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Spring Break 2020 for the Washoe County School District is March 16 - 27. With numerous spring break camps and activities available in Washoe County, keeping the kids busy and entertained shouldn't be a problem.

"The Animation Academy" at the May Museum

Through May 10, 2020. This fun and interactive exhibition explores the history of animation, from traditional hand drawn cel to computer. Read the stories of real-life animators, see tools of the trade, watch classic cartoons, and try your own hand at animating. "The Animation Academy" is at the Wilbur D. May Museum in Rancho San Rafael Regional Park in Reno, 1595 N. Sierra Street. (775) 785-5961.

Student Stewards Spring Break Camps from Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation

March 16 - 20 and March 23 - 27, 2020. The Student Stewards Spring Break Camp is open to all 8 - 12 year olds in the Reno/Sparks area. The camp turns local parks into learning laboratories where students are able to connect with the natural world and appreciate science. During the first week (March 16 - 20), campers explore "Welcome to NV: Our Wacky Weather." During the second week (March 23 - 27), students will investigate "All Creatures Great and Small: Spring into Baby Animals." Camps will be in Idlewild Park, outdoors and at the Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation office, 50 Cowan Drive. Hours will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Extended hours available from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. You can register online for either week or both. The cost is $200 per week. Scholarships are available.

Arts for All Nevada Spring Break Creativity Camps

There will be two spring break camp sessions from Arts for All Nevada. Click the camp links for more details and to register online. These camps are for kids ages 6 to 10. The cost per week is $125.

Galena Creek Visitor Center, Reno, Nevada

Spring Break Exploration Camp by Great Basin Naturalists at Galena

March 16 - 20 and March 23 - 27, 2020. Campers ages 8 to 12 spend the day outside learning outdoor survival skills, exploring forest and water ecosystems, hiking trails, playing group games, creating art, and making new friends. Exploration Camp provides kids with the joys of hiking, exploring, and learning in a forest environment with qualified and dedicated Great Basin Institute at Galena Naturalists. Camp runs daily, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The fee is $195 per week. Financial aid is available. Camp is held at Galena Creek Visitor Center in south Reno. For more information or to register, call (775) 849-4948. Visit the website to sign up online.

University Spring Break Camps from KIDS University at UNR

March 16 - 20, 2020. These spring break camps are offered on the same dates for four age groups. Camps will be held at the Continuing Education Building on the University of Nevada, Reno campus. The theme is "KIDS U Explores the University." Camps run from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day. Free before and after care is available. Full payment ($275) is due upon registration. Registration for University Spring Break Camps is available online for each camp. Early registration is encouraged as sessions can fill fast. For more information, call KIDS University at (775) 784-4046.

  • Dungeon Delving - (Grades 6-8)
  • Minecraft Architects - (Grades 5-8)
  • Time Travelers - (Grades 2-5)
  • Witchcraft and Wizardry 101 - (Grades 4-6)

Spring Break 2020 Camp at The Discovery

March 16 - 20 and March 23 - 27, 2020. The Discovery Museum in Reno is hosting a set of spring 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. Camps for older kids go from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with early dropoff and late pickup available. Kindergarten camps are from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $112.50 to $225 for Museum members, $125 to $250 for non-members. There are camps for kids from Kindergarten through 7th grade. The camp information phone number is (775) 398-5954.

  • Sound Science - (Kindergarten, 3/16 - 20/2020, 9 a.m. to 12 noon)
  • Dino-Mites - (Kindergarten, 3/16 - 20/2020, 1 - 4 p.m.)
  • Color Palooza - (Kindergarten, 3/23 - 27/2020, 9 a.m. to 12 noon)
  • Super Slime - (Kindergarten, 3/23 - 27/2020, 1 - 4 p.m.)
  • The Royal Camp - (Grades 1-2, 3/16 - 20/2020)
  • The World of Seuss - (Grades 1-2, 3/16 - 20/2020)
  • Villain Training - (Grades 3-4, 3/16 - 20/2020)
  • Galaxy Explorers - (Grades 1-2, 3/23 - 27/2020)
  • Pirate Boot Camp - (Grades 3-4, 3/23 - 27/2020)
  • Bona Fide Body - (Grades 5-7, 3/23 - 27/2020)

Vacation Station at the City of Reno

March 16 - 20 and March 23 - 27, 2020. The City of Reno Parks and Recreation Department hosts Vacation Station for kids ages 6 to 12.5. Camp hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. Activities will include sports, field trips, and arts and crafts. The fee is $105 a week or $30 per day. Vacation Station locations will be Evelyn Mount Northeast Community Center, Plumas Park and Gym, McKinley Arts and Culture Center, Alice Smith Elementary School, Poulakidas Elementary School and Glenn Duncan Elementary School. For more information, call (775) 334-4280. Financial scholarships available. The $30 daily fee is only available at Evelyn Mount Northeast Community Center.

Spring Vacation Fun with Sparks Parks and Rec

March 16 - 20 and March 23 - 27, 2020. Spring Vacation Fun is a program offered by Sparks Parks and Recreation. There is one section for children from kindergarten through 3rd grade and another for 4th and 5th graders. The program is from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Staff will provide organized (games, arts and crafts, and field trips, all of which are included in the registration fee. The cost is $156 or $130 for Sparks residents. The daily drop-in fee is $48 or $40 for Sparks residents. For more information, call (775) 353-2376 or check out the Sparks Recreation Activity Guide.

Spring Break Activities for Kids and Families at the Washoe County Library

March 16 - 20 and March 23 - 27, 2020. Find fun activities at your local Washoe County Library branch during spring break. The Washoe County Library System offers many free events, activities, camps and presentations. Children of all ages, families, and adults will find something of interest at every library branch in Washoe County. Search the online calendar with "spring break" to find activities at a branch near you.

