If the whole family is going to be in Elko, you may want to check out our ideas for some of the best kid-friendly activities in town!

Be A Cowboy For A Day

Who hasn’t dreamed of being a cowboy and riding the range?  Call one of the tour guides in the area, like Cowboy John’s Tours, and get a guided tour among the Elko landscape.  You’ll have the chance to learn about the local fauna, history, and climate, all while on horseback.  You may even be able to arrange the opportunity to participate in a cattle drive!

Go Cosmic Bowling

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Go to Telescope Lanes on Friday and Saturday nights to bowl under the black lights!  It’s a great way to bond as a family.  Open since 1908, the building also houses pool tables and numerous arcade games.  Afterwards, head to the attached restaurant, The Blind Onion, for pizza, and get dessert at Cold Stone Creamery.  Ice cream can make any night perfect!

Big Orv’s Playground


Located just off the highway, Big Orv’s is a terrific playground located in Johnny Appleseed Park.  Play a game of horseshoes while the kids climb the giant castle structure and let everyone work off some pent-up energy.  With monkey bars, swings, and slides, just to name a few features, the kids will be entertained for hours