Cars 3: Road to the Races Tour

Disney Pixar’s “Cars 3” is hitting the road with Road to the Races, a nationwide tour inviting fans of #95 to gear up for the upcoming big-screen release, and will be stopping at Downtown Silver Spring. Life-size, character look-alikes of five-time Piston-Cup champion Lightning McQueen, tech-savvy trainer Cruz Ramirez and the sleek next-gen racer Jackson Storm will be rolling into 27 cities coast to coast to celebrate the new movie, which opens June 16, 2017.

A host of sponsors have signed on to support the tour, which includes a variety of activities.

  • Alamo Rent A CarSM is hosting a street art booth and will bring “Cars 3” to life with a giant coloring mural featuring Lightning McQueen and friends, along with a color pencil pack souvenir. Owned and operated by Enterprise Holdings, Alamo Rent A Car offers low rental rates and a hassle-free customer experience at the most popular travel destinations around the world.
  • Coppertone® is creating a racer pit crew that encourages visitors to take part in a tire-changing activity and photo-sharing opportunity. A leader in the sun care industry, Coppertone is made by Bayer HealthCare, LLC.
  • Crest® and Oral-B® celebrate the Road to the Races tour, providing fans with an opportunity to create a digital postcard with Lightning McQueen and get “Cars”-themed oral care products. Crest and Oral-B are the first step to enjoying a lifetime of healthy smiles.
  • Dole®, the leader in fresh, quality produce, invites visitors to fuel up and recharge their batteries, sample high-octane fruit and vegetable smoothies, collect “Cars 3”-inspired recipes and discover how Dole and Disney are working together to make healthy living fun and easy for families. To see more of Dole’s exciting promotions around summer family fun, visit www.dole.com/Cars3.
  • Mattel presents an interactive play area, which sends Lightning McQueen and other racers down the gravity drop and launches them into action in new play sets that feature locations from the movie. Also on display will be a collection of die cast racers from past and present. Mattel is the leading global childhood development and play company.

Fans will be able to catch a sneak peek of the movie in the Cinetransformer Mobile Movie Theater. Visitors will also be able to take photos with the life-size character cars. In addition, the sports national youth program NASCAR Acceleration Nation will display the science behind NASCAR racing, and elements from the NASCAR Hall of Fame will allow attendees to get up close and personal with the history of NASCAR. Mack Trucks, Inc. will transport the life-size character cars on the coast-to-coast tour.

Schedules are subject to change without notice, and attractions may be unavailable for unscheduled reasons.

Hurricane Hunters Tour

Want to tour the planes & talk to the pilots that fly into hurricanes for better forecasts?

For the first time ever, four Hurricane Hunter aircraft will be visiting Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) for a public event. Hurricane experts from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the U.S. Air Force will visit to talk with our community to raise awareness of our local threats from  tropical cyclones, and the danger of being caught without a personal hurricane plan.

 Hurricane Hunter pilots and crew from NOAA and USAF, as well as Dr. Rick Knabb (Director of the National Hurricane Center/NHC), NHC hurricane specialists, and meteorologists from our local NWS forecast office will all be on hand to educate residents of vulnerable communities about hurricane preparedness, and will be available for interviews.

Staff from local and state emergency management offices, non-profit organizations such as the American Red Cross, NOAA & FEMA, and other partners will be a part of the event.

 Community groups, media, elected officials, and the public are invited to participate and tour the aircraft and exhibits. Public tours will start at 2 pm. The gates will close at 4:30 pm, but those inside will have until 5 pm to tour. Registration is not required for the public tours; those wishing to visit this event can simply show up any time between 2:00 and 4:30 pm. No backpacks or large bags permitted. Any attendee may have their bag searched.

For more information, contact Chris Strong of NWS Baltimore/Washington at 703-996-2223 or christopher.strong@noaa.gov.

Community Chanukah Lighting

Come light the menorah, followed by latkes, donuts, dreidel games, music, crafts and more! Open to all ages and abilities.

Date:
Time: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Address:
1529 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036

Chanukah Celebration at the DCJCC

Grab your socks and your yarmulke, it’s time to bounce for Chanukah! 

This year’s rockin’ Chanukah party will feature a moon bounce, games, crafts, treats and plenty of fun for the whole family.

