Two Reno museums are currently featuring extraordinary exhibits of the kind usually found only in big cities. You can stay right here in the Biggest Little City and still enjoy some big city experiences, minus the crowds and travel hassles.

A T. Rex Named Sue – Now the featured exhibit at The Discovery, Sue is a life-sized skeleton cast of the largest, most complete, and best-preserved T. rex ever discovered. We’re talking about a big dinosaur – 42 feet long and 12 feet high at the hips. In addition to Sue, the exhibit includes digital and hands-on interactive elements that help you uncover Sue’s past and explore the field of paleontology.

Be the Astronaut – Come to the National Automobile Museum to be an astronaut at this innovative first-person exhibit for all ages. The presentation teaches science and engineering content via physical exhibits, state-of-the-art video game technology, simulators, and NASA reconnaissance data. Visitors have the opportunity to command a crew of virtual content experts at each stage of the exhibit. These digital experts help you learn what’s needed to fly a spaceship, pilot a lander, and drive a surface rover. Also on display is the Mars rover “Opportunity” mockup from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, space suit replicas, artifacts from NASA, and space memorabilia from American pop culture. Reno is one of only two places in the country with this exhibit.

Sources: Websites for each museum.

Lazy 5 Regional Park is having another summer of free Wednesday evening concerts thanks to the generous support of community sponsors. Shows start at 6:30 p.m. Bring blankets or low back chairs. Dinner or snacks in small coolers are welcome. NO PETS or glass containers.

  • June 21: Bluegrass & Classic Country with Sierra Sweethearts
  • June 28: Blues Rock featuring slide guitar by Blue Haven
  • July 5: An Evening of American Songbook by Colin Ross
  • July 12: A Tribute to One Hit Wonders with Wunderlust
  • July 19: Top 40 Hits of the 60’s—Today by The Heidi Incident
  • July 26: Americana & Bluegrass with Unionville
  • August 2: Jazz with the Jazzettes Featuring Cami Thompson
  • August 9: A Musical Variety performed by Escalade

Lazy 5 Regional Park is part of the Washoe County Parks system and is located at 7100 Pyramid Lake Highway, Sparks/Spanish Springs. For more information, call (775) 424-1866.

Farmers markets, Reno, Sparks, Nevada
With summer on the way, farmers markets are popping up throughout the Reno and Sparks area, and at other locations around our region. You will enjoy the fun atmosphere and finding fresh fruits and vegetables to perk up your meals.

In Sparks, 39 North Marketplace, which is a combination farmers market, festival, and food education event, is back for another year at Victorian Square. In Reno, the big downtown farmers market is now held at the Sands Regency on Arlington Avenue. This one will have a kids’ area, cooking and canning demonstrations, and entertainment.

In addition to Nevada grown produce, you’ll find lots of goodies from California that don’t grow on this side of the mountains. Farmers markets are fun for families, many featuring free entertainment and lots of things for kids to do. Get more information from “Farmers Markets around Reno and Sparks,” which also includes regional areas like Fernley, Fallon, north Lake Tahoe, Carson City, Dayton, etc.