Spring Break is the time of the year when students and schoolchildren around the country finally get to take some time off before the final academic push to the end of the year. Reno, Nevada has plenty to offer in terms of helping you relax or taking the family out for unforgettable experiences during this week.
Reno always has family activities and entertainment, so here are our top five suggestions for things to do during spring break in and around Reno with your family or to experience for yourself.
Disclaimer: be sure to check your or your child’s spring break schedule before committing to some of these events – some will take place in early March while others will take place towards the tail end of March into April.
Experience the Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum
The Nevada Discovery Museum is open year-round and offers a multitude of fun events meant for all ages. During Spring Break, the museum offers cheaper admission after 5 pm on Wednesdays, making it more affordable to experience exhibitions like learning about Human Anatomy to a working model of the Truckee river to hands-on experiments in the Da Vinci Corner.
Small Wonder Wednesday, which is only for kids age 5 and under, lets young children into the museum a full hour before the doors officially open to the public, and allows them to explore, hear stories and learn in ways targeted towards young children.
The museum opens at 10 a.m. Monday to Saturday, 12 a.m. on Sunday, and closes at 5 p.m. each day except Wednesday, when the museum stays open until 8pm
Immerse Yourself in Art at the Nevada Museum of Art
The Nevada Museum of Art is home to a variety of creative collections and impressive and thought provoking artwork. While young children may find the museum difficult to understand or be engrossed in, older children and teenagers who have a creative streak would love to spend the day critiquing, discussing and experiencing the artwork.
Exhibitions currently include Contemporary Women Artists from Aboriginal Australia, The Body of a House (an exhibition of paintings by Robert Beckman detailing the effects of a nuclear bomb on an American house), and a 14-foot diameter reflective mylar balloon designed to be sent into orbit for the world to share a piece of art.
These are not the only exhibitions by far, so be sure to check in on the Nevada Museum of Art website to see what is currently on display.
The Museum is closed Monday and Tuesday and opens at 10 Wednesday to Sunday.
Spring Break Exploration Camp at Galena Creek Regional Park
Say goodbye to Summer Camp, say hello to Spring Break Camp.
Galena Creek Regional Park offers a two week Spring Break Camp for kids ages 8 to 12 each year for just about $200. This camp emphasizes environmental science learning and physical activity while teaching about natural wonders, processes and beauty in a hands-on way.
The camp teaches responsibility to the environment and to society through respecting the environment, and gives children a chance to experience the natural world while still being close by.
Take a Trip to Majestic Lake Tahoe
Living in Reno is a lot like living in Tucson, Arizona. It can get blisteringly hot and uncomfortable in the city, but just a few miles down the road are majestic mountains, fertile forests, and natural areas to rejuvenate and relax you.
Lake Tahoe is just a half hour road trip from Reno, and is world-renowned for being one of the most gorgeous lakes in the entire United States. If you are traveling with small children, a portable booster seat is a convenient option to take with when you are out and about in the lakes huge surrounding area. Tahoe’s clear water, surrounding rolling mountains, intense verdant green growth and multiple trails and activities make it the perfect place to spend the entire week of Spring Break with your family.
Make sure to book in advance, though – its reputation as a great vacation spot means lots and lots of people will be trying to secure cabins and camping sites.