Pre-registration prices (register online before December 14):
$23; $18 Discounted EDCJCC member or DC Minyan Member Rate

After December 14, they will accept walk-in registrations only:  $25 per family; $20 Discounted EDCJCC member or DC Minyan Member Rate

ZooLights at the Smithsonian National Zoo in DC!

Join the thousands of visitors who make ZooLights a part of their annual holiday tradition. A free event, ZooLights includes live music performances, tasty winter treats, and plenty of opportunities for holiday shopping. More than 500,000 environmentally-friendly LED lights transform the Zoo into a winter wonderland complete with a dazzling light show set to music!

Thaw your paws in the animal exhibit buildings and see the nocturnal critters! The Small Mammal House, Reptile Discovery Center, and Think Tank are open every night.

Rides and attractions include:
– The Smithsonian’s National Zoo Choo-Choo: take a merry tour through the Zoo on a trackless train that whisks guests all around the Great Cats exhibit and features gorgeous views of the Zoo’s holiday light displays.
– Snow-less Tubing: take the plunge down one of our 150-foot-long tracks—no snow necessary! (weather permitting)
– Speedwell Foundation Conservation Carousel: hop on to your choice of 58 animal figurines, as the carousel highlights the Zoo’s incredible research and success stories. As one of the few carousels in the world powered by solar energy, thanks to a generous donation by Pepco Energy Services, the carousel is a new spin on conservation.

Ride Tickets are available for purchase at the Zoo for $3 each; 1 ride per ticket. Family Packs are available for purchase online or at the Zoo for $20 for 8 tickets; 1 ride per ticket.

Men's Bathrooms Will Now Have Changing Stations Too!

The frustration about not being able to change my sons diaper when going out is what inspired the collection of our original “baby friendly” restaurant list which then turned into this website. The team at Baby Friendly America are proud that President Obama has taken a stand to make families lives a little easier by signing the bipartisan BABIES ACT on October 7 to make at least federal buildings more family-friendly by expanding access to baby-changing stations.

Introduced by U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI), federal buildings from post offices to court houses and everything in between will now be more accommodating for both moms and dads when a diaper needs to be changed. This is a great common sense law to make the lives of parents easier when going out with their families and a great first step in recognizing that Dad’s have an equal and important role in childcare.

 

THE POLAR EXPRESS COMES TO THE DC AREA

Immerse yourself in the classic children’s book, THE POLAR EXPRESS ™ by Chris Van Allsburg. In this beloved story, a young boy takes a magical Christmas Eve train ride to the North Pole and receives a special gift from Santa.
 
Characters from this award-winning book come to life through this magical holiday journey. The conductor punches your golden ticket as you board THE POLAR EXPRESS ™. Chefs serve you hot chocolate and cookies on board the train, and during the train ride you listen to THE POLAR EXPRESS ™ story. Santa’s helpers provide holiday cheer and every child personally receives from Santa, the first gift of Christmas – a silver sleigh bell. Children of all ages will BELIEVE! 
 
Dates: November 19-20, 25-27
Event hours: 8am – 5pm
Showtimes: 9am, 10:15am, 11:30am, 12:45pm, & 2:00pm

All Aboard! Trains Near You That Your Kid Will Love!

All Aboard! Trains Near You That Your Kid Will Love!
By, Charlene Chuquillanqui, Contributor

Since the early 1800s, trains have awed both adults and children. Although not the most popular mode of transportation nowadays, trains continue to captive us by exemplifying power, adventure, and history. Sitting and relaxing on a train chugging along on a track can be a splendid experience! Do you have a little one that’s obsessed with trains? Does your whole family love riding on trains? If so, take a look below! We’ve complied an extensive list of toddler-friendly trains near four metropolitan areas including the Washington, DC metro area, Philadelphia, Boston, Palm Beach County, and Houston. Whether on a full-sized vintage steam locomotive or an extra miniature replica train, these train rides can make for a great family day out!

To get even more into the railroading spirit, wear train-themed attire to take your train ride! We suggesthat wearing the classic conductorOveralls hat, overalls, and a red bandana. The website, Train Party, offers inexpensive train apparel for adults and toddlers; follow this link to an Adult Senior Railroad Engineer Kit (hat, bandana, & whistle) for under $10. Also, Amazon has some great deals on train apparel. Here’s a link for a Little Engineer Set (hat, bandana, & whistle) for under $10. You can also find adult overalls for as low as $29 on Amazon as well. Examples can be seen here and here. Cute Oshkosh striped toddler overalls can currently be found online at Kohl’s for only $13.60 too!

