KidZone Museum has been closed for the installation of the Aeronautics Exhibit and will reopen to the public on May 18th. Opening night is for the exhibit will be May 17th from 4-6 p.m. The museum is asking for members, donors and volunteers only due to space constraints. Light refreshments and family activities will be provided.
If you’re handy, or not so handy and want to help out, volunteers will be needed all week to help get the exhibit ready to launch.
Kids’ Day will be celebrated at KidZone Museum and the Family Resource Center of Truckee from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. with kids’ activities, police cars and fire trucks, raffles, food trucks and music. For more information, call 530-587-2513.
Do you love KidZone Museum? Vote for the museum in the Best of North Tahoe & Truckee Contest here. Winners will receive lots of publicity. Voting ends on Friday, May 17th.
Summertime is wonderful for kids in North Lake Tahoe. There are a lot of summer camp options to choose from in the area and if you’re looking for something educational, there are dozens of local museums and historical places to check out.
Emigrant Trail Museum: The Emigrant Trail Museum is located at Donner Memorial State Park. You’ll learn about the history of this part of the Sierra, original local people including Native Americans, the Donner Party and the builders of the railroad. The museum also has a gift shop where you can purchase maps, postcards and more.
KidZone Museum: KidZone Museum is located at 11711 Donner Pass Rd in Truckee. They have various camps and workshops throughout the summer and are available for party rentals. Activity Centers include: Baby Zone, Art Studio, Jungle Jim, and Exploration Station.
Tahoe Maritime Museum: Tahoe Maritime Museum is located at 5205 West Lake Blvd in Homewood. Adults are $5 and children up to 11 are free. This museum features maritime memorabilia and crafts. Check hours by calling (530) 525-9253.
Vikingsholm Castle: Vikingsholm is located in Emerald Bay and the tour fee is $8 for adults and $5 for kids ages 6-17. Tours are available from Memorial Day Weekend through the end of September. There is a steep 1-mile trail to get to and from Vikingsholm, so the trip might not be appropriate for you kids.
Gatekeeper’s Museum: Gatekeeper’s Museum is located at 130 West Lake Blvd in Tahoe City. The gatekeeper’s cabin was originally built as the home for the Watermaster, who controlled the flow of water out of Lake Tahoe. The museum features historical exhibits from Native American baskets, newspapers, artifacts, resort history and more.
Watson Cabin: Watson Cabin is located at 560 North Lake Blvd in Tahoe City. Robert Montgomery Watson built the cabin in 1909 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
By Sasha Spiegel-Wallace
Tahoe Kids Summer Camps around Tahoe & Truckee
Summer is a great time to come to Lake Tahoe with the kids. The following is a list of Summer Camps around Tahoe. Sending the kids off to camp for a few hours allows them a great way to make new friends and you might have a chance to read that book or take that long nap you’ve been hoping for. Remember, this is your vacation too!
Truckee Parks and Recreation also has
The annual KidZone Museum fundraiser will be held on Saturday, April 27th from 6:00 p.m. till 11:00 p.m. at Dragonfly Restaurant in Truckee. Tickets are only $45 each if purchased in advance here or you may purchase tickets at the door for $50. Ticket prices include food and one drink (beer, wine or specialty cocktail) music, dancing, raffle and auctions.
The theme is Rock Stars – “Pick Your Band, Pick Your Decade, Pick Your Star”.
The KidZone Museum is a children’s museum that inspires creative learning through play and exploration and serves more than 20,000 kids every year. For more information about the museum or how you can support the programs, click here.
Squaw Valley Village is hosting the annual Tahoe Truckee Earth Day Festival on Saturday, April 20th. The 2013 theme is “Do Another Thing” and the festival runs from 11:00 a.m. till 5:00 p.m. and is free to everyone. The event is organized and run by volunteers and will celebrate the beauty of the Tahoe area. Free transportation is available from locations throughout North Lake Tahoe, Incline Village, and Truckee. There will be concerts, entertainments and educational resources for children and adults.
Events and educational events include activities to teach guests about recycling and composting strategies, alternative energy, sustainability, watershed and forest health, and reducing ecological footprints. Trash receptacles will not be provided at the festival, food vendors will provide recyclable and vendors are encouraged to limit handouts to sign
The child zone will have a composting zone, face painting, a solar play station, native planting exhibit and a visit from the Science Wizard, a children’s entertainer and comedian.
Entertainment includes live music and a recycling fashion show performance “Environlution Trashion” by the Truckee High School Environlution Club, “Trashion”.
The Schedule of Events listed below includes something for everyone.
- 8:00am-10:00am – Celebrate Earth Day with Trilogy Spa – Meet at Trilogy Spa to help clean the Squaw Valley parking lot. Anyone who wishes to join us will receive 20% off any treatment. We are encouraging everyone to bike in or ride the TART that day. Questions please call 530-584-6125
- 10:00am-2:00pm- Collection Event
- 11:00am – Main Event in the Village Begins
- 11:30am-2:00pm -The Sierra Drifters
- 12:00pm-12:40pm -The Science Wizard
- 2:00-2:15pm – Asha Dancers
- 2:15-3:00pm – Trashion Show
- 3:00pm – Raffle winners announced
- 3:00pm-3:40pm – The Science Wizard
- 3:30-5:00pm – Sneaky Creatures – Events Plaza Stage
- 5:00pm- Close of Tahoe Truckee Earth Day Festival
If you are interested in volunteering at the Tahoe Truckee Earth Day Festival, volunteers are still welcome to join. Check out the official website for more information.