Just like last year we took the boys to the annual model train festival at the Union Station on Saturday. Just approaching the station the boys were getting excited seeing all of the engines and cars parked outside the building. Like last year there was a small ride on train set up outside, but it was too cold when we arrived to ride.
I’m glad we arrived early as it got crowded quickly and hard to navigate with the strollers. The boys of course loved seeing all of the trains and would have been happy to just watch the same train going around on the same track for hours. I like seeing the elaborate setups and all of the miniatures. As an added bonus an old friend from high school saw us and came to say hi. It was great to see her and meet her kids (I haven’t seen her since we graduated).
After a few laps we headed for the Lego room. I think Cody and I enjoy this display more than the boys, but they did enjoy pointing out the Disney characters. Jessie was riding Bullseye under the train track and all of the Cars characters were somewhere mixed in. The boys didn’t get it, but they had a full Tangled display complete with ‘floating’ lanterns, a tower and the Snuggly Duckling.
After the Lego room we went to the large ball room where kids had a chance to control a few trains. There was a pretty long line to drive, luckily the boys were happy to just watch.
We knew the boys would be most excited by the G scale trains upstairs where we would find Thomas. We pulled right up to the table where Thomas was doing laps with two trouble trucks as the boys call them.
I’m not sure how long we stayed at this table, but the boys did not want to leave. It was past noon by this time and the crowds had really picked up. We made our way back to the first room to see a few displays one more time before heading home. It had warmed up a little by the time we made it outside and decided to let the boys ride the train. On the first ride Cody rode with them because we weren’t sure if the boys would stay seated on their own. Turns out they would have sat in the train car for as long as they could get away with.
Next year we plan on going without strollers, hopefully the boys will still like trains.