Summer Camps, Programs, and Recreation for Kids in the Reno Area

Here are summer camps and summer programs activities for kids and families abound around Reno and Lake Tahoe. Children can find a variety of summer recreation activities, including art, camping, sports, education, and more. Sign up as early as possible for the best selection of dates for your summer camp adventure.

  • 01 of 09

    Great Basin Naturalists Summer Exploration Camp at Galena Creek

    Galena Peak
    ••• Galena Creek has an annual summer camp. Mitch Barrie/Flickr

    Great Basin Naturalists Summer Exploration Camp provides kids ages 8 to 12 with environment-based education, creativity, and fun in the forest surrounding Galena Creek Visitor Center. Both day camps and residential camps are available. There are different themes each week. The leaders have degrees in wildlife, environmental science, or education. 

    Teen Leadership Academy is for kids ages 13 to 17. The program is designed to prepare teens for future camp counselor opportunities while exploring conservation, environmental science, and learning new outdoor skills. 

  • 02 of 09
    Lake Mansion, Nevada
    ••• Lake Mansion is home to Arts for All Nevada's programs. Arts for All Nevada

    Arts for All offers summer camps and workshops for children, with age-appropriate projects and activities that allow each child to express their individual creativity. There are also camp sessions that include parents and grandparents along with the kids. Sessions are held at the Lake Mansion in Reno and the Alf Sorensen Community Center in Sparks. These activities are popular, so register as soon as possible. Classes are limited in size and are offered on a first come first served basis. 

  • 03 of 09
    Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, Nevada
    ••• Nevada Museum of Art in Reno, Nevada. Photo © Stan White

    The Nevada Museum of Art (NMA) offers a wide array of art camps, art classes, events and programs for kids of all ages to enjoy. For mom and dad, now is the perfect time to take up a new hobby, improve your skills at a past-time, or learn something new while absorbing the art and culture at Nevada's only accredited art museum. Refer to the E.L. Cord Museum School Class Schedule for a list of the amazing variety of available classes and times

  • 04 of 09
    The Discovery Children's Museum Opening On The Smith Center Campus
    ••• Discovery Children's Museum holds different camps for kids. Bryan Steffy/Getty Images

    The Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum (The Discovery) in Reno is offering a summer full of camp fun in 2014. There will be a wide variety of weekly session camps, each designed for specific age and grade groups, from first through seventh. Each camp has a link to register online. Note that the fees are less for museum members. 

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  • 05 of 09
    Get Outdoors Nevada Day 2016
    ••• Girl Scouts of Nevada. Lake Mead NRA Public Affairs/Flickr

    The Girl Scouts offer a variety of summer camps - residence camping at Camp Wasiu II, Summer Adventure Day Camp, Weekend Camp, and Troop Camp.

  • 06 of 09

    Reno's Department of Parks, Recreation, and Community Services offers camps for kids of all ages during the summer. There are activities and camps geared to kids ages 6 to 14, so be sure to check out the City of Reno camp information website ​to see what's going on. Some of the camps available are Vacation Station, Summer of Fun, Summer Discovery Day Camp, Too Cool To Camp, Performing Arts Specialty Camp, and Outdoor Wilderness Camp.

  • 07 of 09

    The City of Sparks Parks & Recreation Department provides a variety of fun, age-appropriate Kids Out-of-School Programs, including arts and crafts, swimming, field trips, bowling, active games, Wild Island water slides and golf, skating, special guests and more. These activities are included in the registration fee. 

  • 08 of 09

    These classes are offered as Community Education Classes through the Washoe County School District and in cooperation with Truckee Meadows Community College. A wide variety of activities are available, including art, sports, science, music, acting, and more. Search the online catalog to find a listing of summer classes and more details about each session, plus information about enrolling and signing up online. 

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  • 09 of 09

    Urban Roots is offering day camps at the Urban Roots Farm. These day camps are for ages 5 to 12. Each weekly session has a different theme. Check out the website for specific dates and times.