Family Activities at Artown Reno

Summer Fun for the Whole Family

Summer is in full swing, 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!

Wild Island Family Adventure Park

Whatever your family is in the mood for, Wild Island Family 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 play area 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

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 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. The Discovery Museum is the perfect stop to engage, learn and stay entertained.

Carnival Midway

Reno’s premier family-friendly destination, Carnival Midway is located downtown inside the Circus Circus Reno. With more than 200 carnival games – a mix of today’s most popular games as well as nostalgic classic games – there are endless chances to engage in some friendly competition. Turn your eyes to the circus stage for free acts that take in the afternoon and evening.

Fun Quest

Located inside the Grand Sierra Resort, Fun Quest is 40,000 square feet of arcade games and attractions like laser tag and bumper cars. Choose from more than 125 games, or pair your Fun Quest adventure with the Bowling Center or Max Action Arena, where you’ll find virtual reality experiences and multi-sensory, 5D motion rides.

Animal Ark

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 desert tortoise! Make sure to get there early to watch bear feeding. Throughout the year, they hold fun and educational special events, like Tiger Talks and the Cheetah Dash. 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 the 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 wrote about her family experiences in Reno Tahoe. And boredom is not an option in Reno with the always-packed events calendar, filled with festivals and celebrations for the entire family.

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