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April 2014


by Janet Ross

If we have some April showers, and if you find yourself in charge of the grand or great-grand children, here are some ideas for rainy day adventures you are sure to enjoy.

The Nevada Museum of Art is currently hosting a special exhibit, “Maurice Sendak - 50 Years, 50 Works, 50 Reasons.” (In the event you’re not familiar with artist and author Sendak, he’s most well known for his delightfully frightful book, Where the Wild Things Are.) In conjunction with Sendak’s art, the Museum has scheduled a series of activities for children. First up is a Spring Break Art Camp April 7-11, from 8:30 to noon, for ages 7-12. Focused on Where the Wild Things Are, camp activities will include learning the art of storytelling, creating illustrations and culminating with a handmade book. There’s a fee: $165 per child, $145 for a member.

“A Wild Rumpus” is scheduled for Saturday, April 12th. This free event runs from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and allows children to create art projects and enjoy a performance by the Music Monsters. Rounding out the Sendak activities is a Pajama Party and Film Screening on April 18th. The movie will be Where the Wild Things Are (surprise, surprise). There will be snacks and time to participate in an art project. This event is for 7 to 12 year-olds and takes place from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Admission is $20, $16 for members.

The Museum Store has a great selection of Sendak books and other “wild” items. Chez Louie offers meals from a sophisticated menu. Other exhibits include the fabulous landscapes of Phyllis Shafer and the “Realm of the Commonplace” paintings by Patricia Chidlaw. Nevada Museum of Art is open Wednesday through Sunday; general admission is $10 with discounts for students, Seniors and children. Parking is free in the Museum lot at 160 West Liberty Street, Reno. For additional information you can call the Museum at 775/329-3333 or check their website at

Just blocks from the Nevada Museum of Art is the delightful Terry Lee Wells Discovery Museum, The Discovery. There’s always something special happening at this wonderful place for “hands-on discovery and science entertainment.” (Should you want to check it out sans munchkins, an “Adults Only Fun at the Discovery” is scheduled for Friday, April 25th from 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets are limited to those 21 and older and cost from $15-$25 for the event that includes beer, wine and hors d’oeuvres.) Several different levels of membership are available and provide free admission for an entire year. There’s a Museum Store for great gifts. Wednesday nights are a bargain with $4 admission after 4 p.m. (Regular admission is $8.) The Discovery is open Tuesday through Sunday at 490 S. Center Street, Reno, with free parking on-site. Call 775/786-1000 for more details or check the website at

“Treasure: Riches, Rogues and Relics” is the featured exhibit at the Wilbur D. May Museum in San Rafael Park at 1595 N. Sierra Street, Reno. There will be special activities for children to explore sunken treasure, royal jewels, early archaeology and ... pirates! Admission is $9 for adults, $8 Seniors and children. Free parking on-site, and the May is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.

Last in line for rainy day activities is a trip to Scheels in Sparks. The huge sporting goods emporium offers more than just merchandise, including an indoor Ferris wheel, Wildlife Mountain covered with taxidermy examples of Nevada animals, two arched aquariums (one stocked with native fish) and a snack bar. Scheels is part of the Legends Outlet complex (just North of I-80 at the Sparks Boulevard exit in Sparks). More information at 775/331-2700 or their website,

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