Reno area families will find a variety of things to do in the Reno / Lake Tahoe region. Families with children can choose from amusement parks, indoor gyms and playgrounds, art-centered activities, and adventures in the great outdoors. Whatever you and your children enjoy doing, there are activities for everyone in the family during every season of the year.
This list is only part of the fun. For more, go to "Top Family Fun Things to Do in Reno - Part 1."
Reno Aces Baseball
Attending a game at Aces Ballpark is something everyone can enjoy. With numerous promotions throughout the season (from April to September), there is lots more going on than just the baseball game. This cheap entertainment as well, with general admission tickets starting at $7.
These indoor playgrounds and gyms in Reno and Sparks encourage everyone to participate, including the adults. If you want to jump, bounce, and have a generally rousing time with the kids, these places could be just what you are looking for. Since they are inside, it doesn't matter if it's too hot or cold and snowing outside. At many of these facilities, you can hold kids' birthday parties for a bunch of children and they take care of the food, drink, and birthday cake.
Reno Area Golf Courses
The Reno area has some nice public golf courses, mostly with reasonable greens fees. You don't have to be Arnold Palmer to enjoy a family day on the links. Those wanting to get better at it can sign up for a few lessons.
Wild Island is a family fun center in Sparks. The big summer attraction is a huge water park with slides and pools, but there are things to do every month of the year. Other attractions include miniature golf, the Coconut Bowl, and a go-kart raceway. To find out which attractions are open and when, check the Wild Island calendar.
250 Wild Island Court, Sparks, NV 89434
Reno bowling is a good old-fashioned way to have fun with the family. Reno, Sparks, and Carson City have a good selection of bowling alleys from which to choose. When it's cold outside (or too hot), a family bowling outing is a great activity. For those who don't want to bowl, or aren't quite big enough to roll a bowling ball, most bowling alleys have amusement game arcades and plenty of food for snacking.
Taylor Creek Visitor Center is a U.S. Forest Service facility located three miles northwest of South Lake Tahoe on California 89. There are various exhibits in the Center, but the best things are the hiking trails. Smokey's Trail teaches kids about campfire safety. The Rainbow Trail wanders through wildflowers and leads to the Stream Profile Chamber, where visitors can get a look at what goes on under the water in a mountain stream. More trails, picnic areas, Lake Tahoe beaches, and the Fall Fish Festival add to the fun. To learn about summer programs, call the Taylor Creek Visitor Center at (530) 543-2674.
When it's blazing hot in the Reno area, lots of families head up the hill to enjoy the relative cool at a Lake Tahoe beach. There are public beaches all around Lake Tahoe, with some of the best ones on the Nevada side and close to Reno and Sparks. On the north end near Incline Village is popular Sand Harbor. Further down the east side are Cave Rock and Nevada Beach, which has a nice campground for extended stays.
Roller Kingdom is a family fun spot featuring a wide variety of roller skating sessions and special events. Music and lighting add to the fun and there is a game arcade and snack bar. Visit the website for details on what is happening and when.
515 East 7th Street, Reno, NV 89512
We may live in a desert, but there are plenty of places to go fishing around the Truckee Meadows. There are fishing holes in parks in both Reno and Sparks, and the Truckee River passes through both cities. There are also places to dip a line in Washoe Valley. For fishing fun with kids, check out the activities in both Reno and Sparks on Nevada's annual free fishing day, usually in June.
Just down the road in Carson City, this museum is a non-profit organization featuring exhibits and programs that focus on the arts, sciences, and humanities. The museum is a place for learning and having fun, with activities and exhibits suitable for families with children from two years to teenagers. You can even have birthday parties here. It is open every day (except major holidays) and has a variety of events throughout the year.
813 N. Carson Street, Carson City, NV 89701