The Children’s Museum of Northern Nevada recently reopened under new management. I went recently and am excited to share an updated review on the Children’s Museum of Northern Nevada.
Director Becky Hall is a paleontologist and is actively working towards a larger focus on Nevada’s fossils, STEM and STEAM activities. These activities will incorporate more math, science, art and technology learning inside of the museum as well as new exhibits in the main Museum.
We are all very excited to see all the recent changes and the new ones to come! Along with new exhibits and classes, the most recent management has made cleanliness a top priority, they even hired a third-party cleaning service to clean the museum thoroughly top to bottom before reopening!
They now have updated Hours! 9:30am- 4:00pm Tuesday through Saturday
*Holiday Hours: Closed: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, December 26, New Years Day
Children under 2: free, 2 years: $5.00, 3-13 years : $10.00, 14+ adults: $3.00
Members: Free! If you plan to attend at least twice a month the membership is absolutely worth it! How to become a member
Dinosaurs and Animals at the Museum
Nevadadromeus schmiiti- is available to view at the museum now, it is on loan from the Valley of Fire State Park where it was first discovered until the spring. The museum will have weekly themes to highlight the new additions that Becky Hall has incorporated into the museum.
She hopes to garner more interest from a wide age range of children to share her love for paleontology and science. She has moved her lab to the children’s museum and hopes both high school or college-aged children would be interested in becoming an intern in her lab like she once had.
Two guinea pigs have joined the museum along with a tortoise that has just woken up from hibernation! Ask the front staff and you can feed them lettuce!
Inside the museum, there are many exhibits for children to explore and play on from an exhibit with wild animal pelts and a bear, a firehouse, a spaceship to a grocery store and a large slide, a climbing structure and so much more!
Toddler & Infant Play area
This play area has been relocated from the small upstairs area under the large T-Rex head and moved to the floor near the stage. It features a small ball pit area, slide on top of a carpet with soft blocks!
Inside the main museum at newly added tables, a few crafts that will rotate on a weekly basis are available for the children to work on at their leisure!
Storytime is every Wednesday at 10:30am.
“At story time, we will explore a variety of themes and subjects through rich children’s literature, music, finger-plays, puppets, and art. It is my hope that not only will the children make new friends each week at story time, but that parents, grandparents, and nannies will receive encouragement, tips, and new friends, too.” – Carson City Children’s Museum
The STEM program is a much-awaited program at the updated museum. Soon they will be offering STEAM, art and science classes that will be scheduled on the Carson City Children’s Museum website.
Birthday Party Options
The museum also offers space for birthday parties and other events!
Tips for your visit
Children’s Museum Of Northern Nevada has a large parking area is located on the North side of the building. There are a few street parking spaces available directly in front of the museum but are often full. Then use the iconic red brick steps to enter the building!
Pro tip: on the North side of the building there is also an entrance that can be used for strollers or wheelchairs. Ring the doorbell or call ahead and let them know that you will be there and the staff will let you in.
Snacks & Drinks
While there is no food sold at the museum, there is now a space where food is allowed in the museum to enjoy your packed lunch. Located where the infant and toddler area used to be under the large T-Rex head. You are now able to enjoy lunch with your children at a picnic table!
Have you visited Children’s Museum Of Northern Nevada since the reopening?
If you haven’t been to the Children’s Museum of Northern Nevada, since its reopening in September of 2022, we highly recommend checking it out!
Breanna Naccarato is an entrepreneur, a mother of two, and owner of Loved Momma Fitness. Sadly in the spring of 2021, she lost her second daughter at birth and has since transitioned her business from working directly with pregnant and postpartum mothers into bringing more awareness to stillbirth and sharing her knowledge of pelvic floor health and exercise through different outlets. She loves the outdoors and camping with her family in their Adventure Van. Sharing her adventures, joys, and pain with others in hopes to also allow them to find their voice and the words to boldly share their own lives is something that she is very passionate about.