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2021 Fall Break Camps and Activities in Reno and Sparks

Fun for Kids during Washoe County Schools Fall Break

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Fall 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: 2021-2022 School Year," fall break 2021 is October 4 through 8. Add in weekends on each end and you get 9 days to fill while the kids are out of school.

Fall Camp-In-A-Box from Great Basin Naturalists at Galena Creek

This is a great alternative to in-person camp programs over Fall Break, and kids can do most activities independently. The program provides kids ages 8-18 years-old with the resources needed to enjoy camp activities from the safety and comfort of their home or backyard. If you have any additional questions about the resources included, or to submit a scholarship application, send email to visitorcenter@thegreatbasininstitute.org.

Fall Break Camp Discovery at The Discovery Museum

October 4 - 8, 2021. These 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 Camp Discovery web page. The information phone number is (775) 786-1000. Each camp goes from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. The cost is $240 for members, $265 for non-members. There are camps for different age groups, from 1st through 4th grade - The Magic of Science and Animal Adventures (grades 1 - 2), and Diary of a Wimpy Camper (grades 3 - 4). Early drop-off and late pick-up are available for an additional fee. Financial assistance is available. For registration assistance, call (775) 398-5942.

Fall Creativity Camps at Arts for All Nevada

October 4 - 8, 2021, ages 6 to 10. Lake Mansion, 250 Court Street and Arlington Avenue in Reno. You can choose between a morning session (9 a.m. to 12 p.m.) or afternoon session (1 p.m. to 4 p.m.). Kids get creative through instruction in both the Visual Arts and Creative Movement. $150 for all 5 days. (775) 826-6100 x2#.

Vacation Station from Reno Parks & Rec

October 4 - 8, 2021. Registration will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. Space is limited, please register early. Weekly registration only - no drop ins. Camp is for kids ages 6 to 12.5. Fee is $115 per child for the week. Financial assistance (scholarships) is available. 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. Be sure to visit the website for necessary forms and additional COVID information. Register online or call (775) 334-2262 or (775) 334-2260 to register by phone. Camps will be at these locations:

  • Evelyn Mount Northeast Community Center - 1301 Valley Road
  • Nick Poulakidas Elementary School - 9600 Mojave Sky Drive
  • California Building in Idlewild Park - 75 Cowan Drive

Fall Break Kidz Kamp from Sparks Parks & Rec

October 4 - 8, 2021. There will be fall break programs providing a fun and safe environment for kids in Kindergarten through 5th grade. Daily sessions are from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Active games, arts and crafts, board games, free play, various field trips and group activities are planned. Contact Sparks Parks & Recreation at (775) 353-2376. Full week for all age groups is $150 for Sparks residents, $180 for non-residents. Number of kids limited - register as early as possible.

  • Recreation Gym, 98 Richards Way
  • Larry D. Johnson Community Center, 1200 12th Street

Reno Little Theater Camps

October 4 - 8, 2021. Camp is divided into sections for grades K - 2 ("Where the Wild Things Are") and grades 3 - 6 ("Monster Academy"). All run from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Camp ends with a showcase event for family and friends on Friday at 3:30 p.m. Students get a chance to explore the fundamentals of theatre through theatre games, improv, storytelling, singing, and dancing. At the end of each week, family and friends are invited to a showcase where students show off what they learned.

Fall Break Camps at the Nevada Museum of Art

Fun with Clay - October 4 - 8, 2021. For kids ages 7 to 12. Instruction will include basic hand building, throwing on the wheel, and sculpture. Children will learn about the basics of pottery, glazing and the transformation of their pieces from the heat of kiln. This will be a fun and educational class. All works will be fired in the Museum's kiln. Snack and materials are included. Separate sessions are available from 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $250, $230 for Museum members.

The Natural World - October 4 - 8, 2021. For kids ages 7 to 12. Children will have fun exploring a variety of art mediums in this fun and interactive camp. Over this five-day camp, participants will have the opportunity to explore a different medium each day while staying within the theme of the natural world. A daily snack and all materials are included with registration. 9 a.m. to 12 noon. The cost is $235, $215 for Museum members.

Digital Art and Illustration - October 4 - 8, 2021. For kids ages 7 - 12. Students will have fun playing on the Museum's iPad Pros as they work on story-boarding, character design and animation. A snack and all materials are included with registration. Classes are from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $200, $180 for Museum members.

Hooray for Hollywood STEAM Adventure Camp

October 4 - 8, 2021, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Our STEMtastic tribes will take on challenges inspired by popular movies including Wicked Witch Twist, Wizardry Academy, Superhero Adventures, and Space Wars. For kids ages 5 to 12. Cost is $245, with before and after care available for an additional fee. Presented by Challenge Island of Reno/Sparks. (775) 846-6733. Camp will be at High Desert Montessori, 2529 Orovada St. in Reno.

Activities for Kids and Families at the Washoe County Library

You'll find fun activities at your local library branch during fall break, October 4 to 8, 2021. 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.

Fall Break Full Play Camp from KidScape Productions

October 4 - 8, 2021. Full play "The Unscary Ghost" camp. This camp ends with a free community performance on October 8. Kids will work on this story at 6695 Mae Anne Avenue in Reno. The cost is $335. It is for ages 7 to 17 and you can register online. Limited to 35 actors and 15 backstage. Pre-registration required. For more information, call (775) 313-3900.

Go to the Movies

The Reno metro area offers five multi-screen theaters, a low-cost cinema at the Grand Sierra Resort, feature films and star shows at the Fleischmann Planetarium, and in Sparks, an IMAX theater and one of the few real-live drive-in theaters in America still showing movies. Be sure to call ahead to learn about COVID-19 restrictions and closures.

Visit a Park, take a Hike

Reno, Sparks and Washoe County public parks and trails are open to outside activities. When the weather is nice, it is good to get outside and enjoy open spaces after being cooped up. There are some coronavirus restrictions, so be sure to check before you go.

Pumpkin Patches and Corn Mazes

Many of these fun fall and Halloween activities will be open during fall break. Check out the list at "Halloween Pumpkin Patches and Corn Mazes."

Fall break camps, activities, Reno, Sparks, Nevada, NV
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