Review: Escape Room at the Puzzle Room Reno – with Kids!

Escape Room Addict Hi. My name is David and I am an escape room addict. I cannot get enough of escape and puzzle rooms. My “team”, consisting of my wife and another married couple close to us, take escape rooms seriously. We have even gone to extremes, such as not drinking a lot beforehand (gasp!),…

NEW: Party Rooms at Circus Circus

If you read my previous article about the new Circus Circus, you know that they’ve recently completed a string of renovations that brought a slew of great new family-friendly additions. One of its newest additions are the two party rooms. Now, as appealing as it is to invite a couple dozen sugar-crazed kids to destroy…

Reno Dads Podcast Episode 6: Situational Awareness

Situational Awareness: Play the Game In this episode, the Reno Dads sit down and talk about a great article by one of our own Reno Dads,  David about Teaching Situational Awareness. It’s an important skill that dads can have a large role in helping our kids develop. What is situational awareness, exactly? David provides a great…

2017 Reno Dads Christmas Shopping Guide

Alright Dads, time to get to your Christmas shopping for the kids. Not just at Costco, Target, and Amazon, but locally! If you aren’t familiar with anything local, here is the 2017 Reno Dads Christmas Shopping Guide with some of the unique toy stores here in Reno that are locally owned. You are sure to…

Review: KiwiCo Crate

Do you remember playing outside for hours with nothing more than a stick when you were a kid? As a boy, I could make that stick a sword to battle pirates or a light saber to battle Darth Vader or a “shooter” (as my daughter says) to be a cowboy. But, it seems, part of…

6 Reasons Why I Have My Kids in Sports

I am the kind of dad that will support my sons in whatever endeavor they choose to pursue – it doesn’t matter to me if it’s art, programming, dance, baking or puppet shows. I will match every ounce of energy they want to put into what makes them happy. But, while they’re still exploring their…

Fake it Til You Make it: A Dad’s Guide to Minecraft, Pokemon, and More

“Mega Rayquayza is so powerful! Right?” “I’m going to need more obsidian if I’m going to make a nether portal.” If you’ve ever heard phrases like this in your household, you probably have a kid who’s in to Pokemon or Minecraft. They each come with their own set of terms and characters. Pokemon alone has…

A Coach’s Promise to You and Your Kid

With another season of coaching around the corner (go Washoe Little League and Northern Nevada Sports and Recreation!) I have been reflecting a lot on what can make me a better coach and what can make my kids work better as a team. So, to follow up my “Help Me Coach Your Kid” article, I wanted to communicate…

Participation Trophies: The Great Debate

Kids today… they’re lazy, entitled, underachieving parasites. Why? Sports participation trophies, obviously. These trophies have become the scapegoat for all the problems we have with today’s youth. It makes me wonder what the previous generations blamed kids “softness” on. Rock n Roll? Indoor plumbing? The automobile? The chief complaint is that we tell our children…

The 10th Reason Your Child Should Be Playing Minecraft

My son loves Minecraft. He, like most of his first grade classmates, have an affinity for a game with otherwise terrible graphics, weak story (if there even is one), and appears insanely repetitive. And they love it. I’ve been to two or three Minecraft themed birthday parties, including my son’s, there are countless collectibles and…