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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: 2016-2017 School Year," fall break 2016 is October 3 through 7. Add in weekends on each end and you get 9 days to fill while the kids are out of school.

Fall Break Exploration Camp at Galena Creek

October 3 - 7, 2016. Fall Break Exploration Camp provides educational fun and hands-on discovery of natural and cultural wonders of the forest, creeks, and pond at Galena Creek Recreation Area. Camps provide outdoor experiences emphasizing environmental science and physical activity for kids ages 8 to 12. Camp sessions are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with early drop-off and late pick-up available. Fee is $195 for the week. Scholarships available. Register by calling (775) 849-4948. Visit the website for all the details.

Fall Camp Discovery at The Discovery Museum

October 3 - 7, 2016. The Discovery Museum in Reno is hosting a set of fall break camps. 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 of fall break. The cost is $200 to $275, depending on the camp and whether or not you are a member. There are camps for different age groups, from 1st through 7th grade - Science Magic (grades 1 - 2) and Gone Fishin' (grades 3 - 7). Early drop-off and late pick-up are available for an additional fee. Financial assistance is available. For registration assistance, call (775) 398-5954.

Reno Area Events during Fall Break

October 1 - 2, 2016. There are a couple of family-friendly events during the weekend just before Fall Break officially begins. Both of these are interesting and entertaining.

Arts for All Nevada School Break Art Camps

Fall School Break Art Camps will be held at the Lake Mansion in Reno and at the Larry D. Johnson Community Center in Sparks. The information number is (775) 826-6100.

October 3 - 7, 2016, ages 6 to 9. Lake Mansion, 250 Court Street in Reno. Teaching artists will provide an hour of visual art, acting/theater, and creative movement each day. The cost is $95 with supplies included. Hours are 9 a.m. to 12 noon each day.

There is a simultaneous camp with the same details for children ages 9 to 12. If you have a child 9 years old, you may choose which session you feel is most appropriate.

October 3 - 7, 2016. Larry D. Johnson Community Center, 1200 12th Street in Sparks. For kids ages 6 to 10. Teaching artists will provide an hour of visual art, theater/acting, and creative movement each day. The cost is $95 with supplies included. Hours are 9 a.m. to 12 noon each day.

Vacation Station from Reno Parks & Rec

October 3 - 7, 2016. During fall break, the City of Reno Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department is presenting Vacation Station for kids ages 6 to 14. These camps will be from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. Activities will include sports, games, reading, field trips, and arts and crafts. At these locations, the fee is $100 for the week or $30 a day.

  • Evelyn Mount Northeast Community Center, 1301 Valley Road
  • Plumas Park and Gym, 475 Monroe Street
  • Depoali Middle School, 9300 Wilbur May Parkway

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.

Sparks Parks & Rec Fall Break Programs

October 3 - 7, 2016. There will be fall break programs for kids in Kindergarten through 6th grade. Sessions are divided up by grade / age groups - K and 1st grades, 2nd and 3rd grades, and 4th through 6th grades. Daily sessions are from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Contact Sparks Parks & Recreation at (775) 353-2376.

Fall Break at Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows

October 3 - 7, 2016. The Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows is having fall break activities at these club locations - Donald W. Reynolds Facility, Neil Road and Lemmon Valley, William N. Pennington Facility, and Bresson Avenue Site. Each location features different activities and field trips. The registration fee is $40, with optional field trips costing extra. Registration forms and more information are available for each location from the School Break Programs web page. Program hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. The information phone number is (775) 331-5437.

Fall Break Camps at the Nevada Museum of Art

Fun with Clay - October 3 - 7, 2016. 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. Sessions are from 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon. The cost is $175, $155 for Museum members.

Clay Intensive - October 3 - 7, 2016. For kids ages 13 - 18. Instruction will include basic hand building, throwing on the wheel, and sculpture. Students will learn about the basics of pottery, glazing and the transformation of their pieces from the heat of kiln. Works will be fired in the Museum's kiln. All materials are included. Classes are from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $175, $155 for Museum members.

Wolf Pack Football

Saturday, October 8, 2016. The Pack takes on the Fresno State Bulldogs. Kickoff TBA. Come enjoy the game at the newly renovated Mackay Stadium. Go Pack!

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 still showing movies in America.

Activities for Kids and Families at the Washoe County Library

You'll find fun activities at your local library branch during fall break, October 3 to 7. 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 camps, activities, Reno, Sparks, Nevada, NV
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