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A fun get-away that’s close to home

Ira Townsley

The changing of the seasons can be a difficult time for parents. It has become too warm for the winter sports, and it is still a bit chilly to enjoy the springtime. Kids are ready to get out and do something, and parents may be hard pressed to come up with an entertaining activity.

That makes it just the right time to take a short drive down the hill into the Carson Valley. The Children’s Museum of Northern Nevada sits smack-dab in the middle of Carson City, and is just the answer for the parent looking for an afternoon of kid-oriented fun.

The Children’s Museum offers over two dozen interactive exhibits for children ranging in ages from toddlers to young teens. Among the well-established favorites are the Egyptian archaelogical dig, which allows children to search for ancient artifacts, and the Shadowbox, a darkroom with a light sensative wall which captures and displays shadow at the press of a button. Other displays worth your time are the Smith’s Kids’ Grocery Store and of course, the ever-popular Walking Piano. Newer exhibits include the Toads and Taste display and the motion-activated symphony, which allows a child to conduct Beethoven’s Fifth.

The lobby of the museum is as interesting as the exhibit hall itself. In addition to offering a well-stocked giftshop, the lobby is home to a huge rag doll known as ‘Stuffee.’ Toddlers may find Stuffee to be the best attraction in the whole museum.

The Children’s Museum of Northern Nevada is located one block north of the Nevada State Museum on Highway 50. It is housed in the old Public Works Building / Civic Auditorium, built in 1939. The architectural style may remind parents of their own elementary school buildings.

The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, and admission is $3 for adults, $2 for children 3 and older. Memberships are available, and the museum is available for birthday parties, tea parties, and other special functions.

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