We hope the train ride options on this list will get your little conductor singing “choo choo”!

Washington, DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia
Miniature Train at Wheaton Regional Park
Address: 2002 Shorefield Rd, Wheaton, MD 20902wheaton
Phone: (301)-563-7546
Links: Website and Facebook
A personal favorite of mine when I was a child, this mini replica of an 1863 C.P. Huntington 4-2-4T steam locomotive offers a delightful, scenic 12-minute ride in Wheaton Regional Park. Tickets cost just $2 per person and children under 2 years old are free, which makes this mini train perfect to ride with little ones! The train is opened April – September, as well as during some dates in October with its Halloween-themed “Haunted Train”. Be sure to check out its website and Facebook for hours of operation, party room rental packages, and more!

Miniature Train at Cabin John Regional Park
Address: 7410 Tuckerman Lane, Rockville, MD 20852
Phone: (301) 765-8670cabin john
Link: Website
Just like the mini train in Wheaton Regional Park, Cabin John Regional Park’s train is also a mini replica of an 1863 C.P. Huntington 4-2-4T steam locomotive. It journeys 2 miles through Cabin John Regional Park, providing riders with about a 15-minute scenic ride. Like in Wheaton, tickets are just $2 per person, while children under 2 years old ride for free! The open season begins around April and runs through September. It’s also open for select dates in October for its “Eye Spy Halloween Train”, which is a less scary, more kid-friendly Halloween train compared to Wheaton’s “Haunted Train”. Check out its website to learn more about its hours of operation, party room rental packages, and more!

B&O Railroad Museum
Address: 901 West Pratt St, Baltimore, MD 21223B&O
Phone: (410) 752- 2490
Links: Website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
In Baltimore, you’ll find the most significant railroad collection in America. The B&O Railroad Museum, the birthplace of American railroading, encapsulates history, education, and fun! The museum possesses a large display of locomotives and rolling stock, small artifacts, railroading buildings and structures, and much more! Families can board the Mile One Express and enjoy a 20-minute round trip along the 1st commercial mile of railroad track laid in America. Train rides are offered Thursday – Sunday, April – December and weekends in January. Small children can also enjoy their own 3-minute ride aboard a kiddie train in Choo Choo Blueville, a tiny fictional town! The museum also offers a plethora of events and programs every month that are perfect for little ones. For instance, Princess Train Rides are coming up this September! Children can dress up in themed costumes to take a ride aboard a royally decorated train with princesses like Elsa and Ana! Museum admission prices are $18 for adults and $12 for children (2-12); train ride tickets are an additional cost of $3 per adult and $2 per children (2-12). Be sure to visit B&O Railroad Museum’s website or social media to learn more about admission tickets, weekend passes, hours of operations, special events, kids programs, facility rentals, and everything else the museum offers!

The National Capital Trolley Museum
Address: 1313 Bonifant Rd, Colesville, MD 20905Capital Trolley
Phone: (301) 384-6088
Links: Website and Facebook
While you won’t see a steam locomotive, the National Capital Trolley Museum features a preserved collection of historic streetcars in Washington, DC. Opened every weekend year round, the museum offers visitors the chance to take a 20-minute ride in a vintage streetcar through the woods of Montgomery County. Special events like Pumpkin TrolleyFest, which includes a trip to Pinson’s Pumpkin Market, and Holly TrolleyFest, which includes a ride with Santa, are perfect for kids! Admission for adults (18-64) is $7 and admission for children and seniors (2-17, 65+) is $5. Admission includes museum displays, docent-led tours, and unlimited streetcar rides! To learn more about what the museum offers, check out its website and Facebook!

Miniature Train at Watkins Regional Park
Address: 301 Watkins Park Dr, Upper Marlboro, MD 20774Watkins
Phone: (301) 218-6700
Link: Website
This mini C.P. Huntington replica located in PG County’s colorful Watkins Regional Park offers passengers the chance to ride through the woodlands of the park and even see a close-up view of Old Maryland Farm, an agricultural educational farm open to the public. For residents of PG or Montgomery County, tickets are $2 per person of any age, while non-residents tickets are $2.50 per person of any age. Summer hours run Tuesday – Saturday. Check out its website or give Watkins Regional Park a call for more details on hours of operation, birthday party packages, and more!

