Archive for Activities & Classes

Alexandre Garcia Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Brazian Jiu Jitsu LogoAlexandre Garcia was born in October 28, 1975. Raised in the tough streets of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Alexandre was always very interested in learning martial arts. At age 9, he started taking Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes in a nearby catholic school. That was Alexandre’s first contact with Jiu-Jitsu.

A while later, Alexandre attended a seminar hosted by Royler Gracie (one of the members of the family who developed the sport), and found out that one of Royler’s students (Professor Marcão) had just opened a school close by, where he started training immediately.

In December 2002, Alexandre went to South Lake Tahoe where he lived for a couple years. On a trip to Reno, Alexandre met his wife and decided to move there, where he also opened a small business to get his life going. After establishing himself, Alexandre, moved by his passion for the sport, sought to continue his training. Still under the Gracie family, he trained hard for several years, earned his brown belt, and then, very confident of his skills, started teaching Jiu-Jitsu at Sports West Athletic Club. Right from the beginning of his teaching experience, Alexandre knew this was what he really loved doing and what he wanted to be his life.

Alexandre has won several tournaments in Brazil as well as in the United States. In addition, Alexandre was the head Jiu-Jitsu instructor at the the legendary UFC champion Ken Shamrock’s Lion’s Den. Alexandre then decided to do what he does best and opened his own BJJ school in Reno, Nevada. Alexandre is a part of the BJJ Chekmat organization, and trains under black belt Elizandro Beda.

Andelin Family Farm

AndelinLogoMy husband Cameron and I have lived in Spanish Springs for 13 years, and in August of 2009 had the opportunity to move to and manage the family farm. We felt that it would be a great opportunity for our five kids, to be able to experience the work and fun of living on a farm.
After we moved, I started thinking of some ideas and opportunities to build a business on this beautiful property in the middle of the Spanish Springs valley. We are just off Pyramid, and close to schools and stores, but have a unique farm setting that I thought could be a benefit to the community. I had the idea of creating a Pumpkin Patch as a fun attraction for the fall. There are not many pumpkin patches in our area, and since I like to garden and put on big events, I thought it would be the perfect way to create something great for others, while working together as a family. Our kids have all helped with planting, weeding, feeding animals, setting up, painting, etc. to help make it possible. It has been a lot of work growing the pumpkins and preparing all the activities, but it’s been worth it! We feel blessed to live here and hope that your visit to the farm will be thoroughly enjoyable!

Natalie Andelin

Artsy Craftsy

ArtsyCraftyLogoArtsy Craftsy is a home based business that teaches art to kids.
We conduct regular/weekly classes at home besides our fun hands on workshops, camps and special events. Artsy Craftsy can also help plan out birthday party activities and special take home goody bags etc.

Best in Class Education Center

From fundamentals to flourishing.

Best in Class LogoWe help students develop the skills and knowledge they need for a bright future. Best in Class students benefit from individual attention, active instruction in small groups, and engaging course material aligned with common standards.

Our programs move K-12 students of all abilities towards the top of their class, but our mission doesn’t end there.

At Best in Class, our mission is twofold: build better teachers; build successful students. Education is the door to the future. We want to leave a legacy and a lasting positive impact on our students and teachers alike. We know how important great teachers are and we want to support their individual growth, so that they can continue to change the lives of their students.

Betty Rich Piano Studio

Graduated from UNR with a BA in music and a minor in business. Have been teaching piano for over forty years, accompanying vocalists and am now the assistant accompanist for the Masterworks Choral.

MTNA Permanent Professional Certificate


Bricks for Kidz

Our programs provide an extraordinary atmosphere for students to build unique creations, play games, and have loads of fun using LEGO® bricks. The activities are designed to trigger young children’s lively imaginations and build their self-confidence. Children work with exciting themes such as machines, outer space and mosaics.

Camp Invention


Since 1990, Camp Invention has taken summer fun and transformed it from ordinary to extraordinary!

In partnership with the National Inventors Hall of Fame, Camp Invention is offered at roughly 1,300 school districts nationwide. Simply stated – it’s an exciting, weeklong summer adventure with lessons that explore connections between science, technology, engineering and innovation. Led by local educators, children entering 1st-6th grades work together to seek solutions to real-world problems and sharpen critical 21st century learning skills while rotating through several fascinating modules. With brand new programming each and every year, boys and girls often return numerous times and have a blast with each new experience.

Don’t miss out on brand new challenges waiting for you! Early and alumni registration discounts are available and spaces are limited, so sign up today! For more information about Camp Invention, call 800.968.4332 or visit

Carson City BMX

Family fun for Everyone!
Come join in the fun of the
newest Olympic Sport.
We have classes for all ages.

Diamond Peak

The Bee Ferrato Child Ski Center is for children ages 3-7. With a seperate learning area, powerline lift and a low instructor to child ratio of 1:5, your child is sure to receive the attention they deserve in a non-crowded and fun environment. Group lessons are for children 4-7 only. 3 year olds are accepted in private lessons. Free lift tickets are included with all lessons.

Fascinating Rhythm School of Performing Arts

fr-danceKia’s FR Dance is Reno’s most diverse and contemporary dance studio, offering dance in all styles, at all levels and for all ages. In addition to dance and dance technique, we have Musical Theater, “Just ACT”, “Bouncing Bookworms”, Parkour, Aerial Silks & Cube, Basic Tumbling, and a Special Needs program.

We are a friendly, family-oriented studio located in South Reno, proud of our happy, creative, whimsical, and encouraging environment. We do our best to make sure it’s inherently positive nature is maintained from teachers to students to parents alike, exemplified by our motto… “Dance Hard, Laugh Loud.”

Five Star Athletics

Five Star LogoFive Star Athletics is Reno’s largest and Premier All-Star Cheerleading Facility. With a combined 30 years of All-Star cheer and coaching experience, and two locations to serve you, come see what makes us a step above the rest. Five Star Athletics is Conveniently located in Reno, Nevada with a second location in Minden, Nevada. As the premier program in Northern Nevada, we provide teams and classes to fit your needs.

We currently offer Competitive Coed Cheer Teams Ages 3- Adult, Recreational Cheer Classes, Tumbling Classes, Choreography, Personalized Camps and Clinics along with High School and Pop Warner/SYFL Tumbling and Stunt Clinics. As the only gym in Northern Nevada that requires all of their coaches to be USASF credentialed, you can be assured that your children are in good hands. At Five Star Athletics we pride ourse lves in perfection before progression, to help individuals and teams be confident in their abilities. First and foremost we build confidence and self esteem in our athletes. Winning is important, but it is not everything. We want our participants to feel good about themselves no matter how many trophies they bring home! We want our members to feel success and progression as they improve their skills. Being a part of a team they will discover that commitment and d edication are the keys to success! These are the very skills that train the athlete both on and off the floor. Through our commitment, experience, and expertise, Five Star Athletics prides th emselves in building positive relationship with our families that will last a lifetime!

