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Winter Break Camps and Activities in Reno and Sparks

Fun for Kids during Winter Break at Washoe County Schools

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Winter break activities for children and families around Reno and Sparks include camps and other things to do from several area organizations. According to the "Washoe County School District Calendar: 2019-2020 School Year," winter break is December 23, 2019 to January 3, 2020. Add in weekends on each end and you get lots of days to fill while the kids are out of school.

Vacation Station Winter Break Camp from Reno Parks & Rec

December 23 - 27 and December 30, 2019 to January 3, 2020. During winter break, the City of Reno Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department is presenting Vacation Station Winter Break Camp for kids ages 6 to 12 and a half. These camps will be from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. each weekday (except Jan. 1) and are offered in weekly sessions. Activities will include sports, games, field trips, and arts and crafts. The fee is $105 per week or $30 a day at locations where it is available.

  • Evelyn Mount Northeast Community Center, 1301 Valley Road (EMNECC)
  • Plumas Park and Gym, 475 Monroe Street
  • McKinley Arts and Culture Center, 925 Riverside Drive
  • Glenn Duncan Elementary School, 1200 Montello Street
  • Alice Smith Elementary School, 1070 Beckwourth Drive
  • Poulakidas Elementary School, 9600 Mojave Sky Drive

For more information, call (775) 334-4280. Kids should bring a lunch. A waiver of liability for is required for field trips to various local fun spots. Scholarships are available. You can now register online.

Winter Break Camp Discovery at The Discovery Museum

December 30, 2019 to January 3, 2020 (no camp on January 1). The Discovery Museum winter break camps are popular and the number of kids is limited, so sign up as soon as you can to ensure your child a spot. Online registration is available at the Winter Break Camp Discovery web page. The information phone number is (775) 786-1000. Kindergarten camp is from 9 a.m. to 12 noon or 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Camps for older kids are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. There are camps for different age groups, from Kindergarten through 7th grade. Early drop off and late pick up are available for an additional fee. Financial assistance is available.

Christmas Capers with Sparks Parks and Recreation

December 20 and 23 - 27, 2019 and December 30, 2019 to January 3, 2020 (no program on 12/25 and 1/3). Looking for festive holiday activities for your children (Kindergarten through 3rd grade) during the winter break? This program offers field trips, sports, games, crafts and more. Drop-ins will be taken on a space available basis only beginning the Thursday before the week of desired attendance. Anything less than a full section is considered drop in. For details on costs and location, call the recreation office at (775) 353-2376 or go to the "Sparks Recreation Activity Guide."

Christmas Capers 2 with Sparks Parks and Recreation

December 20 and 23 - 27, 2019 and December 30, 2019 to January 3, 2020 (no program on 12/25 and 1/3). A winter break program just for 4th and 5th grade students. Located upstairs in the Larry D. Johnson Community Center, the camp will feature age appropriate activities including pool, ping pong, foosball, arts and crafts, active games, fieldtrips and more. The program will join the Christmas Capers groups for some activities.

Winter Break Camps at KIDS University at UNR

December 30, 2019 to January 3, 2020 (no camp on January 1). KIDS University at UNR offers themed winter camps featuring the academic STEAM components (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) and lots of fun. Camps are for grades 2 to 8 and are organized around different themes. Camps are daily from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Each camp has its own set of detailed information available from the KIDS University website. Drop off is 7:45 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. and pick up is 3:45 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. each day. Before and after care is free. The fee is $220 per camp. (775) 784-4046.

Ice Skating at Rink at The Row

The Rink at The Row is located at the corner of Sierra and 6th Streets, across from Circus Circus Reno. The 2019 - 2020 ice skating season began on Monday, November 18, 2019, weather and ice conditions permitting.

Go Play in the Snow

There are some excellent snow play places near Reno and Sparks. Many of these areas, like Tahoe Meadows off the Mt. Rose Highway, are on public land and free for snow play. Many of the Lake Tahoe area ski resorts have sledding and tubing hills with lifts. These aren't free, but they can be lots of fun and are way cheaper than lift tickets.

Go to the Movies

The Reno metro area offers several multi-screen theaters, a low-cost cinema at the Grand Sierra Resort, feature films and star shows at the Fleischmann Planetarium, and an IMAX theater in Sparks.

Activities for Kids and Families at the Washoe County Library

You'll find many fun activities at your local library branch during winter break. The Washoe County Library System offers many free events, activities, and presentations. Children of all ages, families, and adults will find something of interest at every library branch in Washoe County.

ACTOUT Single Day Winter Camps from Reno Little Theater

"How the Grinch Stole Christmas" - Monday, December 23, 2019, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Come explore all things Grinchy. Singing, dancing, arts and crafts all focused on the fun Dr. Seuss classic. There are sessions for kids ages 6 to 8 and 9 to 12. The fee is $50. Visit the website for online registration. Before and after care is available.

Snow! Snow! Snow! - Friday, January 3, 2020, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. In this one day camp kids will sing, dance and play fun theater games all focusing on the children's book "Snow" by Uri Shulevitz. There are sessions for kids ages 6 to 8 and 9 to 12. The fee is $50. Visit the website for online registration. Before and after care is available.

Blue sky after winter snow in Reno, Nevada, NV
Blue sky after winter snow in Reno, Nevada. Photo © Stan White

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