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 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28, 2018. 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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Bowers Mansion Regional Park will wrap up the 2018 tour season with a bang, including a live Civil War Reenactment. Visitors will be transported to the days of Nevada’s statehood and enjoy the exhibits, grounds and tours of the mansion. Events will be on Saturday, October 13, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The ongoing Civil War exhibits and demonstrations are free. Self-guided tours of the historic Bowers Mansion will be available for $7 adults, $5 children and seniors. Bowers Mansion Regional Park is at 4005 US Highway 395 North in Washoe Valley. For more information, call (775) 849-0201.

When it starts getting dark early, it’s time to find interesting things to do indoors. In Reno and Sparks, you have a big selection of entertainment from which to choose, including live plays, musicals, concerts, comedy and shows for children. These play in venues ranging from big casino showrooms to intimate small theaters. Fall is the time when lots of new shows take the stage.

The variety you find may surprise you. There are places you’ve probably heard of and maybe even been to, like the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts and Bruka Theatre. There are, however, many more that deserve your consideration, like Reno Little Theater, Good Luck Macbeth Theatre Company, TheatreWorks of Northern Nevada, UNR Department of Theatre and Dance, TMCC Visual and Performing Arts, Ageless Repertory Theater, Wild Horse Theater, Sierra School of Performing Arts and more.

Go to “Where to See Live Plays and Shows in the Reno Area” for a list of venues and details about finding out what’s playing.