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Tahoe Arts and Mountain Culture
Tahoe Arts and Mountain Culture
Lake Tahoe and Truckee activities and attractions or children.

You are now entering the KidZone. Must have picture ID…just kidding!

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It’s a Farm!

No, it’s a museum and fun zone just for kids.

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Children’s Art Classes with Gina Stowell at Valhalla

free-expressionPaint as you like and feel the joy of spontaneous expression. Gina Stowell’s painting workshops are designed to help children develop and discover the excitement of painting, and the instinctual urge to play with color and shapes.

Gina’s Children’s Art Classes take place at Valhalla, Monday through Friday, July 13th-17th and July 20th-24th, 2015 from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm – the cost is $150 per child per session. read more →

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North Tahoe Arts’ Kids Art Camp July 13-17

As parents prepare for the summer months, finding the right camp to enroll their children in is often a top priority. North Tahoe Arts (NTA) located in Tahoe City, offers a hands-on art experience for elementary to middle school age youth and is taught by accomplished local artists and instructors who are passionate about the importance of art in a child’s development.

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Children’s Environmental Science Day Aug 2

Children are invited to spend the day with scientists in August every year, to learn about the unique ecology, function, restoration and preservation of Lake Tahoe.

The annual Children’s Environmental Science Day is a free event sponsored by the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center (TERC) located in Incline Village.

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Kids Art Saturdays at North Tahoe Arts

kid-artNorth Tahoe Arts hosts Kids Art Saturdays for children from 2 -to 12-years-old to work on an art project in the Corison Loft Gallery from noon to 2 p.m. on select Saturdays at North Tahoe Arts Center. read more →

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A Midsummer’s Night Dream with a Twist at Valhalla July 23-25

A Midsummer Nights Dream Tahoe CultureWilliam Shakespeare’s most famous comedy, ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ will be presented with a Tahoe Twist – that’s Sammy Salmon in the photo – by acclaimed young adult actors and promises to keep you in stitches. Director Nannette Niven has a cast of 20 including Bjorn Hedqvist, Stephanie Hernandez, Zoe Greco, Tyler Martin, Steve Huerta, Zane Brady, Hunter Turney and Jered Stowell.

Performances take place Valhalla Boathouse Theatre.

 

 

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Kindred Creative Empowerment Programs

Kindred Creative Empowerment session sacred circleKindred Art and Folk Institute has increased their leadership to provide even more creative educational opportunities for students and families.

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Science Expo March 16-25

Looking for something fun and educational to do as a family?

Check out the free family Science Expo on March 18, 2015 from 4 – 6 p.m. at the Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences on the Sierra Nevada College.  Admission is free.

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Inspired Adventures at Kindred Art and Folk Institute April 6-9

Kindred Art and Folk Institute

Drop the kids off at Kindred Art and Folk Institute in Truckee between April 6-9 to create a breathtaking three-dimensional piece, juice still life, an owl doorstop, and prepare an organic meal and then, a drumming circle!

Sorry adults – just for kids. Waw!

 

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Paint the Bear at North Tahoe Arts Feb 28

Keep Tahoe Bearable.

Learn how to live with, protect and respect these marvelous creatures at the North Tahoe Arts Center during the “Paint the Bear” event sponsored by the Bear League right after the Snowfest Parade on February 28, 2015 from 11am to 2pm. Wooden Bear cutouts will be provided by Truckee High School woodshop class for kids to paint as they like. Event is free and open to the public. The parade starts at 11:30am in Tahoe City and marks the beginning of SnowFest!

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Local Students Take on the WeCan! Fitness and Nutrition Challenges

WeCan Samples with StudentFriday, October 10, nearly 2,000 local elementary school children completed the WeCan! program.

