Courtesy Tahoe Rim Trail Association

Youth Backcountry Camps
The Tahoe Rim Trail Association is hosting its 10th annual Youth Backcountry Camps in partnership with Tahoe Institute for Natural Science this summer. Youth participants are provided with gear, food and instruction. Kids learn basic backpacking and navigation skills, leave no trace ethics, natural history, local flora and fauna and trail stewardship.

Camp for ages 14 to 17 is from June 25 to 28; camp for ages 12 to 14 is from July 9 to 12 and Aug. 13 to 16. The cost is $365 per person; scholarships are available. | Register (775) 298-4485 or

Journaling nature
South Lake Tahoe
On April 22 and May 13 at 10 a.m. join the Kids Nature Journal Club at South Lake Tahoe Library. Come learn skills for exploring the natural world and how to capture adventures in a nature journal. Some materials will be provided, but bring a notebook and pen. Make sure to dress for exploring. Free and open to all children age 10 and older. | (530) 573-3185

Looking for talent
Reno, Nev.
Sierra School of Performing Arts is looking for actors, dancers and singers, Grade 4 to adult, for a summer production of “The Sound of Music.” Prepare a short monologue and at least 16 bars of an up-tempo song from the show or other Broadway musical on April 23 from 1 to 5 p.m. Bring sheet music if you prefer piano accompaniment. Everyone auditioning must attend the dance audition. |

Art to take home
Tahoe City
North Tahoe Arts will host Kids Art Saturdays, seven free art workshops for ages 2 to 12. Each workshop allows children to create an art project that is meant to be taken home. Artists volunteer their time to give children a chance to discover the fun of creating. Parents must remain with the children; the times are noon to 2 p.m. A Gift for Mom is on May 6 and A Gift for Dad is on June 10. Paint the Pumpkin is on Sept. 30 at the Tahoe City Oktoberfest. Make an Ornament is on Dec. 2. |

Learn to ace it
Incline Village, Nev.
Incline Recreation Center offers Junior All Star/Quick Start Clinics for tennis players, ages 4 to 12. These three-week sessions meet twice a week. Drop-ins are permitted if space is available.

Players are divided by age groups. Sessions start in May and run until September. |

Writers unite
South Lake Tahoe
Young Adult Writers’ Meetup is on the first and third Saturday of each month from 3 to 4 p.m. at South Lake Tahoe Library. Meet with fellow writers for discussion and writing. Laptops available for use in the library. Snacks provided. | (530) 573-3185

Safety first
Incline Village, Nev.
Incline Recreation Center offers Lifeguard Training Class for ages 15 and older on May 20 and 27 and June 3 from 1 to 7 p.m. The American Red Cross-sanctioned course encompasses: Lifeguarding, CPR for the professional rescuer, first aid and AED Certifications.

The American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Class is for ages 16 years and older. Learn to be a water safety instructor and teach swim lessons. This class breaks down each stroke and trains you to teach swimming by incorporating creative teaching methods, covering basic water safety techniques. The class is offered on May 21 and June 4 and 11 from 1 to 7 p.m.

The deadline to register for both classes is May 19. |

Young leaders needed
Incline Village, Nev.
The IVGID Recreation Department is looking for enthusiastic, dedicated, hard-working teens entering Grades 6 to 10 for the Leaders in Training Education program. Students will be trained and work for a minimum of one week at summer camp. They will be in charge of designing and leading activities and more. Applications are due May 19. |

Scholarship opportunities
Tahoe Vista
Flow Arts Studio’s Youth Program provides performance art training in aerial fabric, dance and yoga, with an emphasis on health and wellness. Performance training is tough and rigorous, but participants gain self-confidence, aerial art and performance training and a tight tense of community.

Each year, Tahoe Flow Arts Studio issues scholarship funds to students, ages 8 and 17, who can prove monetary need. No aerial arts experience is necessary to apply. Applications are due May 1. | or

Play holiday days
Incline Village, Nev.
Incline Village Parks and Recreation offers Spring Epic Enrichment Camps led by Miss Joan. The camps include stories, songs, science, games, art, crafts, creative snacks and more.

Monday Madness is for ages 3 to 5 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Mondays from May 22 to June 12.

Terrific Tuesday is for Pre-K to age 5 from 1 to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays from May 9 to June 6.

