We’ve endured an epic winter with all kinds of weather-related issues. Some have been devastating, like flooding, while others have been beneficial, like drought-busting precipitation. We still have some winter-related activities to enjoy in March, but sure signs of spring are on the way. At least that’s what the daffodils starting to pop up in my yard think.

  • Art Walk Reno
  • Reno Bighorns Basketball
  • North Lake Tahoe SnowFest
  • Kerak Shrine Circus
  • Rocky Mountain Oyster Fry
  • Leprechaun Crawl
  • St. Patrick’s Day
  • Beer Crawls
  • Reno Expo 2017
  • CannaGrow Expo
  • Free Gardening Classes
  • Spring Break at Washoe County Schools

These are only a sample of things to do this month. Learn about even more from “March 2017 Events and Activities in the Reno Region.”

Visiting any of the excellent museums in the Reno area, down in Carson City or up in Virginia City is a good way to have fun during the cold and dark days of winter.

Reno area museums feature varied topics, which means there are things to see and do for just about any interest. Art fans (including children) will enjoy the Nevada Museum of Art. One of the best car collections in the entire country is at the National Automobile Museum. History buffs will like the Nevada Historical Society Museum.

If Nevada history and/or trains are your thing, head down to Carson City for the Nevada State Museum and the Nevada State Railroad Museum. There’s also Virginia City, where the whole town is a national historic district.

For more information about these museums and more, plus where to see live shows, refer to “Museums, Culture, and Shows in Reno / Sparks, Nevada.”

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

“Day Out With Thomas” will be at the Virginia & Truckee Railroad 1870 Depot, 166 F Street in Virginia City. Thomas will welcome guests on October 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, 30, 2016. 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” are for you and your children to enjoy for several hours. For more information, call the Virginia & Truckee Railroad at (775) 847-0380.

Source: Virginia & Truckee Railroad.