Despite the fact that it's the dead of winter, there are some lively doings to enjoy during this second weekend in January, 2013. These activities are suited to families and kids. Some are indoors and out of the cold. Others get you outside to enjoy the abundant snowfall currently coating our Sierra Nevada mountains.
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Western Heritage Interpretive Center at Bartley Ranch Regional Park, Reno, Nevada.
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"Come in from the Cold" at Bartley Ranch Regional Park - When it's freezing outside and the budget has taken a holiday beating, (almost) free family entertainment sounds pretty good, and the Come in from the Cold Family Entertainment Series could be just what you're looking for. The 2013 series runs on Saturday evenings from January 5 through March 9. All shows are at the Bartley Ranch Regional Park Western Heritage Interpretive Center, 6000 Bartley Ranch Road in south Reno. The show on January 12 features cowboy poet Larry Maurice.
hands/ON! on 2nd Saturdays at the Nevada Museum of Art - The topic of this month's hands/ON! is Lunar New Year: Snake Lanterns and Dragon Crafts. The day starts at 10 a.m. on January 12 and includes hands-on art projects, performance and storytelling. Participation in hands/ON! activities and admission to the whole NMA is free for everyone on 2nd Saturdays. For details and more information about happenings at the NMA, refer to "Events at the Nevada Museum of Art."
Events at Galena Creek Visitor Center - There are numerous events and activities at Galena Creek Visitor center during January. This weekend, on Saturday, January 12, Galena Kids (at 11 a.m., for ages 2 to 10) offers the opportunity to listen to guest speakers, participate in hands-on activities, and make something special to take home. On Sunday the 13th, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon, join a guide for a snowshoe hike through Galena Creek Park. Bring your own snowshoes and be sure to dress for chilly temperatures.
Winter Trails Day - Winter Trails Day is a great opportunity to learn more about safe and fun family recreation in the snowy Sierra Nevada mountains. There are numerous free organized events from which to choose, including snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, educational hikes, and winter safety activities. The event closest to Reno will be at Tahoe Meadows, on the east side of the Mt. Rose Highway (Nevada 431) just past the summit. It begins at 10 a.m. and goes until 2 p.m. In addition to guided showshoe hikes, there will be snow safety demonstrations, guided snowshoe hikes, winter camping demonstration, snowman making, avalanche beacon scavenger hunts, winter gear demos, winter safety advice, and free hot chocolate and snacks.
See a Show at the Fleischmann Planetarium - Large format feature films and star shows are always cool at the Fleischmann Planetarium. These are spectacular, educational, and cheap. Everyone in the family will enjoy these presentations. In addition, the Fleischmann Exhibit Hall has great space-related exhibits and admission is free. Movies and star shows change seasonally, so call the showtime hotline at (775) 784-4811 for the latest information.
Family Fun Saturday at the Nevada State Museum - The Discovery Lab program on Saturday, January 12 will be Bird Beaks and Feet. Learn about common birds in Nevada and how their beaks and feet are adapted to where they live and what they eat. Hands-on activity in the museum classroom teaches the scientific method. Each activity lasts 30 minutes and sessions will be between 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Event tickets are available at the front desk and are free with regular paid admission. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. For more information, contact Deborah Stevenson at (775) 687-4810 x237. The museum is at 600 N. Carson Street in Carson City.
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