The Idlewild Park train is one of Reno’s most popular family attractions. Train rides for the 2017 season begin on Saturday, March 18, just in time for the Washoe County School District spring break.

From March 18 through April 2, the train will be open for rides daily from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Following spring break, it runs on weekends only through Memorial Day weekend, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The fare is $2 per person, cash only. Kids 2 and under ride free on an adult lap.

After Memorial Day, the Idlewild Park train will run every day except Mondays from May 30 through September 4, 2017. It will, however, operate on the Mondays of Memorial Day and Labor Day. Hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends.

Spring break 2017 at the Washoe County School District is from March 20 through March 31. The kids will be out of school for two weeks and two weekends. Now is the time to sign up for any of the many activities available to fill the time in fun and productive ways.

For example, if you haven’t been to “Toytopia at the Wilbur D. May Museum” in Reno, this will be a good time to take in the exhibit. It runs through April 16, 2017.

Numerous spring break camps will be open, including Spring Break Camp at the Discovery, Vacation Station at the City of Reno, Spring Break Exploration Camp by Great Basin Naturalists at Galena, University Spring Break Camps from UNR Extended Studies, and several more. Check these out soon – many are popular and have limited enrollment.

Another fun thing to do is “Ride the Idlewild Park Train,” which will be running daily during spring break.

If sports are your thing, you can take the family to the final few Reno Bighorns basketball home games at the Reno Events Center during spring break.

Many of our St. Patrick’s Day festivities and activities are happening before the main event, which in 2017 is on Friday, March 17.

On Saturday, March 4, 2017, the Sparks Shamrock Shuffle includes a 5K fun run and lots of other fun activities and parties at Victorian Square. The following Saturday, March ll, features the Rocky Mountain Oyster Fry and related St. Patrick’s Day activities up in Virginia City. You can also consider joining fellow St. Patrick’s Day partiers during the Leprechaun Crawl in downtown Reno. And on Sunday, March 12, take a fun run through MidTown Reno at the Leprechaun Race and help support the Discovery Museum.

Many activities with an adult focus will be on St. Patrick’s Day itself. One of the biggest parties will be at Ceol Irish Pub, though you will find a number of other Irish pubs in the area in which to celebrate.

You can ride Reno / Sparks public transit RTC buses for free on St. Patrick’s Day after 4 p.m. Hop on the bus for a safe ride home after enjoying that green beer and Irish whiskey.

Get details about these events and more from “St. Patrick’s Day Activities in the Reno Region.”