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Where To Go in Winter When cabin fever sets in ask any local 3 year old where to play and they will tell you, “KidZone Museum!” Winter is our busiest time of year because of our inclement weather and a child’s need for play. Each winter we get a little bit busier and try to maximize our small space to accommodate more children and their families. We still are seeking an affordable office so we can have a few more square feet to play in and accommodate our growing winter visitation.

HIGHLIGHTS: *Annual visitation: 21,980. *Latino Visitation increased 500% in five years

Visitation 2009-2010 3000 2500 2000 1500 1000 500 0

Tahoe 17%

Bay Area 16%

Truckee 53%

*Percentage of visitation by season: 20% 18% 32% 30%

summer fall winter spring

Other 5% NV. Sac. 5% 4%

Where our visitors live

YEAR BOOK 2009-2010

Exhibits Specially Made For Your Child to Excel We want the exhibits to be super fun and have lots of activities that can be played with in many different ways- over and over again. Our volunteer exhibits committee and staff do extensive research to painstakingly develop exhibit play areas that will support a child’s creative, social, cognitive and motor skill development.

“If you want your child to succeed in college, the play-based curriculum is the way to go.” -Erika and Nicholas Christakis, Harvard University

HIGHLIGHTS! * New Exhibits 2010: Custom Train Table, Lucky Duck Farm. * New Exhibits for 2011: Under the Sea, Sierra Nature Center – outside area.

Domain Social

Thanks to grants from the Institute of Museum and Library Service and Placer County First Five, we hired a professional evaluator to assist us in examining how children and their caregivers interact with each other and with our exhibits. An observer unobtrusively watched children (infants through age 5) and their caregivers in our exhibit areas, noting how often they engaged in social, physical, emotional, and intellectual “play.” Observers rated children’s level of interaction within each of those domains on a scale of “0: (“not at all”) to “3” (“all the time”). See Table 1 for more information about behavioral categories and observation rubrics.

Rubric Adults share child-directed experience or providing information Child interacts with another child side-by-side as they play with similar materials Child uses turn-taking procedures, rules and cues


Child uses large muscles in coordinated way Child uses fine motor skills for functional and play activities Child balances without support


Child takes pleasure in ability to perform exhibit skillfully Child offers simple assistance to others when thinks it is needed


Child actively engages, pursues understanding of new materials and activities, and asks questions Child persists in mastering activity, even if challenging


Child plays with others using role-playing, dramatic play or imaginative, artistic or problem solving creativity.

Table 1: Exhibit-area observation categories and rubrics 2

YEAR BOOK 2009-2010

Donna Reid Photography

Donna Reid Photography

Average domain scores were computed for each exhibit/program area. As Figure 1a indicates, the different exhibit areas prompt somewhat different patterns of behavior. Not surprisingly, very young children in the Infant Area are least likely to engage in the different behaviors described above (but the activities they did engage in were most likely to be categorized as physical and creative). The Art Class, Farm Exhibit, and Play Structure strongly evoked both creative and emotional play. While children observed in the Science Class were least likely to engage in social play, they often engaged in activities that were categorized as creative or emotional. All four of the exhibits designed for older children clearly supported both intellectual and creative play. All observations were conducted between Jan. 13 and June 30, 2009. "Children" are age 2 - 5; "infants" are 10 - 18 mo. 219 children and 124 adults were observed during this time frame.

Average "Developmental Domain Activity Score"

Children's Overall Developmental Activity by Developmental Domain 3.5 3.0

Art Class


Science Class


Farm/ Africa


Play Structure

1.0 0.5

Infant Area

0.0 Social


Emotional 3



YEAR BOOK 2009-2010

Access to All Families

As an advocate for the importance 8%

2009-10 Income breakdown

of play and to ensure access for all 20% families to the Children’s Museum, 1% 7% General Contributions we welcome an average of 50 Non-government grants families a week free of charge. Government grants Many travel from Kings Beach to 12% Truckee on our free transportation Admissions and Programs bus, or visit us with one of our 25% Other revenue social service partners that serve Special Events children and families in need. To Donated goods and services make sure the Museum remains 27% innovative and welcoming, income from memberships, birthday parties, camps and admissions goes to  Income from memberships, admissions and birthday parties’ support support our operating costs, while only 25% of our operations. We rely on donations to remain open and to exhibits and programs are primarily continue to provide innovative learning experiences for children. funded by grants.