Thrilling Thursdays is for age 5 through Grade 3 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. from May 11 to June 8. | (775) 832-1310 or

Academic scholarships for teens
Liberty Utilities offers academic scholarships for eligible high-school and college students within its service territory. The eight schools in the fifth annual scholarship program are South Tahoe High School, Loyalton High School, Douglas High School, Coleville High School, North Tahoe High School, Truckee High School, Portola High School and Lake Tahoe Community College. Interested students should contact their school’s financial aid office or counselor. |

Youth Art Contest
California’s Department of Fish and Wildlife is starting a “Don’t Let it Loose!” campaign and is asking children in Grades 2 to 12 to send illustrations depicting invasive species, how their release affects natural resources or what to do with unwanted pets/plants instead of releasing them. The youth artwork will be used in a poster and video campaign. All types of media will be welcome: drawings, paintings, animations, comic strips, videos, etc. All entries must include an entry form and be received by May 15. |

Welcome guppies
Incline Village, Nev.
Incline Village Recreation Center offers swim lessons for a variety of ages and abilities. Programs are designed to follow the American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim guidelines and all instructors are Water Safety Instructor certified. Session VI is from May 15 to June 8. | Register (775) 832-1310

Nature camps for kids
Tahoe Institute for Natural Science announces its summer camps. They have expanded the number of camps and the ages who can attend. There will be Truckee and North Shore day camps in partnership with KidZone and Northstar. South Lake Tahoe day camps will be added and youth back country camps in partnership with Tahoe Rim Trail Association will be offered to junior- and high-school students. Scholarships are available. |

Little ones like to congregate
Incline Village, Nev.
Tahoe Tiny Timbers Gym Time at Incline Village Recreation Center is for ages newborn to 5 on Tuesdays and Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. This is an opportunity for youngsters to socialize and use gross motor skills in a stimulating environment. Caregivers/parents must be present. |

Free gym time
Toddler Gymtime is for walking children to age 3 and their parents/caregivers. They can enjoy socialization and active play with play equipment, including pushing and riding toys, balls, hoops, slides and tunnel mazes. This drop-in class in the big gym at the TTUSD District Office is parent-facilitated and free of charge. It will be on Thursdays from 9:30 to 11 a.m. following the school district schedule. |

Little classes for little people
Truckee Donner Recreation and Park District offers several ongoing classes for babies and parents. Mommy & Me Curiosities is on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9 to 10:30 a.m. for ages 1 to 3. Baby & Me Discoveries is on Wednesdays from 11 to noon for ages 1 to 3. Baby Bears Yoga is on Tuesdays from 11 to noon for ages 2 to 5. The instructor for all is Renee Grennan and classes are held at the Community Art Center.

Music Together Family Class is on Tuesdays from 10 to 10:45 a.m. or Saturdays from 11 to 11:45 a.m. for age birth to 5. Parents must stay with students. Brooke Chabot is the instructor. | Register

Free preschool program
The Family Room program at the Truckee Elementary School is from Mondays to Fridays from 10 a.m. to noon. Space is limited in this free program. The Family Room is a bilingual program dedicated to encouraging the development of literacy and school readiness in families with children ages 3 and younger. Activities include a mix of reading, music and crafts, while parents create supportive peer networks. The Family Room includes a free lending library of English and Spanish children’s books. | (530) 587-2513 or

Making the scene
Stateline, Nev.
Teen Scene is every Friday night at the Kahle Community Center from 6:30 to 9 p.m. for Grades 6 to 12. Kids can shoot hoops, play volleyball, climb the rock wall and play arcade or video games. The night is free to passholders or $5 for drop-ins. | (775) 586-7271

Support for families
Kings Beach
North Tahoe Family Resource Center offers support and assistance for local families. The Community Child Car Seat Program offers free car-seat safety checks, car-seat installations and discounted car seats to qualifying families. Certified car-seat technicians will answer all questions. Interested parents must make an appointment.

Support groups for moms and infants are on Tuesdays from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Community House in Kings Beach. Moms or caregivers can get help with proper breastfeeding techniques, postpartum concerns, infant nutrition and infant care.

On Mondays, the center offers legal assistance and mediation on family law, employment, landlord-tenant disputes and other civil issues. Those with questions must make an appointment. | (530) 546-0952

For children especially
Reno, Nev.
Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum offers educational exhibits, classes and hands-on activities designed for children.

Discover Your Way is the first Sunday of the month from 10 a.m. to noon. Families with children on the Autism Spectrum and with sensory processing disorders are given special admission before the public. This monthly program provides an opportunity to enjoy sensory-friendly time at the museum and allows parents to network.

