Both of my sons LOVE trains and Chicago has no
shortage of fun places to enjoy them. For the holidays I thought it
would be fun to treat the boys to a train-tastic weekend in the
city. Here are a few ideas to get you going!
Museum of Science
The Museum of Science and Industry is one of my
family's favorite museums in the city particularly since there's so
much to see and do. My little ones, on the other hand, cannot get
enough of MSI for one reason - the awesome model train exhibit with
over 20 trains spanning over 1400 feet. In fact, the kiddos refer
to MSI as the train museum. During the holidays, MSI gets extra
festive with Christmas trees decorated from cultures all over the
world. Their new special exhibit, Treasures of the Walt Disney
Archives, is a must for any Disney fan. Plus who can resist a photo
in front of the huge grand tree decorated in Disney
Seeing these festively decorated CTA cars all lit
up will put anyone in the holiday spirit. See Santa outside on the
open sleigh, while passengers receive a treat from Santa's elves.
Check online for the schedule.
A visit to Winter Wonderfest at Navy Pier has
yearly family tradition that we look forward
to every year. With holiday-themed slides and rides, ice skating
and a toddler area, it's easy to see why it is one of our favorite
events of the year. The big hit is, of course, the Reindeer Express
- a trackless train that chugs around a cutely decorate holiday
Chicago Trolley Holiday Lights
Okay, so this may not actually be a train, but
nevertheless my sons absolutely go ga-ga over trolleys. Hop on a
trolley named after one of Santa's reindeer then see the city
twinkling in holiday lights galore. The Chicago Trolley Holiday
Lights Tour also makes two fun stops at Lincoln Park Zoo's
ZooLights and the Christkindlmarket.
You wouldn't expect trains at the Shedd Aquarium,
but during the holidays the aquarium takes the popular holiday
train movie, The Polar Express, to a whole new level by adding
special effects such as snow and wind. Don't forget to save some
time for the fun Holiday Fantasea show where jolly St. Nick makes a
Cheryl Eugenio is a wife and mommy to two toddler boys who are officially addicted to traveling and exploring Chicagoland and beyond.
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