Reno Tahoe Blog

What's Happening Now

Archive for the ‘Family Activities’ Category

Sparks Farmers’ Market Sweetens Summer

Lemons, tomatoes and pears… o my! The 2013 Sparks Farmers’ Market is back, every Thursday, on Victorian Avenue, directly in front of John Ascuaga’s Nugget.

Each week of the Farmer’s Market offers new themes, community group involvement, exciting stage music and street performers. The event takes place every Thursday evening, June 6 – August 22, 2013 (except July 7 and August 8) from 3:00pm to 8:00pm.

Shoppers will be able to buy fresh fruits and vegetables directly from local and regional farmers, along with items from various vendors, and try out food from some of our local food trucks.

There will also be a Kids’ Area, complete with fun and educational activities for children, on the plaza near the movie theater. The Sparks Farmers’ Market is a family-friendly event.

Whole Foods Hometowne Farmer’s Market

Reno Earth Day 2013

Celebrate Earth Day at Idlewild Park, April 21, as performance groups, vendors, and educational booths unite with a foundation based on a three-point theme: The Natural World, Many Cultures and Green Technologies. This free festival is for all senses – with music from around the world, sights to inspire, tastes and smells from a variety of food selections, and many hands-on activities.

Animalia Kingdom

The new Animalia Kingdom of this years event is a pet friendly zone! With doggie daycares available for you to utilize while you visit the rest of the event!  In this section you will find pony rides, numerous dogs and cats available for adoption.

4857713854_3f00006bce_bArtists’ Grove

This creative corner will be a new installation showcasing artists, the local art world, and artsy activities for attendees.

Conservation Zone

Organized by The Nature Conservancy and NV Energy this year, this area will include interactive and educational activities for kids and adults. There will also be a “Picnic for Earth” area with available picnic blankets so that visitors can relax on this beautiful day.

Earth Innovations – Science Rules!

A large component of Earth Day goals is sustainability – whether that is renewable fuel and energy sources, new technologies for reducing or cleaning up pollution and other human impacts, conservation of natural resources through both technologies and habits, new agricultural technologies – this could go on forever. Earth Innovations seeks to explore and engage the ideas of our young minds in these areas as young minds are key to a sustainable future. This year this will include a Science Fair with all Washoe County high schools invited to participate.

7296256550_20cec8340e_bThe Garden

Another new section of the event this year that will focus on green growth, plants of all kinds and local farming. A Farmer’s Market will also be included in this section.

Future of Transportation

Test Driving hybrid vehicles, and learn about the future of electric cars, alternative fuels, transit, rail, bicycle taxis and more.

There is no parking within the park, but there is FREE PARKING at Reno High School, just a block away with Bike Taxi’s to drop you off at the Future of Transportation!

Easter is on Its Way to Reno Tahoe

Spend Easter weekend in Reno Tahoe with family and friends. Enjoy eggstravagant dining specials, egg hunts and springtime in the Sierra.  We’ve already hunted down a few activities to entice you to  hippity hop that cottontail to town.

BYOB – bring your own basket – is encouraged!

Underwater Egg Hunt at The Incline Village Rec Center

Saturday, March 23rd from 12:00pm – 1:30pm for some

Some eggs will be weighted and some will float. Every child gets a prize. Children can participate in a series of hunts. The Big Bunny will also make an early appearance! To volunteer or donate to this event or for more information, please call (775) 832-1310. Recreation Center members are free; non-members $4. Click here for the flyer.

Spring Eggstravaganza Community Egg Hunt

Saturday, March 30, 2013 at Incline Beach

easter-egg-hunt-reno-300x197It’s a FREE event! Ages infant – 11-year-olds are invited to hunt. Come at 10:30am to have your picture taken with the Easter Bunny and to check out the North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District Engine. Click here for the flyer.

Easter Egg Hunt and Festivities at Northstar

March 31

Celebrate the Easter holiday on the slopes with festive activities for all ages. There will be an egg hunt across the Village at Northstar starting at 10:30 a.m. The Easter Bunny himself will be posing for photo opportunities around the rink in the Village and skiing on the mountain!

Golden Eggs will be spread between the mountain and in the village. These eggs will be filled with a ticket that you will need to take to season pass to redeem for prize. A variety of prizes from Maui Jim, Petra, Mikuni, Rubicon Pizza, Villager Candle, California Jean Bar, Apex Adventure, and many more will be up for grabs!