For four weeks, the students participated in weekly challenges that focused on fitness and nutrition goals. Challenges included eating fruits and vegetables of a particular color, drinking more water, stretching, exercising and trying new healthy foods. read more →

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Bowl for Kid’s Sake Oct 18

blowincline.gifBig Brothers Big Sisters of Nevada County & North Lake Tahoe will host the 5th Annual Bowl For Kids’ Sake from 3 to 8 p.m. at Bowl Incline with a bowl-a-thon and party to benefit at-risk children.

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Tahoe Farm Day Sept 16

Emu at Farm DayOver 500 third and fourth grade students from local elementary schools will attend the second annual Tahoe Farm Day, held on September 16, 2014, from 9:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. This all day field trip at Camp Richardson teaches students about the wide diversity of regional agriculture. Volunteer presenters will bring topics alive for students through creative, interactive activities that feature regionally grown fruits, and vegetables, and concepts of healthy eating and nutrition. read more →

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Summer Animal Art Classes at Lake Tahoe

Their motto is “Keep Tahoe Kind”.

The Lake Tahoe Humane Society offers Summer Animal Art classes for kids between 11 and 13 years old in South Lake Tahoe.  The minimal class fee includes art materials and live furry models.

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Activities for Kids at Truckee Thursdays

From complimentary face painting to the ever-popular bounce house, Downtown Truckee Thursdays offers plenty of fun options for the energetic young ones every Thursday from 5pm to 9pm.

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2014 Kids Summer Art Camps with Gina Stowell

Gina Stowell Painting ClassesGina Stowell’s painting and mask making workshops are designed to help children develop and discover the excitement of painting, and the instinctual urge to play with color and shapes. Stowell’s painting sessions share art in nature, art history and painting techniques.  These painting sessions encourage creativity and self-expression.  Summer classes run July 7 – August 14.

Stowell’s painting sessions share art in nature, art history and painting techniques. We will make nature journals, have a scavenger hunt and of course, the the students will host the ART SHOW! Students please wear sunscreen and a hat plus bring a lunch and water.

July 28 – Aug. 1 M-F, 10am to 1pm for ages 5 and up $150.

Mask Making at Lake Tahoe Community College

Kids will create masks using mixed-media while exploring the history of world cultures. Kids will mold masks using plaster, tool metal, and paper-mache. Kids will also learn about different art cultures including, African, Aboriginal, and Native American. Kids will have an opportunity to explore their artistic side, build their imagination skills, and learn the creative process through mask making.

July 14 – 17, M-Th, 9am to 12pm ages 5 -71/2, $125.

July 14 – 17, M-Th, 1pm to 4pm, ages 8-12 $125.

Outdoor Painting

Gina Stowell’s painting workshop is designed to help children develop and discover the excitement of painting, and the instinctual urge to play with color and shapes. Stowell’s painting sessions share art in nature, art history and painting techniques. We will make nature journals, have a scavenger hunt and of course, the the students will host the ART SHOW! Students please wear sunscreen and a hat plus bring a health lunch and water.

Aug. 11 – 14 M-Th 9am- 12pm for ages 5 and up the $110.

To register for the Valhalla Camps, please call please call Gina Stowell at (530) 318-3639

To register for the College Camps you can register on line at LTCC Community Connect or call  (530) 541-4660 x 717

One on Gina’s specialties is Face Painting where you learn about blending and line work to create different cat faces, princess, monster masks and gruesome wounds. Face Painting for Kids is a hands-on class that comes with your own pallet of professional water soluble theatrical paints.  Face painting is uniquely fascinating in that the design transforms the wearer. Gina’s designs will lift and transport you to new and wild places. From a feline to a beast to a sad or happy clown; face painting will make you laugh, make you jump, make you growl.

About Gina Stowell, Art Teacher:

Gina has been teaching art to children in the Lake Tahoe area for over a dozen years. In 2004, she incorporated a nonprofit arts organization and implemented the fine arts program in all five elementary schools in our community with the help of 130 parent volunteers.

gina-calderon-stowellShe has organized and taught fine arts classes for the Valhalla Arts, Music and Theater Festival at the Tallac Historic Site, Lake Tahoe Community College “Kids College”, L.T. Middle School After School Enrichment, and Visions in Education Charter School.

