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Free & Frugal Winter Activities for Kids in Reno: Winter 2017

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Can you believe we’re already into a new year?  Winter is here, kids are back in school, and life seems to be returning to normal for most families in the area.  If you’re looking for fun activities to keep the kids busy and active, here is your winter 2017 Free & Frugal guide!

1. Valentine’s Photo Box @ Home Depot.  Saturday, February 4th from 9:00-12:00 is a kids building workshop at the Home Depot on South Virginia (all Home Depot stores do these; be sure to check your local one for their exact times).  Kids get to keep their craft, receive a free apron, and a certificate of achievement.  Class is free, registration is requested.

2. Fitness 101-Zumba! At Scheel’s.  Grab your kiddos and head on over to Scheel’s on Saturday, January 21st at 9:30am.  Kids ages 4-12 will be doing a 20 minute Zumba class, discussing keeping healthy in 2017, and discussing the warning signs of diabetes in youth.  The class is free and registration is not required.

3. Fit Kids Klub-Basketball! At Scheel’s.  Kids ages 4-12 are invited to this Scheel’s on Saturday, February 4th at 9:00 AM for this basketball workshop covering the basics of dribbling, shooting, and the simple fun of basketball.  Free, and registration is not required.

4.  Soccer! Fit Kids Klub Class at Scheel’s.  This soccer workshop at Scheel’s will be on Saturday, March 18th at 9:30 AM for kids ages 4-12.  Dribbling, shooting, and passing are on the agenda for this free class!  Registration not required.

5. Other Scheel’s Fun:  While we’re on the topic of Scheel’s, be sure to check out some of the other fun activities around the store:

*Indoor Play Structure.  Located within the kids’ section downstairs, this is a fun place to get rid of some energy.

*”Bowling”.  Head upstairs to try out the bowling! This is my kids’ favorite.  And it’s my favorite because it is only $2/game, no special shoes are needed, you can still add bumpers, and the balls are smaller than regular bowling balls.  Much less expensive than hitting up the real bowling alley.

*Free Fudge Sample.  Need I say more?  Fudge is my favorite.

*Ferris Wheel.  At only $1/person, this is an easy way to sit back, relax, and have a little fun.

*Fish Tanks.  School’s boasts two fish tanks-one salt water and one fresh water.  My kids can literally stare at these fish for 20 minutes at a time if I let them.  Be sure to call and ask an employee about when the tanks will be cleaned next…an employee in scuba gear heads inside the tank to clean them out, and it is so fun to watch!

6.  Discovery Museum.  The Discovery Museum offers a great yearly family pass deal for just $100.  BUT, if you aren’t able to spring for a full year pass just yet, hit up the museum on Wednesdays after 4:00 for $5 admission!

7. High Sierra Gymnastics Open Gym.   If you’ve got little people walking through age 5, High Sierra Gymnastics has an open gym just for preschoolers every Wednesday from 11:15-12:00, and is only $5!

8. Jump Man Jump.  Jump Man Jump offers open jumps throughout the week.  Children under 12 months are FREE, and then it is only $7/child older than 12 months. Let them burn off some of that crazy energy when it’s too cold to play at the park!

9. EZ Air Toddler Jump. Again, those of you with younger kiddos will love this deal.  EZ Air Trampoline Park offers a toddler jump time for kids 5 & under (i.e. no big kids!) every Thursday from 12:30-1:30. The cost is just $8 per child/parent pair, and additional children are just $5.

10. EZ Air Sunday Funday.  Older kids?  Head on over on Sundays from 6-8pm and parents get to jump for FREE with a paid child ($12 for one hour).

11.  High Ballocity at the Coconut Bowl. Head over to High Ballocity during the week and children 3 and under are just $1, and everyone else is $6.75.  If you only have a child 3 or under, the parent gets in free!  That’s an awesome deal for running off all their crazy toddler energy!

12.  Library Story Times.  Wash County Libraries have lots of fun story times. Most offer both Toddler Times and Story Times for bigger kids.  Click here, pick your library, and then view the calendar to see your local times.  These are totally free and lots of fun!

13. Family Movies @ South Valley’s Library.  Grab the whole family for The Secret Life of Pets!  Movie begins at 4:00 PM on Wednesday, January 25th, or at 2:00 PM on Saturday, January 28th.

14. Grassroots Books.  Let your kids dive into the world of books at one of Grassroots Bag Sales.  For just $5, you can fill a bag with all the books in their warehouse that you can fit.  Let your kids browse the many books offered, and spend hours at home checking out all their new books.

15. Toddler Time at The Nurturing Nest.  Join other moms of 1-4 year olds at the weekly toddler time meet-ups from 10-12 on Thursdays.  Let the little ones play while you meet new friends!

16. Kimmie Candy Tours.  Kimmie Candy is a local chocolate factory.  They offer free tours during designated times by appointment.  They just moved their facility, so tours are a bit more limited right now.  This is a fun way to see how their candy is made, and to try some free samples while you’re at it.  This is more interesting for older kids, but young children will of course enjoy the samples.

17. Meadowwood Mall Play Area.  For younger children, the mall offers a great little enclosed play area.  On those way-too-cold days, take a trip to the mall for some fun.

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About Jessica Locke

Jessica Locke
Jessica Locke is a wife and stay-at-home mom of four children ages 5 and under. She is a new homeschooling mom who swore she’d NEVER ever even possibly consider homeschooling her children. She loves finding creative ways to stretch her small budget, drinking chai, writing, and eating anything with a peanut butter and chocolate combination. You can check out her latest thoughts on life as a mom, creative tutorials, activities for kids, and easy recipes on her blog, “Mothering With Creativity.”

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