Kids Activities in Truckee

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KidZone Museum's slew of interactive exhibits, indoor jungle gym, and other playful attractions reverberate with the sounds of joviality, pique the curiosity of pint-size patrons, and encourage family bonding. Youngsters dive into an aquatic adventure in the Starfish Enterprise exhibit, which features an imagination playground, reef building, and a research submarine that grant aquatic education without Poseidon's dull office stories. Visitors skid down the slide or skirt the climbing wall of the indoor jungle gym, and mini adventure seekers explore the nature-themed baby zone. The nonprofit museum's creative center proffers washable paints, clay, and other art supplies for crafting miniature magnum opuses, as well as occasional classes on topics such as messy science and imaginary-friend value appraisal.

11711 Donner Pass Rd
Truckee,
CA
US

Since it opened in 1989, the National Automobile Museum has put the history of automotive travel on full display through exhibits, rare collections, and vehicular ephemera. The museum houses more than 200 cars in all, from the first horseless carriages to vintage and classic models to awe-inspiring oddities. Most hail from the garage of the Harrah?s Hotels and Casinos founder and legendary collector Bill Harrah, whose personal fleet reached approximately 1,400 vehicles. The automobiles are set against a backdrop of exacting street scenes, with set pieces and ambient audio recreating the world in which these artifacts roamed. This degree of detail, coupled with a lineup of permanent and rotating exhibits, has established the museum as among the class of the country's automobile museums. In fact, AutoWeek magazine placed it among its top five in the country.

10 S Lake St
Reno,
NV
US

At Reno Riding, Cara—an avid horse enthusiast and USPC–certified instructor—tailors private lessons to suit all skill levels and saddles up mounts for trail rides backdropped by the peaks of the High Sierras. Learn the difference between a gallop, a canter, and the thoroughbred two-step with 60 minutes of private instruction atop a trusty steed. Beginner lessons impart basic horse-preparation knowledge and introduce riders to such styles as English and Western Pleasure, and lessons for experienced equestrians teach advanced equipment and preparation know-how. For more in-depth tutelage, riding lessons combined with horse-management lessons educate duos in the intricacies of full companion care, such as stable-management tidbits, trailering and maintenance basics, and how to color-coordinate bridles with manes.

605 Deer Mountain Road
Reno,
NV
US

Fleischmann Planetarium and Science Center at the University of Nevada, Reno, fulfills a mission of public science education and K-12 outreach, serving 50,000 visitors per year including 15,000 students through field trip programs. The historic building houses a 60-seat Dome Theater, an Exhibit Hall, and a Science Store.

1664 North Virginia Street
Reno,
NV
US

Located inside of the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa, Atlantis Family Fun Center is stocked to the gills with games and entertainment suitable for players of all ages. Games such as Mario Kart GP DX, Walking Dead Pinball, and Down the Clown come to life with vivid graphics and sound effects, and air hockey tables invite twosomes to battle over a floating puck. The center also features classic arcade games such as Galaga and Ms. Pacman, which imbue thumb-twiddling fun with a vintage retro aesthetic. And the Chicago Dogs! Eatery, which serves its namesake dogs in addition to pizza and ice cream fuels revelry.

3800 S Virginia St
Reno,
NV
US

A haven for wildlife that can't be released back to the wild, Animal Ark educates and inspires visitors on how to become better environmental stewards. Primarily a home to North American predators, the 38-acre sanctuary also hosts a few exotic species, including Shere Khan the tiger and Moyo and Jamar the cheetahs. Strongly rooted in the belief that wild animals deserve to live in their natural habitat, the staff fills enclosures with vegetation from their countries of origin.

1265 Deerlodge Rd
Reno,
NV
US