When my boys were in the midst of their Thomas addictions the Model Train Expo at the history museum was an annual event for us.
The museum has a large train exhibit year round, but during this event every floor is devoted to all things choo-choo. Expect to find lots of model trains, some cool train safety freebies, and an area where kids can do train themed legoing (check out City Blocks if this sounds like the main attraction to you).
This is a popular event, so expect to have plenty of company. We’ve been at least three times, and the only section that seemed really too busy for fun was the Lego area. Your kids will definitely want to hang there anyway. Just be prepared to help them share, and expect to drag them away under protest.
Admission to the museum is free for kids under 5; 6.00 for kids 6-17; 8.00 for adults; or you can get a family rate of 25.00 for two adults and up to 4 children. You can also use the bogo admission coupon in the Entertainment book. It’s on E27, and I don’t see anything excluding this event. Another option is to score the pass available at the library and go for free. You can get passes at Pierce County Library branches and King Couny Library branches. I thought they had them at Puyallup-but nope. Update: You all have been busy! I went tonight and all the PCL passes are checked out. If you’re willing to do a little extra work, you can get one from the King County Library System. If you do have to pay, it’s really not that bad!
When we go, we just pay to park in the lot next to the museum, but you can also try for street parking. Tacoma has recently installed meters, but parking is still free on Sundays. The rest of the week, bring some quarters, and read the signage as some spaces also have time limits.