Kids Events

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Fall Festival fun
The eighth annual Fall Festival at Tahoe Donner is on Oct. 14 at 11 a.m. at the Northwoods Clubhouse. There will be arts and crafts vendors, the doggie pool dip, seasonal beer offerings, a pumpkin patch, carnival and food. Free admission. Read the Fall Music & Festival Guide in this edition and at for fun fall activities for the kids. |

Builds strong bodies

Tahoe XC Junior Mountain Riders Program provides local children, ages 7 to 11, with an opportunity to experience and grow in the sport of mountain biking. The weekly club rides focus on developing safe, strong, responsible riders through instruction, practice and fun in a healthy, supportive environment. Mountain biking is an ideal activity to help condition the body outside of the cross-country ski season. Meet at the Tahoe Cross Country Ski Area. The program is on Mondays at 4:30 p.m. until Oct. 16. The drop-in rate is $10 per child. | Register

Climb to success
Truckee Donner Recreation and Parks District offers instructional Climbing Classes for Grades 1 to 6 on Mondays and Wednesdays after school. Leaping Lizards is for beginners and Mighty Monkeys is for experienced/advanced climbers. Session 2 is from Oct. 16 to Nov. 15 and Session 3 is Nov. 27 to Jan. 10, 2018. The cost is $110 per session. Kids Climb, a supervised open climb time, is on Tuesdays and Thursdays for ages 5 to 17. |

Break for activities
Douglas Country Parks and Recreation offers Fall Break Adventure Days for Grades K through 6 from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. from Oct. 23 to 26 at Kahle Community Center. Participants will enjoy field trips, games, crafts and art. The daily $26 fee includes admission, transportation and supervision. Winter Break Adventure Days will be from Dec. 26 to 29 and Jan. 2 to 5, 2018. | Register (775) 586-7271

Sing out loud
Truckee Tahoe Youth Chorus led by Susan Horst is for Grades 3 to 8 on Mondays and Tuesdays from Oct. 23 to Dec. 5. Students will learn vocal techniques and improve music reading skills. The class will culminate with the youth chorus performing with the Truckee Tahoe Community Chorus in its fall concert series on Dec. 9 and 10. The fee is $50. Scholarships are available. |

School-age programs
Douglas County Parks and Recreation offers Kids Club Programs for grades K through 6 designed to complement the school schedule. Early Birds come from 7 to 8:30 a.m. to the Kahle Community Center. The fee is $2 per day with school bus pickup. Kids Club is from 3 to 6 p.m. at Zephyr Cove Elementary School and is $6 per day.
The Wednesday Morning Club for Grades K through 5 is from 7 to 10 a.m. at Kahle Community Center on Dec. 13. This supervised program is for kids on school calendar late start days. The fee is $6 per day. All require pre-registration. | (775) 586-7271

Second Saturday art
St. Mary’s Art Center in Virginia City. Nev., offers art classes for kids on the second Saturday of the month. On Oct. 14, ages 7 to 18 can explore Found Objects in small-scale sculpture. On Nov. 11, ages 13 to 18 can learn Painting Techniques and Expression and on Dec. 9, ages 7 to 18, can try their hand at the Art of Dyeing Fabric, batik and tie-dyeing. Classes are $20 per student. |

Sparks of art
Ages 6 to 10 will explore a variety of visual art activities including drawing, painting and 3-D work in this beginner/intermediate class. These classes are held on Tuesdays on Oct. 17 and 24 and Nov. 7
and 14 at the Larry D. Johnson Community Center in Sparks, Nev. Supplies are included in the $40 cost. Class size is limited to 15 participants to provide more one-on-one instruction time. |

Evening art class
Teen Drawing class, for ages 12 to 16, is on Oct. 19 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Larry D. Johnson Community Center in Sparks, Nev. Students will learn how to draw by recognizing basic shapes and altering them. They will explore the techniques of line quality, hatching, and shading during this evening class. Supplies are included in the $15 fee. |