Come, stop by & visit us! We would love to have you visit our facility and see our amazing staff & teams in action.

Great Basin Naturalists at Galena Summer Camp

GBInstituteSummer Will Be Here Before You Know It
Great Basin Naturalists at Galena is gearing up for eight weeks of Summer Exploration Camp featuring new weekly themes, some returning favorites, and more activities to get your children exploring the outdoors. Five weeks of Residential Camp will be offered, in which campers stay at the beautiful WeChMe Lodge located in the Galena Creek Recreation Area. The other three weeks will be Day Camp, based out of the Galena Creek Visitor Center.

Sign your camper up by completing the Pre-Registration Form
and returning it to the Visitor Center, either in person or at

Great Basin Youth Soccer League

Great Basin Youth Soccer League is the largest league in the Nevada Youth Soccer Association. We have to seasons; fall and spring. We collect fees in advance; no other league fees are collected during the season.

Fees include NYSA registration, insurance, field permit fees, referees, field development and league administration.

We offer a recreational league with ages starting at 5 years (players older than 4¾) to 14 years of age and our competitive division starts at 10 years to 19 years of age. We participate in the Olympic Development Program along with other nationally recognized programs designed to improve soccer skills.

Our coaches are required to obtain an age specific coach license offered by US Soccer and or NSCAA. Our referees are certified each year and required to be recertified each year.
Every year we host the 13 – 16 year old State Cup Finals in Reno, last year our 15 year old boys teams won the state championship.

We have 8 clubs in our league, representing Reno/Sparks and the outlying areas. We have scholarships available for players needing financial aid. Please visit our website at




Designed by child development experts, each of our seven levels focus on and support the specific developmental milestone your child is working on at his/her age–from sensory explorations for young babies to cause and effect, two-way communication, “motor planning”, imaginary play, to early listening and language skills. Each program level incorporates fundamental, engaging activities that help to build your child’s cognitive, social and physical skills.


Happy Notes Music

Happy Notes Music

encourages young children to explore their imagination and creativity through music. Children learn basic musical concepts through unique, interactive musical experiences.

Happy Notes Music provides a positive, age-appropriate exposure to the arts by providing weekly music classes, workshops & seminars for educators, musical performances for the community, civicand business organizations and producing and distributing children’s music and literature.

About us

Maureen Conlin, children’s musical performer and owner of Happy Notes Music, provides children ages 2 to 7 with an opportunity to enjoy a fun, entertaining, and educational way to explore music using imagination, creativity and unique, musical activities and songs.

  • Music Enrichment Programs
  • Community Performances
  • Birthday Parties
  • School Visits/Performances
  • Workshops/Seminars for early childhood personnel
  • Writer and creator of children’s music CD’s with activity books and poster


Hidden Valley Country Club Kids Club

Kids Club Summer Camp
Our summer camp empowers campers to develop independence, self esteem, and life-long friendships. Summer camp
provides our campers with a variety of activities ranging from Golf, Swimming, Creative Arts, Team Sports, Cooperative Games, Cooking, and Science.

Hidden Valley Country Club has a long standing heritage as Reno’s premiere Country Club while nestled in the hills above Reno with breath-taking views. HVCC Kid’s Club Camp strives to create an exciting, fun atmosphere where children of all ages feel part of a special club environment while making great friends, having tons of fun and enjoy coming to camp in such a unique and beautiful setting.

High Sierra Gymnastics

High Sierra Gymnastics is dedicated to developing
healthy, happy, responsible children through the sport of gymnastics.

Our commitment is to provide children with the opportunity to develop and maintain high self-esteem and self-discipline while acquiring a love of learning and a mastery of skills.

Our classes meet once a week and are on-going.  Children are welcome to enroll at anytime space permitting.  We offer a free trial class so email us now with your name, your child’s name, your phone number, the day, type and time of class you want (for instance, Shooting Stars Beginning Girls, Monday, 4:00).

Home Field Athletics (Closed)

Family owned and operated

Our #1 goal is to offer a fun, safe, exciting, sports environment for kids aged 1 – 99!


Soccer – Flag Football – Volleyball – Lacrosse – Dodgeball Plus – Lil’ Kickers Child Development Classes, Sports Clinics, Birthday Parties & Kids Sports Day Camps.

There is fun for the whole family in our 27,000 square foot indoor sports facility.

Ignite Athletics

front-logoHere at Ignite Athletics Cheer and Tumble we specialize in All Star Cheer Teams, Non Competitive Cheer Classes, Tumbling, Stunting, Private Camps, Choreography, Team Training and much more. We are dedicated to helping each athlete reach their personal best. Our priority is to make a long lasting positive impression through Cheerleading and tumbling to each of our athletes by building self esteem and self confidence for life.

Our coaching staff has over 50 years of combined experience and is the very best in the industry. We have two locations in Reno and Sparks to serve our local community. Ignite Athletics is known as “The Sportsmanship Gym” and prides itself with strong ties to Northern Nevada as a 33 year-old local business.

Ignite Athletics is owned and operated by mother-daughter team Deb and Megan Dowty, who are 6th and 7th generation Native Nevadans. They care very much about their local families and community.


InnerRhythms Dance Theatre

Our Mission

Our mission is to use the power of dance and music to cultivate life skills in our youth and create an everlasting passion for the arts, manifesting an awakening of individual and community consciousness.

We believe:

  • The Arts transform the human experience
  • Art is a gift to be shared, treasured, cultivated, enjoyed and loved
  • Dance/Art is a universal language to promote greater good
  • Dance/Art is a window to the soul
  • Dance/Art expresses the human experience
  • Dance/Art reflects the internal/external landscape
  • That with every movement we can do something to benefit the world

About Us

Our goal at InnerRhythms is to offer a thorough education in dance equivalent to the interests and abilities of the serious student. At the Training Centre, we offer classes in Classical Ballet, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Modern ,Tap and MiniRhythms for mini dancers. The techniques in each of the dance styles at the Centre are specifically designed to complement and enhance one another. It is highly recommended that students expose themselves to more than one dance style in order to experience a more complete development. Additionally, as students gain strength and maturity, InnerRhythms provides opportunity for young artists to take their talent to the next level by participating in our Performance Companies, InnerRhythms Dance Theatre and our award winning Hip-Hop troupe, RhythMatriX.

JamPro Music Factory

JamPro Music Factory

JAMPRO Music Factory is Northern Nevada’s one-stop shop for everything music! We are locally owned and family run.

We offer:

  • Voice and Instrument Lessons
  • Instructed Group Rehearsals
  • Rock, Glee and Jazz JAMCamps
  • Classes and Workshops
  • Recording Services
  • Retail Supplies and Equipment
  • Private and Corporate Parties
  • And Much, Much More!