Walkersville Southern Railroad
Address: 34 W Pennsylvania Ave, Walkersville, MD 21793Walkersville
Phone: (301) 898-0899
Links: Website and Facebook
Located in Walkersville, MD, about an hour northwest from Washington, DC, the Walkersville Southern Railroad features vintage passengers cars from the 1920s and open flatcars that travel over track that the Pennsylvania Railroad originally built in 1872. Taking your little one on a Walkersville Southern Railroad excursion will allow them to feel a sense of history and adventure! Passengers on regular excursions are offered an hour and 10 minute scenic ride through Maryland farm country. Regular trains run weekends, May-October, with charters and special trains running all year. Special event, holiday trains include Santa trains, Bunny trains, and more! Your little one will also enjoy activities like Teddy Bear Picnic and Superhero Picnic, which include a train ride and a stop in the park for lunch and story time. Additionally, on select dates, special steam train rides on an 80-year-old coal-fired steam locomotive are offered! Excursion fares are $12 for adults, $11 for seniors (55+), and $8 for children (3-12); children under 3 are free unless occupying a seat. Special event excursions have an increased charge. To learn more about Walkersville Southern Railroad’s regular or special event excursions, museum, dinner trains, birthday party packages, hours of operation, and more, check out its website or Facebook!

Chesapeake & Allegheny Live Steamers
Address: 1950 Eagle Drive, Gwynn Oak, MD 21207chesapeake
Phone: (410) 448-0730
Links: Website and Facebook
A little over an hour from Washington, DC, you’ll find a collection of extra miniature trains. The Chesapeake & Allegheny Live Steam Club, a Baltimore nonprofit, offers the public free rides on their model trains the second Sunday of each month from April – November! Located in Baltimore’s Leakin Park, the club allows adults and children to delight in miniature versions of the great mode of transportation of America’s past. To learn more about the Chesapeake & Allegheny Live Steamers, check out their website and Facebook!

Western Maryland Scenic Railroad
Address: 13 Canal St, Cumberland, MD 21502west md
Phone: (240) 920-6273
Links: Website, Facebook, and Twitter
Located a little over 2 hours from Washington, DC, Baltimore, and Pittsburg, the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad offers rides around Maryland’s mountain country with their Mountain Limited Trains. On-board narrators will provide passengers with historical facts and information about cultural locations along the route. Specialty Trains excursions that are great for kids include Royal Rails Weekend, which welcomes passengers to dress up as royalty! Also, a holiday train ride, the North Pole Experience, is a great way for children to enjoy the holiday spirit and visit with Santa! Fares for the Mountain Limited scenic round trip range from $40 for an adult coach ticket to $80 for an adult 1st class ticket. Children tickets (0-12) range from $21 for coach to $35 for 1st class. Specialty train excursions have pricier fares. There are specials rates and deals offered for passengers as well. Check out the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad’s website and social media for more details on fares, excursion trains, events calendar, rentals, and more!

Miniature Train at Burke Lake Park
Address: 7315 Ox Rd, Fairfax Station, VA 22039burke lake
Phone: (703) 323-6600
Link: Website
This miniature C.P. Huntington steam engine travels over 1.75 miles in Virginia’s beautiful Burke Lake Park, offering passengers a fun 10-minute ride. It operates April – September, as well as some dates in October as “Ghost Train”. Burke Lake Park charges no entrance fee for Fairfax County residents, weekdays – weekends. For non-county residents, there is no charge on weekdays; however, there is a charge for non-county residents on weekends and holidays, April – late October. The entrance fee is $10 per car. Tickets for the miniature train cost $3 on weekdays and $4 on weekends and holidays. Riders under the age of 2 years old ride for free! To learn more, check out its website!

Philadelphia, PA
West Chester Railroad
Address: 230 E Market St, West Chester, PA 19382west chester
Phone: (610) 430-2233
Links: Website and Facebook
About 40 minutes from Philly, the West Chester Railroad, offers a variety of delightfully scenic 90-minute train rides along the Chester Creek Valley in Southeastern Pennsylvania. All trains make a 20-minute stop at the historic Glen Mills station, where passengers may explore the station and a picnic grove along the Chester Creek before heading back to West Chester. Year round, there are several special events offered that are perfect for families like the Summer Picnic Special, Fall Foliage Express, Santa Express, Easter Bunny Express, and Mother’s and Father’s Day Express! Tickets for adults are $15 and children (2-12) are $13; toddlers under 2 ride for free! Be sure to visit West Chester Railroad’s website or Facebook to learn more hours of operation, ticket prices, special events, party rentals, and more!