Small Wonder Wednesdays is from 9 to 10 a.m. for ages 5 and younger. Tots can participate in story time and explore the museum for a full hour before it opens to the public. |

Moving to the beat
Incline Village, Nev.
Incline Village Recreation Center offers dance on Friday afternoons for all ages with Miss Brittnee Bramy. Fairytale Ballet is for ages 3 to 5. Dancers will learn the basics of ballet while dressed as a favorite fairytale character. Kid’s Jazz is for ages 6 to 8. This introductory jazz dance course includes warm-up and stretches to energetic playful music. Hip Hop is for ages 9 to 11 and will focus on rhythm, syncopation and stage presence. Middle School Contemporary Dance is for middle schoolers who would like a class that incorporates all kinds of dance. |

Dance class galore
Sierra Nevada Dance with Sherrie Peterson is at Truckee Community Recreation Center five days a week for ages 3 to adult. Creative Dance is offered on Mondays for ages 3 to 5. Tuesdays is adult ballet with stretching. Wednesdays and Thursdays offer advanced ballet for all ages and skills and Fridays features jazz/funk and jazz/tap combo. |

Self defense is an art
Ongoing martial arts classes are available at Truckee Community Recreation Center. Aikido, a nonaggressive, noncompetitive martial art, focuses on harmony and cooperation. Classes are on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. The fee is $45 per month for unlimited classes or $10 for drop-ins.

Karate is offered for all experience levels. Classes for ages 11 and younger are on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5 to 6 p.m. and from 6 to 7:30 p.m. for ages 12 and older. Advances classes are on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 to 6 p.m. An optional class is on Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m. The fee is $65 per month. |

Defend thyself
Incline Village, Nev.
Shotokan Karate is on ongoing Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:10 to 8:40 p.m. for beginners and advanced students of karate at Incline Village Recreation Center. Participants can buy 10-class session passes. |

Free tennis clinic
Zephyr Cove, Nev.
Zephyr Cove Tennis Club will be offering tennis lessons for ages 4 to 12 in June and July. To get youngsters back in the groove, a free clinic will be offered on June 3 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. This will be a refresher for those who have played before and an introduction to the sport for newcomers. Space is limited and preregistration is required. | (775) 586-7271

Family tennis social
Incline Village, Nev.
The Tennis Center at Incline Parks & Recreation offers a free family day to learn about the tennis program on June 7. Meet other tennis families and meet the coaches at an ice cream social at 3 p.m. |

Get a quick start
Incline Village, Nev.
Incline Recreation Center offers weekly Quick Start tennis camps for ages 6 to 12, to focus on stroke production, techniques, match play and tennis rules through specialized activities and drills. The camp also promotes teamwork, sportsmanship and a high emphasis on fun. Other activities in the camp may include swimming and other fun games. A daily drop-in option is based on space available. One-week sessions start June 19, Monday to Thursday, from 1 to 4 p.m. | 

Safe adventures await
Olympic Valley
This summer let your child explore and discover adventure through outdoor activities and art exploration at Squaw Kids Adventure Camp. The camps are offered on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays, from June 23 through Sept. 4. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., fun and friendly counselors work with kids to create an adventurous, but safe environment both indoors and out. Campers are divided into two age groups: ages 5 to 7 and 8 to 13. Fee includes Aerial Tram ticket, activities, snack and lunch. |

Adventures galore
Olympic Valley
The 3rd annual Squaw Valley’s Kids Adventure Games returns from June 23 to 25. The games feature a kid-sized adventure race where teams of two navigate a natural terrain-inspired obstacle course. Kids can expect mountain biking, hiking, zip-lines, a Tarzan rope swing, giant Slip-n-Slide, tubing, cargo nets, mud pits and more. This is a fun and confidence-building outdoor experience for ages 6 to14. It’s also a great day out for all the family — spectators are encouraged. |

Kids Art Camps
Area venues
North Tahoe Arts’ Kids Art Camp offers a hands-on art experience to ages 5 to 12. Local artists and instructors teach children ceramics, printmaking, painting, fiber art, earth art, book/journal making, jewelry, pastels, wire sculpture and batik. The student/teacher ratio is small, ensuring that the children receive the benefit of individual instruction in addition to the attention from volunteers who assist with the classes. Much of the camp takes place outdoors and snacks are provided. Sessions are from July 10 to 14 and July 17 to 21 in Tahoe City; and from July 24 to 28 in Kings Beach. |

Animal care camp
Humane Society of Truckee Tahoe EdVenture Camp is a summer camp program that focuses on an overall theme of pet care that includes games, activities, speakers, snack time and hands-on experience with the animals. Sessions for ages 7 to 9 are from July 10 to 14 and ages 10 to 12 are from July 17 to 21. The camp fee is $175. | Register (530) 587-5948

Outdoor fun and learning
Explore Nature Camps in partnership with Sugar Bowl and Gateway Mountain Center offer day camp programs that balance field science instruction, hiking and reflection. Group safety, trail conditions, group cooperation and fitness levels are taken into account in determining a day’s activities. Explore Nature camps are for ages 4 to 6, Adventures in Nature camps are for ages 7 to 10 and Mountain Adventure camps are for ages 11 to 14. Sessions are from July 24 to 28 and from July 31 to Aug. 4. |