Jump Man Jump

Jump Man Jump LogoIT’S JUMPTASTIC!

The perfect place for birthday parties, team and company events, school and child care outings and a whole lot more. We cater to all ages with different inflatables appropriate for different age groups.

“Voted the best private party venue 3 years in a row by the Reno-Gazette Best Bets Readers”

We feature GIANT inflatable amusements in an 8800 square foot climate controlled facility with private party rooms for year round fun.

Providing THE BEST EVER…hassle free event in a clean fun environment. We take safety seriously with padded flooring, age appropriate amusements, and trained staff who really enjoy what they’re doing.

Jump N Shout

Our facility is a great place for your child to learn, grow and have FUN! Our goal is for the young people who come to Jump N Shout to develop an enthusiasm for physical activity that remains for life. We are committed to creating an experience that is fun and inspiring for all children. We provide recreational classes to high level national winning competitive programs for kids ages 3-18.

Kids and Horses

Empowering children and adults with special needs is a unique and important mission that is largely unfulfilled in the Northern Nevada community. Kids and Horses is a non-profit corporation that has offered therapeutic riding programs and a bridge for children and adults with disabilities since 1999.

The Kids & Horses facility in Minden, Nevada, is a North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (NARHA) Premier Accredited Center. It is the only center of its kind in northern Nevada. Instructors are certified and have training through NARHA, a national organization that provides leadership, operating standards, safety rules, regulations and insurance coverage for approved centers. Kids & Horses offers one-on-one individually tailored riding lessons to improve strength, coordination and self-esteem of students.

Kids & Horses’ scholarship programs allow children in need to receive assistance. Fifty-percent of students are on scholarship. Students who are not on scholarship pay $25 a lesson, less than a forth of the cost to the center for the instructor’s time, horse care and boarding. Kids & Horses scholarships are very important to our students and their families.

A grandmother of a scholarship recipient wrote: “Our 10 year-old granddaughter was born with spina bifida and has balance issues along with mental behavioral problems. When she first started in the program, she had a death hold on the saddle and was scared. Since then with the help of all of the volunteers and instructors, she can ride relaxed with no hands and even started to trot!”

A mother of another one of our scholarship recipients wrote: “Kids & Horses has been a life changing experience for our son. He has autism and we have tried so many programs that didn’t work. Taking the riding lessons has given him freedom and self-accomplishment. We never thought we would see that.”

Come and visit our ranch to see our life-changing work and find out how you can get involved in Kids & Horses!

Kids Doing Art (Kids-N-Art)

Welcome !

All our classes aim at improving our student’s abilities to plan, make decisions and think resourcefully through guided instructions that also teach patience and follow through, by expression through art. Students gain experience that will assist their regular academic endeavors and help tremendously with those challenging special homework projects. Creativity improves problem solving abilities, spatial thinking and math!

Kids on Big Rigs

Kids on Big RigsHave you ever wanted to check out a garbage truck, a fire truck, police cars, school bus, dump truck, or a u-haul van? Then come check out Kids on Big Rigs. These and many other vehicles will be available for you to touch, explore, and learn about.

THere will be a snack bar and each classroom will have a booth with items for sale.

Saturday April 26th – 10am – 4pm
2025 Silverada Blvd. in Sparks
$4 per person admission

All proceeds to benefit High Desert Montessori School


Learn French Like a Native

Marina Ridge is a Parisian French Coach and the creator of the French Made Easy for Homeschoolers program. Fluent in 4 languages, she is a Francophone (a citizen of a French colonized country).

As a mom who understands firsthand the challenges of homeschooling children, Marina discovered the lack of phonics taught to foreigners in their country of origin or for anybody learning French as a foreign language.

With a background in restaurants and hotel management in Paris, France Marina was well equipped to design and implement powerful and unique French courses. Influenced by her knowledge of the French culture, people, regions, food, wine, and many attractions of this beautiful country, her program is relatable to the masses.

Level Up Curbside Gaming

Level Up LogoWe bring the Ultimate Gaming experience right to your front door! Our luxury, limo-style theater on wheels features 7 HUGE High-Definition Televisions! Surround sound, Stadium Seating and our amazing “Action Station” enhances the fun. This is multiplayer gaming heaven! 28 can play at the same time! We have all the latest titles from Xbox 360, Wii, and Wii U. Planning a Summer or Winter Party? We are climate controlled! Our Game Coaches will make sure the kids have a blast and the parents get a break! Book your party today and see why Level Up Curbside Gaming is the best birthday party idea in the Reno / Sparks and Northern Nevada area!

We are the solution to your next event whether it’s a birthday party, fundraiser or play date with your best friends. We’ll do all of the work! Nocleaning up before guests arrive or after they leave. Looking for a Party the kids will talk about for years? Pizza Parties and Bowling Parties are a thing of the past. With Level Up Curbside Gaming, everything else pales in comparison. Be the first to have us roll into your neighborhood! If you’re looking for party ideas for a teen party, a kid’s birthday party, a bachelor party, adult get-together or church or school party, book with us! You’ll be glad you did!

Little League

logo.homepageLittle League® is an international pastime that has been a fabric of societies throughout the world for 75 years. Since its founding in 1939 by Carl Stotz, Little League has instilled leadership, character, courage and loyalty in all that participate, including the nearly 1.5 million adult volunteers. Little League can be found in more than 80 countries worldwide with more than 2.4 million children participating each year. Little League has celebrated many milestones due to the dedication of its players, parents and volunteers.

The Spring 2016 is quickly approaching. Baseball and softball leagues are available for players between the ages of 5-15. Sign up today!

Nevada District 1 Leagues:

Carson City Little League
Carson Valley Little League
North Lake Tahoe Little League
Reno American Little League
Reno Continental Little League
Reno National Little League
South Lake Tahoe Little League
Sparks Centennial Little League
Sparks National Little League
Truckee Little League
Valley Providence Little League
Washoe Little League


Little One’s Swim

Little One’s Swim provides a safe, fun, creative, child friendly environment – one that encourages babies and young children to feel secure, to explore water, and to learn skills at their pace. We use a child development approach meeting each child’s needs, and utilize age/development appropriate toys, games, and equipment. Our goal is to foster a love and respect for the water, one which will carry throughout their lives, while teaching the necessary water safety and swimming skills to enable them to enjoy water to its fullest, whether it be playing, exercising, competing, or participating in other water sports.

Martial Arts on the Move

At Martial Arts on the Move (M.A.M.), we are Martial Artists in and out of uniform. We believe Martial Arts is “more than a sport, it’s a lifestyle.”

Our team dedicate themselves to affecting our world one step at a time, leading by example and leaving our footprint for future generations to follow.

