Kids Stuff

Tim Hauserman

You’ve arrived on your North Tahoe vacation and are looking for something to do with the little ones which doesn’t involve snow. Here are a few options to consider:

Take a hike: Until the snow arrives, there are some great local hiking opportunities. Head out on the Tahoe Rim Trail from Tahoe City (Fairway Drive), there are just a few patches of snow and you get lakeviews and lots of interesting trees to tell the kids about. In about a mile you arrive at an impressive lake and Truckee River outlook point that might make for a good lunch spot. If your little ones are still energized, the views are still awesome for the next few miles. Another spot to hike now: The one mile jaunt to Vikingsholm at the edge of Emerald Bay.

Go Ice skating: Check out the rinks in the village at Northstar, the Resort at Squaw Creek or Truckee Regional Park.

Go climb inside: Inside climbing walls can be found at High Altitude Fitness in Incline and the Headwall in Squaw Valley. If a road trip is in order, the Basecamp in downtown Reno not only has tons of climbing boulders but the world’s tallest climbing wall just above the Biggest Little City in The World sign.

Get the kids up in the air: Look for Apex Bungy at Northstar or the Sky Jump near the Tram in Squaw Valley. What could be better for the kids then getting raised high into the air and then jumping on trampolines? Even if they don’t want to do it, it’s pretty fun to watch the other kids do it.

Tree Top Adventure Park: Climb in the trees and zip line with glee at the Tree Top Adventure Park at Granlibakken Resort just outside Tahoe City. Available for aged 5 and up and pretty fun for the parents as well.

Get the kids moving: Kids Yoga and Movement classes for the littlest tykes every Tuesday at the Truckee Community Recreation Center.

Kids Zone Children’s Museum: Interactive exhibits, science and art classes. Baby Zone and Jungle gym for toddlers. Near the High School in Truckee.

Tahoe Science Center: Operated by the University of California, Davis on the campus of Sierra Nevada College this science education center about Lake Tahoe has exhibits, 3D movies, and lots of hands on experiments, as well as a virtual Tahoe research boat.

Walk on the beach: Check out the enormous rocky beach at The Commons in Tahoe City. Hopefully, the moisture will arrive and those rocks will be covered with water soon.