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Summer fun for Reno area children

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There's lots to do during summer, 2023. Here are some of your choices for staying active and having fun this summer season.

NASA Astro Camp at the Washoe County Library

The Northwest Reno Library is hosting the summer NASA Astro Camp series. The program offers libraries the opportunity to partner with youth organizations to showcase authentic NASA experiences. Our summer series will be led by local student robotics team the Phoenixes. We invite you to join us for this exciting, fun and educational STEAM opportunity. Each lesson is unique, allowing for participation in some or all of the summer event series. Registration is required.

  • 6/01/23 4 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Stomp Rockets
  • 6/15/23 4 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Light-Up Exploded Stars
  • 7/06/23 4 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Build Your Own Moon
  • 7/20/23 4 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Straw Rockets
  • 8/03/23 4 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Make a Paper Mars Helicopter
  • 8/17/23 4 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Recoloring the Universe

Challenge Island STEAM Camps

Weekly sessions offered June 20 - August 4, 2023, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (extended care from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. available). Located at High Desert Montessori School in Reno. Camps are for kids entering Kindergarten and those entering 6th grade (5 - 12 yrs.). Engage in the world of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math with Challenge Island. Taught by licensed NV teachers, children will dive into a world of imagination, innovation and creation through hands-on engineering, designing, building and creating. A different theme is offered each week, from Slime to Harry Potter, Entrepreneurship, Space and even (no screens) Minecraft and Arcade Mania.

KIDS University Summer Break Camps

June 6 through July 17, 2023. Kids can choose from exciting themed camps combining the academic STEAM components — Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math — with a healthy dose of fun. There are a variety of camps for kids ages 7 to 14. All camps are held at the University of Nevada, Reno. Visit the website for camp details and to register online. For more information about KIDS University, contact KIDSU@unr.edu or call (775) 784-4046.

2023 Wolf Pack Camps

The University of Nevada offers camps for many of its sports programs. Visit the website for dates and details about each of these sports camps.

  • Baseball
  • Cheer
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Men's Basketball
  • Men's Tennis
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball
  • Women's Basketball

Youth Backcountry Camps from Tahoe Rim Trail Association

2023 dates for ages 14 - 17 are July 21 - 24 and August 1 - 4. For ages 12 - 14, it's June 23 - 26, 27 - 30, July 10 - 13, 28 - 31. This is real camping summer camp for kids. Staff leads kids into the wilderness to share the joy and rewarding challenge of backpacking and wilderness survival through four day backpacking adventures. Participants come away with a sense of responsibility for the outdoors and develop confidence as they overcome a variety of challenges. To register online, visit the website and click on the dates of interest. For questions, contact info@tahoerimtrail.org or call (775) 298-4485.

Summer Break Camps for Kids at Nevada Museum of Art

Camps are in June, July and August, 2023. These are half-day art camps at the Nevada Museum of Art's E.L. Cord Museum School. Kids ages 7 to 15 will enjoy experimenting with clay, painting, digital and other art mediums and meet new friends during these half-day camps. Visit the website for camp details and online registration. The information phone number is (775) 329-3333.

Camp Discovery at The Discovery Museum

June 19 through August 11, 2023. The Discovery (Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum) offers a series of summer camps for kids from Kindergarten through 6th grade. There are numerous themes and sessions for various age groups - grades 1, 2 to 3, 4 to 5, and 6 to 7. You can view the schedule and sign up online for Camp Discovery sessions. Get additional information from the "Camp Discovery FAQ". This year, The Discovery is offering four weeks of camps (in June and July) at another location as well - Bud Beasley Elementary School in Sparks. The Discovery is at 490 S. Center Street in Reno. The info phone is (775) 786-1000.

Summer Creativity Camps from Arts for All Nevada

Summer camps are in weekly sessions during June, July and August, 2023. Week-long art camps from Arts for All Nevada are offered at the Lake Mansion. Camps are in the mornings from 9 a.m. to 12 noon and for kids 6 to 10 years. Refer to the "Classes and Events" for details, dates, and sign up information. Arts for All Nevada main location is the Lake Mansion, 250 Court Street in Reno. Call (775) 826-6100 for more information.

