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Reno / Tahoe abounds with activities designed to please children and their families. Choose from a zoo, water park, amusement rides at local parks, and plenty of programs sponsored by our cities and libraries.
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Top Places for Kids' Birthday Parties in Reno
Reno has a bunch of kids' birthday party places. There is a birthday party venue available for almost anything your child would like to do.

Where Kids Eat Free in Reno and Sparks
Places where kids eat free and / or cheap around the Reno / Tahoe area.

Rentable Park Shelters and Pavillions in the Reno Area
Parks in Reno, Nevada, have rentable shelters, pavillions, and facilities for children's birthday parties and just about any other type of family gathering or event you may have in mind.

Hiking Deadman's Creek Trail
Deadman's Creek Trail offers a moderate hike suitable for families and it's close to Reno.

Christmas Lights Displays in Reno and Sparks
Get out with the family to enjoy the Christmas holiday lights in the Reno area and up at Lake Tahoe.

Washoe County School District Calendar
Here is the Washoe County School District calendar for those schools observing a traditional schedule.

Nevada Beach at Lake Tahoe
Nevada Beach has both a campground and day use beach on the shores of Lake Tahoe. Nevada Beach is a great family destination in the Lake Tahoe Basin.

Spooner Backcountry in Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park
Spooner Backcountry, part of Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park, offers a wide variety of non-motorized recreation, including hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, and backcountry camping.

Sparks Marina Park
Sparks Marina Park provides year round fun for families and children. Sparks Marina Park is particularly popular during summer when the lake's swimming area is open.

Discover Your Parks
Join Discover Your Parks walks and learn about different parks in Washoe County, Nevada.

E-books and audiobooks from the Washoe County Library
The Washoe County Library has a large selection of e-books and audio books available to library patrons.

Reno Craft Fairs and Harvest Festivals for Fall and the Holidays
Reno area craft fairs and harvest festivals are sponsored by various organizations and groups. Fairs and festivals are great for buying holiday and seasonal items, and for supporting local artisans, crafters, and charitable causes in northern Nevada.

Fourth of July in Reno
Fourth 4th of July fireworks shows and Independence Day celebrations will be found throughout the area; Sparks, Lake Tahoe, Carson City, Virginia City.

Fourth of July at Lake Tahoe
The 4th Fourth of July at Lake Tahoe will have fireworks shows and other events at many locations on both the Nevada and California sides of the Lake Tahoe Basin.

Annular Solar Eclipse Watching in Reno
Be in Reno, Nevada, to see an eclipse of the sun on May 20, 2012. Reno is almost in the center of the path of this annular solar eclipse.

Easter Egg Hunts and Celebrations at Lake Tahoe
Egg hunts and other Easter activities for kids and families in the Lake Tahoe area.

Reno Christmas and Holiday Activities Guide
Christmas and the holidays around Reno are full of events and activities for everyone in the family.

Train Rides for Christmas and the Holidays
Take a Christmas holidays train ride near Reno on one of these special holiday Santa trains. Holiday-themed train rides are a great family activity.

Sand Harbor in Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park
Sand Harbor in Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park is close to Reno, making it an ideal place for family fun at Lake Tahoe.

Tom Cooke Trail in Reno
The Tom Cooke Trail in west Reno is a pleasant urban hiking path with great views, native plants, and interesting geology.

Reno's Mira Loma Park
Mira Loma Park serves the residents of southeast Reno with playgrounds, ball fields, walking paths, picnic areas, and Rattlesnake Mountain Skate Park.

Huffaker Park Lookout Trail in Reno
The Huffaker Park Lookout Trail in Reno is a pleasant urban hiking path with great views, native plants, and interesting geology.

Holiday Safety Tips
Here are some safety tips to help you have a safe holiday season while at home in Reno, out shopping, or traveling to visit family and friends for the holidays.

Top Things To Do in Reno's Parks
Public parks in Reno, Nevada, offer many ways for you and your family to enjoy getting outdoors. Here are some ways to make use of Reno's parks for enjoyable outdoor activities.

