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

Summer Camps are Fun & Educational for Children and Families


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. For even more summer camps and programs, refer to "More Summer Camps, Recreation, and Programs for Kids in the Reno Area."

Great Basin Naturalists Summer Exploration Camp at Galena Creek

Galena Greek Visitor Center, south Reno, Nevada.
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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 first session starts on June 16, 2014 and they continue through August 8. The leaders have degrees in wildlife, environmental science, or education. You can download the pre-registration form and return it as instructed. For more information and to register, call (775) 849-4948.

Day camps run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For an additional $10 fee, it can be extended to 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Day camp fee is $210 per week. Residential camp fee is $450 pr week. There is a 10 percent sibling discount.

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. For more information and to register, call (775) 849-4948.

City of Reno Camps for Kids

City Hall in Reno, Nevada
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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. Call (775) 334-2262 for more information.

VSA arts of Nevada Spring & Summer Art Workshops / Camps for Kids

Lake Mansion in Reno, Nevada
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VSA arts of Nevada 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 session 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. Use the website links to register online for each session. Registration is only confirmed once VSA Nevada receives registration form and payment. Classes are limited in size and are offered on a first come first served basis. Get more information at (775) 826-6100 x3.

Nevada Museum of Art - Summer Art Camps, Art Classes

Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, Nevada
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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. For more information, call (775) 329-3333 x260.

Every month, the NMA holds hands/ON! on 2nd Saturdays, a day of free activities for kids and families, and free admission to the Museum for everyone.

Camp Discovery at The Discovery

Entry hall at The Discovery in Reno, Nevada
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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 / grade groups, from first through seventh. Camps start on June 23, 2014 and run through August 1. Get details about camp names, dates, appropriate grade levels, and costs from the Camp Discovery schedule. Each camp has a link to register online. Note that the fees are less for museum members. Call (775) 398-5946 for more information.

Summer Day Camps from Sparks Parks & Recreation

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. Included in these programs are a variety of summer day camps. You can register in person at the Recreation Office, 98 Richards Way in Sparks. Call (775) 353-2376 for more information.

Summer Classes for Kids at Washoe County Schools

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. For more information, call Community Education at (775) 829-9010.

Summer Camps at the University of Nevada, Reno

Summer camps for children of all ages are being offered by Extended Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR), with KIDS University, Lake Tahoe Music Camp, and Wolf Pack Sports Camps. The summer camps run from June through August.

Urban Roots Farm Summer Day Camps

Urban Roots is offering day camps at the Urban Roots Farm, 3001 West 4th Street in Reno. These day camps are for ages 5 to 12. Each weekly session has a different theme. Sessions start on June 16, 2014 and run through August 8. You can register online and get more information at (775) 636-5105. The cost is $150 per child per week with a discount for siblings. Check out the website for specific dates and times.

Girl Scouts of the Sierra Nevada

The Girl Scouts offer a variety of summer camps - residence camping at Camp Wasiu II, Summer Adventure Day Camp, Weekend Camp, and Troop Camp. The Camping FAQ gives you details about each type of camping, registration, and other things you need to know about these programs. For more information, call (775) 322-0642. Toll-free (800) 222-5406.

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