Bring the family to Virginia City for a ride with Thomas the Tank Engine. Meet Sir Topham Hatt, have fun in the Imagination Station, see real engines, and enjoy lots of other activities like temporary tattoos, face painting, story telling, Thomas videos and train play tables.

“Day Out With Thomas in Virginia City” will be at the Virginia & Truckee Railroad 1870 Depot, 166 F Street in Virginia City. Thomas will welcome guests on October 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29, 2017. Thomas train rides last about 25 minutes and there will be several trips each day starting at 10 a.m. Tickets are $19 and can be purchased online, at the Virginia City Depot, or by calling 866-468-7630. Kids 2 and under are free if sitting on a lap. No dogs (except certified service animals).

You are invited to come an hour before your departure and stay for a while after the train ride. The activities at “Day Out With Thomas in Virginia City” are for you and your children to enjoy for several hours. For more information, call the Virginia & Truckee Railroad at (775) 847-0380.

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Halloween in Reno, Nevada
Halloween pumpkin patches and corn mazes are already up and running in the Reno region. Many run continuously until Halloween and a few are just at specific times during October. Some of these are pretty elaborate, with lots of activities for both kids and adults. You can even visit the field and search for your own perfect Halloween jack-o-lantern.

Another popular Halloween activity taking place during October are a number of fun and spooky special train rides. In our local area, Halloween trains will be running on the Virginia & Truckee Railroad up in Virginia City and at the Nevada State Railroad Museum in Carson City. There are more ghoulish trains running at other Nevada locations and over in California.

Of course, you need Halloween costumes and supplies to properly participate in the festivities. These are available in abundance at any of several locations around the Reno region. Be sure to consider shopping at some of the locally owned businesses when gearing up for Halloween.

Labor Day presents numerous choices of things to do in the Reno / Tahoe area during this last long holiday weekend of summer. The biggest deal is the Nugget Rib Cook-Off right here in Sparks.

Other choices for Labor Day activities include beaches at Lake Tahoe, hiking, picnicking at area parks, cooling off at any of numerous local swimming pools and water play places, going to the movies, visiting museums, and more. There are Labor Day activities in Virginia City as well. Have fun and be safe while enjoying this traditional end-of-summer holiday.

If you are going to be playing outdoors, be aware that the fire danger is extremely high and there are lots of restrictions in force right now. Be extra careful with BBQs and any other fire you may use. If in doubt, do without. The forest you save may be the one you are standing in.