4 Fun Summer Activities for Train-Loving Kids
updated for 2019
Some children are endlessly fascinated with trains. My son, featured as the "Little Engineer" in my blog, Play Trains, is one of those. Here's a list of child-train fanatic tested summer activities.
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Play with Trains at Railroad Days
Visit the Northwest Railway Museum during Snoqualmie's Railroad Days, August 17-18, 2019. In addition to train rides, a model train show and LEGO trains, this event gives kids to play with excellent train tables.
Take a Train-Themed Camping Trip
The Great Northern & Cascade Railway is a new miniature railroad in Skykomish. Once I read about it, I knew we had to go for a ride. On a whim, I looked at campgrounds around the town and found the nearby Money Creek Campground, popular with railroad enthusiasts because some of the camping sites have a view of an operational railroad. Another great weekend excursion: the Chehalis-Centralia Railroad & Museum.
Train Watch from the Playground
While Carkeek Park and Richmond Beach Saltwater Park, two well-known spots for watching trains in the area, are definitely on our list, we've already found a few gems closer to our home in the south end: Our current favorite place to spend a sunny evening, Georgetown Playfield has a playground in the shade and a new spray park. Right on the other side of the fence, freight trains slowly roll back and forth as their cars are being switched in a nearby train yard. When a diesel engine's horn blares, all the kids go running for the fence, and the engineers always wave as they go past the playground. Fort Dent Park in Tukwila has an excellent playground, also shaded by trees in the afternoon. Looking across the duck pond, you can watch freight trains and the Sounder rush past, never having to wait long for the next train.
Take the Northwest Trek Tram Tour
Combine two childhood passions, trains and animals, by taking Northwest Trek's tram tour to get an up-close look at some native wildlife.