Family Fun in the Sierras… Safely

Like many families in our community, mine is feeling the side effects of a reduced social calendar, absent extracurriculars, and increased homebodying (probably not a word, but oh well). What are our options, really? I’ve realized how much we rely on events and crowded spaces to keep us busy. As we grew further stir crazy,…

We’ve Got to Find The Music During the Pandemic Holidays

I grew up with a pretty musical family. My siblings and I all played a different instrument and my sister and I were always singing to songs like “Songbird” by Fleetwood Mac and “Seasons of Love” from the musical, Rent. While my dad didn’t really sing along, he was our biggest cheerleader. He was always…

2020 Map of the Best Christmas Lights in Reno/Sparks

If you’re looking for the best Christmas Light displays in the Reno/Sparks area, look no further. Below is a map to help guide you from neighborhood to neighborhood and show you the houses in Reno you shouldn’t miss this year! If you have any trouble seeing the map below, you can open in Google Maps…

Reno Parents, Can We Clear the Air?

Guest Author: Steven Fine, Reno resident since 1969 Does it ever feel like we’re living in some kind of weird Groundhog Day – but for the whole year? I know so many parents who spend every day doing the same (though admittedly, very admirable) thing, over and over: keeping their kids engaged and happy, helping…

Calling All Griswolds

At Reno Dads, we celebrate all things fatherly, and no dad better personified the time-honored dad tradition of the Christmas lights display. As such, this year we are again in search of the best Christmas yard displays in the greater Reno/Sparks area. We’ll award the best of the best with the Griswold Award for their…

Halloween Alternative: Virtual Murder Mystery Fundraiser

Considering something other than trick-or-treating this year? How about a virtual murder mystery that you can play from home? Sierra Arts Foundation, a nonprofit that advocates for arts and artists in the Truckee Meadows, is now selling a specially-crafted virtual murder mystery game, “Who Killed the Queen of the Reno Art Scene,” that will funnel…

Halloween Fun in the Time of COVID-19

For most families, Halloween will be spun on its head (imagine the scary scene in The Exorcist!). The only thing scarier than ghosts and ghouls is COVID-19 spread. But social distancing and mask regulations don’t have to slash your family’s Halloween fun. There are plenty of entertaining and innovative ways to take in the spooks…

V&T Railway Offers Family-friendly Railbike Rides for Halloween

V&T Railway Commission (V&T Railway) is celebrating Halloween with family-friendly and spooky railbike rides. Running Friday, Oct. 23 through Sunday, Oct. 25 and Wednesday, Oct. 28 through Sunday, Oct. 31, V&T Railway will offer family-friendly haunted railbike rides at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. and adult-focused Halloween railbike rides at 8 p.m. Each ride will…

Teaching Kids Gun Safety

If you weren’t raised around them, guns can be a bit scary, and for good reason. The same justified fear goes for motorcycles, swimming pools, ledges, the forest at night, and pretty much all objects (and animals) that pinch. Thankfully, we as parents get multiple opportunities throughout life to educate our children about the rational…

The Price of Allowance

Allowance can be a tricky subject to tackle. Even my wife and I have differing views on allowance. When someone brings up the conversation of allowance, the traditional understanding tends to be that you pay your child a certain amount of money in exchange for their completion of a list of chores. This mimics the…

Navigating the Transitions

My son Jameson is two years old, and he’ll be three in another month, but it feels at times like he’s going on five or six. He says and does some of the most grown-up things I never would’ve imagined he’d be doing at this point in his young life. He quite frequently tells me,…