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30-Foot Tall “Styrobot” Invades The Discovery’s Lobby

Reclaimed Styrofoam robot invites visitors to create a ‘bot of their own for a chance to win prizes -

The_Discovery-Styrobot_Challenge2A 30-foot tall robot made of reclaimed Styrofoam was recently constructed in the lobby at the Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum (The Discovery). The robot, called a “Styrobot,” invites visitors of all ages to participate in the museum’s Styrobot Challenge.

Using solely reclaimed Styrofoam packing material and glue, participants can create their own Styrobot of any shape or size in this fun, at home challenge. Entries will be judged on five criteria: creativity, personality, originality, function and stability. Entries must be delivered to The Discovery by 5:00pm on Sunday, December 15, 2013. In addition to first, second and third place prizes, there will also be a people’s choice award (first place winner receives a one-year Family Fun membership (or renewal) to The Discovery—see website for a list of other prizes).

All entries in the Styrobot Challenge will be on display at The Discovery from December 21, 2013 to January 11, 2014.

For rules, judging criteria, entry forms and more information about the Styrobot Challenge and other activities at The Discovery, visit the museum’s website at www.nvdm.org.

Halloween in Reno Tahoe 2013

Figuring out Halloween plans can be a little spooky, so here is a guide to some of the special Halloween festivities happening in Reno Tahoe this month!

Trick or Treat at The Discovery Museum

The event will feature trick or treating from gallery to gallery, Halloween themed art projects, and spooky science demonstrations. Admission to the event is $2 for member and nonmember adults and children. Children under age 1 are free.

Reno Zombie Crawl

Who hasn’t wanted to take part in an actual zombie hoard!?! October 26, in Downtown Reno, find thousands of zombies combing the streets not only in search of drinks and a good time, but also helping to support local charity and businesses.

For only $5, Reno Zombie Crawl attendees purchase a commemorative cup and map and are treated to drink specials, no cover, contests and more at downtown taverns. Before the crawl, people of all ages also participate in a massive thriller dance!

1_a-spooky-family-has-fun-at-the-national-automobile-museum-(2)Trick or Treat in the Streets

Take this year’s trick-or-treating to the streets – inside the National Automobile Museum! Parents will enjoy more than 200 cars and authentic street scenes with facades, cars and artifacts from each era while kids collect candy. The first thousand children will be able to participate in a Book Walk, so arrive early. The only tricks allowed at this event will be in the magic show!

Faces 4 Fun

Paint up for trick-or-treating, costume parties or even Reno beer crawls with Circus Circus Reno’s pro face painters in downtown Reno! Popular packages include pirates, zombies and even Santa’s for those highly-anticipated beer crawlers. Prices vary based on requested designs, packages are also available – complete with accessories.  Located on the Mezzanine at Circus Reno.

Toll House Pumpkin Patch

Time to take the family on a fall outing to pick that perfect pumpkin at a traditional Pumpkin Patch! Festivities galore accompany the massive patch: kids will be bouncing up and down for the inflatable bounce houses; animal lovers will go wild over the petting zoo and pony rides; and adrenaline junkies will surely seek out the Haunted House and mini ATVs.8343233813_3dc197dfa6_b

Adults Take Over The Discovery

The Discovery Museum will open its doors after hours for another “Social Science,” a 21 and over event featuring libations from local brewers and fare from food truck favorites. Inside the museum guests can take part in a variety of hands-on science demonstrations and art activities while exploring the museum’s expansive galleries and exhibits. Attendees are encouraged to come in costume to this special Halloween-themed event.

Great May Center Pumpkin Walk

Families will light up with excitement as they stroll through hundreds of hand-carved jack-o-lanterns on display through the May Museum and Arboretum. Costumed volunteers will pass out candy and treats to kids along the way, and a warm cup of hot chocolate or cider will be waiting at the end.

FREE Fishing Day in Nevada – June 9

Free fishing, free fishing pole, free hot dogs, and free ice cream at Kids Free Fishing Day at Sparks Marina, from 7am – 11am, June 9!

2532233942_3cf5d2a6fd_zIf you happened to read that list aloud, we can imagine there are little hands tugging on your arm, and little eyes lighting up with fish and ice cream, and you’re already thinking about where you stashed those water pants last winter…

The event is designed to teach children how to successfully participate in the art of angling. Over 1,800 fishing poles have been strung by volunteers for the event – everyone should have the opportunity to feel the rush of excitement when there’s a keeper on the line. Be sure to arrive early before they run out!

Free Fishing Day is statewide. The public is allowed to fish in any public fishing water in the state of Nevada without needing a fishing license or trout stamp as long as they follow regulations.

Are you hooked yet?

For more details visit http://www.ndow.org/about/news/pr/2012/June/Free_Fishing_Day.shtm.

Not too late to take your baby camping

Enjoying breakfast in our camping spotSome people say it’s the end of the summer but I don’t buy that. In Reno-Tahoe America’s Adventure Place summer is here until the end of September so we still have another month of summer activities!

We’ve really enjoyed this summer with 2 little ones (we have a 2 year old and a 5 month old baby) — lots of camping, hiking, beach volleyball, bike-riding… the kids love the outdoors, they play with each other and learn to enjoy nature from a young age. I couldn’t think of a better area to grow up in!

Riding bikes with little kids
Our favorite camping spot for families with young kids is Fallen Leaf Lake Campground. We took our German friends tent camping for the first time a couple of weeks ago and they absolutely loved it! The weather was perfect, we had a fire and roasted Marshmallows, checked out Fallen Leaf and took our kite to Baldwin beach.

Check out what the US Forest Services has to say:
Fallen Leaf Lake Campground is uniquely situated 1/4 mile away from Fallen Leaf Lake and offers easy hiking around the lake. The Taylor Creek Visitor Center is directly across Hwy 89 and has interpretive programs, guided walks on the Rainbow Trail and to the Stream Profile Chamber. The first weekend in October, the annual Kokanee Salmon Festival is held at the Visitor Center.
Camping with the family
Also near by are:

  • Pope and Baldwin Beaches for water recreation,
  • Tallac Historic Site has tours of its historic buildings and grounds,
  • Water Craft Rentals or Horseback Riding at Camp Richardson,
  • Family oriented, paved bike trail runs 3 miles along Hwy 89 and can be used to access all of the above,
  • Access to excellent hiking in Desolation Wilderness via the Glen Alpine or the Mt. Tallac trailheads.
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