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Squaw Valley Institute and KidZone Museum Provide Affordable Programming for Families

Posted on June 8, 2012
Filed Under Lake Tahoe Community

Squaw Valley Institute and KidZone Museum are entering into a partnership focused on bringing programming for a more creatively, culturally and intellectually stimulating community for all ages.

Beginning June 1, 2012, anyone purchasing a KidZone ACM Museum membership will also be eligible for an SVI joint membership, typically valued at $150, for only $60. This special SVI-KidZone ACM Museum membership will be offered to 50 families and will be good for one year from the time of purchase.

“As a mother myself raising two young children in the area, it was apparent to me that in order to reach out to a wider audience, it was vital to align with the KidZone Museum, a staple in most families’ lives in the area,” said Renee Koijane, Executive Director for Squaw Valley Institute. “Ultimately, both of our organizations have the overarching goal of making this area a better place to live, and by together promoting our programs, we have the ability to make a bigger impact.”

SVI-KidZone ACM Members will of course have access to the actual KidZone Museum in Truckee, along with all ACM museums. They will also receive early electronic information once a month on upcoming SVI events. Two of those events will be co-branded, allowing free entry for these members. Additionally, SVI will provide affordable childcare on site for events or lectures held at the Resort at Squaw Creek through its Mountain Buddies program. And, all members receive, as usual, priority seating throughout the year along with discounts on all SVI programs throughout the year.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for young families to expand their cultural horizons, and expose the children of this community to a wide range of ideas,” says Alissa Morganti, Education Supervisor at the Kidzone Museum. “ We hope families will recognize the potential that lies in this partnership and take advantage of this great deal!”

Programs for the remainder of 2012 include a special presentation by Western States ultra runners and the movie premier of “Unbreakable” on June 21 at Olympic Village Lodge. On July 7, Squaw’s legendary skier and pioneer in airborne sports JT Holmes will present at the Plumpjack Conference Center. And, on December 22 surfer Bethany Hamilton will present live at Olympic Village Lodge.

The SVI-KidZone Membership may be purchased beginning June 1st online at, or in person at the KidZone Museum location on Donner Pass Road in Truckee. KidZone ACM memberships are $125 and $135, and the SVI membership will be an additional $60. To learn more about Squaw Valley Institute and more details on its full year of programming, visit

Squaw Valley Institute is a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to presenting programs having artistic, cultural and educational values. The Institute relies on member support to presents lectures, performances, forums, exhibitions and classes in the unique mountain environment of Squaw Valley, North Lake Tahoe, Truckee and surrounding communities, bringing together visitors, residents and friends in the truest sense of community.

The KidZone Museum offers a fun, interactive play space for families of young children. The KidZone’s primary focus is children ages 0 – 6 but older kids are always welcome! The Kidzone Museum has recently upgraded the Starfish enterprise exhibit to include a glowing climbing wall, a bubble station and much more. May 29 will mark this year’s opening of the museum’s outdoor natural play-scape where children can explore in a stream and sand play areas during Spring, Summer and Fall. Kids can also slide and create mud pies and plant in the garden. KidZone also offer a wide range of science and art classes and camps both on site and in the community.

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