New Hope and Ivyland Railroad
Address: 32 W Bridge St, New Hope, PA 18938ivyland
Phone: (215) 862-2332
Links: Website, Facebook, and Twitter
A visit to New Hope and Ivyland railroad will allow you to explore the rolling hills and valleys of historic Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Adults and children can discover what it was like to travel in the past while riding in a restored 1920s vintage passenger coach, antique bar car, steam locomotive, or a historic diesel locomotive. Special events and hourly excursions that are great for families include Firefly Express, where adults and children enjoy story-telling, firefly sighing and firefly facts at night, Wildflower Express Train, which includes live narration and a chance for children to throw their own wildflower seeds from their windows, Song & Story Hour Trains, Family Dinner or Sunday Brunch Trains, hourly excursions, and much more! Fare prices vary with your choice of coach, 1st class, or open-air seating. Hourly excursion and special event excursions fare prices differ, along with adult, children (2-11), and toddler (under 2) tickets as well. Be sure to visit New Hope and Ivyland Railroad’s website for detailed information on specific ticket costs, private charters, birthday party packages, and upcoming events.

Colebrookdale Railroad
Address: E 3rd St, Boyertown, PA 19512colebrookdale
Phone: (610) 367-0200
Links: Website, Facebook, and Twitter
Colebrookdale Railroad, located about an hour from Philly, provides an historic and scenic ride in Southeastern Pennsylvania. A variety of train rides are offered for visitors like the Secret Valley Expedition, an hour and 45 minute ride into the beautiful Secret Valley. There are also fun family-friendly excursions like Autumn Splendor-Hayride on Rails, Bonfire Train, Night Before Christmas Train, Santa Claus Train, Winter Starlight Express, Easter Bunny Train, Mudball Express, Mother’s Day Tea Train, Father’s Day Special, and more! Ticket prices vary with the choice of deluxe coach, café car, parlor car, or loco cab seating; prices for adults (13-64), children (0-12), and seniors (65+) vary as well. Check out Colebrookdale’s website for specific ticket costs, excursion details, party packages, and everything else it has to offer!

Strasburg Rail Road
Address: 301 Gap Rd, Ronks, PA 17572Strasburg2
Phone: (866) 725-9666
Links:Website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
The Strasburg Rail Road, America’s oldest short-line railroad with turn-of-the-century steam locomotives, offers visitors rides through beautiful Amish countryside to Paradise, PA and back. Regular train excursions, which are about 45-minute in length, are a great family experience. Regular train ticket prices range from $14 for adults and $8 for children (2-11) aboard beautifully restored Victorian style coach cars to $20 a ticket per adult or child (0-11) for Victorian 1st class parlor or lounge car seating. Dinner Trains featuring an Amish feast and Dining Cars featuring a “hobo lunch” are also available and great for kids. A variety of special event excursions are also offered. Your little train lover will definitely enjoy the Day Out with Thomas Event, which includes a 20-minute train ride with Thomas the Tank Engine, as well as loads of other Thomas & Friends activities! Tickets are $21 for ages 2 and up and those under 2 are free. Percy Packages for $27 a ticket are also available. Other special event excursions include the Easter Bunny Train, Christmas Tree Train, Santa’s Paradise Express, and The Night Before Christmas Train. Be sure to check out Strasburg Rail Road’s website or social media for details on operating schedules, events, ticket prices, passes, party packages, and more!

Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway
Address: 1 Susquehanna St, Jim Thorpe, PA 18229Lehigh
Phone: (610) 562-2102
Links: Website and Facebook
About an hour and a half trip from Philly, the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway features relaxing rides in vintage coaches, built as early as 1917, which are pulled by diesel or steam engines. The scenic train rides, operating May – December, follows the Lehigh River, through Glen Onoko, and into the Lehigh Gorge State Park. Rides are about 70 minutes in length, with the expectation of October train rides, which are 45 minutes in length. Several special event trips are also offered like Easter Train Trips, PA Dutch Treat Train, Autumn Leaf Trips, Santa Claus Specials, Winterfest Trains, and more! Tickets for regular, standard coach rides cost $13 per adult and $9 per child (3-12); children under 3 receive a free ticket! For regular open-air coach seating, tickets cost $18 per adult, $10 per child (3-12), and free for children under 3. Costs for special event trips vary. Be sure to check out Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway’s website and social media to learn more!

