Today I thought I’d give you two fun options for the days After Christmas (you know, once the kids have played with all their new stuff and announced that they’re bored).
One big event coming up is the Model Train Festival at the history museum in Tacoma. It features room after room full of different model trains. The detail that goes into them is just mind blowing. Kids typically get some fun freebies, too, like paper conductor hats and train safety coloring books.
You should know that this event can get very crowded, and many of the models are at a height that you’ll have to give your kiddos a boost to see them. You should also know that this is an, “Ooh, and Aah,” event, but not one where there is much to touch. There are some touch-me exhibits in the museum’s permanent displays, and some years they’ve had trains for the kids to play with, but not every time. When my oldest was heavily into Thomas, he was in heaven here, but Henry got through the whole thing in about 20 minutes at the same age.
If this sounds a little iffy for your guys, you can also see trains and play with Legos, over at Freighthouse Square. Dan and his crew at City Blocks do an annual event where they set up amazing working trains. You can also always do a little free Lego building here, Or this week you can sign up for one of Dan’s very cool, and very affordable, Lego building workshop. On his Facebook page, look for the post from December 17th for all the times and details. Henry did one last time Dan offered these and had an Awesome time.
If you want to do the museum, you may want to try and score a pass from your library. This is the one time of year I have a tough time doing that. Otherwise, regular admission does get spendy. It’s 8.00 for adults; 6.00 for kids, with 2.00 off for students and military. Those 5 and under are free. There might be a coupon in the Entertainment Book (There has been in the past, but I don’t have a current one, so I’m not sure. I also don’t remember if it restricted this event-it might have).
If you’d like to know more about City Blocks, you can read my original (and now pretty Old~!) post here.