Reno is not only a playground for adults, this small city has several excellent cultural experiences for both parents and children. In fact, some of the best places for children to spend their time in Reno is at the area’s museums. Here are the five best museums in the Reno area for the kids (and the kids-at-heart).
This newly opened plethora of fun for the kid in all of us is a celebration of Nevada, Lake Tahoe, the desert and the weather surrounding it all. The Discovery Museum in downtown Reno features a two-story, 2,700 foot lobby, a museum store and 70,000 square feet of exhibits. More than enough room for kids to run around and discover the eight interactive exhibits including a two-story cloud that children can climb, an archeological dig, a model of the Truckee River, a Leonardo Da Vinci Corner and an Under the Stars exhibit where kids can explore a cave or pitch a tent and spend the night under the stars…without going out into the cold. Both adults and children cost entry cost $8. Children under 1 years old are free.
This older museum has been around for decades, but is still a popular place to bring children for the interactive space games and daily shows. The museum is free to the public and features space models, games and a wonderful gift shop with educational toys and NASA ice cream. The shows are shown on a large 360 degree dome and include informational movies about space and our planet.
Even if the kids can’t drive yet, they can still get a kick out of the automobile collection of the late Bill Harrah. Cars from all over the world including a gold DeLorean, the Thomas Flyer, one of the Batmobiles, a Phantom Corsair, several mini cars and a mock 1950′s street scene. A free audio tour of the museum is included with the $10 purchase.
Art museums may seem like a stuffy place to bring children, but this award-winning museum near downtown is anything but stuffy. The museum features several high-impact exhibits and some smaller permanent exhibits in a modern building with imposing views. If the kids do get bored, there is are several family programs including hands/ON, Museum School classes, workshops and films. Children can take classes on fingerpainting, clay projects, nature drawing or jewelry making. Every second Saturday at the museum is free.
This museum, located at Rancho San Rafael Park, is only open during the spring, summer and fall, but is a great place for kids to be both indoors and outdoors. The Wilbur D. May Museum is a collection of rare and exotic artifacts and traveling exhibits from Nevada rancher and philanthropist Wilbur D. May. There are several changing exhibits including giant bugs, Native American art or Animal Grossology.
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