Summer vacation is on the horizon, so what is there for the little ones to do to stay cool on a long, hot day? When it’s summertime in Reno, there’s fun to be had for the whole family!
Whatever your family is in the mood for, Wild Island Adventure Park – located in Sparks, across from the Outlets at Legends – has something for the perfect summer day. Bowling, mini golf and glow-in-the-dark go-karting offer endless thrills, while Wild Islands’ indoor arcades and a playplace are a great way to have fun out of the sun. Need to cool off? Wild Island Waterpark is open from Memorial Day through Labor Day, and provides splashy fun for kids of all ages. Even grown-ups can find some fun by floating down the Lazy River or enjoying a drink at the adults-only Kokomo’s Island Bar. Grab a towel and some sunscreen, because Wild Island has hours of entertainment for everyone.
The Discovery is located in downtown Reno, and is a great way for the whole family to play and have fun, while learning something new along the way. Kids can learn about everything from the human anatomy, to nature art and science. Older children will love to explore the Cloud Climber, while smaller learners can expand their growing minds in the interactive Little Discoveries room. With expanded summer hours and $5 admission on Wednesday afternoons, The Discovery Museum is the perfect stop to engage, learn and stay entertained.
From the wonders of earth, to those beyond our planet, explore the universe with your family at the Fleischmann Planetarium. Located on the University of Nevada, Reno campus, the Fleischmann Planetarium is a hidden gem that will capture your young ones’ imagination, while keeping them away from the summer heat. Kids can explore the immersive Exhibit Hall and get an up close and personal view of Earth, our moon and the entire solar system. Then, enjoy a Full-Dome Digital Projection show in the Fleischmann SkyDome, with entertaining and informative short films for all ages.
Located north of Reno, Animal Ark is a sanctuary for animals of all kinds. The whole family will enjoy seeing and learning about foxes, wolves, birds of prey, big cats, bears and even a tortoise! Make sure to get there early to watch bear feeding. On select dates, you can even watch Animal Ark’s resident cheetahs Moyo and Jamar race, showing why exactly they’re the fastest beings on earth. A day at Animal Ark is a great way to keep your kids entertained, all the while supporting the rehabilitation and conservation of some of earth’s most fantastic creatures.
For even more ideas to make the most of your summer fun, check out what expert family traveler Christina McEvoy and her family experiences in Reno Tahoe.