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Tahoe boasts welcoming venues beyond the obvious ski lessons and strolls through resort villages for parents and babes.

Kids playing at KidZone

From the KidZone Museum in Truckee to The Discovery Museum in Reno, little ones have ample space to explore, discover and play in safe places made for their sizes, hands and inquisitive minds. The KidZone, a winter sanctuary for many new parents, has a padded Baby Zone for rolling, crawling and climbing, while on-the-move toddlers can play on a ship or in a pretend kitchen, climb ladders and explore art in a self-service room complete with aprons, washable paints and a variety of paper.

Ice Skating | Courtesy of Northstar California

Story time | Libraries throughout the region offer fun and free child-friendly reading spaces and lively story times packed with songs and crafts.

Pool time | Enjoy year-round swim time at indoor pool facilities from Truckee’s newly opened aquatic center featuring an incredible shallow area with a slide exclusively for 2 to 4 year olds and another dedicated to adventurous toddlers, teens and adults. Insider’s tip: The first 10 minutes of each hour is adults only, so take the opportunity to arrive and change into your bathing suits, hit the potty or hydrate.

Look for indoor pools and swim times in South Lake Tahoe and Incline Village, as well.

Jake Cheslock’s first sled ride | Nicole Cheslock

Outdoor fun | Let’s face it, you don’t want to spend the whole time indoors. The Legacy Trail, plowed through the winter, is great for stroller rides in Truckee and so is Tahoe City’s Lakeside Trail. Commons Beach, with awesome lake views and play structures, is another safe bet in Tahoe City along with the Winter Sports Park, featuring an ice rink for the first time this winter.

Ice skating is a fun, family-friendly activity with rinks offered at several local resorts along with skating at the Truckee River Regional Park and the South Lake Tahoe Ice Arena.

On the snow | Snow time is a great way to entertain little ones from easy-to-master snowshoeing to sledding at local spots around the region. For a list of guided snowshoe tours this winter, visit the Events calendar at Look for our picks for local snowshoe trails and sledding hills at, as well.

Since becoming a mother, Nicole Cheslock has been exploring her surroundings with a fresh perspective.

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