M.A.M. is community oriented and committed to dedicating our time and energy to communicate the importance of respect and discipline, self-control and perseverance, goal setting, nutrition, physical fitness and more!

We believe 110% in family values and creating a strong, unified family unit. Martial Artists at M.A.M. are family and unite as a team to make a positive difference in our community and in our world.

We will continue moving forward, learning and growing progressively, and continuing to affect others with our contagious positive attitudes


MathnasiumLogoEvery day, students around the world attend Mathnasium learning centers to boost their math skills. We are highly specialized; we teach only math. Members usually attend two or three times a week for about an hour.

Our goal is to significantly increase your child’s math skills, understanding of math concepts, and overall school performance, while building confidence and forging a positive attitude toward the subject.

Children don’t hate math.
They hate being confused and intimidated by math.
With understanding comes passion.
And with passion comes growth—a treasure is unlocked.

Our approach is to use sophisticated techniques to determine, with great accuracy, what a student knows and does not know. Next, we tailor-make a personalized and prescriptive learning program. Each student follows the program with the help of specially trained Mathnasium math tutors who provide instruction—and lots of warm encouragement. For proof of progress, we rely on the student’s report card, independent tests, and parent testimony to measure the speed and magnitude of improvement in math skills, numerical thinking, and attitude.

mb art studios

MB Art Studios is the creative work of me (Mary Burrows), an artist residing with my family in Reno, Nevada. I discovered this creative path in 2004, when I was a stay-at-home mom dabbling with watercolors and needle felting…all due to my son attending a waldorf preschool. Next thing I knew I was creating with clay and my mother-in-law gave me her kiln. I was hooked and opened up my world to the beauty of art after having worked in the corporate world for more than 15 years.

MB Art Studios is dedicated to bringing beauty into peoples’ lives. I create my own unique pottery, hold fine art classes for little people to work their magic, and also capture impressions of little ones hands and feet in clay.

Each ceramic piece that I create is one-of-a-kind and hand built in my studio with earthenware or stoneware clay. My work is influenced by my love of simplicity and the beauty and power of the written word. I keep my eyes wide open all the time for inspiration.

Mt. Rose

Rosebuds Children’s Camp are classes specifically geared to our smaller guests. From kids who have never seen snow, to kids who yearn for steeps, our skilled instructors keep the day fun and safe.
Rosebuds Children’s Ski & Snowboard Camps consist of an on-hill educational ski and snowboard program,
Parents must remain on site.

Children must be able to use the bathroom independently to participate in this program.

If you are interested in private lessons for your child, learn more here: Rosebuds Private Lessons

All lessons include: Lift ticket, rental equipment, lesson and helmet.

ABILITY LEVELS: Classes are broken out into different levels and Mt. Rose accepts skiers ages 4-10 and snowboarders ages 7-10.

Muzic Fuze

Muzic FuzeRemember those favorite songs of yours from back when you were a kid? Isn’t it amazing that when you hear these songs again now, sometimes years after hearing them, that you still remember the lyrics, the rhythm, the guitar or piano solo. These songs take you back to that time and you can be overcome with emotions from your past. Do you ever imagine singing or playing that song in front of a crowd of people, cheering your every move? Or maybe just around the campfire with a few friends? There is just something about music that binds each and every human being on the planet.

The vision of Muzic Fuze is to tap into this common bond that we all share. To create an environment where beginner, intermediate, and professional musicians alike can share their life experiences, be comfortable expressing themselves, and find inspiration doing what they love to do…playing and making music. All are welcome, without fear of judgment. In fact, everyone is encouraged, and maybe even sometimes required (for fun) to pick up an instrument and play a note, even if you have no idea what sound is about to come out.

And this holds especially true for children. There are too many places that are not kid friendly. There are too many places with signs that say “DO NOT TOUCH”. If a person, especially a child, cannot try, is not allowed to touch, then how will they ever know if they are interested in learning to play an instrument? How will they ever know if deep down within their soul there is a musical talent or hidden inspiration just waiting to explode out of them?

So come in to Muzic Fuze, see what we are all about, and prepare to be inspired.

Nevada Museum of Art

A Museum of Ideas


We are a museum of ideas. While building upon our founding collections and values, we cultivate meaningful art and societal experiences, and foster new knowledge in the visual arts by encouraging interdisciplinary investigation. The Nevada Museum of Art serves as a cultural and educational resource for everyone.


The Nevada Museum of Art is the only accredited art museum in the state of Nevada. Recognized for following best practices as outlined by the American Association of Museums, the Museum is committed to continuous institutional improvement and change. With accreditation, the Museum joins the ranks of other significant institutions such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Just 5% of all museums in the US earn AAM accreditation.

NNJ Volleyball


Our Philosophy: Point by Point

Northern Nevada Juniors Volleyball Club is dedicated to the promotion and development of girls’ volleyball in Northern Nevada.  We are based in the Reno/Sparks/Tahoe area and are a member of and participate in events sanctioned by the Northern California Volleyball Association, a region of USA Volleyball.

The Northern Nevada Juniors program uses volleyball as a vehicle to improve each of our student athletes as both players and people, point by point. We promote discipline, commitment and teamwork and encourage competitive, confident attitudes while maintaining high levels of sportsmanship.

NNJ works to make sure the discipline players learn on the court is also transferred into the classroom. Our primary goal is provide the best skills and experience in order to help our student athletes reach their highest potential.

Point by point, NNJ helps develop the total person, one who upholds standards of integrity and respect with strong character and self-esteem. We strive to help each athlete reach her personal goals–whether it is to play at the collegiate level, make the Varsity team in high school or learn cooperative life skills for success off the court.


Nothing To It!

At Nothing To It! our goal is to share our love of gourmet cooking with you. Our philosophy is to not just provide cooking classes and kitchen products- we want to teach you how to use those techniques and tools to create a wonderful meal for you to share with your family and friends. The enjoyment and satisfaction that comes from preparing and enjoying good food is what Nothing to It! is all about.

We started Nothing To It! Cooking School in 1995 at the request of friends eager to improve their skills in the kitchen. Since then, the school has grown from classes around our kitchen table to our present 6,000 square foot Culinary Center. Nothing To It! Culinary Center includes a cooking school with hands-on and demonstration classes taught by a variety of Master Chefs, a Napa Valley style gourmet deli, and a kitchen store with a wide variety of ingredients, appliances and accessories for people who love to cook.

We bring a fresh, ‘non-professional’ approach to culinary education. Over 500 students per month take cooking classes at Nothing To It! and thousands more are reached through Nothing To It! programs on television and radio.

Project Discovery

PDLogoBWreverseProject Discovery challenge programs consist of progressive dynamic learning activities. From table top meeting activities to high elements 60 feet in the trees, we have something to challenge every participant and every group. We are the premier provider of high performance training and adventure learning in the Lake Tahoe basin and beyond.

