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Looking to get out of town -- or out of the house -- this weekend? Head to Reno/Tahoe. If you're already here, there are a few fun things going on around town that will be fun for the whole family.

Animal Ark's Wild Winter Weekends

Don't let the cold stop you from seeing the Animal Ark's lynx, bobcats, cougars, wolves, foxes and other wild residents. The Ark is opening from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 16-17 and Feb. 13-14. At 6,000 feet of altitude, the Animal Ark has plenty of snow. The animals are wearing their plush winter coats, so bring your cameras. Call prior to heading out as we will update our facility conditions and any weather changes on the recording.

Admission: $12 adults, $11 seniors, $10 children, children younger than 2 are free. Directions: From Reno, take U.S. 395 north, turn right on Red Rock Road, go 11.5 miles, then turn right onto Deerlodge Road. The Animal Ark is at 1265 Deerlodge Road. Details: 1-775-970-3111 or www.AnimalArk.org.

German Beer Garden at Mt. Rose

Come join the party on the Winters Creek Lodge deck for Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe's German Beer Garden, running from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Jan. 16. The event will feature passholder discounts, beer and bratwurst served from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (or until they're sold out), Oktoberfest live music performed by the Gruber Family Band from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and beer stein race relays with heats at 11:45 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 1:15 p.m.

It sounds like quite a party! Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe is Tahoe's highest base ski reort at 8,260 feet. To get there from Reno, head west up Mount Rose Highway. The resort is at 22222 Mount Rose Highway. Details: http://skirose.com/

"Monster Fish: In Search of the Last River Giants" at the Discovery

"Monster Fish: In Search of the Last River Giants" features 6,000 square feet of life-size sculptures, hands-on interactive exhibits and video installations that put you face-to-face with more than 20 species -- each at least 6 feet long and weighing more than 200 pounds. Join Dr. Zeb Hogan, National Geographic explorer, host of the Nat Geo WILD series "Monster Fish" and University of Nevada, Reno professor on a journey to find and protect the world's largest freshwater fish.

"Monster Fish" will be on exhibit at the Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum through April 24 -- the very first traveling stop after its debut at the National Geographic Museum in Washington, D.C. Admission: $10 children and adults, $9 veterans and active duty military. Children younger than 1 are free. Hours: Closed Monday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday; and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Details: http://www.nvdm.org/

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