Whether in a Kids College Workshop or in her own back yard, Gina recognizes her young pupils as artists, teaching the basics of fine art while giving them the tools to make their own creative decisions. She works hard to encourage the child’s creative impulses, and to promote free expression.

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Miss Marcia’s Shining Stars in South Lake Tahoe

feetup.JPGEveryone loves Miss Marcia.

It’s easy to see why.  Marcia Sarosik has been teaching dance in South Lake Tahoe for over two decades.

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Mother Goose is on the Loose Thursdays at South Lake Tahoe Library

Hey, diddle, diddle, the cat and the fiddle,
The cow jumped over the moon!

Mother Goose Rhymes for 0-2 years old take place at the South Lake Tahoe Library every Thursday starting at 11am.

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Tahoe Rim Trail Tahoe Trackers July 20-22, 2014

Map and compass orienteering. Wildlife, flora and fauna identification. Astronomy.

It’s all part of the Tahoe Rim Trail and Tahoe Institute for Natural Science youth backcountry camps held in July at Lake Tahoe. Get in tune with your senses and explore Tahoe with a wildlife tracker’s state of mind! This 3-day program will introduce teens (ages 12-14) to the wild inhabitants of the Tahoe Basin, how we can recognize their signs, scat, and learn why they can’t always be seen.

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Kids Rule at Kid-O-Rama at Squaw Feb 14-22

It will be a kid’s world at Squaw Valley USA when the resort hosts Kid-O-Rama, a week-long kids extravaganza, February 14 through February 22, 2014.

Kid-O-Rama offers non-stop fun for kids of all ages. Be sure to check out Big Truck Night in the Village featuring fire trucks, snowplows and grooming machines, as well as an outdoor kids’ concert and Dance Party on Ice at High Camp.

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Snowbomb Lil’ Air Festival

SnowBomb invite skiers and snowboarders ages 10 and under to the annual Lil’ Air Festival in Lake Tahoe.

This event is geared towards children ages 10 and under who love having fun in freestyle parks built for younger kids. All competitors are awarded with prizes and gear.  Click here for more info.

 

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Sawmill Pond Kids’ Free Fishing Derby June 7

kids-fishing Tahoe CultureHey kids, this fishing hole is just for you. Sawmill Pond located 2.5 miles past the “Y” in South Lake Tahoe is only open to kids 14 years old and younger.

The season opener is the annual Sawmill Pond Kids’ Fishing Derby on this first Saturday of June each year. Get your gear ready for a fun day at this annual tradition. read more →

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Underwater Egg Hunt March 23

easter bunny at incline villageThe Easter Bunny is making an early appearance in the Incline Village Recreation Center Pool on Saturday, March 23 starting at 11am at the Annual Underwater Egg Hunt.

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TAP presents Missoula Children’s Theater Auditions for The Secret Garden Nov 13

Tahoe Arts Project will be holding auditions for the Missoula Children’s Theatre production of The Secret Garden on Tuesday, November 13 from 4:00-6:00 PM at the South Tahoe Middle School Multi -Purpose Room.

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Piping Rock Equestrian Center Fall Trail Riding Special And After School Programs

Hey kids – learn how to ride and take care of these gentle and gorgeous horses.

This fall, Piping Rock Equestrian Center has a trail riding special and an after school program.

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September Storytimes at the South Lake Tahoe Library

The South Lake Tahoe Library is booked with lots of storytimes for young children throughout September including Spanish Storytimes.

Check out the list!