Scheels Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt

March 30

Answer the Easter Egg Clues to make your way around the store and get candy! Please meet under the Scheels Awning. Ferris Wheel rides will be FREE during the Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt.

This event is for ages 4 – 12 and limited to the first 1,000 children to participate.

Aceball Tickets on Sale March 16

Defending Triple-A National Champions, the Reno Aces are ready for another home run season. Tickets are on sale now, at the lowest prices of the season! Be sure to note the daily park specials, game day giveaways and the dates of the All-Star Championship Game and Home Run Derby held in Reno this summer!

Tickets on Sale

3419116889_68d7d04662_bBeginning March 16 at 10 a.m., fans can purchase regular season single game tickets at RenoAces.com, by calling (775) 334-7000 or by visiting the Aces Ballpark Ticket Office. For the March 16 on sale, all tickets will be available at their lowest-possible price in all seating locations.

A select number of tickets for the Triple-A All-Star Game and Home Run Derby, as well as the All-Star Fan Fest, will be available for purchase beginning at 11 a.m. on March 16.

All-Star Game Held in Reno

The Aces will host the crown jewel event of Minor League Baseball with the Fan Fest July 13-14, Home Run Derby July 15 and the All-Star Game July 17.

Daily Specials

Sunday: Renown Children’s Hospital Family Fundays

Monday: Margarita Mondays

Tuesday: 2-for-$22 Tuesdays allow fans to purchase two tickets, two hot dogs and two sodas for $22

Wednesday: Dollar Wednesdays, featuring either $1 hot dogs or $1 ribs

Thursday: Coors Light Thirsty Thursdays™

Friday: Saint Mary’s Fireworks Fridays presented by KRNV News 4

6905787412_062e279418_zDefending Champs

The Aces begin their defense of the Pacific Coast League Championship and Triple-A National Championship on Thursday, April 4 in Colorado Springs. Reno will host the Aces Ballpark home opener on Friday, April 12, with first pitch slated for 6:35 p.m.

Game Day Giveaways

Magnet Schedules (April 12), Championship Ring Replicas (April 13), Championship Banners (April 14), Fleece Blankets (April 27), Brett Butler Championship Bobbleheads (May 25), Baseball Card Sets (June 1), All-Star Replica Jerseys presented by Dillard’s (June 8), Archie All-Star Garden Gnomes (June 22), Duffle Bags (July 20), Tumbler Cups (July 27), Playing Card Decks (Aug. 10), and Tin Lunch Boxes (Aug. 24).

LIGHT UP THE HOLIDAYS WITH THE LIGHT CIRCUS: ART OF NEVADA NEON

Celebrate the holidays this year with a trip down memory lane in The Light Circus: Art of Nevada Neon Signs.  From flashing incandescent bulbs to candy-colored neon tubes, these vintage signs evoke a bygone era when the Mapes Hotel Casino, Harold’s Club and Nevada Club were packed with revelers and The Rat Pack crooned. On view through February 10, 2013, the exhibition includes signs from Parker’s Western Wear, the Holiday Hotel and Buffalo Bar – all from the collection of Renoite Will Durham.

NMAFor the past year, Durham and the Nevada Museum of Art spent countless hours restoring this collection of signs amassed over the last decade. For Durham, who acquired his first sign in 1996, collecting the pieces has been a labor of love. In many cases, he has gone to great lengths to save signs that would have otherwise been discarded, but Durham recognized that saving them was crucial to preserving Nevada’s history.

“When you consider how each sign developed —from concept through to the illustrators, metal workers, painters and neon artists—you realize how each sign is completely unique,” said Durham. “They not only represent an outpouring of creative content, but they also serve as a legacy to the industries of our region.”

NMAJoin the Museum on Thursday, January 17 from 6 to 8 pm for Reno’s Mad Men: Celebrating the Oral Histories of Old Reno in Sound, Light, and Image. Listen to the voices of old Reno’s “mad men”, share your own stories, and enjoy a classic cocktail in the gallery, surrounded by the signs in The Light Circus: Art of Nevada Neon. $10 / $8 Museum members.

