Family things to do in Reno: Make slime, cook, run
The family friendly events are endless this week and include the opportunity to stroll through a park with a ranger, to read to a friendly pup at the library (and receive a free book) or even to make customized slime at the craft store.
Of course, our list of suggestions includes happenings at the art museum, Greater Nevada Field and in downtown Reno, too. Use this events list as a guide to building a fabulous week with your family.
Kids can make and customize their own slime at this Kids Club event scheduled at Michael's, 165 Los Altos Parkway, Sparks or 4871 Kietzke Lane, from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday. The bonus is that the slime is not getting all over your own tables and carpeting at home! The event is completely free and geared for kids ages 3 to 8. Sign-up can be done online or at the store. Parents do need to stay in the store during the event.
Discover the opportunity to cuddle up with a book and a furry dog – yes, a real one – at a public library this Saturday. Dogs brought in by Paws 4 Love lend their friendly ears to youngsters as they read a book out loud. When kids are done, they receive a free book and, of course, can ask questions about the dogs. Paws 2 Read events are scheduled 10:30 to noon at Sierra View Library, 4001 S. Virginia St.; 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at South Valleys Library, 15650 Wedge Parkway; and 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Northwest Reno Library, 2325 Robb Drive.
Free admission to the Nevada Museum of Art, 160 W. Liberty St., is just one of the benefits of its Hands ON! Second Saturdays event taking place on Saturday. Kids can become engaged in arts activities, storytelling and more. Head to the museum any time from 10 a.m. to. 6 p.m. Saturday to participate in art projects that include sun prints in addition to aboriginal symbolism. An interactive performance entitled "The Four Elements" is scheduled at noon and again at 1:30 p.m.
Kids get the opportunity to decorate pancakes at the cooking event scheduled from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Cabela's, 8650 Boomtown Road, Verdi. Moms and dads will have the opportunity to check out grills of various types and to learn all about smokers, too. Everyone in the family can sample kielbasa fresh from the cooker or learn how to make French fries in a fryer.
The Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation's "Discover Your Parks" walks are back for the 2018 season and include short hikes on Thursday evenings on different trails in Washoe County Parks. Hikes are typically a half-mile to a mile-and-a-half and take about 60 minutes to complete. Find out about the specific ecology at the park and its unique history. Meet 6 p.m. Thursday at Rancho San Rafael Regional Park, 2975 N. Virginia St., at the nature trail for this week's event.
Take the family to watch Northern Nevada's own professional soccer team, Reno 1868 FC, play a home game against the Colorado Springs Switchbacks at Greater Nevada Field, 250 Evans Ave. The game is scheduled to start at 6:45 p.m. Saturday and tickets can be bought online in advance starting at $17.
There is still time to register the family for the Biggest Little Half/10K/5K, which includes a start right under Reno's own arch on Saturday. Kids may be happy to try the 5K, which begins at 8:15 a.m. and takes runners through Idlewild Park and back. Registration is $45 for the 5K up through race morning and includes a race T-shirt, bling, free downloadable race photos and more. Part of the proceeds from the race go to the Food Bank of Northern Nevada.
Visit Sue at the Discovery
OK, this is not the real "Sue," the most well-preserved T-Rex. skeleton ever discovered, but this is an impressive life-sized cast of the bones for children and adults to see at the Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum, 490 S. Center St. The replica of Sue is the centerpiece of this traveling exhibit, which also includes hands-on activities to help visitors discover the dinosaur's past and to learn more about the oh-so-enticing field of paleontology. (See if your 5-year-old can say that five times fast!) The exhibit will be on display at the museum through the middle of May. Tickets start at $10.