KidZone Museum Year-End financial position July1 2009-June 30 2010

Revenue General Contributions Non-government grants Government grants Program service fees Other revenue Special Events Donated goods and services Interested Income Net assets release from restrictions Total Revenue Expenses Program services General and administrative Fundraising Total Expenses Increase in Net Assets



$64,304 $23,250 -0 $83,113 $4,547 $22,133 -0 $26 $130,844 $328,217

-0 $15,868 $88,160 -0 -0 -0 $26,816 -0 $(130,844) -0

$ 190,661 $ 76,978 $ 21,865 $ 289,504 $38,713

-0 -0 -0 -0


$ $ $ $ $ $ $ $

64,304 39,118 88,160 83,113 4,547 22,133 26,816 26 -0 $328,217 $ $ $ $

190,661 76,978 21,865 289,504

Net assets at Beginning of Year $(13,975) -0 $-13,975 Net Assets at End of Year $24,738 -0 $24,738 __________________________________________________________________________________________________ 4

YEAR BOOK 2009-2010

Let’s Play! Experiencing Nature Firsthand Nationally, children have increasingly limited opportunities for the unstructured play offered by children’s museums, especially outdoors. This may seem odd to a community that is located in the Sierras, but many residents of the Tahoe basin do not have direct access to experience nature. This summer our volunteer exhibits committee designed an outdoor learning space which will open in summer 2011; increasing our daily visits while also expanding our natural exploration programs.

Children learn as they play. Most importantly, in play children learn

In our 2010 summer program season, 90 children participated in museum camps where they explored local watersheds, hiked our local mountain trails, caught snakes and insects and learned how to grow vegetables and how bees make honey.

Mixing Art & Science Daily children learn science by exploring art. Weekly we welcome between 10-20 children in our free Messy Art and Science program and in our monthly Family Play Lab that also explore fun programs like puppetry and music.

HIGHLIGHTS! *90 children in summer camps: ❧ Watershed Science ❧ Watershed Art ❧ Sagehen Family Camp ❧ Farm Camp x 4 ❧ Metalwork and Jewelry


how to learn. - O. Fred Donaldson

YEAR BOOK 2009-2010

Depending on Partners & Supporters Our visitors, volunteers and donors are from all over the Country. Cash donations are what help us pay our bills and staff. Our Benefactors donate $5000+ a year and are the core support of the Museum. Volunteers, gifts-in-kind and donations allow the Museum to serve all children who enter our doors, give free admission and transportation to low-income families and to our social service partners. We depend annually on volunteers to plan our events and help with our operations. This past year volunteers logged 4145 hours. The national average per hour rate for volunteers is $20.85. That means volunteer work totaled $86,433! Gifts –in- kind donors help with exhibits, construction and equipment. This fiscal year $26,816 was donated through our gifts-in kind program.

Museum Social Service Partners

The KidZone is a vital partner for our agency. The

 Sierra Teen Education & Parenting Program

welcoming and family friendly atmosphere create a

 Tahoe Women Services

comfortable environment for women and children to

 Early Head Start

heal from their trauma from abuse.

 North Tahoe Family Resource Center

-Jessica, Tahoe Women’s Services

Donna Reid Photography


YEAR BOOK 2009-2010 Volunteers, young and old, help with teaching, administration, IT, website, marketing, construction of exhibits fundraising events, workshops special events and in basically everything we do at the museum. We could not be a successful children’s museum without our dedicated volunteers.

