For most people, Memorial Day is the official start to summer. Colleges are finished for the semester and public schools are generally just a couple of weeks from being done with their school year. This year, if you're looking for something fun to do over the long holiday weekend to get yourself into summer mode, here are a few fun things to check out.
Wild Island will be open for the season by Memorial Day. This "oasis of family fun" offers a water park, bowling, mini golf, laser tag, and a jumping playground. Wild Island also had billiards and other arcade games. Start the day in the water park with plenty of thrills for bigger kids and a lagoon where the little ones can get their toes wet and splash around. New this year, check out the Zulu 4-lane Racer, a 273 foot long, head-first racer that will bump you from top to bottom from 50 feet in the air.
After some fun in the fun, head inside and try your hand at black light miniature golf inside Pirate Cove or work on your bowling score. Coconut Bowl offers glow bowling starting at 5:30 during the week and all day on the weekends. Get your adrenaline pumping with the Indy cars and the sprint cars. The Indy cars provide an exciting five minute race on a twisting, turning track, while the sprint cars are a little tamer, but just as much fun.
Admission prices vary depending on which activities you want to participate in, but click here for a full admission list. Wild Island is located at 250 Wild Island Court in Sparks. Call 775-359-2927 for hours and other information.
For the adults, the Reno Beer Crawl is Saturday, May 23 from 2-6 p.m. There is a $5 participation fee and you must be 21+. The $5 participation fee entitles you to a wristband, map, and six ounce glass for $1 samples. There are multiple starting locations, including The Waterfall, 5 Star Saloon, Pizza Reno, and Monolith. A full list of locations is here.
Reno Street Food is happening Friday, May 22 from 5-9 p.m. at Idlewild Park and is the perfect way to kick off the holiday weekend. The event happens every single Friday night and is free to attend, but food and drink is available for purchase. Check out some of the amazing street food Reno has to offer. For more information, visit the Reno Street Food Facebook page.
If you've got kids, check out the Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum. The museum will be open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Monday, May 25 and is free for members and $8 for nonmembers. There will also be two special events that day: Rave About Raptors and Wood Scrap Animals. Learn about raptors, dissect owl pellets, and make your own raptor claws. In The Shop, kids can make their own wooden animals using scrap wood and a variety of woodworking tools. Both events are free with museum admission.