Ice Skating Rinks in the Reno / Tahoe Area
Enjoy family ice skating at one of these rinks in the Reno / Lake Tahoe area.

Nevada Day Celebration
Nevada Day commemorates Nevada's admission to the union in 1864. Nevada Day is celebrated annually on the last Friday in October.

Nevada State Museum in Carson City
Learn about Nevada's cultural and natural history at the Nevada State Museum in Carson City.

Fall Fish Festival (formerly Kokanee Salmon Festival)
The Fall Fish Festival (formerly Kokanee Salmon Festival) is an annual free event at Lake Tahoe's Taylor Creek Visitor Center. This popular event is fun and educational, with things to do for everyone in the family.

Taylor Creek Visitor Center at Lake Tahoe
The Taylor Creek Visitor Center at Lake Tahoe is operated by the U.S. Forest Service. Taylor Creek Visitor Center has educational exhibits, events, and activities related to the Lake Tahoe Basin and is a great destination for family fun.

Tour de Nez Bicycle Racing
The Tour de Nez brings professional bicycle racing to downtown Reno. There are several races run on a course of city streets, including criterium racing and handcycle racing. There is also a pretty good party in Wingfield Park surrounding the Tour de Nez.

Nevada Baby Names
The lists here are the top 10 boy and girl names chosen by Nevada parents in 2010. The information is compiled by the Social Security Administration (SSA) from Social Security Card applications.

Nevada Baby Names - What I Named my Baby in Reno, Nevada
What name was given to your child or grandchild born in Nevada? Is it one the most popular? A family name? Why did you choose it?

Reno Easter Egg Hunts and Celebrations
Children and their families around Reno / Tahoe have a variety of both church-sponsored and non-denominational Easter egg hunts and events from which to choose.

Galena Creek Visitor Center and Recreation Area
Galena Creek Visitor Center in south Reno is a great place for kids and families to enjoy learning about nature in the Reno / Lake Tahoe area.

The Ranch Disc Golf Course
The Ranch Disc Golf Course is Reno's first public disc golf course. It opened to the public in May, 2011, and is located in Rancho San Rafael Regional Park.

Easter Brunch in Reno
There are numerous places for Easter Sunday brunch dining in Reno and Sparks, Nevada..

Easter Brunch at Lake Tahoe
Enjoy Easter Sunday brunch at any of numerous places around, and even on, Lake Tahoe.

Downhill Skiing and Snowboarding Lessons
If you are interested in learning skiing or snowboarding, check out the lessons offered at ski areas and resorts in the Sierra Nevada near Reno and around Lake Tahoe.

Cross Country Skiing Lessons
Several cross-country ski areas in the Sierra Nevada near Reno and around Lake Tahoe offer lessons for both beginners and experienced skiers wanting to improve their skiing skills.

National Winter Trails Day
Learn about enjoying the outdoors during winter on Winter Trails Day, a free family activity sponsored by the Tahoe Rim Trail Association, Lake Tahoe area ski resorts, and other public and private organizations.

Free Christmas and Holiday Activities Around Reno
Enjoy these free Christmas and holiday activities, events, and shows in the Reno area.

Cut Your Own Christmas Tree on Public Land
Enjoy a family outing by getting your own Christmas tree. Christmas tree cutting permits are available from the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service for areas in the Reno / Tahoe region.

Hiking Mt. Rose
The Mt. Rose trail has something for the whole family. The well-graded and maintained trail is suitable for children and open to your well-behaved and controlled pet*. You will enjoy a rewarding hiking experience whether you trek all the way to the summit of Mt. Rose or just meander partway.

Reno Community Health Centers and Clinics
Reno community health centers and clinics provide services to Reno / Tahoe area residents who are medically uninsured and underinsured.

Animal Grossology at the Wilbur D. May Museum
Remember when you were a kid and gross was good? The grosser the better, especially when it came to teasing other kids or making your parents squirm. You can relive those fun days and introduce your children to the joys of gross stuff at the Animal Grossology exhibit in the Wilbur May Museum at Reno's Rancho San Rafael Regional Park.