HIGHLIGHTS! *Dragonfly Dinner-September 29, 2011 *Family Festival – August 2010 & August 28, 2011 *Spring Fundraiser: ❧ Rotary Crab Feed, May 2010 ❧ SnowFest! Bump & Jump Party, March 12, 2011 *Truckee Thursdays – All Summer




Silver Award Hours: Kids: 75 to 99 Young Adults: 175 to 249 Adults: 250 to 499 John Booth Helen Pelster Diana Pruski

Bronze Award Kids: 50 to 74 Young Adults: 100 to 174 Adults: 100 to 249 Stacey Carr Jenna Hilton Spin Shaffer Jennifer Standteiner Kerry Stendell Chandley Armitage Eric & Stephanie Bacon Elaine Baier Hunter Banovich Andrea Batie Janice Berg Ted & Susan Bier Kelly Boire Liz Bordner Marie Borges Rachel Bove Kevin & Vicki Boyd Kim Bradley

Kristine Branje Stephanie & Josh Bright Laura Brown Cheyenne Bruce Karen Brunning Amy Burke Emma Carroll Jill Casey Brooke Chabot Katie Charm Sophia Charter Gustavo Chavez Savannah Clark Cornelia Clark Emily Cocard April Cornell Elizabeth Costa Allison Costa Brit Crezee Kellie Cutler Robert Delarosa Pam & Dan Dickerman Jim Easterbrook Michelle & Tim Erskine Michelle Farrell Ignacio Gomez Nichole Graham Yvonne Moore & Christopher Griffith John & Annie Guerra Matthew Gustafsson D.D.S. Nicole & Kris Hansen Jennifer Hechendorn Jenna Hilton Carrie Hunter JJ Jahr Sarah Jahr Krista Jawin Chelsea Jones Sarah Taddo Jones Janel Kammer Deborah Kelly Madison Kwasny Kris & Carl Lane Kristen Lew Janis Leyshock Donald Lobo

Arnulfo & Kimberly Lopez Nancy & Cesar Lopez Meghan, Mace, Hannah & Sofie Maciel Meredith Maddock JP & Ako Martin Larissa Martinez-Morlett Sherry McConkey Stephanie Mclntosh Jill Milne Aaron Mintz Andy Mond Jay O'Hanlon Beth Hirsh Keri Paulson Kim Percy Lisa Petrucci Diana Pruski Kristina Ruth Debbie, Ashley & Jack Sambrailo Leslie Saxe Sara Schrichte Nancy Settle Samantha Shaffer Janai Shock Dave Sick Stacey Sick Sara Smith Maria Snideman Mackenzie Spaich Toni Standteiner Sue Steph Jeff Ullman Rich Valentine & Rene Kaldunski Katrina Veit Brooke Warn Amber Wright Shelly Wright Olivia Yale

Volunteers 4145 working hours Value: $86,333

* We apologize if we missed anyone. Please let us know.

GIFTS IN KIND A Day in Your Life Photography Atypical Design Auburn Ski Club Elaine Baier Balance Holistic Health Bay Area Discovery Museum Best Western Truckee Tahoe Inn Biscotti's Restaurant Brooke Bishop Bonzai Coffee Helen Pelster & Javier Castellar George Crezee Blue Coyote Blue Onion Bodywise Massage Boreal Ski Resort Breezy Jewelry Richard Bright Buchan Jewelry Burger Me California Academy of Sciences Carmel Gallery Cedar House Sport Hotel Clever Minds Clif Bar Cooking Gallery Costanoa by the Sea CVCRM Matt Cristiano Chris Crossen Crumb Confections Dragonfly Cuisine Crystal Bay Club Dan & Pam Dickerman Drunken Monkey Easterbrook Painting EcoPrint Elijah Bleu's Dr. James Evans EVOLVE Holistic Health Counseling Factory Bike Fifty Fifty Brewing Company Fireside Pizza Squaw Valley Florians focusphoto Tahoe Full Belly Deli Full Circle Movement Robb Gaffney Gioielli Bead Shop Greenhorn Creek Guest Ranch Bert Guerra Esq. Kathleen Halat, DPM Harrah's Lake Tahoe