Spring Break Camps at the Nevada Museum of Art

March 16 - 20 and March 23 - 27, 2020. The Nevada Museum of Art in Reno will be having a number of camps - Fun with Clay, Learn from the Masters and, Young Artist Series Digital Animation from March 16 - 20. From March 23 - 27, 2020, kids can enjoy Fun with Clay, The Natural World, and Young Artist Series Digital Animation. Camps are for kids ages 7 to 12, except for Digital Animation, which is for ages 11 and up. Sessions are either morning or afternoon. Visit the website to get more details and sign up online. Presented by the E.L. Cord Museum School. For more information, call (775) 329-3333.

Ride the Idlewild Park Train

The popular and fun train ride in Reno's Idlewild Park will be running daily during spring break from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., through Sunday, March 29, 2020. The fare is only $2 (cash only). Kids 2 and under riding on an adult's lap are free.

ACTOUT Spring Break Camps at Reno Little Theater

March 16 - 20 and March 23 - 27, 2020. Spring break campers will have the opportunity to explore creative storytelling. improvisation, creative movement, and musical theater. Each weekly session has a different theme. Camp is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Before / after care available for an extra fee. The first week is "Charlotte's Web and Friends" and the second week is "Land of Oz." Both are for campers ages 6 to 12 and cost $250. You can register online from the website or call (775) 813-8900 to register by phone or get more information.

Spring Camp from TheatreWorks of Northern Nevada

March 16 - 20 and March 23 - 27, 2020, both 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Campers will experience the joy of the performing arts through a schedule of arts-based activities, including theatre and dance workshops taught by area professionals. Camp concludes with the opportunity to perform in an End of Session Camp Showcase. Tuition is $150 per student with an additional sibling discount of $120. Sign up online. TheatreWorks of Northern Nevada is at 315 Spokane Street in Reno.

Spring Break Full Play Camp from KidScape Productions

March 23 - 27, 2020. The featured play is "Ms. Kim's Class and the Book Reports of Destiny." This camp ends with a free community performance on March 27 at 2 p.m. Kids will work on this story at Damonte Ranch Performing Arts School. 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.

Challenge Island Spring Break Camps

March 16 - 20, 2020, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., "Slime Squad Camp." March 23 - 27, 2020, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., "STEAM Across the Universe Camp." Both camps are for kids K through 8th grade and will be at Wooster High School. The cost is $240 per camp. Visit the website for additional information and to register online.

Spring Break Junior Tennis Camps

March 16 - 19 and March 23 - 26, 2020, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Young tennis players can improve their technique over four three-hour sessions per week at Alpine Tennis' Plumas Street location. For kids ages 6 to 17. It's $120 per camp. To sign up, call (775) 689-2975.

NNJ Volleyball's Spring Break Camps

March 16 - 20 and March 23 - 27, 2020, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Full-day camps available both weeks for kids of all ages. Cost is $250. Beginner through intermediate-level volleyball players can learn serves, passing and footwork from NNJ Volleyball coaches and staff. Camps are held at Northern Nevada Juniors Volleyball Club (NNJ) Linda Way location in Sparks. Call (775) 355-8600 for registration information.

Spring Break Camps at Mesa Rim Climbing & Fitness Center

March 16 - 20 and March 23 - 27, 2020, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mesa Rim's Climbing Camp is a great place for young adventurers (age 7 to 13) to experience rock climbing, learn new skills and make great friends. Includes both climbing and non-climbing activities. Cost is $390 with a discount for siblings. Visit the website to sign up online. (775) 507-4255. Mesa Rim is at 970 Harvard Way in Reno.

Major Taylor Spring Break Camp from Reno Bike Project

March 16 - 20 and March 23 - 27, 2020, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Kids who want to learn more about bikes — riding and maintenance — can join Reno Bike Project's weeklong camp at the organization's location in Reno. All equipment is included. For kids 12 to 15. It's $150 per rider and you can visit the website to sign up online. Reno Bike Project is at 216 E. Grove Street in Reno. (775) 499-5386.

Bricks 4 Kidz Spring Break Camps

March 16 - 20 and March 23 - 27, 2020. Bricks 4 Kidz offers a full week of nonstop LEGO for kindergarteners on up, with camps for LEGO Movie enthusiasts, budding architects, stop-motion animators and robotics (ages 9 and up for those last two). Full day and half day camps available. Camps will be held at Bud Beasley, Hunter Lake and Jesse Beck elementary schools. For K through 6th grade. Online registration is available. (775) 200-0445

Spring Break STEAM Camp at the Washoe County Library

March 25 - 27, 2020, 11 a.m. to 12 noon. Come to Sierra View Library for a free three day STEAM Camp. Register online to participate in fun projects and activities focused on science, technology, art and math.

School Break Programs from Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows

March 16 - 20 and March 23 - 27, 2020. The Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows offers full-day programming for Washoe County School District and Lyon County School District breaks including: Fall break, Winter break, Spring break and Summer break. For details about break program features, hours and prices and to register, go to the website and download the form that corresponds with the site you would attend during the school break at the Boys & Girls Club. Facilities include Donald W. Reynolds, William N. Pennington, Donald L. Carano Youth Center, Neil Road, and Lemmon Valley. (775) 331-5437.

Go to The Movies

The Reno metro area offers five multi-screen theaters (including an IMAX theater complex), a low-cost cinema at the Grand Sierra Resort, feature films and star shows at the Fleischmann Planetarium, and in Sparks, one of the few real-live drive-in theaters still showing movies in America.

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