Our Ropes Challenge Course is located on the Mount Rose Highway at Sky Tavern Park, approximately 20 miles from Reno, or 15 minutes from Lake Tahoe. Our course is one of the largest in the country, with more than 45 elements nestled in the aspen and pine forest. Whether you’re 5 or 75, we have something to for you. Our progressive program will bring you from simple ground elements all of the way up to our 550 foot dual zipline.

If Outdoor Adventure is on your agenda, we’re ready to lead your adventure. Lake Tahoe and the Sierras provide the backdrop for rock climbing, canyoneering, or kayak adventures. Our experienced staff is ready to provide a full service program that your group will not forget.

We also have “portable programs” that can be brought to your school, business or group location. From two hours to several days; indoors or outdoors; kids to adults – we are ready to provide a program that works for your needs.

Pump It Up

Pump It Up has discovered the missing ingredient in children’s parties. Air.

Turn your next party into a bouncing, laughing, sliding, ecstatic extravaganza! At Pump It Up you’ll jump into your own private arenas filled with gigantically fun inflatables. We have custom bounce houses, slides, obstacles courses and more galore to show you what the word inflatamania is all about. Once you’ve managed to drag all your happily exhausted kids out of there, the festivities continue in your own brightly decorated party room. Refreshments, fun and a fabulous throne await the guest of honor. And all along the way, our trained staff will help out with everything. So for your next party, jump on over to Pump It Up. It’s the inflatably great party place.

You don’t have to wait for a birthday to have some jumping fun. Just pop into a Pump It Up for a Pop-In Playtime. It’s just the thing when you got to get your jump on. This is one playtime guaranteed to lead to naptime.

Just got a bunch of kids? Well, we’ve got a happytastic place to set them loose. You can have all kinds of events at Pump It Up – team parties, mom’s play groups, special events, field trips, corporate team building and fundraisers. Our trained staff will help out along the way. Contact your local Pump It Up and find out where happy and exhausted are synonymous.

Reno Mavericks

RenoMavsLogoBattle Born Baseball & Softball Training Center is a 20,000 sq foot baseball & softball training center. Battle Born has 5 batting cages, 2 indoor infields, 4 dirt pitching mounds and 6 tee stations. Battle Born is also very please to annouce that they have teamed up with Todd Coburn with Gamer baseball. Gamer baseball will be located inside of the Battle Born facility doing lessons and clinics. Todd will also be coaching our 15/16 yr old Reno Mavericks.

The Reno Mavericks call Battle Born Baseball & Softball Training Center home to their travel programs. We are a premier competitive boy’s and girl’s baseball and softball training facility and program dedicated to developing outstanding athletes and quality citizens through extensive physical training and sports competition. Our organization views all its members as family and values their satisfaction as a top priority. We will conduct business operations with honesty, integrity, compassion and total commitment to the individual player, their family and to the game. We will provide all athletes with the finest coaches in Northern Nevada. We will teach solid fundamentals, execution on the field and will encourage respect and dedication on and off the field. We will strive hard to succeed and win every game we play but will never compromise fairness or individual safety.

We hope to fulfill every athlete’s baseball & softball dreams by helping him/her become the best possible player they can be, at every level of play. Battle Born Baseball is totally committed to each athlete player and each family. For more information please stop by and see the Battle Born Facility at 4974 Joule st, Reno,NV 89502 or email us at

Reno Pop Warner

Reno Pop Warner LogoCome Join The PACK!

Next Registration Saturday May 5th 10am-2pm @ Little Waldorf 1661 N. Virginia Street Reno, NV
Onsite physicals will be available from 10-2pm for $25.00 with partial proceeds going back to the League.
Date            Location               Football     Cheer
May 5th            Little Waldorf              $150.00           $50.00(plus $200.00 uniform fee due by July 1st)
May 19th          Mira Loma Park          $150.00           $50.00(plus $200.00 uniform fee due by July 1st)
June 2nd          Mira Loma Park          $150.00           $50.00(plus $200.00 uniform fee due by July 1st)
June 16th         Mira Loma Park          $150.00           $50.00(plus $200.00 uniform fee due by July 1st)
June 30th         Mira Loma Park          $150.00           $50.00(plus $200.00 uniform fee due by July 1st)
July 7th            Mira Loma Park          $200.00           $50.00(plus $200.00 uniform fee due by July 1st)

Reno Sportsdome


The Reno Sportsdome is housed in a 35,000 square foot converted airplane hanger, conveniently located just north of downtown Reno, minutes away from the University of Nevada, Reno. The “Dome” provides year round multi-sport youth and indoor leagues at our state of the art facility.

The Dome was created to bring the indoor sports facility to a new level in Northern Nevada. This family-friendly establishment offers adults and youth a great place to be involved in a positive sports environment.

We offer 2 indoor fields. The Main field is an 80×180 ft rubberized turf field with 8ft impact glass dasher boards. It is configured for soccer and lacrosse, and can be used for any turf type sport. The West field is 60×80 ft carpet turf field with 4-8ft impact glass dasher boards. It is configured for soccer and futsal. It can be used for any hard surface sport, as well as trade shows, events and gatherings.

The Dome Bar is a 1200 s.f. facility with drink, beer and snack service. It is an exciting venue, as it serves as the viewing area to the Main Field. It has 80 ft. of floor to ceiling glass looking directly into the intense action of the Main Field.

We additionally have a 600 s.f. room available for private parties

For more information please call the Sportsdome office at 775-328-1301 or email us at

We are located at 2400 Tampa St. Reno, NV 89512

Reno-Tahoe Equestrian Centre

Whether you are an experienced competitor in search of a trainer and facility that will make a champion out of you and your horse, or a novice, looking to realize your life-long dream of owning, showing and winning, the Reno-Tahoe Equestrian Centre can take you there. Join us.

Reno-Tahoe Equestrian Centre (RTEC) offers a unique approach to the development of equestrian skills. As a full-service Riding Academy and nationally renowned Arabian Horse training facility, RTEC combines a competitive edge with an academic learning environment, in order to bring out the best in all of its riders. RTEC operates under the belief that healthy, successful horses and accomplished, knowledgeable horsemen result from consistent care, discipline, trust, honesty and integrity and is dedicated to the development of these qualities in each and every one of its clients .

Reno-Tahoe Equestrian Centre…
Where it’s more than riding a horse.


Resort at Red Hawk

We offer swimming lessons during the summer months, so get all of those swimmers signed up. If you don’t know how to swim, or just want to strengthen your swimming skills, we offer swim lessons for all ages. The swim lessons are taught by Red Cross Certified Instructors.

There is also a kids splash pool, and certified lifeguards on site. So, grab the kids and head to the pool for a fun summer cool down.