Wanamaker, Kempton and Southern Railroad
Address: 42 Community Center Dr, Kempton, PA 19529wanamaker
Phone: (610) 756-6469
Links: Website and Facebook
The Wanamaker, Kempton, & Southern Railroad offers scenic rides aboard locomotives built as early as 1914 with their regularly scheduled train trips and special event trips. Trains operate May-November and offer passengers a beautiful 40-minute round trip through farmland and forests. Regular train ride tickets cost $10 for adults (12+), $5 for children (3-11), and free for children 2 and under. Regular train ride tickets include unlimited all day rides! Special events tickets are one-ride only tickets. Special events that are great for kids include the Harvest Moon Special, Fall Foliage Excursion, Pumpkin Patch Train, Halloween Spooktacular, Story Time with Mrs. Claus, and Kids’ Fun Weekend. Special event ticket prices vary. To learn more about special events, reservations, group rates, and more, check out the Wanamaker, Kempton, & Southern Railroad online!

Steam Into History
Address: 2 W Main St, New Freedom, PA 17349steam history
Phone: (717) 942-2370
Links: Website and Facebook
Steam into History, about 2 hours from Philly and Washington, DC, is a non-profit organization that features a 1860s replica steam train. The coaches of the train are also newly built, but resemble 1860s construction. The steam train chronicles the Civil War history of York County, as a replica of the locomotive that carried Abraham Lincoln to deliver his famous Gettysburg Address; the tracks are also the ones that carried Lincoln’s funeral train two years later. Opened in 2013, Steam into History offers visitors narrated, history-filled round trips to Glen Rock and Hanover Junction. The Glen Rock Express is a one-hour round-trip and the Hanover Junction Limited is a 2 and a half hour round-trip with a 20- 30-minute stop at Hanover Junction, where passengers can get off the train. Tickets for Glen Rock are $23 on weekdays and $26 on weekends for adults and $15 weekends and weekdays for children (3-13); children under 3 are free if held in lap! The Hanover Junction trip costs $3 more for adults and $1 more for children (3-13). There are also special events that are perfect for little ones like the Reading Express from Glen Rock Library, American Girl Tea Party, Pumpkin Train, Fall Foliage Glen Rock Express, Christmas Tree Train, Santa Sing-a-long Caroling Express, and so much more! Special event ticket prices vary. Check out Steam into History online to learn more about all they have to offer!

Boston, MA
Edaville USA
Address: 5 Pine St, Carver, MA 02330Edaville
Phone: (508) 866-8190
Links: Website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
Edaville USA is a little train lover’s paradise. This amusement park, with 3 different park areas in 1, is loaded with several train-themed attractions. Particularly, in the Thomas Land theme park, visitors have the chance to explore Knapford Station, Tidmouth Sheds, and have fun on 11 different Thomas & Friends rides. Most importantly, visitors can enjoy a 20-minute train ride on a life-sized Thomas the Tank Engine as he travels around Edaville and scenic cranberry bogs! Edaville USA’s seasons run from May-January and special events are planned throughout the year. Admission tickets can be purchased online at $34 (ages 4 & over) and $29 (ages 2-3 & 60+). Tickets can also be purchased at the gate for $3 more. And admission includes access to over 90 rides & attractions! Check out Edaville USA online for more details on their fantastic amusement park!

Cape Cod Central Railroad
Address: 252 Main St, Hyannis, MA 02601cape cod
Phone: (508) 771-3800
Links: Website, Facebook, and Twitter
A little over an hour from Boston, the Cape Cod Central Railroad offers classic, narrated train rides through woodlands, sand dunes, cranberry bogs, and salt marshes. Train rides run from May – October and are about 2 hours in length. Families can enjoy train rides like the Coastal Excursion Train, Colonial Lunch Train, Thanksgiving Dinner Train, or Yankee Clipper Brunch Train. Tickets for Coastal Excursion Trains range from $44 for standard class adult tickets to $47 for diamond class (upper dome) adults tickets. Children tickets (2-12) range from $17 for standard class to $42 for diamond class (upper dome). Boxed lunches are available to be purchased for the Coastal Excursion Trains as well. Specialty trains with served meals vary in price. Cape Cod Central Railroad also offers their Polar Express Train Ride, where kids can wear their pajamas and delight in the holiday spirit with hot cocoa, cookies, storytelling, music, and Santa & elves! The Polar Express Train Ride departs from the Buzzards Bay Depot and lasts about an hour. Prices vary from choice of standard class, 1st class, or diamond class seating. Be sure to check out Cape Cod Central Railroad’s website and social media to learn more about train rides, schedule, fares, classes of service, group occasions, and more!