Summer Outburst Kidz Kamp from Sparks Parks & Recreation

Monday through Friday from June 20 to August 10, 2023. Summer Outburst is available to kids entering 1st through 6th grade and features fun-themed weeks with age appropriate activities, including arts and crafts, water play and active games. These activities are included in the registration fee. Participants are grouped by grade. You can register online from the website or in person at the Recreation Office, 98 Richards Way in Sparks. Call (775) 353-2376 for more information.

Vacation Station Summer Camps from the City of Reno

Weekly sessions from June 15 through August 11, 2023. Reno's Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Services offers camps for kids with activities geared to kids ages 6 to 12.5 years. Be sure to check out the City of Reno camp information website to see what's going on. Get details about times, dates, and fees from the Vacation Station Camp website. Weekly registration only – there will be no daily rates. All participants must be pre-registered and paid to attend. Financial assistance available. Call (775) 334-4280 for more information.

Great Basin Naturalists Summer Exploration Camps

June 10 through August 5, 2024. The Great Basin Institute Naturalists host day and overnight science camps for students aged 8 to 12. Topics include Animal Adventures, Bug's Life, Forest Defenders, Wilderness Adventure, Water Exploration, Rockin' Out and Wild Wild West. Camps are at Galena Creek Regional Park and various other locations. Visit the website for more details and online registration.

Specialty Summer Camps from Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows

Variety of camps from June 26 to August 4, 2023. There are a bunch of camps available on a various topics. Dates, times and fees vary, so check the website for more details and to register online. Each camp is a week and offered in the morning at Boys & Girls Club facilities.

Summer Camps from LifeChurch Reno

Cowboy's Rest Elementary Camp, July 10 - 14, 2023. Overnight camp for 3rd to 5th grade.
Elevate Camps Middle School Camp, July 17 - 22, 2023. 6th to 8th grade.
High School Summer Camp, July 31 - August 5, 2023.
Visit the website for more information and to register online.

Camp Lotsafun

July 16 - 21, 2023. Amplify Life is the home of Camp Lotsafun, a summer sleep away camp for adults with disabilities, that is held every summer. Our campers spend five nights in cabins, hiking, doing arts and crafts, swimming and enjoying the outdoors. Summer camps are held at Eagle Lake in northern California. For more information about registration, call (775) 827-3866.

UNR College of Engineering Summer Camps

5 camps from June 19 through July 28, 2023. The College of Engineering at the University of Nevada, Reno is offering Engineering Everywhere camp for 12 - 14 year olds, Computer Science and Engineering camp for 15 to 17 year olds, Engineering Adventures camp for 12 - 14 year olds, Mechanical Engineering camp for 15 - 17 year olds, and Engineering Exploration camp for 15 to 17 year olds. These camps are introductions to engineering and include many of their engineering majors. They are held in various engineering buildings on campus. Camps will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Visit the website for links to sign up for each of the sessions. (775) 784-6925.

Great Basin Outdoor School Summer Adventure Day Camp

Six weekly sessions from June 10 through July 26, 2024, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Activities include hikes around Mayberry Park, river ecology, hands-on discovery, songs, team-building, games, arts and crafts, and presentations by guest experts. Takes place at the River School Farm in Reno, 7777 White Fir St. Cost is $240 for one child for one full week, with sibling discounts available. Before and after care available. For kids aged 6 to 12. Visit the website to sign up or call (775) 324-0936 for more information.

Student Stewards Summer Camp with Sierra Nevada Journeys

Weekly camps run from June 20 through July 14, 2023, with a different theme each week. Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation is sponsoring summer camps held outdoors at Rosewood Nature Study Area in Reno. Camps are for kids 6 to 8 years old. Camps are STEAM based (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) and will incorporate these things at camp. In partnership with Sierra Nevada Journeys. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with extended hours available. Online registration is available. (775) 410-1702.