Chinese New Year 2010 - Year of the Tiger
Chinese New Year events and celebrations around the Reno / Tahoe region celebrating the Asian custom of bringing in what is also called the Lunar New Year or Spring Festival. 2010 is the Year of the Tiger.

Winter Family Fun - Outdoor Things to Do with Kids in the Ren…
Here are some ideas for Reno / Tahoe outdoor winter family fun. There are numerous outdoor activities during winter around the Reno / Tahoe region to keep children and families entertained - ice skating, sledding, snow tubing and snow play. When snow is on the ground, take the kids out to enjoy our snow country activities.

Winter Family Fun - Indoor Things to Do with Kids in the Reno…
Here are some ideas for Reno / Tahoe winter family fun that don't involve snow and cold. There are numerous indoor activities during winter around the Reno / Tahoe region to keep children and families entertained when the weather outside is frightful.

Reno Charter Schools
Reno charter schools are public schools that give students options not available in regular public schools. Charter schools are taxpayer funded and operate under supervision from the state public school system.

Reno Halloween Events at the Library
Our Washoe County Library holds a variety of Halloween activities for children and families. Bring the kids for some Halloween fun at a library branch near you.

Reno's Idlewild Park
Reno's Idlewild Park is a beautiful open space just west of downtown. The park hugs a curve along the south bank of the Truckee River and is a wonderful place for family activities and just plain relaxing.

Back To School Information for Reno
Reno's back to school time is one filled with excitement, trepidation, and uncertainty for both students and parents. With the Washoe County School District on a 12 month schedule, it's hard to know which public schools open when, and even where children in a particular neighborhood are supposed to attend classes.

Pictures of Reno's Idlewild Park
Reno's Idlewild Park is a beautiful open space just west of downtown. The park hugs a curve along the south bank of the Truckee River and features mature trees, large expanses of grass, two rentable picnic shelters, playgrounds, ball fields, a municipal pool, walking and biking paths, a train ride, Reno's Municipal Rose Garden, and small lakes for fishing and feeding waterfowl.

Reno's Top Free Art Exhibits, Galleries, Museums, and Public Art
Reno residents and visitors can enjoy numerous free art exhibits throughout the area.

Free Movies in the Reno / Tahoe Area
Free movies in Reno, Nevada, show at several places during the summer. Free movies are family friendly entertainment events. Bring the children and enjoy these free movies at different venues around Reno and Lake Tahoe.

Rock Park in Sparks
Rock Park in Sparks was seriously showing its age in 2008, 30 years after it was first established on the banks of the Truckee River. After a complete overhaul, it reopened in May of 2009 with a new Whitewater Park at Rock Park. Riverbank modifications provide for safe water play areas for children and great places for families to enjoy a day at Rock Park.

Pictures of Rock Park in Sparks
Rock Park in Sparks was seriously showing its age in 2008, 30 years after it was first established on the banks of the Truckee River. After a complete overhaul, it reopened in May of 2009 with a new Whitewater Park at Rock Park, consisting of over 1,000 feet of fun - five drop pools for kayaking, tubing, and rafting. Riverbank modifications provide for safe water play areas for children.

Top Family Fun Things to Do in Reno
These places for family activities in the Reno area include options for things to do both indoors and outside.

Reno & Sparks Bike Shops
Reno and Sparks are mostly flat, making getting around on a bicycle a relatively easy proposition. Those who find peddling a pleasant way to get around will find an increasing number of fellow travelers. You will also find more accommodations along the roadways for bike riders, including new bike lanes and the colorful public art bicycle racks...

Reno Easter Egg Hunts, Celebrations, Festivals, Events, Sparks, Lake …
Children and their families around Reno / Tahoe have a variety of both church-sponsored and non-denominational Easter egg hunts and events from which to choose.

Reno Safe Place Program
Safe Place in Reno is part of a nationwide program that provides a first step for youth at risk or in crisis. Various community organizations, government agencies, and businesses collaborate to provide places where immediate safety and help is available, and offer support services to both young people and their families.

