Monday, February 23, 2009

Little Boys LOVE Trains!

Big ones do, too. I recently spent a weekend visiting relatives in Connecticut. My father-in-law (a BIG train aficionado) took us to the Essex Steam Train and the Connecticut River Museum. A huge model train display was set up at the museum--a big draw. Also available for viewing was the very first submarine used in warfare. Included was a replica for kids to climb into. Very fun! Bald eagles flying outside of the museum provided an extra bonus.

Near the museum is the Essex Steam Train and Riverboat. For an admission fee, families can ride the train or take a cruise on the riverboat. Special events like "The North Pole Express," "Caboose Weekend," and "Day Out with Thomas" are held. These are especially popular with kids.

Both of these attractions are in Essex, Connecticut, a three hour trip from Springfield. But, if you're looking for an exciting adventure for your little train lover and can afford the admission, it's well worth the trip.

For more information, visit these websites:
http://www.ctrivermuseum.org/
www.essexsteamtrain.com

Or just pick up some of these books at the library:

All Aboard! : Passenger Trains Around the World by Karl Zimmermann
Seymour Simon's Book of Trains by Seymour Simon

For fun:
All Aboard! by Mary Lyn Ray
All Aboard! by James Stevenson.
And the Train Goes by William Bee
Chugga-chugga Choo-Choo by Kevin Lewis
Dinosaur Train by John Steven Gurney
Jingle the Brass by Patricia Newman
The Owl Who Became the Moon by Jonathan London
Thomas the Tank Engine Story Collection by W. Awdry
Train Song by Diane Siebert
Trains by Gail Gibbons.
Tupelo Rides the Rails by Melissa Sweet