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Wild Cherries Junior Triathlon Team

Like most things in Truckee, they start small, grow increasingly popular and then see a wealth of community support to sustain themselves. This is true for the once called “Chasing Shadows Youth Triathlon Club.”  For 2012 the club is being launched as the Wild Cherries Junior Triathlon Team thanks to the club’s founder, Sarah Clement, Truckee local and accomplished Triathlete, and Kristin Krone, owner of Wild Cherries who, like many others in the Truckee community, see the true value in these dedicated and passionate youths.

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KidZone Museum Family Camp Aug 3-5

KidZone Museum Family Camp is a family fun experience exploring the watershed, animals and solitude of Sagehen Meadows. The weekend overnight adventure includes science explorations, arts, musical entertainment and home-cooked meals under the stars!

Family Camp is held each year at Sagehen Creek, UC Berkeley’s field station where researchers are stationed to study the unique natural science that is found in the area.

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Custom Learning Academy Summer Camps

Custom Learning Academy announces the community 2012 summer camp line up for elementary and middle school students. The week long summer camps pair traditional outdoor activities with educational adventures. The cost is $160 per week and families can choose the weeks that most interest their children. Children do not have to be enrolled at CLA to enjoy the fun and learning infused summer camps.

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Gym Time for Tots Mondays in South Lake Tahoe

Gym Time for ToddlersBack by popular demand, the South Lake Tahoe Recreation Department is holding Gym Time for Tots for toddlers and preschoolers.   Every Monday from 11 am to 1:15pm you’ll have open space for your little ones to get out and let loose!

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Auditions for the Missoula Children’s Theater Wizard of Oz July 16 at Valhalla

Tahoe Arts Project is pleased to announce the auditions for Missoula Children’s Theater production of The Wizard of OZ on Monday, July 16, on the lawn at Valhalla, Tallac Historic Site, from 10am to noon.

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24th Annual Truckee Fishing Derby July 21 at Cold Stream Pond

Kids will have a chance to show off their fishing skills at the 24th Annual Truckee Fishing Derby on Saturday, July 21, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Cold Stream Pond behind Donner Memorial State Park.

Local sportsman and angler Bob Tilton founded the event to draw children to a sport they could pursue for a lifetime. He started the derby to give youth an option for healthy recreation while keeping them out of trouble. read more →

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Great Basin Naturalists Environmental Science Camp June 11-Aug 3

Let the adventure begin!

This summer, give your child the opportunity to become a butterfly expert, a Junior Ranger, or a paleontologist, and still have time to play and dream in the great outdoors June 11 – August 3, 2012.

Great Basin Naturalists Environmental Science Camp, a program of Great Basin Institute, offers youth ages 8 – 12 the opportunity to experience the outdoors through hands-on games, hikes, guided activities, field trips, guest presenters and simple exploration and play.

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Kids and Teen Art at Nevada Museum of Art

School is almost out – what is a parent to do? Send the kids to the Museum of course!

The Nevada Museum of Art offers a wide array of Kids Art Camps, Teen Open Studios, Art Classes, events and programs that kids of all ages will enjoy.

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South Shore Skate Park

skateboardbuy.gifThis place is taking off.

You may have to kick out some of the old folk…but hey – maybe they’ll take some photos of you for your portfolio?

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Epic Sierra “Wild West Slope” for Teens

Epic Sierra provides affordable adventure travel options for teens in the heart of the Sierra Nevada.

For the 2012 summer, Epic Sierra will offer “Wild West Slope” a 7-day program that takes teens on an adventure along the Highway 49 corridor.

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Science Expo for Kids March 14

UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center (TERC), Lake Tahoe School, and Sierra Nevada College will host the sixth annual Science Expo on March 24, 2012 with a focus on Life Science.

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Local Students Speak Out with “Poetry Out Loud”

For the third year running El Dorado County high school students are among thousands across the state interpreting, memorizing, and performing classical poetry for Poetry Out Loud, a competition run by the California Arts Council and launched by the Poetry Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. At stake are hundreds of dollars at the state competition level and thousands at the National Finals to be held May 13-15 in Washington, DC.

