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Family Fun in Reno Tahoe

Nevada Discovery MuseumAdventure is what Reno Tahoe is all about, and there is no shortage of adventures for the family. From waterslides to miniature golf and roller skating check out the options for your visit to Reno Tahoe USA.

The Discovery

The Discovery (Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum), a 67,000 square foot hands-on science center location in downtown Reno, Nevada, offers learning and fun for visitors of all ages. The Discovery features eight hands-on, interactive galleries to explore plus daily science demonstrations, art projects, and more.

Location: 490 S. Center Street, Reno, NV 89501
Phone: 775-786-1000

Wild Island Family Adventure Park

With a water park, go-karts, mini-golf, bowling, birthday parties and group parties - at Wild Island there is something fun for everyone.

During the summer months, Wild Island’s water park has everything from daredevil slides, to the kiddy areas for the tamer adventure. Take a dip in the wave pool, or float the afternoon away on an inner tube.
If miniature golf is your thing, Wild Island’s links are some of the best in the region, with holes that are both challenging and fun. Grab the putter and enjoy a round.

Go indoors for some 10-pin action at Coconut Bowl. In addition to blacklit lanes that get the party started, there is an arcade area, food and beverage, and even an adult lounge.

Location: 250 Wild Island Ct., Sparks
Phone: 775-359-2927

Grand Adventure Land

Take the most thrilling aspects of hang-gliding, the most perilous moments of bungee jumping and the adrenaline inducement of sky diving. Combine these elements with a fall from a 185-foot tower and you have the once-in-a-lifetime experience called the Ultimate Rush, the Grand Sierra Resort’s family park.

The park also offers miniature golf, a racing oval and road course for go-kart fun, along with bumper cars and other family friendly fair.

Location: 2500 East 2nd Street, Reno
Phone: 800-501-2651

Wilbur D. May Center at Rancho San Rafael Regional Park

The Wilbur D. May Center is an adventure for people of all ages. It is a Museum, a collection of rare and exotic artifacts, a place to experience fun traveling exhibits and special moments. The Arboretum is where gardeners gather seeds of knowledge; an incomparable display and living museum of colorful flowers, creekside meadows, outdoor courtyards and secluded benches.

Location: 1595 N. Sierra, Reno
Phone: 775-785-5961

Fleischmann Planetarium and Science CenterFleischmann Planetarium and Science Center

Fleischmann Planetarium is part of the University of Nevada, Reno and Extended Studies. The planetarium offers public star shows and large-format films showing daily in the dome theater, and public star observing courtesy of the Astronomical Society of Nevada. It was built in 1964 and originally called the “Fleischmann Atmospherium-Planetarium.”

Location: MS 272, University of Nevada, Reno
Phone: 775-784-4812

Animal Ark Wildlife Sanctuary

animal arkAnimal Ark is a 38-acre wildlife sanctuary and nature center northwest of Reno, Nevada. This facility’s rural setting provides an ideal place to house non-releasable wildlife and allows the public a unique opportunity to view these animals in natural habitat exhibits through glass viewing areas.

Location: 1265 Deerlodge Road, Reno
Phone: 1-775-970-3111

Sierra Safari ZooSierra Safari Zoo

Sierra Safari Zoo is Nevada’s largest zoo and the only zoo in Northern Nevada. It houses dozens of animals, from cats to sloths, marsupials, rodents, small mammals and hoof stock. It is located in northern Reno.

Location: 10200 N Virginia Street, Reno
Phone: 775-677-1101

Nevada Museum of Art

Nevada Museum of ArtThis major museum is at 160 West Liberty St. in downtown Reno. You can easily find it from Virginia Street, just south of the Truckee River. And once you see the building you'll know it has to be the new museum. It's an all-black building, meant by the architect to represent the nearby Black Rock Desert and mountains. It holds 60,000 square feet of exhibit and common space. As well as major visiting exhibitions, the museum features exhibits specializing in depicting the Nevada (state) and Sierra Nevada area and people. The Installation Gallery features the works of one artist. The Contemporary Gallery is on the third floor. On the roof is an expansive exhibit area for sculpture. The museum has a gift shop, as well as a cafe and library.

Location: 160 West Liberty St., Reno
Phone: 775.329.3333

BaseCamp at Whitney Peak

World-class climbing brought to the heart of downtown Reno, BaseCamp is home to the tallest wall on the planet (coming in at 164').

Go inside and check out the more than 7,000 square foot bouldering park (with over 2,900 square feet of climbable space), complete with a separate, fun, and safe kids' area.

BaseCamp is built to accommodate everyone in the family, from first-timers to the most experienced climbers.

Location: 255 N. Virginia Street, Reno, NV
Phone: 775-398-5400

Melio Gaspari Water Play Park at Lazy 5 Regional Park

Melio Gaspari Water Play Park at Lazy 5 Regional ParkLazy 5 Regional Park is located at 7100 Pyramid Lake Highway, in the Spanish Springs area of north Sparks. The water play park is specifically designed for children, with water spouting features like a cactus, horse heads, and sunflowers. Admission is $3, with kids under three free. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays through Sundays, and closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. Lazy 5 also has a library, playground, picnic areas, skate park, volleyball court, and shade structures. For more information, call the PahRah District Ranger at (775) 424-1804.

Roller Kingdom

Roller KingdomIf it's skating fun you are looking for, let Roller Kingdom be your destination. The rink is located in the heart of Reno, and offers the hottest new music to skate to as well as specialized "era music" events. Requests are always welcomed at the DJ booth. The rink has a fantastic lighting system that always sets the mood for a boogie wonderland.

Location: 515 E 7th St., Reno
Phone: 775-329-3472

SCHEELS Sporting Goods Store

Scheels Sporting GoodsSCHEELS isn’t your ordinary sporting goods store.  While it features equipment for anybody from hunters to football players, it also features a great selection of fashion and footwear for men, women, and children.

