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Fun Stuff for Kids

With all the options for grown-ups in Lake Tahoe, sometimes it seems that's all there is. That's just not true. There are numerous activities for kids, you just have to scratch the surface a bit to find them. In the winter time, all the major ski resorts offer numerous activities for kids, ranging from tubing hills to dog sledding. That doesn't mean you always have to drop a big dime for the kids. There are also lots of free sledding hills scattered around the basin. A bit more expensive but unforgettable experience is to take the kids for a dog sled ride. Another wintry option is ice skating, which can be found at seven different spots split evenly between the North and South Shore.
Summer brings the beautiful weather and the kids love the beaches, but there's plenty more. There are tons of easy to moderate bike trails throughout Tahoe, with the exception being the lake's east shore. There are also numerous parks and playgrounds scattered in the basin, usually with great views nearby. If you need to hone up on your short game you can take the little ones to one of our three miniature golf courses for a round filled with fun and windmills. Or check out our hiking page for a list of hikes kids can enjoy too. Another option is to take them to one of our area rivers. They would be happy to throw rocks in the water all day but to spice things up you can take them rafting on the Truckee, or tubing on the Upper Truckee. Taylor Creek provides an educational experience as well as big time fun at the Stream Profile Chamber.
While we like to emphasize the healthy activities in Lake Tahoe we know that to each a little rain must fall. On those rainy days you should consider the Fun Center at Harrah's for their arcade and playroom for toddlers. Below are a list of theaters within the basin.
Heavenly Village Cinemas - (530) 544-1110
Hollywood Theaters at the Horizon Casino
Incline Village Cinema - (530) 546-5951
Cobblestone Cinema - Tahoe City (530) 546-5951

One of our favorite activities is a trip to Gardnerville to the Carson Valley Swim Center. They feature two regulation size pools (one outdoors), a kid's pool with activities, a warm pool especially suited for the handicapped (kids love it too), high and low dives, and two180 foot water park style enclosed slides (must be 48 inches). There is also a multi purpose room with excersize equipment and free weights. Check out their site because their hours are quirky and can change with special events.

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Last Updated August 24, 2009