Winter Break Camps for Kids in Reno and Sparks

Activities for Children During the Winter Holidays

The Discovery Museum in Reno, Nevada
••• The Discovery Museum in Reno, Nevada. Photo © Stan White

Winter break for the Washoe County School District is December 22, 2014 to January 9, 2015. Winter break camps are a great way to keep the kids occupied during the winter holiday season. The cities of Reno and Sparks offer camps with a variety of activities for grade school children and young teens. For those with a more artsy outlook, check out the camps from VSA Nevada and the Nevada Museum of Art.

2014 - 2015 Winter Break Camps and Activities in Reno

Vacation Station - Vacation Station operates during some school track breaks, summer vacation, and the winter and spring break holidays. Kids ages 6 to 14 can participate in sports, swimming, arts and crafts, movies, and more. Hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. There are links to more information on the Vacation Station website. and you can call (775) 334-4280 for more information.

The cost at these locations is $100 per week or $30 per day for drop-ins. It is $80 for weeks with only 4 days (no programs on December 25, 2014 and January 1, 2015).

  • Evelyn Mount Northeast Community Center (EMNECC), 1301 Valley Road.
  • Plumas Gym, 475 Monroe Street.
  • Double Diamond Elementary School, 1200 South Meadows Parkway.

Holiday Art Camps from VSA Nevada - VSA Nevada is holding several one-day Holiday Art Camps at its Lake Mansion location, 250 Court Street in Reno.

The camps are for kids ages 6 to 10 years and the cost is $20 per day. Times are 9 a.m. to 12 noon. The dates are December 19, 22, 23, 29, and 30, 2014. There will be two sessions of Winter Break Art Camp. January 5 through 9, 2015, will be at the Lake Mansion in Reno ($95). January 5 through 8, 2015, will be at the Alf Sorensen Community Center in Sparks ($75).

Sessions are in the morning from 9 a.m. to 12 noon and also for ages 6 to 10. You can sign up online or call (775) 826-6100 for more information.

Winter Break Clay Camp at the Nevada Museum of Art - Kids ages 7 to 12 will have fun exploring the tactile nature of clay. Instruction will encompass basic hand building, throwing on the wheel, and sculpture. In this 5 day camp, students will learn about the basics of pottery, glazing and the transformation of their pieces from the heat of kiln. The camp is 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon, January 5 to 9, 2015. Cost is $175 or $155 for museum members. Sign up online or call (775) 329-3333. The Nevada Museum of Art is at 160 W. Liberty Street in downtown Reno.

Winter Break Camps at The Discovery - The Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum is presenting Winter Camp Discovery sessions for kids from Kindergarten through 7th grades, with different themes for different grade groups. The first week are single day camps on December 22, 23, and 26, 2014. The second week are also single day camps on December 29, 30, 2014, and January 2, 2015. A full week camp will run from January 5 through 9, 2015. Costs vary, so visit the website for details and to register online.

Early drop off beginning at 8 a.m. and late pick up from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. can be added to any camp registration. For more information, call (775) 786-1000. The Discovery is at 490 S. Center Street in Reno.

Schools Out Skate at Roller Kingdom - Winter break roller skating sessions will be offered at Roller Kingdom from December 19 to 31, 2014 (except Christmas Day) and from January 2 to 9, 2015. The sessions will be from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and cost $4.75, which includes skates. Roller Kingdom is at 515 E. 7th Street in Reno. For more information, call (775) 329-3472.

Winter Break Scene Study Camp by KidScape Productions - This camp week will take actors (ages 6 to 17) through the basics of scene study in the theater. Students will begin to explore the world of acting through storytelling and short scenes.

Be ready for a fun-filled week of jumping into the magic of the stage. Performance for parents on the final day. The camp will be from January 5 through 9, 2015. Location is Damonte Ranch High School, 10500 Rio Wrangler Parkway in south Reno. Tuition is $199 plus $25 for materials. Call (775) 787-3900 for more information.

Winter Break Camps and Activities in Sparks

Christmas Capers Holiday Camp from the City of Sparks - The winter break program is for children in kindergarten through 6th grade. The first week session is from December 22 through 26 (except Christmas Day), 2014. All session run from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. The second week is from December 29, 2014 to January 2, 2015 (except New Year's Day), and the third session is from January 5 through 9, 2015. All will be at the Sparks Recreation Gym, 98 Richards Way. The program offers field trips, sports, games, crafts and more. The per day drop-in rate is $43, $36 for Sparks residents. To register and for more information, call (775) 353-2376.

  • Section 1 - December 19, 2014. $43, $36 for Sparks residents.
  • Section 2 - December 22, 23, 24, 25, 2014. $115, $96 for Sparks residents.
  • Section 3 - December 29, 30, 31, 2014, January 2, 2015. $144, $120 Sparks residents.
  • Section 4 - January 5 to 9, 2015. $144, $120 Sparks residents.

More Winter Fun for Kids and Families

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Sources: City of Reno, City of Sparks, VSA Nevada, The Discovery, Nevada Museum of Art.