Exploring Nevada Series at the Wilbur D. May Museum
The 2009 Exploring Nevada Series consists of free presentations about Nevada history and some of the people involved with Nevada's colorful past. Featured presentations include guest speakers, photography, and video. They are sure to be entertaining and educational for those who attend.

Rink on the River
Ice skating family fun in downtown Reno, next to the Truckee River.

"Come in from the Cold" Family Entertainment Series at Bartley Ranch
When it's freezing outside and the budget has taken a holiday beating, free family entertainment sounds pretty good, and Reno's "Come in from the Cold" Family Entertainment Series could be just what you're looking for.

Nevada Heritage Series at Bartley Ranch Regional Park
The 2009 Nevada Cultural Heritage Series consists of free presentations about the cultural and natural heritage of northern Nevada. Featured speakers are among northern Nevada experts in their respective fields and are sure to give their audiences entertaining and educational presentations.

Reno Rink on the River Pictures
Pictures of winter ice skating fun at Rink on the River in downtown Reno, right next to the Truckee River. Rink on the River is a place for families to have fun during the winter season.

Reno Thanksgiving Day Weekend
Here are numerous ways to enjoy family and friends on Thanksgiving Day and weekend around the Reno / Lake Tahoe region.

Reno Snow Play Areas
Snow play areas and sno-parks abound near Reno and up around Lake Tahoe. Snow play areas in Nevada are somewhat informal, while over in California there is a Sno-Park program run by the California Department of Parks and Recreation, with the assistance of several other agencies. Many of the Lake Tahoe ski resorts also have snow play areas.

Reno / Lake Tahoe Cross-Country Skiing Areas and Resorts
Cross-country ski resorts and ski areas in the Reno / Lake Tahoe area. Many crosscountry resorts also offer other winter sports activities.

Reno / Lake Tahoe Downhill Skiing and Snowboarding Areas and Resorts
The Reno / Lake Tahoe region has one of the largest concentrations of top downhill ski resorts in the world. Perched on the slopes around Lake Tahoe, these skiing areas are also blessed with abundant snow, excellent accommodations, and easy access from Reno, Sacramento, and the Bay Area.

Fall Things To Do Around Reno and Lake Tahoe
Reno's fall season is a great time to be out and about, enjoying the pleasures of living in the Reno / Tahoe region. Numerous activities compete for your attention, from organized events to quiet hikes through aspen groves of golden fall color at Lake Tahoe. Many of my suggestions are suitable for everyone, so take the family on a fall outing to...

Two Gallon Trips Around Reno and Sparks
Reno and Sparks have numerous things to do within a two gallon radius of the Truckee Meadows. Save gas, save money, and enjoy activities in Reno and Sparks.

Washoe County Library's Kids' Site
Great stuff for kids, like games and homework help.

Washoe County Library's Teen Site
Lots of library programs designed just for teens.

Reno Skate Parks
The City of Reno has several skate parks around town, suitable for skaters and trick bikers of all abilities.

City of Reno Camps for Kids
There's probably something of interest to every kid. Offered through Reno Parks, Recreation, and Community Services.

City of Reno Teen Programs
For young people 12 - 20, programs provide opportunities to explore recreational and educational interests, and develop life skills.

Sierra Safari Zoo
This is the only place in Northern Nevada to see exotic animals up close. It is mostly staffed by volunteers.

Animal Ark Wildlife Sanctuary & Nature Center
Animal Ark provides a home for non-releasable wildlife and has a nature center for the public to view and learn about the animals. There is a gift shop, picnic area, and educational programs. Season is April through October.

Wild Island Family Adventure Park
Wild Island in Sparks has a water park, family entertainment center, bowling alley, and can be booked for events like birthday parties.

Roller Kingdom Roller Skating Rink and Family Fun Center
From the website: "Roller Kingdom is Reno's hottest spot for family fun. If it's good clean fun you are looking for let Roller Kingdom be your destination. Check our Session Schedule to find a time that you can come join us."

The Children's Museum of Northern Nevada
Museum is a non-profit organization providing education and entertainment for children and their families. Located in Carson City.

NVFamily.org
Here's a good list of childcare providers around the Reno / Sparks area.

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