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Top Family Fun Things to Do in Reno

Best Places for Family Fun in the Reno / Tahoe Region


Reno families will find a variety of things to do in the Reno / Lake Tahoe region. Families with children can choose from amusement parks, art centered activities, and adventures in the great outdoors. Whatever you and your children enjoy doing, there are activities everyone in the family can enjoy.

The Discovery

The Discovery children's museum in Reno, Nevada, NV
Photo © Stan White
The Discovery (Terry Lee Wells Discovery Museum) is a hands-on, interactive place where visitors are encouraged to indulge their interests in science, art, and local history. Besides exploring the exhibits on their own, visitors to The Discovery can participate in numerous organized educational activities throughout the year. The Discovery hosts field trips for local school children and offers a place for fantastic birthday parties.

490 S. Center St., Reno, NV 89501
(775) 786-1000

Rancho San Rafael Regional Park

Reno's Rancho San Rafael Regional Park encompasses 600 acres just northwest of downtown Reno. Rancho San Rafael Park includes acres of grassy fields, wetlands, natural areas, rentable picnic shelters, nature and walking trails, playground, and huge dog park.

1595 N. Sierra St., Reno, NV 89503

Wild Island Family Adventure Park

Wild Island is a family fun center in Sparks. The big summer attraction is a huge water park with slides and pools, but there are things to do every month of the year. Other attractions include miniature golf, the Coconut Bowl, and a go-kart raceway. To find out which attractions are open and when, check the Wild Island calendar.

250 Wild Island Ct., Sparks, NV 89434
(775) 359-2927


Logo image courtesy Artown
Reno's annual festival of the arts lasts the entire month of July. There are hundreds of events, many of which are geared to family participation, and over half of them are free. With so many events, you should check the schedule to find family events, times, and locations.

Taylor Creek Visitor Center

Rainbow Trail, Taylor Creek Visitor Center, Lake Tahoe
Photo © Stan White
Taylor Creek Visitor Center is a U.S. Forest Service facility located three miles northwest of South Lake Tahoe on California 89. There are various exhibits in the Center, but the best things are the hiking trails. Smokey's Trail teaches kids about campfire safety. The Rainbow Trail wanders through wildflowers and leads to the Stream Profile Chamber, where visitors can get a look at what goes on under the water in a mountain stream. More trails, picnic areas, Lake Tahoe beaches, and the fall Kokanee Salmon Festival add to the fun. To learn about summer programs, call the Taylor Creek Visitor Center at (530) 543-2674.

Kings Beach State Recreation Area

Lake Tahoe, Kings Beach State Recreation Area, Lake Tahoe Recreation, Lake Tahoe Swimming Beaches
Photo © Stan White
Kings Beach State Recreation Area at Lake Tahoe is 43 miles and less than an hour from downtown Reno. The Mt. Rose Highway (Nevada 431) takes you up to the clear, cool water lapping at Lake Tahoe's north shore. This beautiful, family friendly park on Lake Tahoe's north shore is a perfect place to go when the heat is on in Reno. There is a long sandy beach, a shallow shoreline for children, and water toy rentals including, paddle boats, water bikes, tubes, and jet skis.

The Children's Museum of Northern Nevada

Just down the road in Carson City, this museum is a non-profit organization featuring exhibits and programs that focus on the arts, sciences, and humanities. Exhibits and programs are based on Nevada educational standards, current and historical culture, or kinetic movement. The museum is a place for learning and having fun, with activities and exhibits suitable for families with children from two years to teenagers. You can even have birthday parties here. It is open every day and has a variety of events throughout the year.

813 N. Carson St., Carson City, NV 89701
(775) 884-2226

Reno Bowling Alleys

Reno 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. When it's cold outside (or too hot), a family bowling outing is a great activity. For those who don't want to bowl, or aren't quite big enough to roll a bowling ball, most bowling alleys have amusement game arcades and plenty of food for snacking.

Indoor Playgrounds and Gyms

Reno has a great selection of indoor play places and gyms where families and kids can have fun when it's too hot or cold outside. Our indoor playgrounds offer open play times, party rentals, daycare, and other types of fun activities. Reno even has a cool indoor roller skating rink and climbing gym.

Reno & Sparks Public Swimming Pools

The City of Reno has four public swimming pools, two of which are outdoors and operate on a seasonal basis during the summer months. Sparks Parks & Rec operates four public swimming pools, three two of which are outdoors and operate on a seasonal basis during the summer months.


Boomtown Family Fun Center

This attraction is an indoor arcade at the Boomtown Casino Hotel. There are lots of fun things to do, including a 3D motion theater, climbing wall, flight simulator, carousels, and over 200 video games. There is a party room for rent and snack bar.

Interstate 80, Exit 4 Reno, NV 89439 (775) 345-8668

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