The Museum’s bilingual staff, and the learning experiences we provide, 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. Our free KidsReach bus picks up families in Kings Beach and Truckee to transport them to 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.
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 living in poverty, and families whom are survivors of domestic violence, and families facing mental health challenges.
Free Bus Schedule
Each year, an average of 530 children and families ride our free bus to the Museum. More than 700 children receive scholarships for admission and camps, and 624 children and families are reached through our community outreach programs.
We pick up families from Kings Beach and Truckee weekly. If you would like to ride the bus or want information call the museum at 530.587.KIDS (5437) or contact Brenda at Operations@kidzonemuseum.org.
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.
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.
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, Sierra Teen Education and Parenting Program and Choices 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.
Promising Practice Award from Association of Children’s Museum’s and Metlife
Our outreach program to disadvantage youth, KidsReach, was awarded a promising practice award for our innovative grassroots successful outreach efforts. Thank you ACM and Metlife!