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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: 2022-2023 School Year," winter break is December 26, 2022 to January 6, 2023. 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 - 30, 27 - 30, 2022, and January 3 - 6, 2023, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Register online or call (775) 334-2262 or (775) 334-2260 to register by phone. Camp is for ages 6 to 12.5. Camps are at Evelyn Mount Northeast Community Center and the California Building in Idlewild Park. The cost is $120 per child per week. Weekly registration only - no daily fee available except for December 23. Space is limited - first come, first served. Financial assistance is available.

Winter Break Camp at The Discovery Museum

December 26 - 30, 2022 and January 2 - 6, 2023. Choose from the unique and exciting camps for students in kindergarten through 4th grade. Camps fill up quickly. If the camp you’d like to register for is full, you can be added to the waiting list. We will notify you if a spot opens up. Visit the website for camp details and to register online. The Discovery is at 490 S. Center Street in Reno. (775) 786-1000.

Arts for All Nevada Winter Break Creativity Camps

December 7 - 30, 2022 and January 3 - 6, 2023. These camps allow kids ages 6 to 10 to participate in visual arts and creative movement. The camp theme is Winter Olympics. Morning camp hours are from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Each weekly session has a different theme. At the Lake Mansion, 250 Court St. and Arlington Ave. in Reno. Call (775) 826-6100 x2 for more information.

Winter Break Kidz Kamp with Sparks Parks and Recreation

December 26 - 30, 2022 and January 2 - 6, 2023. 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Looking for festive holiday activities for your children (Kindergarten through 5th grade) during the winter break? This program offers, sports, games, crafts, field trips and more. The cost is $144 per week or $120 for Sparks residents. Visit the website or call the recreation office at (775) 353-2376 for more information and online registration. Held at the Recreation Gym, 98 Richards Way and the Larry D. Johnson Community Center, 1200 12th Street in Sparks.

Winter Kid Craft Camp from The Holland Project

December 27 - 30, 2022, 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Hands-on craft workshops for kids ages 5 – 12 (recommended, but all ages welcome). Each morning workshop includes two craft projects exploring a wide variety of materials and techniques. Pre-registration is required and it's $30 per kid for a single day or all four days for $100 per kid. Fees cover all materials and participants will leave with different crafts each day. The Holland Project is at 140 Vesta St. in Reno.

Winter Break Teen Art Camp: Introduction to Glass Art

December 26 - 30, 2022, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Teens ages 12 – 18 will have fun exploring the various techniques and versatility of glass art. In this 5 day camp, students will explore the amazing world of kiln-formed glass art by utilizing clear and colored flat glass and recycled art glass. Snack and materials are included. You can register online. At the Nevada Museum of Art, 160 West Liberty St. in Reno.

Winter Break Camp: Intro to Painting

Monday through Friday, December 26 - 30, 2022, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Using color and shape, this camp will focus on a different style of painting each day. Students will learn new techniques along with basic color theory and create a different piece of art each day ranging from lifelike to abstract. For ages 7 to 12. At the Nevada Museum of Art, 160 West Liberty St. in Reno.

Winter Break Art Camp: Fun with Clay

Monday through Friday, January 2 - 6, 2023, 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon. Kids ages 7 – 12 will have fun exploring the tactile nature of clay. Instruction will encompass basic hand building, throwing on the wheel, and sculpture. In this 4 day camp, students will learn about the basics of pottery, glazing and the transformation of their pieces from the heat of kiln. All works will be fired in the Museums' kiln. Snack and materials are included. At the Nevada Museum of Art, 160 West Liberty St. in Reno.

Winter Break Art Camp: Digital Art and Illustration

Monday through Friday, January 2 - 6, 2023, 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Kids ages 7– 12 will have fun playing on the Museum's iPad Pros as they work on story-boarding, character design and animation in this after school series. At the Nevada Museum of Art, 160 West Liberty St. in Reno.

Winter Break Teen Art Camp: Intro to Mixed Media Art

Monday through Friday, January 2 - 6, 2023, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Kids ages 12– 15. Come explore a variety of art forms as we dive into the world of mixed media art. Under the guidance of the instructor, students will learn foundational and technique skills related to drawing, painting, collage and sculpture. At the Nevada Museum of Art, 160 West Liberty St. in Reno.

Winter Break Camps with Challenge Island

Monday through Friday, December 26 - 30, 2022, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pets Palooza Camp is for ages K through 5th grade. You and your STEAM Team will engineer a world created just for pets: From Pets Palooza Hotel Day to Having a Ball Day to Give a Dog a Bone Day to Salty Sea Dog Day to a very special Rescue Pets Day. Before and after care available for a half hour before and after camp for an additional $35 per week. Cost for the week is $255. At High Desert Montessori, 101 Fantastic Dr. in Reno. Visit the website for online registration.

Monday through Friday, January 2 - 6, 2023, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Frostbitten Camp is for ages K through 5th grade. Your icy adventure will include designing and decking out your very own ice palace (where you and your STEAM Team can chillax) and using cool science to make frosty slime and frozen treats. Before and after care available for a half hour before and after camp for an additional $35 per week. Cost for the week is $255. At High Desert Montessori, 101 Fantastic Dr. in Reno. Visit the website for online registration.

Lego Robotics Camp at the Washoe County Library

Tuesday through Thursday, December 27 - 29, 2022, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. If your children are between the ages of 5 to 8 years of age and loves to create with Legos, we have a camp for them. Spanish Springs Library wants to help your children learn more about basic coding to make their creations come to life. Sign up for our 3 day camp and let them explore. Registration is required. Guardians of participants will need to stay in the library while camp is running.

Spirit of the Holidays Winter Kids Camp

December 26 - 30, 2022 and January 2 - 6, 2023, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Camps are for kids Kindergarten through 6th grade. They feature games, art, music, cooing classes, crafts, yoga, stories and lots more. $200 per week with a 10% sibling discount. Extended day available at extra cost. You can enroll online. Camps are at Desert Peach Montessori School, 627 Sunnyside Dr. in Reno. (775) 276-6361.

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 Ice Skating

You can get on the ice at the Ice Rink at Grand Sierra Resort. This rink is open for 5 sessions per day and the public is invited (not just hotel guests). It is scheduled to be open through February, 2023.

A second Reno ice rink opened in January, 2021. Reno Ice is a full-service ice skating facility that offers skating sessions for the public. Visit the website to learn about signing up for these sessions. You must register online for the sessions and there are no walk-ins.

Go to the Movies

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

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

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