Preteen art adventures
Budding artists, ages 9 to 12, explore a variety of mediums including drawing, pastels, watercolor and more. In this great introductory class, children can find his or her artistic passion. The four-week session starts on Oct. 25 on Wednesdays in the Art Studio at Lake Mansion in Reno. Nev. Supplies are included in $40 class fee. Class size is limited to 15 participants. |

B-ball for all
Truckee Donner Recreation and Park District offer Basketball Clinics for Grades 1 to 6. Sessions are from Oct. 30 to Nov. 1, Nov. 6 to 8, and Nov. 13 to 15. Learn new skills or refine those you already have.
Basketball Leagues begin on Nov. 6 at for Grades 1 to 8. Grades 1 and 2 will be coed teams. The rest will be boys and girls teams. Practice starts after Thanksgiving break and games start on Saturdays in January 2018. |

Valuable martial art
Douglas County Parks and Rec offers Tae Kwon Do for ages 7 to 12 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The class emphasizes fundamental values such as courtesy, integrity and self-discipline — and it is a fun way to stay fit. Offered on Wednesdays from Nov. 1 to 29, Dec. 6 to 20 and Jan. 10 to 31, 2018. | (775)

Music ed scholarship
Carson City Symphony Association announces the second annual instrumental music scholarship for Carson City students age 5 to 17. The award of $250 to $1,000 is to further the student’s music education. It can be used for lessons, workshop, summer camp, master class, etc. An application form can be downloaded from the Web site or from school music teachers. Completed applications and supporting documents must be received by Nov. 15. | (775) 883-4154 or

Take it to the mats
Youth Wrestling with Jim Bennet is at Truckee High School for Grades K to 4. It will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays from Nov. 7 to March 8, 2018, excluding holidays and school vacations. Introductory wrestling skills will be taught. Tournaments are on Sundays in January and February. It ends with a state tournament in March 2018. |

Learn to strum and hum
Tahoe Truckee School of Music offers Beginning Ukulele for all ages on Tuesdays from 3 to 4 p.m. and Beginning Guitar from 4 to 5 p.m. Instructor Ben Martin teaches both classes from Nov. 14 to Dec. 12. The fee for either class is $95 per session or $25 for drop-ins.|

Working with clay
Children’s Ceramics led by Susan Dorwart are for Grades 1 to 6 at the Truckee Community Arts Center. Ongoing classes will be from 3:45 to 5:15 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays. Learn to use coils, slabs and sculpture techniques. Pay by the month or pay drop-in fees. |

For children, especially
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. |

Writers unite
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

Dance classes for all ages
Sierra Nevada Dance with Sherrie Petersen is at Truckee Community Recreation Center. Classes for all ages are ongoing monthly. Creative dance is offered to ages 2 to 5 and ballet classes are offered to ages 7 to adult. Truckee Youth Dance Ensemble hosts apprentice, junior, senior and elite companies. The monthly fee for the ensemble is $75 per month with no drop-ins. |

Make art, waste not
The Nevada Recycles program has partnered with The Venetian and The Palazzo in Las Vegas, Nev., to support a statewide-recycled art contest to increase Nevadans’ awareness and interest in recycling. Entrants must be Nevada residents and projects must be composed of used recyclable materials. Submission of an entry form and photos of artwork are due by Oct. 22.
Materials that can be used include electronics, appliances, plastic bags, bottles, batteries and aluminum cans. Fastening materials may include tape, glue and/or string. Winners will be announced before America Recycles Day on Nov. 15. |

Making the scene
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

Little ones like to congregate
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. |

A room for young families
The Family Room program resumes Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to noon in Room 19 at Truckee Elementary. The Family Room is a Spanish and English program dedicated to encouraging the development of literacy and school readiness in age 3 and younger. Activities include a mix of reading, music and crafts, while parents create supportive peer networks. The room includes a free lending library of English and Spanish children’s books. |