Healing Bodywork by Sean McIntire High Level Health High Sierra Gymnastics High Sierra Waterski School Hotel Carlton San Francisco Inner Rhythms Dance Theatre Jake's on the Lake Jeremy Jones Laurie Jones Jump for Joy Lake Tahoe Kelly Brothers Paint Keoki Flagg Hawley Kobayashi Denise Kowal Kristi Pelligrino Photography Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival Chris Lane Daphne Lange Lanza's Lost Trail Lodge Mikuni Shawn and Jill Milne Katherine Hayes Rodriguez Moody's Bistro Moonshine Ink Mountain Bounty Farm Mountain Forge Mountain Home Center Mountain Lotus Yoga Mountain View Construction Mourelatos Resort My Playground Napa Auto Parts New Moon CafĂŠ, Nevada City Nikaya Handcrafted North Tahoe Comedy North Tahoe Watersports Northlake Construction Northstar at Tahoe Northstar Fire Dept. Outside Inn, Nevada City Paco's Truckee Bike & Ski Peak Landscaping Porter Simon-Steve Gross Ponderosa Golf Course Diana Pruski Quality Automotive Daron Rahlves Rock Garden Rogue Klamath River Adventures River Rafting

Truckee Bagel Riverside Studios Truckee Bikram Yoga Runway Cafe Truckee Donner Lodge Scraps Dog Bakery Truckee Sports Exchange Carol Sesko Truckee Tahoe Lumber Shelton & Bacon Engineering Company Sierra Nevada Dance Truckee Tannery Sierra Nordic Truckee-Tahoe Kennels Six Peaks Grill Truckee Donner Recreation Small Pond Studio & Parks Sara Smith Waltman Construction Smokey's Kitchen Western Skisport Museum Snowtech When Pigs Fly BBQ Solage, Napa Wild Island Spiral Healing Wild & Scenic Film Festival, Lisa Sproenhle Nevada City Squaw Valley Lodge Wildflour Bakery Squaw Valley USA Wolfdales Squeeze Inn Zano's Jennifer & Anton Standteiner Sara Zimmerman Stones Tire Streamscapes Strider Bike Sugar Bowl Ski Resort Sunnyside Switchback Marketing Tacos Jalisco Tahoe Adventure Co. Tahoe Biltmore Tahoe Cross Country Tahoe Dave's Tahoe Donner Cross Country Tahoe Forest Hospital Tahoe Forest Hospital Center for Health and Sports Tahoe Gal Tahoe North Shore Resorts Tahoe TV Tahoe Yoga and Wellness Dr. Cathy Taylor The Backcountry The Pour House The Treehouse The Village at Squaw Valley Thunderbird Lodge TIP Printing Town of Truckee Fire Treat Box Bakery Truckee Book & Bean Truckee Pediatric Dentistry Dr. Barry Triestman Trails & Vistas

* We apologize if we missed anyone. Please let us know.

Gifts in Kind Value: $26,816

Donors Benefactors The Castellar Family Chintu Gudiya Foundation Dragonfly Cuisine eScrip Placer County First 5 S.H. Cowell Foundation Institute of Museum & Library Services The Olander Family Tahoe Mountain Resort Foundation Teichert Foundation Truckee Tahoe Community Foundation Explore Clear Capital Kristi & Rob Darzynkiewicz Pam & Dan Dickerman Dawn & John Evans Mark & Carolyn Guidry David Jorgensen Louis Lopez-Blanco Martis Camp Spin Shaffer & Carol Meagher Savemart Walton's Grizzly Lodge Family Foundation at Tahoe Truckee

Discover Alpine Meadows Founders Fund at TTCF Maria Borges & Dave Condon MD Elaine & Mark Baier MD David Greenberg Erica & Matthew Gustafsson D.D.S. Optimist Club of Truckee Plumas Bank Truckee Tahoe Airport District

Learn Bonzai Coffee Easterbrook Painting Beth & Kevin Hirsh Michael Jones Jump for Joy Lake Tahoe David & Antje Maltz The Milne Family Lisa Petrucci & Keith Mullen Jay O'Hanlon William & Molly Person Wynee Sade

