Camp Richardson is the best beach for families with kids. You will find easy access to food (a beachfront store and the Beacon Restaurant are on site), a bathroom with a shower, as well as access to paddle boat, kayak and jet ski rentals. There is live music on the BarBQ deck on summer evenings, and a dock on the far side of the beach where kids can jump off if the lake level is high enough. Even better, the location is right down the beach from the Tallac Historical site, so you can explore summer homes from another era if you are finished doing everything else.
Taylor Creek Visitor Center and Stream Profile Chamber
This is an area offering numerous self-guided trails with amazing views. An underground “Stream Profile Chamber” features a cut-away view of the stream so visitors can see fish behind the glass. Walk the 1/2 mile loop on the fully accessible Rainbow Trail to see the chamber. The trail meanders along Taylor Creek and, in the Fall, you can witness the spawning of the Kokanee Salmon as they swim upstream from Lake Tahoe. If you’re lucky, you might even get to see some of the local Black Bear as they feast on the spawning salmon.
Saw Mill Pond
Sawmill Pond is stocked several times a year and the fishing is free for kids 15 and under. Parents are welcome to help, but not allowed to fish themselves.
Trout Creek Farm
Fishing here is not quite the “real” fishing experience, but a great way to introduce your kids to concept of actually catching a fish (instead of just trying). Rods, reels and bait are provided. Admission is free, but you will pay for the fish you catch and a license for everyone over 16. There is no limit on the number of fish you can catch, and they'll even package and put your fish on ice for free.
Harvey's and Harrah's casinos both have arcades. While adults gamble on the main floor, older children can explore a variety of video and ticketed games that provide hours of entertainment and prizes.