Sage Ridge School


Sage Ridge offers after school enrichment opportunities for students in grades 1-6 from all Reno area schools.  Explorations at The Ridge promotes greater understanding of the content areas and is sure to ignite a love of learning.  Give your son or daughter a fun, interactive educational opportunity and get a taste of the excitement and learning taking place at Sage Ridge!  Limited space available!

Five sessions are offered throughout the year. Each session will last five weeks and include one class per week. The session schedules consider the calendars of both Washoe County Schools and SRS.

During the five sessions, SRS students also have the opportunity to attend study hall.  As always, SRS students may attend study hall at a drop-in rate without registering online.

Shin Gan Dojo

Shin Gan Dojo LogoShin Gan Dojo is a Ninpo Bugei dojo, dedicated to studying the authentic arts of the Ninja. Also known as Ninjutsu, the arts of the Ninja are comprised of original old style Japanese Ryu Ha (schools), including Asayama Ichiden Ryu, Takagi Yoshin Ryu, Shindon Fudo Ryu, Kukishin Ryu, Koto Ryu, Gyoko Ryu, as well as many others. Tested on the battlefields of ancient Japan, these arts contain the earliest forms of Jujutsu and Karate and integrate all areas of self defense, incorporating body strikes, pressure point strikes, choking and grabbing, as well as ground fighting, rolling, falling and acrobatics. The art of the Ninja has been handed down from teacher to student for over 800 years.Shin Gan Dojo teaches the art of the Ninja as close to the original system as possible – honoring the tradition and teachings in its direct lineage from Toshitsugu Takamatsu to Masaaki Hatsumi to Shoto Tanemura to Chadwick Minge.

In addition to studying the arts of the Ninja, Shin Gan Dojo also offers the opportunity to learn the principles of pistol and rifle craft, as handed down by Michael Harries. Students who are serious about firearms and wish to further their understanding of survival may also pursue this truly American martial art.

  • We have over eight hundred years of martial arts history.
  • Our martial art system is based on practical training scenarios.
  • Our training prepares students for real life.
  • We have a fun and exciting atmosphere.
  • We have a clean, safe, professional environment.

Sensei Brian Simmons

I have been training in the art of Ninpo for over 17 years under the direct guidance of Sensei Chadwick Minge. In 1994, I was awarded the rank of Sho Dan by Sensei Chadwick Minge and, after joining the Genbukan, was honored with the rank of Sho Dan directly from Tanemura Sensei during one of his visits to Yamato Dojo.

During my tenure as Dai Sempai (Head Assistant), I have since achieved the rank of 3rd Level Instructor’s License (out of 5 levels). Because of the all-inclusive nature of Ninpo, the 3rd Level Instructor’s License is comparative to various ranks in the following arts:

In 1994, I was given the honor of assisting Sensei Minge with teaching first children’s classes, then adult classes. In addition, after being awarded the rank of Ichi Kyu, I was allowed to teach students in private lessons. I eventually began teaching children’s and adult classes solo, and have been teaching students both privately and publicly for over 10 years.

Sierra Blades Fencing Academy

Welcome to Fencing

Sierra Blades LogoSierra Blades was formed in 2015 to provide both youth fencing classes, youth fencing camps, and continuing education classes in collaboration with Truckee Meadows Community College and Western Nevada College.

Why Fencing?

The first thing that many parents want to know before their children participate in any activity is “why?” There are many reasons that children should participate in athletic activities: team and individual sports help build confidence, are a great way to meet and interact with a diverse group of people, and, if continued into adulthood, are part of a healthy and active lifestyle. But why, specifically, should your child become a fencer?

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Sierra Kids Program

RenoParksLogoSierra Kids is a quality recreational enrichment program for children who need a safe, supervised environment before and after school. Sierra Kids operates according to the Washoe County School District schedule in the following elementary schools:

Alice Smith Hunter Lake Sarah Winnemucca
Anderson Jessie Beck Sierra Vista
Caughlin Ranch Lemmon Valley Silver Lake
Desert Heights Mamie Towles Smithridge
Dodson Mariposa Academy Stead
Double Diamond Mount Rose Virginia Palmer
Elmcrest Peavine Westergard
Esther Bennett Roy Gomm
Honors Academy of Literature

Homework assistance is available during the after-school sessions.  Sierra Kids’ friendly, qualified staff aim to develop the self-esteem of all participants in a positive environment.  Times and rates vary according to school site.  For additional information contact us at 775-334-2262.

Sierra School of Performing Arts

SSPA LogoLIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION! Welcome to Sierra School of Performing Arts (SSPA). Our school started with a vision to create a school that would give children and adults in northern Nevada the opportunity to perform, sing, act, dance and improvise. Since its inception, we have mounted full-scale productions, summer camps and individual classes.

Our company strives to provide outstanding and innovative performances along with exceptional educational and outreach programs. Auditions for major performances are open to the general public. Summer camps are open to kids entering grades 4-12, and our individual classes are open to everyone although some classes may be age restricted.

Each performance, camp or class at the Sierra School of Performing Arts is taught by professional directors, choreographers, musical and vocal directors. Our resident Artistic Director is Janet Lazarus and she has been joined by guest artist instructors including Rosine Bene, director of the Sierra Nevada Ballet, Mary Bennett, managing director at Bruka Theater, choreographers Adam Whitney and Padma Rothchild, and numerous voice teachers.

Sierra School of Performing Arts is a non-profit 501- (c) (3) organization. Donations to our school are 100% tax deductible and will help to ensure a creative outlet and theatrical education is provided for our children and our community.

Silver Bear

Owner and head instructor Katie Reding-Hall was a nationally recognized collegiate swimmer and captain of the women’s swim team at the University of California, Berkeley. She has been swimming, coaching, and teaching for over 24 years.

A Bay Area native, Katie moved to Reno in 2004 for a better quality of life. Immediately falling in love with the community, she decided to make her career her true passion – teaching children how to swim. The school’s name, Silver Bear Swim School, incorporates her new love of Nevada – the Silver State – and her continuing love of her alma mater – the Cal Bears.

Katie’s experience and interests uniquely position her and her staff to teach every level of swimming, from infants learning basic submersion skills, to competitive swimmers wanting to hone their stroke mechanics.

Katie, her husband Tim (an avid triathlete and Ironman) and son Jack, live in southwest Reno with their yellow lab Oliver, who also loves to swim!

Sky Tavern

Hundreds of thousands of kids have been taught skiing and snowboarding by parents and other adults at a ski area just for them. Sky Tavern Ski area is located on the Mt.Rose Highway, 30 minutes from Reno. Every winter the program operates weekends with the parents helping for a few hours as the staff of Sky Tavern.Some parents are instructors, while other work in support roles such as the cafeteria, lift lines or other needed positions. Sky Tavern may best be described as a co-op. Parents and other adults giving up time, talent and treasure for the kids.