South Florida
Tradewinds & Atlantic Railroad
Address: 3600 W Sample Rd, Coconut Creek, FL 33066tradewinds
Phone: (954) 494-6877
Links: Website and Facebook
In Tradewinds Park, about 40 minutes from Palm Beach County, you’ll find one-eighth life-size trains that you can ride monthly on a half-mile track along a scenic lake. The Tradewinds & Atlantic Railroad, a nonprofit club, dedicates their time exploring the history of railroads and mechanical engineering. They set out to educate both adults and children all about the importance of railroading! Train rides are offered on Saturdays and Sundays on the third complete weekend of each month. The mini trains are run by steam, batteries, or small gas engines. Tickets cost just $1.50 per person, regardless of age. Tradewinds Park admission is also $1.50 per person on weekends and holidays. There are also birthday train reservations available! Check out Tradewinds & Atlantic Railroad online to learn more about their organization, train schedule, and more!

Gold Coast Railroad Museum
Address: 12450 SW 152nd St, Miami, FL 33177goldcoast
Phone: (305) 253-0063
Links: Website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
About an hour and half south in Miami, the Gold Coast Railroad Museum features over 40 historic railcars. Visitors can explore these historic and restored cars, exhibitions, a model train display, and Thomas the Tank Engine play tables. Train rides are also offered on the weekends for your family to enjoy. And every 1st Saturday of the month, the museum opens its doors to all visitors for a free day! Regular admission costs $8 for adults and $6 for children (2-11). Train rides aboard diesel locomotives or diesel-electric locomotives vary from $6 per person for all ages to $12 per person for all ages for a 25-minute ride. The museum also hosts special events like Day Out With Thomas, when families can take a 25-minute ride and enjoy Thomas-themed activities. There is also the Polar Express Train Ride to bring in the holiday spirit, which includes a 45-minute round trip, holiday treats, Santa, and more! Ticket prices vary for special events. Check out Gold Coast Railroad Museum online or by phone to learn more about the museum collection, admission, train rides, special events, and more!

Houston, TX
Miniature Train at Hermann Park Railroad
Address: 6102 Hermann Park Dr, Houston, TX 77030hermann park
Phone: (713) 524-5876
Link: Website
The beautiful Hermann Park in Houston features a replica C.P. Huntington miniature train. At the Hermann Park Railroad, visitors can enjoy a 2-mile, 18-minute train journey. Riders of all ages will love all the sights and sounds the ride offers around the park! There are three different stops along the railroad, where riders are allowed to hop on or off. Stops are close to the Houston Museum of Natural Science, the Texas Medical Center, and Rice University areas. Rides run Monday-Sunday and tickets cost just $3.50 per person, 1 year and older. You also have the option of purchasing an all day pass on weekdays for $7. Gift tickets, private rentals, and special kid train programs are also available. Be sure to check out Hermann Park Railroad online or by phone to learn more!

Shark Voyage Train at Downtown Aquarium, Houston
Address: 410 Bagby St, Houston, TX 77002Shark voyage
Phone: (713) 223-3474
Link: Website
At Houston’s Downtown Aquarium, you’ll find a miniature C.P. Huntington train that can take you and your little one through the center of a 200,000-gallon tank for an up-close view of sharks! The train ride will make a stop under a tunnel where a variety of different shark species can be watched from your train seat! Tickets for the Aquarium Adventure Exhibit cost $11.99 for adults, $9.99 for seniors (65+), $8.99 for children (under 42”), and children under 2 are free. Individual tickets for the Shark Voyage are $5.99. Visitors also have the option of purchasing All-Day Adventure Passes for $19.99, which includes one-day unlimited access to all rides and the Aquarium Adventure Exhibit! To learn more about the aquarium, the Shark Voyage train, and more, check out the aquarium online or by phone.