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KidZone Museum presents the 2nd Annual Tahoe Family Festival August 28

The 2011 Tahoe Family Festival, benefiting KidZone Museum, a non-profit children’s museum, promises to be an event full of activities for families looking to play, discover, explore and have fun.

As a last hurrah before school begins, this year’s Family Festival is set for Sunday, August 28, at the Truckee Regional Park from noon till 6 p.m. and will highlight live music, food, cycling, face painting and much more.

Kids are FREE. Adults are $5.

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Comedy Improv Workshops Just for Kids at Valhalla July 5 through 8

Oh Romeo. Ro-meow.

Did you hear the one about the cat in the play who…

So you want to be a comic.

Learn how at the Improv Classes for Youth held at the Tallac Historic Site in South Lake Tahoe July 5 – 8, 2011.

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Free Airplane Rides for KIDS at Truckee Tahoe Airport June 4

Young_EaglesThe mission of the Young Eagles program is to provide young people a FREE introductory flight experience. Youngsters and would-be pilots from ages 8 through 17 are invited to the Truckee Tahoe Airport to meet volunteer pilots, view the airplanes and, best of all, experience the thrill of a flight over Truckee and Lake Tahoe!

Oh yeah – and you get a $5 all-you-can-eat Pancake Breakfast.  This North Lake Tahoe event for kids happens Saturday, June 4, from 8am to 10am. read more →

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Kids Day Tahoe May 21

The Mayor has proclaimed Saturday, May 21, 2011 “Kids Day Tahoe™,” a Health, Safety, and Environmental Awareness Day taking place from 11am to 3pm at the West Gate Building in Meyers.

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Tour of Squaw Creek – Kid’s Fun Bike Race May 14

Even the kids can get in on the excitement of the Amgen Tour of California with their own bike race, Tour of Squaw Creek, to be held Saturday, May 14th, starting at 11:30am.

Prizes will be awarded for race winners and best decorated bike.

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Help Tahoe Kids Get Outside!

The South Tahoe Environmental Education Coalition (STEEC) – which includes the Tahoe RCD and US Forest Service – has scheduled two educational programs for the students from the Lake Tahoe Unified School District during the month of May including Outdoor Explore! fieldtrip for Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade and Trees Are Terrific school visits for 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th grade.

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‘My Epic Adventure’ Essay Contest for Teens sponsored by Royal Robbins, Inc.

Royal Robbins Inc. and the American River Conservancy are offering an opportunity to win a two-week ‘Epic Sierra Adventure’ this summer!

High School youth, ages 14-18, are encouraged to submit an essay describing their ideal outdoor adventure and the importance of preserving wilderness areas. Deadline is April 30, 2011.

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Just for Kids at the Rideout

Hey Kids!

Throughout April the Rideout Community Center in Tahoe City has running events, girl’s softball, lacrosse, 3-D Lego classes, science experiments and even a Spring Break Adventure Week.

Check it out.

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Free Kids Art Program at North Tahoe Arts Dec 18

kids paintingOn Saturday, December 18, from noon to 2 p.m., North Tahoe Arts in Tahoe City will host a free Kids ART Program with local artist Jennifer Landeau.

Jennifer will teach kids how to make fiber art using felted wool.

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Kids Night Out at South Lake Tahoe Rec Center

Hey Kids!

Get a night off from the parents on Fridays at the South Lake Tahoe Recreation Center.

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A Melody of Art and Nature “On The Trail” at Explore Tahoe August 14

Enjoy music, art, and nature with Krissi and Gina as you learn about hiking safety and etiquette “On the Trail” at Explore Tahoe: An Urban Trailhead in South Lake Tahoe on August 14 starting at 2pm.

Admission is free.

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Free Family Tennis on Sundays in IV

tennis-campTennis is big in Lake Tahoe.  Several well manicured tennis courts encircle the lake, and the Incline Village Tennis Center offers free tennis every Sunday after 12pm.

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