Kids are taught skiing and snowboarding under the watchful eyes of our Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA) and American Association of Snowboard Instructors(AASI) volunteer Trainers. Lessons range from beginning to very advanced levels. Instruction starts at age four for kids with parents joining or nine for kids wanting to come up on the bus program and continues through high school ages. And yes there are even lessons for Mom and Dad!
A weekend only, eight week program starting in January,the objective is to provide a safe and fun environment that fosters learning, family fun and a lifelong love of winter sports at as low a price as possible. Kids attend classes or advanced training every morning and have the afternoon to show off what they can do by free skiing.

Sparks Music

“We Love Music and the People Who Make It”

Lesson Packages starting at $79.99 per month (4 lessons per month) (30 day agreement)

Premier package at $149 per month with flexibility/ 2 different instruments or voice/ theory/ or 2 children

Regular Lesson Plans are $110 or $135 for 45 min sessions.

All Students have access to the Center Stage Performance Area for a private party once per quarter $100 rental fee for private parties of our students, please see our helpful staff for complete details and limitations.

Group Classes for Guitar and Drums start June every Sat at 1:00 cost is $35 per month

Sparks Parks and Recreation

city-of-sparks-logoThe opportunity to participate in recreational, social and cultural outlets is critical to the quality of life in any community. The Sparks Parks and Recreation Department provides programming for all ages and abilities, including sports leagues/camps/competitions, aquatics, arts, dance, community classes, senior outings, kids out-of-school programs, activities for people with disabilities, special events and more. Services are offered at three community centers, two outdoor swimming venues, and two sports complexes. Recreational fun also awaits those who visit the more than 50 park sites in the City of Sparks.

New/Coming up:

New! Spring & Summer Activity Guide is here!
Sparks Comprehensive Parks & Recreation Plan (10KB)
Online Registration
Spring Break Activities
Spring Vacation Fun – March 31 to April 11
Treasure Our Parks 5K Fun Run
Kids Konnection – Before/After School Program
Zumba Dance Class
Message on Alf Sorensen Pool Closure  May 30 – Sept. 30
Truckee Meadows Trails Challenge

Please note: Financial assistance to help with registration fees is available for children, seniors and people with disabilities who cannot otherwise afford to take part in our programs. We always welcome input and feedback. Feel free to e-mail us or call (775) 353-2376.

Spring Forward for Autism Walk

Speared by the growing desire across society to diagnose children suffering from autism spectrum disorders, the University of Nevada School of Medicine’s Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology joined forces with other health care and medical disciplines in northern Nevada to form a unusual collaborative approach to diagnosing autism, the University Center for Autism and Neurodevelopment, or UCAN, team.

Pulling together expertise across medical and behavioral disciplines gives team members the opportunity to learn from each other and view the assessed children from different perspectives leading to an accurate diagnosis.

The UCAN team and the Lili Claire Foundation will both benefit from the “Spring Forward for Autism” 5k walk/run on April 25 (9 a.m. for runners, 10 a.m. for walkers) at the University of Nevada, Reno’s Mackay Stadium when supporters don their running shoes to raise funds to benefit these organizations assisting those living with autism in Northern Nevada.

The fee to participate is $25 if registered before April 25 or $30 the day of the event.

Since other disorders can often present as autism to the untrained eye, the UCAN team’s multidisciplinary approach rules out other conditions to get to the true diagnosis. When professional opinions are combined, a more complete diagnosis emerges.

“We decided to approach assessment from a transdisciplinary aspect due to the complicated nature of the diagnosing process as there are no medical or genetic tests for autism,” said Debra Vigil, Ph.D., director of the team and associate professor in the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology at the School of Medicine. “Our goal is to provide comprehensive and diagnostic evaluation for children who may have autism or other neurodevelopmental disabilities.”

Participating volunteer agencies on the UCAN team include Nevada Early Intervention Services, Washoe County School District, Northern Nevada Child and Adolescent Services, University of Nevada, Reno’s Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities and the School of Medicine’s Departments of Speech Pathology and Audiology and Psychiatry.
At a minimum, the UCAN assessment team consists of a child psychiatrist, school or child psychologist, an occupational therapist, a speech language pathologist, and a developmental specialist. Additional team members from the Washoe County School District or Child Behavioral Services may also participate.

For more information on the “Spring Forward for Autism” walk/run, contact Kari Horn at the Lili Claire Foundation at (775)682-7025.

Step Into Music

Founded in 1987, Step Into Music offers quality music and movement classes for young children, newborns through 7 years, and violin instruction for children 5 years and older. Activities are developmentally appropriate and are based on current research about brain and cognitive development. We aim to give children a wonderful musical start and to encourage a lifetime of musical enjoyment.

Summer at the Ridge

Welcome to Summer at The Ridge!
Summer at The Ridge turns 6 in 2015! Each summer, we provide a unique experiential education program designed for all students entering grades K-9. This year, Discovering Grace Adventures is taking over operation of the camp, with the same great staff, including teachers, Mr. Alex, Ms. Kathy, Ms. Anne, assistant director Ms. Kristy and director, Charlie White. In addition, the theatre program is better than ever under the direction of Cameron Crain! Our enrichment and theatre camps will take place at Sage Ridge School. For Adventure Camps run in collaboration with Project Discovery, Click here!

Our online registration system continues to make the Summer at The Ridge registration experience simple and convenient. You can search for available camps by grade level and time!
This summer we have a wonderful core group of returning educators with over 75 years combined experience ready to make this the best Summer at The Ridge yet!

Register here!

2015 Sessions
Session One: June 22nd – June 26th: Around the World in a Summer at The Ridge Enrichment Camps & Theatre Program (Registration to open February 2nd)
Session Two: June 29th – July 3rd: Around the World in a Summer at The Ridge Enrichment Camps & Theatre Program (Registration to open February 2nd)

Types of Camps
Theatre Camp
Enrichment Camp – Around the World in a Summer at The Ridge

Take 2 Performers Studio

Take2LogoTake 2 Performers Studio offers acting, modeling, voice, and dance classes in Reno, NV for children, teens, and adults. Our programs are designed for beginners as well as individuals with performing experience. At Take 2 Performers Studio we offer an exciting, fun, yet safe place for individuals to express themselves. Often new students and parents entering Take 2 for the first time are amazed at the positive energy. You will not find anyone with a more enthusiastic support for your success than your classmates and instructors at Take 2 Performers Studio. The coaching styles, without a doubt, enrich, empower and bring forth strong, articulate, and passionate individuals while developing the performers craft and building the foundation essential for success in the world of entertainment. Our students audition for top Hollywood agents and casting directors and have appeared in shows like Suite Life on Deck, Medium, Cold Case Files, Disney’s Sam Sandwich, America’s Next Top Model and national commercials like Elmer’s Glue, McDonalds, Sears, JCPenney, Subway, Toys R Us, Wal-Mart, Dominos Pizza, and on Broadway in Peter Pan and Mary Poppins.

