Spring Break Activities In Reno

Spring Break Activities In Reno, Sparks, Carson City (Updated 2024)

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Spring Break is here! You may be asking yourself what you are going to do with the kids for 2 weeks!  We have you covered! We are sharing spring break activities in Reno and beyond! We are sharing ideas for all ages and there is sure to be something that will fit your budget!

You can also visit our Free Events Calendar to check out upcoming events! We add events to our calendar daily, so be sure to keep it bookmarked for easy access.

Spring Break Activities in Reno, Sparks, Carson City

CHICKADEE RIDGE EXPERIENCE

Location: 29 miles from Reno

Sledding and snowshoeing (snow boots okay when it is packed snow) Chickadee Ridge is located 1.2 miles southwest of Mt. Rose Summit. Park along the side of Mt. Rose Highway to access the trailhead. It begins in the dense forest area.

Follow the established trail up to the elevated area, Chickadee Ridge, for the lookout over the lake and the chirping birds—  you will have amazing views from above Lake Tahoe!

As always pack out what you pack in!

Protip: Download the AllTrails App to help navigate your hike.

CIRCUS CIRCUS MIDWAY

Hours: Daily from 11am – 10pm

Location: 500 N Sierra St, Reno, NV 89503

In addition to the arcade games, it’s complete with every type of carnival game.  An activity the entire family will enjoy. The food court is also open.

Enjoy circus shows and midway acts!  Shows are free and run about every 30 – 45 minutes. Shows start at the following times:

  • Mon – Fri: 5:30pm
  • Sat: 12:45 PM
  • Sun: 11 AM

Tip:  Use the free Circus Circus parking garage for easy parking and access.

DAY TRIP TO VIRGINIA CITY

You can event take the train from Carson City! Details here!

Head up to Virginia City for a day of fun and history.  With several museums for the kids to explore including The Way It Was Museum.  Don’t forget to stop by the Silver Queen to see the Silver Dollar Queen and the history of Mark Twain.  End your trip with a sweet treat at one of the many sweet shops!

GRASSROOTS 

Location: 660 E Grove St, Reno, NV

Hours:  Monday: Noon – Sunset / Tuesday – Sunday 9am-Sunset

Plan a visit to Grassroots Books! Books for every budget.  Outside books are $1 or less, plus every Sunday, you can fill a bag for $5. Inside you’ll find new and used books also for a discounted price!

If you or your kids have books to sell they buy used books on Thursdays from 9am-2pm.  You can also donate them any day!

Sign up online for their “instant library” for your kids! Kids ages 2-8 can pick 50 FREE books each. Bonus: Everyone gets 1 fee book a year! Sign up here.

books in reno

Bowling

Bowling is always a fun family activity! You can head to Wild Island or the GSR! Pro Tip: Make a reservation as lanes book up fast!

SPARKS MARINA

Location: 300 Howard Drive, Sparks, NV

Head to the Sparks Marina! We love to grab a beverage from Lighthouse Coffee and then do the Marina Loop!  You can walk, bike, roller skate, and even scooter around the 2-mile loop.

Stop halfway and play at the newly remodeled park!

If your family likes to fish, grab a fishing license and fish! It was just recently stocked with 5,000 fish!

Miniature Golf

Enjoy a miniature golf experience that is family-oriented entertainment!  Both Magic Carpet Golf and Wild Island offer miniature golf with 2 or more courses to play!

roller skating in reno

ROLLER KINGDOM – SCHOOLS OUT SKATE SESSIONS

Date: Monday-Friday, 1pm-4pm, March 25-April 5th

Location: 515 E 7th St, Reno, NV 89512

Cost: $7 per person (includes skate rentals)

Hit up the rink with your family and even some friends for Roller Kingdoms spring break sessions!

SCHEELS

Hours: Monday – Saturday 9am-9pm / Sundays 10am-9pm

Location: 1200 Scheels Drive, Sparks, NV 89434

Scheels is one of our favorite pastime activities.  Bored? Let’s go to Scheels!  My kids love looking at the fish in the aquarium and the animal displays!  Ferris wheel rides at $1 per person and a game of mini bowling is $2 a person.  They even have a cafe and candy shop.

SLEDDING IN RENO TAHOE AREA

There are multiple places to go sledding in the Reno Tahoe Area! Click here for our complete guide on sledding in our area!

DISCOVERY MUSEUM

Location: 490 S. Center Street, Reno, NV

Hours: Vary

The Discovery Museum is a family favorite.  We love all the different rooms and activities.  The science experiments are also a favorite!

Budget-Friendly Option:  Wednesday after 4pm admission is just $5 per person and the museum is open until 8pm!

EXHIBITION DINOSAUR

Days/Times: Monday-Tuesday | Closed, Wednesday-Saturday | 10:00am – 4:00pm, Sunday | Noon – 4:00pm
Cost:  Ticket Prices are $13 for Adults and $11 for Children and Seniors. Kids 3 and under are free.

Expedition Dinosaur is back and features 10 fully animatronic, larger-than-life dinosaurs with realistic movements and sounds.  It also includes interactive stations, photo-ops, video centers, quizzes, educational videos, and more!

There are also a few hands-on interactive technologies throughout the exhibit that are fun for kids of all ages.

WASHOE COUNTY LIBRARY SPRING BREAK

Hours: All week long
Ages: Varies
Cost: Free

Not only is the library a great idea, but most of the events and activities are free! Check out our list of storytime options throughout Washoe County, plus we’ve linked their calendar for a full view at all the events they have going on.

wild island in reno

WILD ISLAND ADVENTURE PARK

Hours: Spring break hours: Sun – Thurs 10am-10pm and Friday – Saturday 10am – Midnight

Location: 250 Wild Island Ct, Sparks, NV 89434

Cost: Varies

Make the most of the break with a day at Wild Island! Our go-to option is their Pick 3 or All Access Band.  These options will allow you to truly enjoy all that Wild Island has to offer!  You are never too young (or old) to enjoy some laser tag.

If you’re looking for a budget-friendly idea let the kids burn off energy inside high velocity.

Food Favorites: Pizza, nachos, and of course the Dippin Dots!

PARK AND PICNIC

With so many amazing parks in our region, a park day is a great way to spend a day during the break!  We love packing picnics and scooters and spending a day at one of our favorite parks! Check out our park guide here.

EASTER EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES

Easter is during spring break and there are tons of easter events and activities happening. Check out our full guide here!

UPSIDE DOWN LAND

Hours: noon-6 daily

Location: 836 E Second Street, Reno, NV

Cost: Vary

The collection highlights

This collection highlights 200+ sculptures, including:
🐸4’ king frog
☁️miniature cloud world stationed in the ceiling to
hidden “underwater” pond,
⏳undulating sand desert within a “sand castle”
🏮forest of solar lanterns adorned with a custom-created language.
Guests interacting with the elements and waiting to experience specific installations (e.g. cloud city and the hidden “underwater” pond)

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And there you have it! Our round-up of fun Spring break activities in Reno and beyond!

Did we miss your favorite local activity? Leave us a comment below with any information you have and we will be sure to get it added!

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Co-Founder

Kacey Queen is a co-founder of Nevada Moms

Kacey received her bachelor's in Psychology while cheering for the University of Oregon. They moved to Reno in 2014 and have loved it ever since. She is a dedicated homeschooling mother to her three children.

She serves on the hospital board for Northern Nevada Health Systems and is passionate about her community.

Kacey loves exploring with her family and finding family-friendly events and activities! A few of her favorite things include family adventures, traveling, working out, coffee, and dessert!