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Especially Good For Kids
 
Nevada County GOLD - The Official Online Guide to Nevada County
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Especially Good For Kids

EVENTS
Sierra Nevada Children's Services has comprehensive events calendars for families with young children in Nevada County. www.sncs.org

PLAYGROUNDS

PLAY
Hennessey School, 225 S. Auburn, Grass Valley. Designed by children, built by community volunteers, 14,000 square foot park structure. Open during summer and after school until sundown. Parking off Colfax Avenue or behind Veterans Building on South Auburn.

DOW ALEXANDER PARK
Bennett and Bank Streets, Grass Valley. Playground equipment.

MINNIE PARK
Minnie and Brighton Streets (entrance to Condon Park), Grass Valley. Playground equipment.

TRAILS

DEER CREEK MINER'S TRAIL
Nevada City near Broad, Boulder and Sacramento Streets. Relive the experiences of 49ers, 15 to 30 minutes, pamphlet at site.

ROCK CREEK
Off Hwy. 20 on Conservation Camp Road, six miles east of Nevada City. Less than a mile, information about flora and fauna and local history, brochure at site.

SIERRA DISCOVERY TRAIL
Hwy. 20 east of Nevada City to Bowman Lake Road. PG&E community service project, less than one-mile loop, interpretive signs, waterfall, restrooms, picnic area with barbecue on Bear River.

BRIDGEPORT
Hwy. 20 out of Grass Valley to Penn Valley, right on Pleasant Valley Road, then eight miles. Buttermilk Trail 1.25 miles each way, fairly flat, favorite spring wildflower hike, access to swimming holes, information at ranger station. www.southyubariverstatepark.org/

MOUNTAIN BIKING

LOWER PIONEER TRAIL
Off Hwy. 20 east of Nevada City, parking at Harmony Ridge Market or horse staging area one mile east, turn around at White Cloud Picnic Area, distance 10 miles.

EMPIRE MINE STATE HISTORIC PARK
Begin and park at horse staging area off Empire Street near South Auburn Street, 1.5 to 10 miles. Maps at Mine Visitor Center, (530) 273-8522. www.empiremine.org/trails.html

RECREATION

TRUCKEE-DONNER
Recreation & Park District, 10046 Church St., Truckee, CA 96161; (530) 582-7720. Summer camps for ages 3 1/2 to 17, including Camp Little Chief, Karate, Summer In The Park, Extended Hours, Junior Counselor, Resident Camp, Counselor-In-Training, Youth Sports Camp. Also Summer Teen Trips. Activity Guide available. www.tdrpd.com

MUSEUMS

SIERRA NEVADA CHILDREN'S MUSEUM
11400 Donner Pass Rd. (530) 587-KIDS. Open Monday thru Thursday 9am - 1p.m.; Hands on.

LIBRARIES

GRASS VALLEY LIBRARY
207 Mill Street; (530) 273-4117.

MADELYN HELLING NEVADA COUNTY LIBRARY
980 Helling, Government Center off Hwy. 49, Nevada City; (530) 265-7050.

TRUCKEE LIBRARY
10031 Levon Ave.; (530) 582-7846.

SPECIAL EVENTS

KVMR FRIGHT NIGHT
Community Halloween party directed towards kids, kindergarten through teens. Entertainment, games, prizes. (530)265-9555.

SAFE TRICK OR TREAT FOR PRESCHOOLER
Downtown Grass Valley; 272-8315. On Friday October 30, 2009, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
www.historicgrassvalley.com/Other_Events.html

DAY OF THE YOUNG CHILD
May. Sponsored by Gold Country Association for Education of Young Children, Sierra College, Sierra Nevada Children's Services. Birth to age 8. Information for parents, art activities, obstacle courses, wood construction, music and performers for children. (530) 272-8866.

KIDS FISHING DAY
June. Big Bend exit off I-80, at Big Bend, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tahoe National Forest; (530) 265-4531. To help children of all ages learn more about fishing, fish, fish habitat. Displays, lunch.

THE CHILDREN'S FESTIVAL
July. Pioneer Park, Nevada City. (530)  265-2165. www.nevadacountytv.org/children/node/3

THEATRE COMPANIES

The Nevada County Performing Arts Guild
An award-winning nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the public, and especially children, in the performing arts. To accomplish that end, they produce full-scale theater productions with all-child casts. (530) 277-7100.

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