Sangeeta Gambhir Kathleen Gauthier David Glover Susan & David Goggin Sheila Greeno David Greenberg Amy Grenier Michael Griesmer Thomas Grossman Jennifer & Hugh Grubb Richard & Toni Grundy Pam & Mike Hafer Erin Hanlon Patrick Hanlon Melissa S. Hanson Vickie & Derk Hooser (Little Rascals) Robin Myles & Chris Haller Gail Cotton High Heather Hensley Jenna & Ed Hilton Melissa & Patrick Hodous Brad Thomas MD & Leanna Jacuzzi Chris & Reini Jensen MD Mary Meagher King

Hewlett Packard Jon Kanter Lorene L. Kondor Anna Lambiotte Johanna Lasseter-Curtis Meghan & Mace Maciel Jessica Linn Lawrence & Linda Long Kimberly & Tim Manning Theresa Meagher John Mecklenburg George & Lorraine Moore Beth & Tom Mulcahy Philippa Nigg Jean & Ron Pagni-Parello Jennifer Parker Janice Pelster Josephine Pelster Lin Porter Diana Pruski Robert Richards Barbara & Robert Richardson Rodger & Dawn Rintala Leslie & Marshall Saxe

Community Foundation (TTCF)

Stacey Carr & Dave Sick William & Stephanie Sick Jennifer & Toni Standteiner Tahoe Forest Hospital Truckee Tahoe Medical Group Tourist Club Matt Tucker A.Teichert & Sons Inc. James Klinge

The Stein Family Friends Dana Barton Scott & Shelley Bolen Kelly Boire Laura Brown Joe Burgess Grendel Burrell Jody Burrill Karen & Gary Carr Libby Meagher Cholerton Kathleen Meagher Clapp Suzanne Meagher Clark Betsy Crandell Kathleen & Robert Crawford Kellie & Jeff Cutler Crew Tahoe LLC Kim Demattei Jim Eagleton Kathy Echols Jonathan Edwards Robert Fisher Mary C. Foster Todd Freitas Amanda Friedrichsen

* We apologize if we missed anyone. Please let us know.

Soroptimist International Valerie Stewart Sara & August Schrichte Allison & Al Schwedner Susie Simonpietri Tom & Bobbi Specht Jill Staub Karen Foster & Sue Steph Sugar Bowl Ski Resort Truckee Donner Mark & Kathy Tanner The Tucker Family Leisa Peterson The Pour House Emmanual F. Vuillequez Logan Williamson Gaelen Williamson Carly Williamson R. Shaffer Courtenay & Bryan Wallpe Scott & Sara White Emily H. Wilcox Carol Wyatt Nataly Zarate

