Family events in Reno: Full-moon hike, baby animal days
It's practically a truism: there almost always is something fun to do in Reno, Sparks and beyond. This includes events for adults only, but also events and activities for families, too. The events for this week include a full moon hike at Washoe Lake State Park, a family game night at two public libraries and even story time for youngsters at Barnes & Noble. All of these events can make for a busy calendar, so start making plans with everyone in your clan today.
Baby Animals Day at Andelin Family Farm
Need a baby animal fix? Then head to Andelin Family Farms, 8100 Pyramid Way, Sparks, for its Baby Animal Days celebration. Visit the farm anytime from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday or Saturday to check out emus, chicks, ducklings, piglets and more. Admission is $7 per person, but includes the cost of a hay ride, a straw bale maze, a cow train ride and more.
Family Game Night
Get the whole family out of the house, completely free of charge, by going to Sierra View Library, 4001 S. Virginia St., from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday or South Valleys Library, 15650 Wedge Parkway, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Friday to participate in Family Game Night. The guidelines for Family Game Night are simply this: find a table and grab a game. The library reports that, according to research, children can build critical thinking skills through board games. Did we mention this event is free?
Full Moon Hike
Who doesn't enjoy a hike in the late evening under the moon? Try it out with family at the Full Moon Hike, scheduled for 8 p.m. Saturday, at Washoe Lake State Park, 4855 Eastlake Blvd., Washoe Valley. The hike, less than a mile, gives hikers the opportunity to listen for park wildlife, including owls. Bring water, a flashlight and an extra layer for coverage. Advance registration is required. Although the hike is free, participants do need to pay the park entrance fee of $5.
Reno Jazz Festival
The 56th annual Reno Jazz Festival is scheduled for Thursday, Friday and Saturday in Reno with numerous musical events throughout the city. Check out an opening concert on Thursday at Nightingale Hall at the University of Nevada, Reno or the headliner concert featuring the Dafnis Prieto Sextet on Friday at Lawlor Events Center, 1500 N. Virginia St. Individual tickets, a two-day pass and three-day pass are available. Pricing varies upon event and age, but the headliner concert is $15 for youth, $24 for seniors and UNR faculty and $29 for adults.
Genoa Western Heritage Day
Learn more about Genoa, Nevada's oldest settlement, during Genoa Western Heritage Day. The celebration takes place from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and includes free demonstrations, presentations, Western music and poetry. A dinner and concert are planned at the Genoa Fire Station, but tickets must be purchased in advance at The Pink House, in Genoa. The festival happens in Genoa, about an hour south of Reno. Take U.S. 395 south to Nevada Route 57 and then take a right to head into the town.
Scientist, Scientist, What Do You See?
The story time event at Barnes & Noble, 5555 S. Virginia St., features the book "Scientist, Scientist, What Do You See?" written by author Chris Ferrie and published in 2018. This book, full of rhyming, lets youngsters learn about famous scientists and the discoveries they made that had an impact on the world. The free event is scheduled to start at 11 a.m. Saturday in the children's section of the book store.
47th Annual Virginia City Grand Prix
Families that enjoy racing may want to head up to Virginia City this weekend to watch revelers participate in a motorcycle race that travels through the nearby hills. In fact, this grand prix race is considered a highlight of competitive off-road racing in the West. The grand prix takes place Saturday and Sunday and attracts more than 1,000 racers. Enjoy the sights and sounds of this historic city while supporting the racers.
Dine the District Food Tour
Families that enjoy food may enjoy the Dine the District Food Tour scheduled from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday in downtown Reno. This tour gives families the opportunity to sample food from more than 20 locations including Dorinda's Chocolates, Thai Corner Café, Wild River Grille and many others. Families receive a food tour map with ticket purchase that they can use as a guide on this walking tour. Tickets are $20 each.