SPONSORSHIP OF THE EXHIBITION

Lead sponsorship provided by The Bretzlaff Foundation. Major sponsorship provided by Earl and Wanda Casazza, IGT, E. L. Cord Foundation and George and Irene Drews. Supporting sponsorship provided by E. L. Wiegand Foundation. Additional support provided by City of Reno Arts and Culture Commission, Charlotte and Dick McConnell and the Nevada Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

Rink on the River 2012-2013 Season

Downtown Reno’s Rink on the River is scheduled to open Tuesday, November 20, through Sunday, February 3!

Whether you’ve mastered a triple axel, it’s your first time on ice, or you’re looking to spectate, the Rink on the River makes everyone giddy for the winter season.

Reno’s Holiday Tree Lighting marks the opening of Rink on the River

On Tuesday, November 20, at 4:30pm, the event begins with charming carolers. At 5:15, Mayor Bob Cashell will light the tree, declaring the rink open!

2258333717_57b52c036e_b

The Rink is located at the corner of First and Virginia Street along the Truckee River.

Admission: $7.50 adults (ages 13-54)
$5.50 youth (ages 3-12)
$5.50 seniors (ages 55+)
Skate Rentals: $2.50 – Skates from kids size 7 to adult size 13 figure or size 15 hockey are available.
10 Visit
Punch Passes:
Including Skate Rental: $85 for adults, $65 for youth & seniors
Without Skate Rental: $65 for adults, $45 for youth & seniors
Season Passes $140 adults, $100 youth & seniors.
Admission only; does not include skate rental.
Regular Open Skate Hours:

Monday                 10 am – 1 pm
Tuesday                 10 am – 1 pm
Wednesday            10 am – 1 pm
Thursday                10 am – 1 pm
Friday                    10 am – 1 pm
Saturday
Sunday

*Rink will close at 6pm on Dec 2 and 9

6 – 10 pm
7:30 – 10 pm
6 - 10 pm
6 - 10 pm
6 – 11 pm
11 am – 11 pm
11 am - 9 pm

All Aboard The Polar Express Train Ride

If you believe…

All aboard the enchanting Polar Express this holiday season! V&T Railroad by Rail Events, Inc. and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. invite you to believe. The classic The Polar Express story comes to life on a roundtrip journey from Carson to the North Pole.

IMG_4378Kids are encouraged to dress in their pajamas as they ride in the historic passenger cars. Sing along with carolers, and meet Santa on this magical adventure.

The ride includes:
• Hot cocoa, cookies and caroling
The Polar Express read aloud
• Visits by characters from the story
• Your first Christmas present of a keepsake silver bell. (Will they always hear it ring?)

Carson City is giving believers the opportunity to WIN tickets! Enter by November 16. Click here for details.

For the answers to frequently asked questions about The Polar Express story and Train Ride, as well as a short video, visit www.polarexpressride.com.

The Polar Express, pulled by the V&T’s diesel engine, departs from the Carson City Eastgate Depot, Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings (5:00pm, 6:30pm and 8:00pm), from November 23 through December 23. Fares for the one-hour, roundtrip experience are:

IMG_4406• Ages 13 and older – $34
• Ages 2 to 12 – $25
• Toddlers and infants sitting on parent’s lap – free

I want tickets!

Dress warm and bring extra blankets. Because the schedule and seating are limited, early reservations are highly recommended. Be sure your family doesn’t miss The Polar Express this season!

*Based on THE POLAR EXPRESS™ book and characters TM & © 1985 by Chris Van Allsburg. Used by permission of Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved. THE POLAR EXPRESS and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. V&T and V&T Railroad used by permission of the Virginia & Truckee Railroad Co., Virginia City, NV.

Happy Veterans Day! Parades and Discounts:

First, huge thanks to all of our veterans for bravely serving our country! Here’s how Reno Tahoe is celebrating Veterans Day:

Downtown Reno

The 5203083442_f1c55b8fce_oparade marches through the heart of downtown Reno, honoring those who have sacrificed to protect our country. ROTC units, marching bands and flag-waving citizens turn out in full force to show their appreciation and support of our nation’s heroes.

Harrah’s Reno

All Veterans and active military personnel are eligible to receive a free buffet on Sunday, November 11, and Monday, November 12.  Simply show your military identification to the Carvings Buffet cashier. Carvings features a 16-foot carving station with all the finest meats, fresh seafood daily, wood-fired pizzas, sushi and your favorite Italian, Mexican and Asian dishes.  An extensive selection of delectable desserts is waiting to top off every meal.  Sunday Brunch is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the Sunday and Monday dinner buffet hours are 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Squeeze In

Veterans can enjoy a free meal – up to $15 – with proof of ID on Monday, November 12.