Student Stewards Summer Camp at Idlewild Park

Weekly camps run from June 12 through August 11, 2023, with a different theme each week. Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation is sponsoring summer camps held outdoors at Idlewild Park in Reno. Camps are for kids 8 to 12 years old. Camps are STEAM based (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) and will incorporate these things at camp, including outdoor exploration, hands-on activities, experiments, games, crafts, and more. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with extended hours available (except on Fridays). Online registration is available. (775) 410-1702.

Summer Kid Craft from The Holland Project

July 17 - 21, 2023, 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Recommended for ages 5 to 12, but all ages are welcome. Each workshop includes two craft projects exploring a wide variety of recycled materials to create fun up-cycled masterpieces. Parents/guardians are welcome to drop-off or stick around and craft along with your kiddos. You can register for any single day ($30) or save some money by going for all five days ($120). Pre-registration is required. Fees cover all materials and participants will leave with different crafts each day. At The Holland Project, 140 Vesta St. in Reno. For questions or more info email alisha@hollandreno.org.

KidScape Productions Summer Camps

Full play camp will run from July 10 - 14, 2023. KidScape camps focus on acting, theater and improv comedy. The full play camps are for kids ages 7 to 17. Summer improv camp is for ages 7 to 18 and will be July 24 - 28, 2023. All conclude with a performance to showcase what was learned. Visit the website for information about times, places and online registration. Call (775) 313-3900 for more information.

Musical Theater Summer Camp

June 19 - 23, 2023. For students ages 9 to 14. In this interactive musical theater camp, campers will have a blast performing the best of Broadway while practicing choreography, learning singing techniques, and developing a character. Each day's activities will include creative acting games, fun dance combinations, and belting out some tunes. This year's summer musical theater camp will take place at the Club at Rancharrah. First child is $260, with discounts available for multiple children from the same family. Online registration available. Presented by Sierra School of Performing Arts, 1380 Greg Street in Sparks. (775) 852-7740.

Brüka Theatre's Summer Youth Intensive Workshop

July 10 - 23, 2023. This camp open to 20 participants ages 11 to 16. Join us for a truly experimental and inspiring dramatic experience in which young artists are nurtured in a positive and creative theatre environment. This year's camp is all about creating a mystery play fully of silly capers, plot twists and kooky characters. You can register by calling (775) 323-3221. Online registration is available.

Summer Camp Guide from Girl Scouts of the Sierra Nevada

Girl Scouts of the Sierra Nevada offers an extensive array of summer camps, from day camps to overnight camps to road trips. There is a large variety from which to choose. Check out the "Summer Camp Guide 2023" for all the details. Get more information by calling (775) 322-0642.

Camp Mesa Rim

Camps from May 29 to August 11, 2023. There are 1 day, 3 day, 4 day and 5 day camps, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Camps for young climbers (ages 7 to 13) not only develop children and young adults into strong, competent and safe rock climbers, but also responsible and respectful community members as well. These skills are all acquired through the lens of community care, self growth, leadership, and self awareness. Camp activities are tailored to each child based on their age and experience level. Visit the website for more information and to sign up online. Camps are at Mesa Rim Climbing & Fitness Center, 970 Harvard Way in Reno. (775) 507-4255.

Caughlin Athletic Club Summer Camp

June 12 through August 11, 2023. The focus of these camps is tennis, but there is much more. There are weekly camp sessions for kids 4 to 6 and 6 to 13. Off-court activities include water games, soccer, capture the flag, kickball and frisbee. Weekly fee is $120 to $230, with daily drop-ins available. Visit the website for more details and to register online. Caughlin Athletic Club is at 4100 Caughlin Parkway in Reno.

Camp Invention

June 19 - 23 and June 23 - 30, 2023, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Children (K - 6th grade) are presented with fun, hands-on challenges that encourage creative problem solving, teamwork, entrepreneurship, and innovation. Camp Invention is led by experienced local educators and new curriculum is introduced each year. Sessions are at Caughlin Ranch Elementary School and Doral Academy of Northern Nevada in Reno, and Bethlehem Lutheran School in Carson City. Visit the website for more information and online registration.

