The Museum is designed for ages 7 and younger with a focus on the development of cognitive, motor and social skills through open-ended play. Our goal is for all families to have a positive experience together in our small space. This requires adherence to the following rules, which you might want to go over with your children before coming to the museum. Generally things go much smoother if children know what is expected of them. Thank you for helping us make this a positive experience for everyone.
Featured exhibit: Sierra Settlers
Sierra Settlers is an imaginary play installation where children can travel to Truckee on the train, shop at the Chinese Herb Shop for dinner, pick up their pots and pans in the blacksmith shop and reserve a room in the Boarding House. The exhibit theme is during the Transcontinental Railroad in Truckee around 1850-1900. The exhibit focus is on child development and learning through play. Each element is designed to help a child develop their social-emotional skills, fine and gross motor skills, and cognitive and creative development.
Indoor Play Structure
The 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Family Membership (one year membership)
Number of People
Up to 6 named family members in the same household
– ACM reciprocal network half-price admission to nearly 200 museums
– Free access to members-only hour & workshops
– Birthday party, camps & classes discount
– 1 adult and 1 child free admission pass
KidZone Museum Family Membership Pass
Once you submit an order with your charter school, they will reach out to us with your request. You will be receiving either en electronic membership via email within 1-2 days after we recieve that request or a membership card in the mail within 5-10 business days. You will also be receiving corresponding educational material via email. Please check your email spam folder if you don't see it in your inbox.