At Take 2 Performers Studio your goal is our goal!
• Sign with an agent
• A career in the entertainment industry
• Develop confidence
• Overcome shyness
• Develop strong & effective communication skills
• Explore your creative energy

The Discovery – Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum

Discovery LogoThe Discovery (Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum), located in downtown Reno, is 67,000 square feet of hands-on learning and fun for the young, and the young at heart. Climb the clouds, float the Truckee, harness green energy, explore Da Vinci’s interests and so much more! For more information, visit


To be the community’s center that inspires curiosity, creativity and the joy of lifelong learning.


The Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum is a hands-on museum dedicated to inspiring lifelong learning in science, technology, engineering, art, math, and the world around us.


The Nurturing Nest

NurturingNestLogoThe Nurturing Nest is a community resource center focused on families from conception through parenthood. We offer quality programs and community building for parents in the Reno area.

Empowering women and families with quality education and resources that promote health and well-being during the childbearing years and beyond. Building community and providing support and resources for the women and families of Reno area.

Toll House

TollLogoCome shop for your perfect pumpkin and let the kids play in our fall harvest setting.

Check out our attractions!
Child’s Garden Inflatable, Maze, Train Ride, Rock Sport Climbing Wall, Cameron the Caterpillar Crawl, Pony ride, Dragon Bounce, Pumpkin Bounce, Kiddie ATV ride, Face painting or Temporary Tattoos, Fall backdrop photo!

Gift Shop featuring a large selection of Fall and Halloween decorations for home such as flags, table top decorations, terra cotta pumpkins, outdoor decorations, and wall decorations.

We have a large selection and variety of pumpkins to choose from including:
Houdens, Big Macs, Atlantic giants, Baby Pans, Jack-o’-lanterns, Jackpots, New Zealand Whites, Cinderellas, and many more.

These pumpkins range in sizes from hand size to 150+ lbs. The pumpkins are priced by size.

Most of our pumpkins are grown right here in Reno!!

Urban Stitch Studios

Urban Stitch Studios LogoSewing Classes for Kids and Teens. Sewing Machines and All Equipment Provided. Kids learn to sew using the internationally recognized Kids Can Sew® program. Regular weekly classes available for kids and teens. Schedule varies Monday through Friday. Special late morning classes for home school students too!

Contact Jennifer at 775-824-0729 or


USA FitKids


Exercise is an important part of every child’s development. It doesn’t matter if a child aspires to be a baseball player an artist or a musician. All children should be guided down the path to a healthy lifestyle.

USA FitKids provides a clean, safe comfortable atmosphere for children ages 3-12 to have fun while they develop the life-long mindset of getting and staying fit.

USA FitKids’ trained coaches and experienced supervisors have developed age appropriate programs designed to engage each child physically and socially in a fun and entertaining manner.

Each class is designed to develop physical skills, athletic skills as well as mental, emotional and social skills that the child can carry with them for a lifetime.


VSA arts of Nevada

VSA arts of Nevada

Arts access for ALL

Sparking Your Creativity for 25 years with classes, camps, birthday parties!

VSA arts of Nevada, a non-profit arts organization, provides year-round quality art classes and camps for your child at the Lake Mansion in Reno, Alf Sorensen Community Center in Sparks and after-school programs at seven Washoe County public schools. Classes and camps are open-to-the-public and very affordable. Our experienced teaching artists helps your child learn principles and techniques in the visual arts (drawing, painting, clay, sewing, and more), theater, and creative movement. Kids have fun while building a sense of accomplishment and artistic skills. VSA Nevada also offers art birthday parties for kids or adults.

Don’t let the kids have all the fun. There are classes for adults as well. Scholarships and gift certificates are available.

Wilbur D. May Center

This facility preserves the life and legacy of Wilbur D. May. In addition to his life as an adventurer and world traveler, rancher, artist, pilot, businessman, and Soldier, Wilbur was a committed philanthropist in the community – in particular toward education and well-being for children. The May Center’s museum, arboretum, and botanical gardens are places where Wilbur’s passion lives on, with fun and learning for visitors of all ages.


The Museum houses the personal collection of Wilbur D. May. During a lifetime of world travel and adventure, Mr. May accumulated thousands of rare and exotic artifacts, which he brought back to his Reno home. Since his death in 1982, Mr. May’s priceless ethnographic collection has been on display for the public to enjoy.

Arboretum & Botanical Garden

The Wilbur D. May Arboretum and Botanical Garden is 23 acres with 13 of it serving as living plant museum with over 4,000 native and adaptive plant species on display. It is located in a transitional zone between the Sierra Nevada Mountains and the Great Basin Desert. The garden averages only 4 to 8 inches of precipitation annually, and comes in the form or rain or snow. A short growing season, less than 120 days, and at an elevation of 4,600 feet, the gardens’ daily temperatures can fluctuate 40 degrees or more in a single day! Only a few plants can survive these conditions without additional care and maintenance. The Arboretum’s primary purpose is education, research, conservation, and to demonstrate how introduced plant species and native plants grow in a high desert environment. The Wilbur D. May Arboretum & Botanical Garden is a member of the American Public Garden Association (APGA) and a certified Level II Arboretum through the Arb Net Program administered by the Morton Arboretum of Registered Arboreta, Lisle, IL.





Wild Island

There’s no bigger adventure in the Biggest Little City than Wild Island.

The waterpark is the area’s number one, fun-in-the-sun attraction with speed slides, warter rides, interactive water playgrounds, a wave pool, winding river and more. Putt around our two 18-hole themed, miniature golf courses or dash around our go kart track. The game arcade and redemption center are fun for all. And, we have just expanded the unique and popular Coconut Bowl to 40 lanes with Highway 66 mini bowling, full food and beverage service, pool tables, and the better than ever ballocity three-story interactive play structure! And, on top of all that the best birthday parties anywhere! Wild Island. It’s simply FUNTASTIC!



Young Shakespeare Program

In honor and recognition of our Chair Emeritus, Geno Menchetti, we renamed our educational outreach performances the D. G. Menchetti Young Shakespeare Program in 2004.

2011 will mark the 10th season of this program. The Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival is proud to offer FREE performances throughout the Reno-Tahoe-Truckee region. These fun and interactive plays offer a great introduction for children to the mastery of William Shakespeare and the wonders of outdoor theatre.

Presented in collaboration with The Nevada Shakespeare Company, these performances feature a mixed cast of professional actors and young actors and will take the work of the bard to several venues throughout the Reno/Sparks, Fallon, Minden and Tahoe/Truckee regions.