Virginia City

At the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval joins the Virginia City, Nev. Veteran’s Day Parade alongside Korean War veterans.  The parade, held Sunday, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m., takes place along C Street – the town’s main drive.

NEW RENO TAHOE USA APP COMES WITH INTRINSIC BENEFITS

Plan and experience all that Reno Tahoe USA has to offer. From event listings to coupons, snow reports to golf information, this application has everything you will need to make the best out of your trip. If you are already in town, simply turn on the location service and only see things that are within walking distance.

Here is what you can do with the Reno Tahoe USA application:

  • Search and view all of the amazing events happening now and in the future
  • Browse our complete hotel database and find the perfect place to stay
  • Find a restaurant that matches your mood
  • Explore all of the shopping available in Reno and Lake Tahoe
  • View coupons from many of our great partners – For you golfers, the app displays everything you need to pick a course, including yardage, par, cost and much more
  • And for the skiers, boarders and snow lovers, the app has everything you need to pick the perfect resort including pricing, lift status and more

Reno Tahoe USA APP

“There are so many choices for entertainment, special events, outdoor adventure and relaxation in Reno, Sparks and North Lake Tahoe that it can be difficult for visitors to narrow down their options before they get here,” said RSCVA President and CEO Christopher Baum. “More and more visitors are relying on mobile technology to point them in the right direction for information on their passions at any given moment, and the new Reno Tahoe USA app provides visitors with more information, and more control, of their overall travel experience.”

The Reno Tahoe USA app provides potential visitors with information on which hotels may be best suited to their needs; what concerts, events and entertainment will be offered during their visit; where they can get outdoors to enjoy the fresh air, ski resorts and golf courses; as well as where they might find a great restaurant, a world-class spa or unique shopping throughout the destination. Once visitors are here, the app uses their location to help them find activities of interest within walking distance. The app also provides easy access to a variety of coupons, deals and discounts offered by dozens of local businesses.

In support of the popular “buy local” campaigns being launched in destinations across the country, the RSCVA worked with Reno-based KPS3 Marketing to develop the Reno Tahoe USA app, which it designed to maximize, and to simplify, the number of options presented to visitors.

“Travelers have come to depend on their phone for guidance in new destinations,” said KPS3 Vice President of Creative and Technical Services Rob Gaedtke. “This application puts visitors in control of that experience and allows the RSCVA to share the myriad offerings found in the Reno Tahoe area.”

The RSCVA and its partners are also making the new Reno Tahoe USA app more than just a source of information. One new user of the Reno Tahoe USA app will be given a three-day, two-night stay, at their choice of the Eldorado Hotel Casino or Silver Legacy Resort Casino, each month through October 2013.

The Reno Tahoe USA app can be downloaded at the iPhone Mobile App Store, the Android Google Play Store or at www.VisitRenoTahoe.com/mobile.

Children’s Day at The Discovery

FREE admission, FREE face painting, and FREE Italian Ice for all children 17 and under on Wednesday, Spet. 26.

Celebrate National Children’s Day with The Discovery! The museum has invited a number of child-centric community agencies and organizations to providing hands-on activities such as:

  • childrensday_facepaintingKNPB will provide a visit from Bob the Builder.
  • The Nevada Museum of Art is hosting a “Monster Box” making workshop.
  • The Fleischmann Planetarium will offer activities related to comets and the solar system.
  • The National Automobile Museum will display the museum’s antique fire truck.
  • High Desert Fencing Alliance will offer fencing demonstrations and classes.
  • Live music by members of the Reno Philharmonic Youth Symphony Orchestra.

childrensday_firetruckAdmission for adults is $8.00 per person from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm. After 4:00 pm, adult admission is just $4.00. The museum is open from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm.

Participating organizations include: The Children’s Cabinet, Girl Scouts of the Sierra Nevada, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows,Nevada Museum of Art, Fleischmann Planetarium & Science Center, KNPB, Reno Philharmonic, Sierra Nevada Journeys, Washoe County Library System and HighDesert Fencing Alliance.

For more information about Children’s Day and other activities at The Discovery, visit the calendar of events on the museum’s website at www.nvdm.org.