The active folks who visit the Truckee-Tahoe region laugh off cabin fever as myth. The fever, however, is real and frightening for those charged with managing/owning/keeping and/or taming temperamental humans younger than the age of 8. The 3,000-square-foot KidZone is an indoor oasis for parents fatigued by the 30-minute ordeal of suiting up the brood in eight layers of warmth only for a tearful five-minute tumble down the sled hill. The indoor facility is designed for kids 0 to 8 to do what kids of that ilk do — climb, play, learn and burn energy. There is an admission fee, but the whole operation is a nonprofit, grassroots affair aimed at getting children from all backgrounds together to socialize through the winter season. Initially KidZone was for locals, but now nearly one-quarter of the users are visitors to Truckee-Tahoe. The KidZone and community members create and install hands-on exhibits that take kids to space, Africa, farming and elsewhere. Exhibits are renewed every six months to keep things fresh. Also on site is a play structure with a slide and climbing wall. There is also a Baby Zone for those younger than 18 months. And germophobe parents will be happy to know that staff uses non-toxic cleaning products and notes the last time a play area was cleaned. KidZone is open all year, and active military with ID receive free admission.
11711 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, CA