Winter in Reno: Fun Things to Do With Kids

Movies, Bowling, Museums Await

Lake Tahoe
••• Skiing at Lake Tahoe. Jeff Edwards, UNR Department of Art/Photography. Posted by Reno Tahoe/Flickr/CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

The Reno/Tahoe region is famous for its world-class outdoor attractions in the wintertime. But if you're looking for some fun indoor activities, especially on days when the weather precludes skiing and ice skating, you have much to choose from in the Reno/Tahoe area. Here are some ideas that are sure to please the whole family.

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    The LEGO Movie
    ••• The LEGO Movie. Warner Bros.

    The Reno area has four multi-screen movie theaters, a cinema at the Grand Sierra Resort, and very cool film features at the Fleischmann Planetarium. And there's an IMAX theater in Sparks. Winter usually means a bunch of Oscar-worthy releases. Check out what's playing and settle in for a fun (and warm) afternoon or evening.

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    Bowling Pin Action
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    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. 

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    Low Section Of Person Roller Skating On Floor In Illuminated Rink
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    Reno has a wide selection of indoor play places and gyms where families and kids can have fun and get some exercise when it's cold outside. Indoor playgrounds offer open play times, party rentals, and day care. Check out Reno's cool indoor roller skating rink and climbing gym.

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    In addition to permanent galleries and rotating exhibits, the world-class Nevada Museum of Art in downtown Reno has lots of family- and kid-oriented activities, some of which are free. 

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    30s cars of the rich and famous at the National Automobile Museum in Reno, Nevada, NV
    ••• 30s cars of the rich and famous at the National Automobile Museum in Reno, Nevada. Photo © Stan White

    The National Automobile Museum is open every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.  Car buffs could spend hours here checking out the classics. A movie cars exhibit and movie nights provide great entertainment for kids of all ages.

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    stack of books in home interior
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    The Washoe County Library puts on programs for families and kids of all ages. Or just browse through the books and pick out a stack to take home and read by the fire with a cup of hot chocolate.

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    ••• AGO arts camp for kids. Image courtesy Art Gallery of Ontario

    The Reno Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Department holds winter break camps for kids ages 6 to 12.5 at various locations around the city. The camps will keep your kids entertained with sports, games, arts and crafts, and field trips over the winter break period from school.

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    Reno Bighorns D-League basketball team, Nevada
    ••• The Reno Bighorns play in the NBA D-League in Reno, Nevada. Photo © Stan White

    The Reno Bighorns is the city's D-League professional basketball team. Home games are played at the Reno Events Center and offer lively entertainment at this downtown Reno venue.

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    File:Nevada Wolf Pack vs. New Mexico State Aggies, Lawlor Events Center, Reno, Nevada (414268389).jpg
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    Enjoy some great basketball and cheer on the Wolf Pack at the University of Nevada at Reno's Lawlor Events Center. Both the men's and women's teams play a schedule of home games during the winter months.

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

    The Reno Philharmonic, Children's Museum of Northern Nevada, and the Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum offer a full range of cultural activities and outstanding entertainment during the doldrums of winter.

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    Boomtown Casino Hotel
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    This attraction is an indoor arcade at the Boomtown Casino Hotel. There are lots of fun things to do, including a flight simulator, carousels, and more than 200 video games. There is also a party room for rent if you want to let the kids bring their friends and snack bar.