Miniature Train at Old MacDonald’s Farm
Address: 3203 Farm to Market 1960, Humble, TX 77338old mcdonald
Phone: (281) 446-4001
Links: Website and Facebook
Old MacDonald’s Farm, about 30 minutes from Houston, is a 15-acre outdoor park for both kids and adults to enjoy. Apart from the petting zoo, pony rides, swimming pool, and other fun activities, the farm offers train rides aboard a miniature train. All activities at the farm are included with the admission fee of $10.75. Babies under 18 months are free! The farm is open daily from February – November, and on weekends December – January. Family outings, birthday parties, and group events can be hold at the farm as well! Visit Old MacDonald’s Farm online or give them a call to learn more about what they have to offer!

Houston Area Live Steamers at Zube Park
Address: 17560 Roberts Rd, Hockley, TX 77447zube park
Phone: (281) 758-8012
Links: Website and Facebook
Zube Park in Hockley, about 40 minutes from Houston, features the Houston Area Live Steamers’ track and their special public run days, when they allow the public to ride on their life-sized model trains! The members of Houston Area Live Steamers share their love of model trains with the community by offering free rides on the 3rd Saturday of the month, March-November. All ages are welcome to ride! Check out Houston Area Live Steamers online to learn more about their organization, trains, public run days, and more!

Miniature Train at Oil Ranch
Address: 23501 Macedonia Rd, Hockley, TX 77447oil ranch
Phone: (281) 859-1616
Links: Website and Twitter
Hockley’s Oil Ranch features over 50 acres of fun, kid friendly activities like pony rides, hayrides, a petting zoo, a swimming pool, a jumping pillow, and so much more! More importantly, for your little train lover, they offer rides around the ranch on their Oil Express. Train riders get to see the ranch’s windmill and take a journey past a lake filled with fish. The Oil Ranch also offers Santa’s Ranch Express, which allows adults and children to enjoy the Christmas season with a train ride and other activities. Birthday parties and family reunions can also be held at the ranch! Admission costs $15.95 per person (24 months+). Admission includes all of the regular ranch activities except mining and paintball. Group rates are also available. Visit the Oil Ranch online or give them a call to learn more!

Miniature Train at Kemah Boardwalk
Address: 215 Kipp Ave, Kemah, TX 77565kemah
Phone: (877) 285-3624
Links: Website
The Kemah Boardwalk is a theme park attraction located about 45 minutes from Houston. Visitors can enjoy an array of rides and amusements. For little train lovers, there is a replica of an 1863 C.P. Huntington train! The train takes its passengers around the entire boardwalk and allows them to see a fabulous ocean view. Tickets for the train ride cost $5. All day ride passes are available for $18.99 for those under 48” and $24.99 passes for those 48” and over. To learn more about the miniature train ride and other Kemah Boardwalk attractions, visit their website or give them a call!

Galveston Railroad Museum
Address: 2602 Sante Fe Pl, Galveston, TX 77550Galveston
Phone: (409) 765-5700
Links: Website and Facebook
An hour away from Houston, the Galveston Railroad Museum features incredible exhibits of rolling stock, railroad memorabilia and history, model railroad layouts, and more! Additionally, the museum offers 15-minute train rides aboard their Harborside Express on most Saturdays. Museum admission costs $10 for adults (13+), $8 for seniors (60+), and $5 for children (4+); children 3 and under are free. Saturday train rides are an additional $5 for passengers 2 and over; infants 1 and under ride for free. The museum also hosts several special events! Check them out online or contact them by phone to learn more!

Jewish Community Day at Nationals Park

 

Buy tickets to sit with other PJ Library families as they cheer on the Washington Nationals vs. the Colorado Rockies. You can also purchase seats with a different Jewish organization or buy individual tickets.

No matter which team you choose to sit with, join them before the game (starting at 11:30am) for crafts, snacks and other family fun!

  • Decorate tote bags with PJ families
  • Taste flavored popcorn from Federation’s Jewish Food Experience®
  • Go on a scavenger hunt around the ballpark, learn about Jewish baseball history legends and win prizes

National Donut Day

National Donut Day is upon us.

A History: Celebrated exclusively in the United States, National Donut Day is on the first Friday of June each year. The annual event originated in 1938 as a Great Depression fundraiser by the Chicago Salvation Army to honor women who served donuts to soldiers in World War I.

Places to get your Free Donut

Dunkin Donuts: Get a FREE classic donut with any beverage purchase

Krispy Kreme: Get a FREE donut of your choice

Duck Donuts: Free sugar donut

Fractured Prune: Each customer gets a FREE donut of your choice