Family Day at Nat'l Auto Museum

RENO, Nev. -- The National Automobile Museum here is scheduled to host an event next month that Reno-bound families might consider attending.

Kid Stuff Saturday, set to take place March 8, will feature car racing, clowns, treasure hunts and a Youth Activities Fair.

The museum has four authentic street scenes incorporating building facades, street sounds, cars and multimedia time lines that enable visitors to visualize and experience what it was like to live in certain eras.

For Kid Stuff Saturday, which is sponsored by Nevada Bell, the museum's streets will offer an array of educational items and activities.

The youth fair will be held on the 1930s and 1990s streets, and local agencies will have information and displays about year-round activities for children and teenagers in Reno.

The event's treasure hunt, called Car Trek, will start at the Turn-of-the-Century Street.

Kids will locate museum treasures and learn about the history of the automobile as they play Car Trek, and certificates of completion will be awarded.

The Turn-of-the-Century Street also will spotlight Valve Cover Racing, sponsored by Classic Chevys Club of Reno.

The program will offer a variety of Valve Cover race cars, and volunteers from the Classic Chevys Club will help children race the car of their choice.

The museum's 1950s Street will be filled with entertainers, including the Looney Bin Clowns and the Sunshine Generation, a children's performing arts group with members ranging from preschool through ninth grade.

Another highlight will be free rides on the museum's 1917 American LaFrance fire truck, weather permitting.

Regular admission prices apply to Kid Stuff Saturday: $7.50 for adults, $6.50 for seniors and $2.50 for children ages 6 to 18. Children age 5 and under are admitted free with an adult.

The National Automobile Museum is designed to provide both a historical and educational perspective of the automobile as well as a look into the era during which the specific automobiles existed.

The facility features more than 200 antique, vintage and classic vehicles and a number of changing special exhibits.

The museum is located downtown on the corner of Lake and Mill streets.

For additional information, call (702) 333-9300.

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