At 248,000 square feet of retail space, the Reno Sparks SCHEELS is the World’s Largest Sporting Goods Store and is considered a retail destination.  SCHEELS features a 65-foot tall Ferris Wheel, two 16,000 gallon aquariums, 32+ flavors of fudge in the Fudge Factory, 14 presidents in the Walk of Presidents, a NASCAR Simulator, and a 35-foot tall Wildlife Mountain in addition to 85+ specialty shops that feature the hottest brands in clothing, footwear and sports equipment. 

Click here to view more about the new Reno Sparks SCHEELS.


FunQuestFun Quest may be the largest video arcade your family will ever see. Fun Quest is located on the lower level of the Grand Sierra Resort and includes over 40,000 sq ft of games and attractions. The arcade features over $1,000,000 in the latest video and redemption games and a 6,000 sq ft laser tag arena.

Only at Grand Sierra will you find arcade games like Revolution X, the newest Dance Dance Revolution. The exciting Razing Storm, a 2 person shooter game on a 62" LCD Screen. Also, check out their private Birthday Party rooms

Location: 2500 East 2nd Street, Reno
Phone: (775) 789-1127

Circus Circus Reno - One Ring Circus

Circus Circus Reno - One Ring CircusCircus Circus Hotel Casino’s mezzanine is one of the most popular places in town for children. Starting at about 11 a.m., free acts featuring aerialists, jugglers, magicians, clowns and other specialty performers appear in the circus ring.

Adults and kids alike will find excitement in the Midway of Fun, featuring 28 carnival and 48 redemption games including Chicken in a Pot, the Camel Races, SuperStar, Dog Pounder, and the newest attraction, Skee Ball! Prizes range from stuffed animals to Razor Scooters to gigantic basketballs! There are also 20 skill cranes, including two giant ones rewarding winners with oversized stuffed animals!

Circus Circus also offers three arcade areas with over 60 arcade games. The teenagers will love games such as House of the Dead 4, Maximum Midnight Tunes, and Pump It Up NX. For the younger kids, we offer Nick Tunes Racer and Virtual Roller Coaster.

Location: 500 North Sierra Street, Reno
Phone: 775-329-0711

National Automobile Museum

National Auto Museum

Don’t miss “One of America’s Five Greatest Auto Museums.” The National Automobile Museum (The Harrah Collection) has a “Wow!” factor you don’t often find in a museum.  You’ll see more than 200 eye-popping cars, and authentic street scenes. The facades bring displays to life; a department store here, a movie theatre there which accompany artifacts from each era. Audio tours in English and Spanish included in your admission price let you explore the museum at your own pace.  It’s located on the corner of Lake and Mill Streets in downtown Reno with plenty of free parking. Call (775) 333-9300 or visit
The museum is open Mon. - Sat. from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sun. from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $4 for children 6 to 18 years.  Children age 5 and younger are free. 

X-marks the Spot

x marks the spotAll you have to do is register your team for an Adventure Quest and the competition begins. Crack your first clue to find the location of the top secret starting line. At the sound of "Ready, Set, Go" the clock starts ticking. Decipher your first challenge and take off as you follow a series of cryptic clues and perplexing puzzles, trying to be the first team to cross the finish line. Your mad dash around downtown Reno will take you past some of the area's most notable sites, historical hot spots, as well as a few lesser-known hidden gems. Your team will be racing against not only the clock but other teams as well. An Adventure Quest takes about 3 hours to complete. The team that crosses the finish line in the least amount of time WINS bragging rights and gets their team picture posted on their website and Facebook page to be shared with all.

X-marks the Spot
P.O. Box 2011 Reno, NV 89505
(775) 848-4501

Need 2 Speed

Have you ever wanted to feel what it’s like to get behind the wheel of a racecar on a fast track? Need 2 Speed, Reno’s first indoor go-kart track, features a winding, curvy Grand Prix-style track where the carts can reach speeds of up to 45 miles per hour!

The young members of the family aren’t left out – they can race in carts that are limited to 25 miles per hour, which still gives them the feel of real, bumper-to-bumper racing! The facility is completely climate controlled so there are perfect conditions for racing all year long.

Need 2 Speed also offers three party rooms for special events and also conference rooms for corporate meetings. There’s even plans for a 9-hole indoor putt-putt course in the near future. Individuals and groups can also rent the entire facility for larger events and have complete access to the track and unlimited racing.

Judging by the big smiles on the faces of the people as they take off their helmets and pose for pictures after a challenging race, Need 2 Speed is rapidly becoming a very popular stop in Reno for a unique and fun family outing..

Need 2 Speed
6895-B Sierra Center Parkway
Reno, Nevada 89511
(775) 851-7223

Sunday Family Fun Days at Incline Mountain Course

Every Sunday is Sunday Family Fun Day at the Incline Mountain Course (May-October). Kids (17 and under) play free with paying adult! 3” and 8” cups on each hole, shorter kid-friendly tees, and a 3-hole putt putt course make golf fun for the whole family. Call the Golf Shop to book your tee time: (775) 832-1150.

Location: 690 Wilson Way, Incline Village, NV 89451
Phone: 775-832-1150

Kimmie Candy Company

Reno’s very own Chocolate Factory! For a fun family experience make a date with us to drop by this fun- filled adventure and see a genuine candy factory in action from receiving, to mixing, to packaging, to shipping, and then on to TASTING! Kimmie Candy offers free tours of their factory, a gift shop with below wholesale prices, and a delicious free candy tasting bar. Tours are M-F 10am-2pm by appointment, excluding holidays. Bring your sweet tooth!

525 Reactor Dr., Reno, NV 89502

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