The Discovery Museum, Reno, Nevada
Summer camps at The Discovery in Reno, Nevada. Photo © Stan White

Northern Nevada Baseball Club Camp at Greater Nevada Field

Monday to Wednesday, July 31 to August 2, 2023, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Reno Aces are welcoming kids ages 9 to 13 to their three-day camp at Greater Nevada Field. Along with three days of instruction from two former MLB players, participants will receive lunch each day and a ticket to an Aces game. This is an opportunity to play at Greater Nevada Field and utilize a Major League-quality training facility. The cost is $300. You can register online.

Brookfield School Summer Camp

June 19 through August 18, 2023. Biggest Little Bear Summer Camp is for young campers (ages 9 months to 4 years), with a different theme each week. The elementary and middle school program runs concurrent and uses the same themes. Kids will experience all the fun summer camp experiences you would expect. Brookfield School is at 6800 S. McCarran Blvd. in Reno. Visit the website to learn more and for online registration. (775) 825-0257.

Summer Camps from The Generator

June 26 through August 4, 2023, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Each of the 5 camp sessions last a week and are divided into two age groups - 5 to 9 and 10 to 14. All the camps are art related with sculpture and painting. Visit the website for more information and online signup. The Generator is at 2450 Oddie Blvd. in Sparks.

Summer Camps at Lake Tahoe and Other Nearby Areas

Lake Tahoe Music Camp

July 2 - 8, 2023. Lake Tahoe Music Camp is a sleep away camp committed to providing a memorable and exceptional musical education experience for music students (completing 6th – 12th grades). Situated on its own private beach, Lake Tahoe Music Camp offers jazz and classical music workshops, clinics, performances, mentoring and instruction with award-winning University faculty, guest conductors and professional chamber and jazz musicians. In their free-time every afternoon, students can play basketball, volleyball, ping-pong, swim in the lake, canoe, kayak and participate in organized recreational activities. Visit the website for more details. Online registration is available. Due to limited space, registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. (775) 784-4278.

Summer Camps from Tahoe Expedition Academy

June, July, August, 2023. Tahoe Expedition Academy offers adventure and academic summer day camps and overnight backpacking for kids in Truckee and on Lake Tahoe's north shore. Held in week-long sessions, the summer camps focus on a variety of topics, all with an outdoor focus. They are available for kids ages 5 to 14 and divided by age groups. Online registration is available. (530) 287-9684.

Sugar Bowl Kids Summer Camp

July 10 - 14, July 17 - 21, July 24 - 28, 2023. Camp Sugar Bowl summer camps are an opportunity for school-aged children to engage in experiential learning, master outdoor sporting skills and gain a deeper understanding of the natural environment. Camps are tailored to specific age groups ranging in age from 4 to 15. Activities include hiking, rock climbing, kayaking, swimming, mountain biking, nature art, storytelling and yoga. You can register online or call (530) 269-7401 for information.

Camp Skylandia in Tahoe City

June 19 through August 18, 2023. Registration starts on May 9, 2023. This series of camps offers something for kids ages 3.5 to 14. Camps include Lil' Pines, Skylandia Campers, and Counselors-in-Training. Visit the website for additional information and online registration. Sponsored by Tahoe City PUD on the shore of Lake Tahoe. (530) 583-3440.

Sierra Nevada Journeys Summer Camps

June 11 through August 4, 2023. Campers will be involved in educational and fun, adventurous activities like outdoor science learning, teamwork, and leadership. Each week offers a different camp theme based on basic summer camp activities. There are weekly camp sessions for ages 8 to 13 and 14 to 16. Camps are held at Grizzly Creek Ranch, 45 minutes north of Reno in Portola, CA. Get all the details from the "Summer Camp Handbook." For more information, call (530) 832-1085.

Bear Valley YMCA Camp

Sessions in July and August, 2023. For ages 8 through 13. There are a variety of sessions and session lengths available. There is also a counselors in training program for campers ages 14 to 16. Visit the website for details and to sign up online. These camps are sponsored by the YMCA of Superior California. The Bear Valley YMCA Camp is at State Hwy. 20 and Forest Rte. 18, Nevada City, CA 95959. (916) 452-9622.

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