2017 summer fun at Washoe County parks

June 26, 2017

Many Washoe County parks feature popular summer programs geared for kids and families. Here are some of the things you can do during summer 2017 when visiting various parks around the region. For more, check out the Washoe County parks home page.

Ranching at Rancho Series – most Saturdays through September 16, 2017. Come to Rancho San Rafael Regional Park in Reno for a fun, free ranching themed open house in the main barn area. Each week features a new theme. Visit with the resident chickens and turkeys, cool off inside the Discovery Room, or your kids can enjoy a horse or pony ride for only $5 with Lorie’s Pony Express. Themed Ranching at Rancho activities will only be offered most Saturdays, but the Discovery Room and pony rides will be available Saturdays and Sundays between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. most weeks. For more details contact Park Ranger Marie Fong or Park Ranger Bob Holland at (775) 785-4512 or email to mfong@washoecounty.us.

Galena Campfire Programs – Fridays, June 23 to July 28, 2017, 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Galena Campfire Programs series will be at Eagle Meadow inside Galena Creek Regional Park. The series features a range of presenters and entertainers, with a different program each week. The campfire will be lit for roasting marshmallows at 7:30 p.m. Programs are free though $3 donations are encouraged. Donations of marshmallow supplies will be appreciated. Bring blankets, low-back chairs, flashlights and insect repellant. Eagle Meadow is reached from the north entrance to Galena Creek Regional Park at 18250 Mt. Rose Highway, above the Galena Creek Visitor Center. (775) 849-2511.

Free Concerts at Lazy 5 Regional Park – through August 9, 2017. Lazy 5 Regional Park is having another summer of free Wednesday evening concerts. 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. Lazy 5 Regional Park is located at 7100 Pyramid Lake Highway, Sparks/Spanish Springs. (775) 424-1866.

Swimming Pool at Bowers Mansion Regional Park – early June to mid-August, 2017. The unique and historic outdoor pool at Bowers Mansion Regional Park is heated by a natural hot spring and is kept between 78 and 83 degrees. There is a wading pool for kids 6 and under. The pool is open from 12 noon to 5 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday, and from 12 noon to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Bowers Mansion is in Washoe Valley, about 21 miles south of Reno on U.S. 395 / I580. For more information about pool operations, call (775) 785-4512 x106.

Source: Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space.

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