Kids Events

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Expo is hands-on
U.C. Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center presents the 13th annual Science Expo on March 14 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the U.C. Davis Tahoe Science Center at Sierra Nevada College in Incline Village, Nev. It will also be on April 5 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the gymnasium at Lake Tahoe Community College in South Lake Tahoe. The theme is life science and health. Hands-on science investigations, experiments and demonstrations are for visitors of all ages. This year’s activities focus on health, nutrition, the human body, organisms, ecosystems, food webs, life cycles, inheritance, adaptation and more. It is free and open to the public. |

Join a book club
Word After Word Books in Truckee is starting a Young Readers Society, which will have two chapters: one for kids, ages 9 to 12, and one for teens, ages 13 to 17. Word After Word Books will select books a month in advance and each month there will be a Meet-Up to discuss the books at the bookshop. The Meet-Up for the Kids Chapter Meet-Up will be the first Friday of the month and Teen Chapter Meet-Up will be the third Friday of the month. Each Meet-Up will start at 5:30 p.m. and last for 30 to 45 minutes. Parents are encouraged to drop kids and teens off. | (530) 536-5099 or

Move to music
Truckee Tahoe Music Together offers classes for infants to age 5 in which they can explore music and movement. The curriculum follows the recommendations of child development researchers and children of a variety of ages learn together to fosters natural, family-style learning. Younger children enjoy watching and imitating older ones; older children learn by leading younger ones. Each child participates at his or her own level in singing, moving, chanting, listening, watching or exploring musical instruments. The whole family is welcome. Spring classes start in April at a number of locations in North and South Tahoe, Truckee and Reno, Nev. |

Free to explore
Tahoe City Parks and Recreation offers Wee Play Wednesdays for infants to age 5 in the Tessie Room at Fairway Community Center. The class will run from 10 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays until April 4. The fee to drop in is $5. Little ones can socialize, explore and interact in a safe environment. |

Kids in the kitchen
Truckee Donner Recreation and Parks District offers Little Chefs Cooking Class led by Thao Doan is for ages 7 to 12 on Wednesdays. This is an ongoing, monthly class. Cooking for Kids and More Cooking for Kids (an advanced version) for ages 9 to 12 is on Mondays with Tammy Garbarino. |

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. from March 9 to April 27. 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. |

Fastest game on two feet
Tahoe City Parks and Recreation offers Youth Lacrosse Leagues starting on March 12. There are girls U11 and U15 and Boys U8, U10, U12 and U14. Practices will be at North Tahoe High School and the games will be played in Truckee, Tahoe City and Reno. The cost is $125 per player, which includes registration with U.S. Lacrosse. |

Making the scene
Teen Scene is every Friday night at the Kahle Community Center in Stateline, Nev., 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.
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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. |

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

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.

No screens in the back country
Tahoe Rim Trail Association is hosting its 11th annual Youth Backcountry Camps in partnership with the Tahoe Institute for Natural Science. These exciting four-day adventures get youth away from screens and outside on a life-changing journey into the wild. Youth participants will make new friends while backpacking 3 to 6 miles per day. They’ll learn new back-country skills and support fellow adventurers in the wild while exploring the flora and fauna of the Tahoe Basin. Youth participants are provided all gear, food and instruction.
The camps are available to ages 12 to 14 from June 19 to 22 and July 23 to 26. The camps are available to ages 14 to 17 from July 9 to 12 and Aug. 20 to 23. The cost is $365 per person. Registration is open now. Partial scholarships are available. |

Learn to Act Up
Reno Little Theater’s presents Act Out! Kids Spring Break Camps. “Rise Up” is from March 26 to 30 and “Into the Woods” is from April 2 to 6. Ages 6 to 12 older can register for the daily camps that are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dramatic scene building, personal monologues and creative movement will be explored. The cost is $200 per child. |

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 in Stateline, Nev. 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.
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When school is closed
Tahoe City Parks and Recreation offers Snow Days for Grades K to 5 from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Kids can come to Rideout Community Center when schools are closed due to snow. The cost is $40 per child for residents and $45 for nonresidents. |

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. |

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. |

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

Academic scholarships available
Liberty Utilities offers academic scholarships for eligible high-school and college students within its service territory. The eight schools participating in the sixth annual scholarship program are South Tahoe High School, Loyalton High School, Douglas High School (students residing in Alpine County only), Coleville High School, North Tahoe High School, Truckee High School and Portola High School, as well as Lake Tahoe Community College.
The seven high-school scholarships are $500 each. High-school seniors must have a minimum unweighted GPA of 2.5 and be accepted to an accredited four-year or two-year university or college or an accredited vocational school. He or she also must have some community service experience in the community in which they reside.
The Lake Tahoe Community College scholarship is $750. Those students are eligible for the scholarship if they have a current 2.5 GPA or higher, and have completed at least 18 quarter units at LTCC. They must be enrolled in LTCC’s upcoming Fall quarter, and have demonstrated leadership through school and/or community service experiences within the community he or she resides.
Interested students should contact the school’s financial aid office or counselor to find out more about the scholarship and to obtain an application. |

Celestial-inspired poems
Celestron, Tahoe Star Tours and Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discover Museum host Astro Poetry Contest 2018 for students in kindergarten through grade 12. Poets do not need to live in the Lake Tahoe region to enter. There will be first-, second- and third-place prizes. Poems must be 20 lines or less, original, unpublished and have an astronomy theme. Any poetry form is acceptable. Submit poet information and the poem to in .pdf or .jpeg formats only. The deadline to submit a poem is April 8. Winners will be contacted on April 16 by e-mail. |

Take a break, camp
Tahoe City Parks and Recreation offers Spring Break Camp for grades 1 to 6 from April 9 to 13. The five-day camp starts at 8:30 a.m. and offers activities and supervised play until 5:30 p.m. Drop off and pick up is at Rideout Community Center. |

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, with Spring Fling Camp 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. |

Camp ends in performance
Truckee Community Theater offers A Midsummer Night’s Teen Spring Break Camp for grades 6 to 8. The camp is from April 9 to 13 with a showcase performance on April 14, directed by Carrie Haines. | Register
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 April 10 to 14 and May 23 to June 15. The fee is $250.
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Kids cooking classes
TCPUD offers a kids’ cooking class for first to fifth graders with simple recipes to introduction children to cooking from April 18 to May 9. The cost is $85 or $75 for residents. | Register (530) 583-3440

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 session is from April 30 to June 20. |

Shooting hoops
Tahoe City Parks and Recreation offers youth basketball for grades 1 to 6 on Tuesdays from May 8 to 29. Grades 1 to 3 will meet from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. and grades 4 to 6 will meet from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Rideout Community Center. The fee is $50 per resident and $60 per nonresident. |

The thrill of racing
Kids Adventure Games will be offered at Squaw Valley from June 22 to 24. The program offers kids, ages 6 through 14, the opportunity to experience the thrill of adventure racing. The races emphasize teamwork, problem solving, sportsmanship, environmental awareness and fun. The kids cross the finish line, muddy, sweaty, smiling and full of pride.