Board of Directors KidZone Museum Board of Directors Helen Pelster, President, is a software engineer and the mother of two small children. Helen and her husband, Javier Castellar, have lived in Truckee for 9 years and she has been a KidZone Museum volunteer for four years. Helen brings to the Board her industry experience leading energetic and effective software teams. She joined the Board because she feels that children from families of all income levels should have the opportunity to learn through exploration and discovery at KidZone Museum. Shelly Wright, Treasurer, is the VP/Manager of the local Plumas Bank office. Shelly has a 30-year background specializing in business banking and marketing. She moved to Truckee in 1990 with her husband Lee and two children, Amber and Ian. Shelly's goal is to assist the KidZone Museum achieve its goal to provide early childhood development tools for the young children of our Truckee-Tahoe communities. She assists with the KidZone Museum's finances and the development of new revenue sources along with enhancing existing programs. Elaine Baier, Secretary, moved to Truckee in 2002. At the time, her children were 4, 3, and 1 years old. Her children spent many days playing and learning about the world at KidZone Museum! Elaine graduated with a multiple subject teaching credential from San Francisco State University. Prior to the births of children, she spent six years teaching in the Bay Area and Sacramento Valley. She is looking forward to giving back to a great organization. Amy Burke joined the board on July 8, 2010. She is the mother of two young children and has been a long supporter of the KidZone Museum. Amy owns and operates the Runway Cafe at the Truckee Airport. Matthew Gustafsson completed his undergraduate studies at the University of California, Davis. After a few years working as a researcher at the U.C. Davis Cancer Center in Sacramento, he headed to Loma Linda University School of Dentistry where he graduated with his D.D.S degree and a residency in pediatric dentistry. In 2008, Matthew and his wife Erica decided that Truckee is a great place to raise their young boys and set up Matthew’s dental practice, Truckee Pediatric Dentistry. Mathew joined the Board because, like KidZone, he believes health, wellness and education of children should be a top priority for any community. Larissa Martinez-Morlett joins the board with a background in community relations and service. As a partner with Starbucks for 9 years, Larissa has had many opportunities to be involved in the community. Larissa and her young son moved to Truckee from San Diego in the Fall of 2008, excited to join a tight-knit community. One of her first introductions to what Truckee has to offer its children was the KidZone Museum. She and her son, Nikolai, love spending time at the Museum, connecting with each other and other families while exploring, discovering, and learning together. Andy Mond is the proud father of two girls, ages 3 and 9. Nineteen years ago, Andy moved to Truckee after graduating with a degree in communications from Emerson College in Boston. Andy’s specialty is events and marketing, with over 14 years experience producing local and national events for Red Bull, ESPN, and The Village at Squaw Valley. He just wrapped up his first season managing “Truckee Thursdays” with his new company, Independent Events. His girls love the KidZone Museum and when asked to join the board he saw it as an opportunity to give back to the community. Andy will help the KidZone Museum produce effective fundraising events Jay O’Hanlon is a mother of two, a 30-year resident of Truckee, and the Director of the IT department at Tahoe Forest Hospital District for over 25 years. Jay brings financial, technological and operational management skills to the Board. Jay joined the board because she believes the early years are crucial in the development of children. She believes the KidZone Museum provides opportunities for every child in our community to play, learn and discover in a safe, nurturing environment. Jay enjoys taking her grandchildren to the KidZone. She likes to read, travel and living in Truckee. Jennifer Standteiner is a busy mom of three with a Master's Degree in Elementary Education and TESOL (Teachers of English to Students of Other Languages) and a Bachelor's Degree in Marketing, Finance and International Business. Now working from home as a corporate business manager for local companies, she was an ESL teacher in the TTUSD and Washoe County School District for several years. She is a Spanish speaker who brings her organizational skills, educational background, creativity and enthusiasm to the Exhibits Committee with each incoming museum installation. She joined the committee and board to help incorporate a multicultural perspective into the museum’s exhibits and programs to foster a more inclusive community.

Staff Carol Meagher, Executive Director, began with the KidZone Museum 7 years ago, first as a volunteer, and then as Executive Director. Carol has an undergraduate degree in fine art, a master's degree in recreation and has completed special studies in Spanish from Middlebury College and Universidad Autonoma de Mexico. Her main focus at the Museum is overall management and grants funding. Romina Branje, Assistant Director, is a native Chilean who arrived in Truckee 8 years ago. She has been the KidsReach Director for 3.5 years and also manages Museum accounting and operations. Liz Bordner has worked at the Museum for 7 years in various positions. Currently Liz is the Museum Guest Services Manager and is putting her degree in architecture to use as the Exhibits Manager. Brooke Landis has a degree in science from Stanford. She has worked at the Museum for 6 years as our Early Childhood Educator and Coordinator. She began as a volunteer on our exhibits committee. Meghan Maciel began as a Museum volunteer and as Exhibits Coordinator. She is now our Volunteer Coordinator while she works on her master's degree in education. Christine Branje is from Chile and works in Museum Guest Services. Illeana Borsani is from Argentina and works as a member of Museum Guest Services and in our KidsReach Program and green Museum cleaning. Lea Anne Weiss has worked at the Museum for 7.5 years in various positions. She now works in Museum Guest Services. Nataly Zarate grew up going to KidZone. She has been working in Museum Guest Services for 3 years. Contract Teachers Brooke Chabot has a degree in education from Berkeley and teaches Art Jam and other recycled art programs. Jan Ellis has a degree in environmental education from Berkeley and has taught Watershed Science for four years.. Mary Guerra has a degree in education from UNR and is a professional jeweler. She teaches metal arts. Christy Mond has a degree in education and teaches all four Farm Camps.

2010 KidZone Museum Year Book  

Year in Review

2010 KidZone Museum Year Book  

Year in Review