8 things to do with your kids in Northern Nevada this week
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Only in Reno can the truly unique events going on this week be found. This includes animals breaking open piñatas and the opportunity for "Clone Wars" fans to get dressed up in their Star Wars best. Families also can enjoy an annual ukulele festival or a Cinco de Mayo celebration. Northern Nevada is truly the place to be when it comes to fun activities to do with families.
Now, if only there were more days in the week to do it all.
Piñatas and Predators
Head to the Animal Ark to watch rehabilitated wildlife break open piñatas and explore and enjoy whatever is inside. That's right, it's the Piñatas and Predators event, taking place at the Animal Ark, 1265 Deerlodge Road, Reno. Visit anytime from 10:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday to see animals break open their treat-filled boxes. It can also be a great time to capture unique wildlife photos. Admission for the event is $12 for children, $13.50 for seniors and $15 for adults. Children younger than 2 are free.
Like the beauty of horses? Then it could be time to head to the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center, 1350 N. Wells Ave. Watch Arabian and half-Arabian horses participate in qualifying shows, featuring events as varied as dressage, halter, horsemanship and reining, Competition is scheduled Thursday through Saturday at the center and starts at 8 a.m. all three days.
'Beauty and the Beast'
The A.V.A. Ballet Theatre puts on this classic story of "Beauty and the Beast" at 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts, 100 S. Virginia St. The A.V.A. Ballet Theatre will be accompanied by guest principal dancers from Salt Lake City’s Ballet West. The musical score will be played by the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra. Tickets for children and seniors start at $22 and tickets for adults start at $27.
This off-road motorcycle festival only invites the best of the best – and includes a three-hour Enduro motorcycle race to challenge the toughest riders on a 4.75-mile rocky, technical trail. The event occurs Saturday and Sunday at Wild West Motorsports Park, 12005 Interstate 80 East in Sparks. A junior Enduro event is scheduled for Sunday morning and will give kids the opportunity to experience some of the technical terrain. Enjoy camping, food vendors and just spectating.
Celebrate the Force
It's time to put on that favorite Star Wars gear and head to the Downtown Reno Library, 301 S. Center St. It's an opportunity to celebrate the popular Star Wars franchise with activities, crafts and, of course, a viewing of "Star Wars: Clone Wars." The event is entirely free and takes place 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Just remember to wear your best Star Wars costume.
Cinco de Mayo Festival
Catch Cinco de Mayo fun at the Grand Sierra Resort, 2500 E. Second St., from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The festivities will be set up in the southeast parking lot of the resort. Admission includes live music, dancing horses, amateur boxing, carnival rides and face painting. There also will be crafts and food for sale. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for those younger than 12 or older than 65.
Reno's 150th Birthday
Arts for All Nevada celebrates Reno's 150th birthday with free activities scheduled from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at Reno's 'first address': the Lake Mansion, 250 Court St. Catch a guided tour of the mansion at 11 and 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., enjoy birthday cake and lemonade, catch a Myron Lake impersonator (Myron Lake was founder of Reno and the original owner of the Lake Mansion). Children can participate in art stations and receive a free book.
Reno Ukulele Festival
Yes, Reno really does have a Ukulele Festival, and why shouldn't it? The 10th annual festival is scheduled Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the Peppermill Hotel Resort, 2707 S. Virginia St. Enter a raffle, attend a presentation or listen to a concert – this year's event is supposed to be the biggest yet. Buy a newbie pass for $59, attend the final concert for $36.50 or attend by purchasing other pass options.