Family things to do in Reno: Jurassic Quest, Paw Patrol Live!
A new species of dinosaur has been discovered in Sahara Desert. It's an extremely rare discovery because dino fossils are not known to be in that part of the world.
Dinosaurs, dogs, and cats in space – many of the events available to families this week focus on animals, some furry and some not so much. Of course, there are many other activities to enjoy, too, such as checking out your family's superhero powers at the Wilbur D. May Museum or finding out why engineering can be such an interesting field during a presentation for kids at the Sierra View Library.
Life-sized dinosaurs from the Jurassic, Cretaceous and Triassic periods are the theme of the Jurassic Quest exhibit, set up this weekend at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center, 4590 S. Virginia St. This event features high-quality – moving – replicas of the dinosaurs once thought to have roamed North America. Guests also will have the chance to look for fossils just like actual paleontologists or to catch a ride on the back of a 24-foot T-Rex (not real, of course!). Just watch out for those baby dinosaurs – they are known to cause a little trouble. Hours are 3 to 8 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $20 for children and adults. Details: https://jurassicquest.com/reno
'Larry: Cat in Space'
Kids are not the only creatures curious about outer space. A cat named Larry is, too. Follow this cartoon story of a stowaway cat that takes a trip out to the moon and gets to see his human family down below. Shows are scheduled at the Fleischmann Planetarium, 1664 N. Virginia St., at 11 a.m. Saturdays, Sundays and holidays through June 10. General admission is $8 and $6 for kids ages 3 to 12. Check out the planetarium schedule for additional listings. Details: https://www.unr.edu/planetarium/shows
Paw Patrol Live!
The Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts, 100 S. Virginia St., hosts Paw Patrol Live! at 6 p.m. Tuesday and 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Wednesday. This show features a Great Adventure Bay Race between two mayors, one of whom has gone missing. Clue the Paw Patrol, including Chase, Everest, Rubble, Rocky and others to save the day and send the message that "No job is too big, no pup is too small." Tickets start as low as $19. Details: http://pioneercenter.com/
Hall of Heroes: Discover Your Superpower
Kids and adults can enjoy the "Hall of Heroes: Discover Your Superpower" exhibit through April 22 at the Wilbur D. May Museum at Rancho San Rafael Regional Park, 1595 N. Sierra St. Explore superhero costumes, memorabilia, movie props and more and be sure to test your own superhero powers of balance, speed and strength at various stations. Admission to the museum is $8 for children and seniors and $9 for adults. Details: https://www.washoecounty.us/parks/maycenterhome/museum/exhibitions.php
UNR Mobile Engineering Lab
Kids may not understand what engineering is yet, but this event scheduled from 4 to 6 p.m. today at Sierra View Library, 4001 S. Virginia St., is designed to help. Students from UNR will be presenting engineering topics to kids and include hands-on demonstration to get them intrigued about the world of engineering. UNR students also will talk about careers in engineering, the importance of math and science and engineering majors. The event is free and children of all school ages are invited. Details: http://events.washoecountylibrary.us/event/3793411
Dog Days Family Event
Head out with the family and the dog to Cabela's, 8650 Boomtown Road, Verdi, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday for a day full of fun during its Dog Days Family Event. The first 100 dogs to arrive receive a pet gift and free photo downloads with their dog. Watch different demonstrations or even a dog trick contest. The event is free. Details: https://www.cabelas.com/stores/Nevada/Verdi/022.jsp
Help your child to build cooking skills that could – hopefully, right? – last through his or her lifetime. Nothing To It! Culinary Center, 225 Crummer Lane, hosts its monthly kids cooking class on Tuesday. The 90-minute class starts at 4:15 p.m. and is geared toward students in third through sixth grades. Youngsters will have the opportunity to try out new culinary techniques and make a tasty dish. The cost is $45 per class. Details: http://www.nothingtoit.com/index.asp?page=classes&action=detail&record=3774