Support for families
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

Guppies and seahorses?
Truckee Community Swimming Pool offers an extensive Learn to Swim program for ages 6 months to 5. Lessons meet once a week for two months and the instructor/student ratio is based on the swim level and number of students. The next sessions are from Nov. 6 to Dec. 23, Jan. 8 to March 3, March 5 to April 28, and April 30 to June 20. |

Marco … Polo
Truckee Community Swimming Pool offers Kids Water Polo for ages 10 to 14. Angela Mansfield will lead the classes on Tuesdays from 6 to 6:45 p.m. The next session is from Nov. 7 to Dec. 19. The cost per session is $80 or $18 for drop-ins. |

Sitting on the job
Babysitting Training for Teens is at Truckee Community Arts Center for Grades 6 and higher. Instructor Tessa Waldron offers classes from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesdays starting Nov. 9 or March 7, 2018. The class will stress safety, business basics, creative ideas for entertaining kids and first aid. |

A tail to tell
Mermaid University Swim School is at Truckee Community Swimming Pool with Amanda Oberacker for ages 6 to 12. Learn to swim like a mermaid on Fridays from 4 to 4:40 p.m. or 4:35 to 5:05 p.m. Sessions are from Nov. 10 to Dec. 22, Jan. 12 to March 2, and March 9 to April 27, 2018. Children must pass a swim test or have a parent present. Tails are available for purchase at the pool. The fee for each session is $72. |

No school means fun
Truckee Donner Recreation and Park District offers holiday camps for Grades K to 5. Full days of activities when there is no school includes Turkey Camp on Nov. 22. Winter Wonderland Days are in two sessions: Session 1 is from Dec. 26 to 29 and Session 2 is from Jan. 2 to 5. February Fun Days during ski/skate week are from Feb. 20 to 23 and Spring Fling Camp is from April 9 to 13. Days are from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and the cost is $40 per day per child. |

Wanna be a lifeguard?
Truckee Community Swimming Pool hosts Lifeguard Training classes for ages 15 and older with instructor Amanda Oberacker. This class is required for anyone wanting to work as a lifeguard. You must be able to swim 500 yards continuously, shallow dive, surface dive and tread water. Sessions are from Nov. 29 to Dec. 22, April 10 to 14, 2018, and May 23 to June 15. The fee is $250. | Register

Ice skating, dancing lessons
Truckee Regional Park Ice Rink is the place for ice-skating lessons with Gus Gustafson. Classes are Friday afternoons and Saturday mornings for ages 3 to 6 and beginners 1 and 2 and intermediates ages 5 and older. Session 1 starts in December. Session 2 starts in January and Session 3 in February 2018. Adults are welcome to join in the classes if they are willing to learn with children.
Ice-dancing lessons will also be offered with Gustafson for ages 13 and older. Skaters must be intermediate or advanced ice skaters. No partner is necessary to attend. The 30- minute lessons over three weeks will include basic steps and beginning dances. Session 1 starts in December, Session 2 in January and Session 3 in February 2018. |

Kids in the kitchen
Truckee Donner Recreation and Parks District offers Cooking for Kids and More Cooking for Kids (an advanced version) for ages 9 to 12 on Mondays with Tammy Garbarino. Sessions are from Feb. 26 to April 2, 2018. Garbarino also leads Holiday Baking for Kids, a two-hour class on Dec. 11 and Dec. 18 that allows kids to make holiday treats.
Little Chefs Cooking Class led by Thao Doan is for ages 7 to 12 on Wednesdays starting Jan. 3, 2018. This is an ongoing, monthly class. |

Kids who act up
Instructor Carrie Haines offers Acting For Kids at the Truckee Community Art Center for ages 7 to 11 on Wednesdays from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. This beginning acting class will introduce improvisation, scene study and channeling imagination. The cost per session is $99. Session 2 is from Jan. 3 to March 7, 2018. |


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