a school or store setting. We welcome different visitors every day, and week. The museum’s fully hands-on learning means kids touch everything and even lick things, making social distancing challenging.

Museum partner agencies, Tahoe Forest Health System, and Placer County are providing free vaccinations to all people, while making key connections specific to at-risk populations to eliminate any barriers to vaccination. Additionally, the Museum will have special hours for vulnerable populations.

Please be prepared to show proof of full vaccination and a valid adult photo ID when you visit.

Valid forms of proof of vaccination include:

  • An original, a copy, or a picture of your CDC vaccination card
  • Personal digital COVID-19 vaccine record issued by the State of California or by an approved private company

Proof of vaccination will be cross-checked against each visitor’s photo ID. A written self-attestation or verbal declaration of vaccination status is not acceptable as a form of proof. Access your State of California vaccine record: myvaccinerecord.cdph.ca.gov

Children do not need ID verification as they are entering with an adult guardian.

Visitors who have a qualified medical exemption from vaccination are required to provide a signed official letter from your physician on letterhead. You can email your letter to info@kidzonemuseum.org along with your contact information. When you are cleared by staff you will be notified. You are then eligible to visit on the day for vulnerable populations who are not eligible for vaccinations. You visit the museum at your own risk.

Yes. All guests 3+ are required to wear a museum distributed mask you will receive at the Welcome Station. Masks should cover the mouth and nose and fit snugly against the sides of your face.

We have learned  from local businesses and children’s museum colleagues that monitoring appropriate mask use puts great demands on staff time, thus generating additional cost. For our staff’s sustainability and your safety, please abide by this rule and show kindness to our hard-working staff. The masks we provide will be effective and fit appropriately.

We have your membership records which will appear when you register.

The KidZone will open registration for October in mid-September and for the following months as well. This will allow us to adjust visitor capacity in case public health guidelines change. We’ll offer registration farther in advance as soon as we can.

The museum will be operating at reduced capacity, and will limit visitors to 30 per day for September-October.

The great majority of the KidZone Museum indoor and outdoor space is open. We have decreased the amount of play tools (costumes, etc.), and we have closed off small areas that do not have good ventilation.

High-touch surfaces such as exhibits, restrooms, door knobs, light switches and seating areas are cleaned and disinfected frequently throughout the day per CDC guidelines, and the entire building is cleaned and disinfected every evening after closing. Chem-dry will be sanitizing the museum quarterly with a non-toxic solution that is effective for up to 90 days. Although research suggests that the risk of contracting COVID-19 from a contaminated surface—also known as fomite transmission—is extremely low, we’re doing everything we can to keep our guests, staff, and community safe.

Yes, we will be doing a temperature check. We will use Forehead Thermometers with LCD Displays daily as visitors  arrive to screen for fever (100.4°F/38°C or higher). Anyone in your party has any symptoms of COVID-19, please postpone your visit. Staff are required to answer health screening questions each day prior to arriving at work.

Anyone with symptoms of COVID 19 or flu will not be allowed in the museum. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

Fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea.

If there’s a confirmed case of COVID-19, the museum will close for 48 hours to conduct the proper cleaning and disinfecting following CDC and Nevada County guidelines. The public will be alerted to our closure and why. KidZone Museum will protect the privacy of the infected individual while ensuring the safety of others. An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present.

All galleries and office spaces use 100% outside air with no recirculation. We also change our HVAC MERV 13 filters at appropriate intervals to ensure clean air. In addition we have purchased HEPA filtration units to filter the air inside the museum.

No. Bring your own water bottle. It is the best way to curb contamination.

You can eat food in your car in the parking lot, or in the backyard, but not inside the museum.

Please email info@kidzonemuseum.org

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