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.

Here’s wishing all you Dads out there a great day. Here are some ideas for things to do on Father’s Day, which for 2017 is on Sunday, June 18. There are numerous possibilities, but here are some hints…

  • The Reno Rodeo will be in full swing this Father’s Day weekend.
  • Father’s Day steam train rides on the V & T Railroad.
  • Go to a Reno Aces game at Greater Nevada Field in Reno. The Aces will be playing the Las Vegas 51s from Saturday through Tuesday, June 17 – 20, 2017.
  • Take Dad to one of the great movies now playing in Reno and Sparks theaters.

Get more information about Father’s Day activities from “Father’s Day around Reno and Sparks.”

Happy Father’s Day from NewToReno.com!

The wild west family fun and pageantry of the annual Reno Rodeo kicks up dust at the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center from Thursday, June 15 through Saturday, June 24, 2017.

The Reno Rodeo is a nationally recognized PRCA (Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association) event. In addition to nightly rodeo performances, families and kids will enjoy numerous other activities associated with the Reno Rodeo, including special shows in the outdoor arena, a shopping area for food, drink, and western goods, a big carnival on the midway, kids’ rodeo, and the Reno Rodeo Parade in downtown Reno on Saturday, June 17.

The Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center is located at 1350 N. Wells Avenue in Reno. Daily parking on the grounds is $6. Reno Rodeo tickets can be purchased the day of the event at the rodeo grounds, online, or by calling 800-325-7328. Tickets on the day of the event are $3 more than if you buy them in advance and you don’t get any of the available discounts.