When you pack up your family and head to Sparks, Nevada to participate in an event at the Sports Complex at Golden Eagle, they’ll be happy to know that there’s plenty of other things to do and see nearby. And the eating for families is especially fun in the Sparks area too with Reno and Lake Tahoe being so close. Consider all these options for family fun and dining around Sparks.

Things to Do

Wild Island

Right in Sparks itself by the Sports Complex at Golden Eagle, you’ll find the most fun a family can have anywhere in Nevada at Wild Island. Start with the waterpark to help you cool off in the hot sun. Float around in the river. Test the truly brave against the extreme slides and wave pools. Send your kids careening down the steep chutes, and race with them on the slides. The Little Lagoon Kiddie Pool is perfect for toddlers. Visit the Coconut Bowl with its 32 lanes, and extra fun events like Glow by Night with laser lights and cool music. Race the go-karts with the kids. Tackle the Pirate Cove blacklight mini golf with nine holes of pirate adventure! Then turn your kids loose in the game arcade while you play at one of their many billiards tables. 250 Wild Island Ct, Sparks, NV 89434

Fleischmann Planetarium

At the Fleischmann Planetarium, with all of the permanent and rotating exhibits, there’s always something new and exciting for you and your family to enjoy. Ever tried to explain to your kids how a black hole works? Even the scientists aren’t exactly sure yet themselves, but the black hole demonstrator will show you in a fascinating way what they think they know. The hands-on, interactive displays make it easy and thrilling to learn about space science. See what the Sierra Range would look like from space orbit. Touch an actual meteorite. Your kids will love the Star Theater with shows on everything from astrology to UFOs. Immerse yourselves in the massive turning displays of the Earth and Moon! 1664 N Virginia St, Reno, NV 89557

Roller Kingdom

Located in the very heart of Reno, the hottest spot for family fun is just minutes from Sparks and the Sports Complex at Golden Eagle. Roller Kingdom plays the hottest new music and special era music events. Or request the music you want to skate to directly from the DJ booth! Their advanced lighting system keys to every musical mood, turning the rink into a “boogie wonderland.” Roller skating is hip again with kids, and it’s a great way for them to get a fun physical workout while listening to the latest tunes. The video arcade has all the very latest virtual games your video gaming kids love. The snack bar is chock full of what they want to munch on, too. 515 E 7th St, Reno, NV 89512

The Discovery

Another place to check out near the Sports Complex at Golden Eagle is The Discovery in Reno, an exciting place for kids and their parents. This interactive museum and learning center has over 67,000 square feet of constantly changing galleries and exhibits focused on engineering, art, history, science, technology, and invention. Some of the permanent exhibits include da Vinci’s Corner, The Science Underground, and Under the Stars490 S Center St, Reno, NV 89501

Sierra Safari Zoo

The only zoo in Northern Nevada is also the largest zoo in the entire state. With over 200 animals from over 40 different species on display, Sierra Safari educates and entertains everybody, no matter the age. This zoo has everything from lemurs to leopards. Over fifty animal-loving volunteers help keep this nonprofit organization serving animal lovers like you and your kids. During the winter months, the tigers are much more active and playful. See the animals in the snow! They open their doors to the public every weekend during the winter depending on weather conditions from November to March. 10200 N Virginia St, Reno, NV 89506

Puzzle Room Reno

Puzzle Room Reno is an escape game where you and your team will be locked in one of four rooms and are given a mission. Each room has its own unique story and will require you to work together with your team to solve puzzles and find clues. Do you have what it takes to escape before the 60 minute time limit expires? 135 N Sierra St B, Reno, NV 89501

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Places to Eat

BJ’s Nevada Barbeque Company

BJ’s Nevada Barbecue Company in Sparks has been in business for 30 years for a reason. They are well known around these parts for their fall-off-the-bone pork ribs, beef brisket, smoked chicken, shredded pork, and Louisiana hot links, all served with their homemade, award-winning barbecue sauces. Their ribs have won awards seven times at the Best of the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off. They also showcase many southern classics like as shrimp and grits, biscuits and gravy, and their popular chicken fried steak. For a great start to your day, this family-owned restaurant is also open for breakfast. 80 E Victorian Ave, Sparks, NV 89431

Smiling With Hope Pizza

If you’re craving classic New York-style pizza in Nevada, head on over to Smiling With Hope Pizza. You’ll feel like you’re in a New York pizzeria from 1968. They make the pizza like its 50 years ago, that’s for sure; hand-stretched and baked directly on oven stones. That’s how they make that ideal New York crust. For fans of The Godfather, try the Sicilian! 6135 Lakeside Dr #101, Reno, NV 89509

Spicy Pickle

What sets Spicy Pickle apart from other restaurants is that they serve high-quality meats on fine Italian artisan breaks. On top of that, they give you a choice of ten kinds of cheese, 21 toppings, and 15 spreads. The results are super-healthy, extra-delicious panini and submarine sandwiches with flavors from around the globe. 5210 Longley Ln #100, Reno, NV 89511

Laughing Planet Cafe

Laughing Planet Cafe in midtown Reno is a quick-service restaurant with delicious food that’s fun, affordable, and good for you. Tasty burritos, homemade cookies, exceptional smoothies are served up amidst a quirky ambiance. With all the laughter and excitement they’re serving up daily with the wonderful food, it’ll be the best part of your day. Transport your family to a friendly and delicious world with a visit the Laughing Planet Cafe in Reno. 941 N Virginia St, Reno, NV 89503

Competing with your team at the Sports Complex at Golden Eagle should be a great experience. Be sure to take time to visit the fun things to do in the Sparks –Reno area. It will be great memories for all!