Spring break activities around Reno and Sparks for children and families include fun at the library, camps, movies, snow play, skiing, basketball, baseball, and more. According to the "Washoe County School District Calendar," spring break 2014 is March 31 through April 11. Of course, there are also two weekends wrapped around spring break week.
"Treasure: Riches, Rogues, and Relics" at the Wilbur D. May Center
"Treasure: Riches, Rogues, and Relics" is a family exhibit at the Wilbur D. May Center in Reno's Rancho San Rafael Regional Park. Explore the world of hidden wealth, from sunken treasure and royal jewels to remnants of early civilizations and Nevada gems and minerals. Discover the people behind some of the world's greatest finds, including famous rulers and ruthless pirates. Children of all ages will love the learning about the search for treasure throughout time and can even get hands on in several interactive stations. The exhibit runs through June 8, 2014. Exhibit hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and 12 noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays. Admission is $9 for adults, $8 for children under 18 and seniors 62 and over. For additional information, call Washoe County Parks at (775) 823-6500.
Find fun activities at your local library branch during spring break, March 31 to April 11. The Washoe County Library System offers many free events, activities, and presentations. Children of all ages, families, and adults will find something of interest at every library branch in Washoe County.
The Nevada Museum of Art in Reno hosts a wide variety of events and activities each month. There are things to do and see for families and children, as well as cultural and art events designed for adults. April 12 is hands/ON! on 2nd Saturdays, the special day each month featuring free family activities and free admission for everyone.
Spring Break Exploration Camp at Galena Creek Visitor Center
Spring Break Exploration Camp will feature two weeks of hiking, trail activities, and guest speakers, all of which highlight the ecological wonders found in the Galena Creek Recreation Area. There will be two sessions of Spring Break Camp - March 31 through April 4 and April 7 through 11. Activities are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day and the cost is $195 per camper. A sibling discount of 10% is available. This nature-oriented camp is designed for kids ages 8 to 12. You can download the reservation form and return it with payment to 2014 Spring Break Camp, 16750 Mt. Rose Hwy, Ste 101, Reno, NV. For more information, call (775) 849-4948.
Sessions at the VSA Spring Break Art Camps will be mornings from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. There will be two camps of a week each - March 31 to April 4 and April 7 through 11. Camps are designed for kids 6 to 10 and are $95 per week. VSA Nevada is located in the Lake Mansion, 250 Court Street in Reno. You can register online for either session by visiting the website and clicking on the appropriate link. For more information, call (775) 826-6100.
Nothing says spring like baseball. The Reno Aces season opening game is will be at Aces Ballpark on Thursday, April 3, 2014, against the El Paso Chihuahuas. There will be eight home games through the weekend and into the second week of spring break. Each game will have a special promotion for fans to enjoy, including fireworks after the game on Friday. This is a great family activity, doesn't require much driving, and is inexpensive entertainment everyone will enjoy. General admission tickets start at just $7.
Vacation Station with the City of Reno
The City of Reno Parks and Recreation Department is presenting Vacation Station for kids ages 6 to 14. There will be two camp sessions - March 31 to April 4 and April 7 through 11. Camp hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. Activities will include sports, field trips, and arts and crafts. The fee is $100 for the first week or $30 per day at these locations - Evelyn Mount Northeast Community Center, Plumas Gym, and Double Diamond Elementary School. The second week is at Neil Road Recreation Center, with a fee of $60 for the week or $30 per day. For more information, call (775) 334-4280. Financial scholarships available.
The Discovery Museum in Reno is hosting a set of spring break camps in 2014. From pirates to space exploration, and Da Vinci to caterpillars, Camp Discovery has something for all interests. These camps are popular and the number of kids is limited, so sign up as soon as you can to ensure your child a spot. Online registration is available at the Camp Discovery web page. The camp information phone number is (775) 398-5946. Each camp goes from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with early dropoff and late pickup available. The cost is $200 for members, $225 for non-members. There are camps for different age groups, from 1st through 7th grade.
Spring Vacation Fun is a Kids Out-Of-School program offered by Sparks Parks and Recreation. The program is from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and there will be two sessions - March 31 through April 4 and April 7 through 11. This camp includes organized games, arts and crafts, and field trips, all included in the registration fee. Register at the Sparks Recreation Office, 98 Richards Way. The cost for the week is $144 regular, $120 for Sparks residents. On a daily drop-in basis, it's $43 and $36 respectively. It is open to kids from kindergarten through 6th grade. For more information, call (775) 353-2376.
Spring Break Programs at Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows
The Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows will be hosting two spring break activities sessions at the Donald W. Reynolds facility at 2680 E. Ninth Street in Reno. They will be from March 31 to April 4 and April 7 through 11. The base fee is $40 per child, with additional fees for various field trips and activities (these are optional). Get more details from the registration form you can download. For additional information, call (775)331-5437.
The last two games of the season for the Reno Bighorns will be at the Reno Events Center on April 4 and 5, 2014, both starting at 7 p.m. Bighorns games are always fun and inexpensive family entertainment, making this a good way to begin your spring break activities.
Fun at the Fleischmann Planetarium
The Fleischmann Planetarium and Science Center offers very cool movies and star shows projected on its dome theater screen. Everyone in the family will enjoy these, and the price is right - $7 for adults, $5 for children ages 3 to 12 and seniors 60 and over, and free for members. Outside the theater, admission to all the exhibits and art displays is free. The Fleischmann Planetarium and Science Center is at the north end of the UNR campus at 1650 N. Virginia St. in Reno. There is free parking for Planetarium visitors.
The train ride at Reno's Idlewild Park will be running during spring break 2014. Weather permitting, the train will run daily from March 29 through April 13, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. It will then run on Saturdays and Sundays until May 24. After that and through September 1, 2014, it's Tuesday through Friday (including state holidays) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets are $2 per person (cash only), with kids age 2 and under free if riding on the lap of a parent or guardian. For more information, contact Reno Parks, Recreation & Community Services at (775) 334-2262.
The Reno metro area offers five multi-screen theaters (including a new IMAX screen), a low-cost cinema at the Grand Sierra Resort, feature films and star shows at the Fleischmann Planetarium, and in Sparks, one of the few real-live drive-in theaters still showing movies in America.
If there is enough snow (which is iffy this year), local snow play areas may be in good shape for spring break tubing and sledding. If you venture over into California, be sure to have a SNO-PARK permit at areas requiring one.
Skiing around Lake Tahoe may or may not be good during spring break. Mother Nature has the final say at this time of year. If resorts are open, you'll find great deals on season passes for next winter. At less that 30 minutes drive, the closest resort to Reno is Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe.