Taking the Train to the Pumpkin Patch (Sunday Part 1)


If you live in Northeast Wisconsin, and you’re looking for a good pumpkin to carve for Halloween, I’d suggest taking the train. That’s just what we did today; We took the train to the pumpkin patch. One weekend in October, the National Railroad Museum in Green Bay, Wisconsin hosts a Halloween event that is fantastic if you happen to be the mother of two young boys. Essentially, for under $50 for a family of four, you get a real train ride to a pumpkin patch, a free pumpkin per person, admission to the museum, performing arts and other various indoor activities, and extremely happy children. There’s so much to fit into one day, that’ll be tough to fit all into one blog. But, I’ll try… I’ll try to let the pictures speak for me.

When we arrived, we went immediately into the gift shop and museum. The gift shop itself houses every imaginable train gadget, including a nice assortment of Thomas the Train (or Tank Engine, if you’re British…) toys for your little ones to drool over. The museum is quite impressive, with several exhibits, including many miniature trains from different decades and and at different stages in production, including the explanations and history behind many of them. To my surprise, the boys were every bit as as excited to look at the miniature trains as they would’ve been to play video games, at that point. Ben particularly liked the wall of pictures depicting the various train derailments and other accidents throughout history. Jake was really interested in the scenery in the miniature scenes.

miniature exhibit in the museum

Next, we headed out to board the real train, and take our turn going to the pumpkin patch. We have been to the museum twice before, and each time the boys wanted to ride on the coach named “Josephine”, as it reminded them of Annie and Claribel from Thomas cartoons. Today, though, they raced to win a spot on the top deck of the double decker car.

Josephine, the coach

Double Decker Coach

Ben was quite happy there was an actual conductor, who said, “all aboard!”.  No idea where Sir Tophamhat was hiding…

Real Live Conductor

We secured our seats in the narrow isles up on the top floor of the double decker.

Benjamin enjoyed his window seat

and kept enjoying it… while we waited for everyone else to board.

still waiting...

 

The wait in the seats was probably longer than the actual ride to the patch….

The boys waiting patiently on the Double Decker

But we were finally on our way, and in moments, (literally, like two minutes) we arrived at the pumpkin patch. Of course we picked the biggest ones for Ryan (Daddy) to carry…

My Pumpkin, holding my melons...

Once we arrived back at the station, we went back into the museum and took the boys into what I consider to be the feature exhibit, the actual train room. In this large room, they have several restored and retired trains to view. Most of them are, at least in part, completely interactive. In many of them, you can sit where the conductor would and stare right into the coal car. In others, you can test out the bunks in the coaches. Aside from testing every possible train, in this main room, we also watched a magician, went on a scarecrow scavenger hunt, ate hot dogs and hamburgers among many other activities…

Jake conducting the Big Boy Train

Ben taking his turn engineering the Big Boy Train

The whole family enjoying the sitting coach

Because Jake had a birthday party to go, we had to wrap our journey after testing out all the trains. However, we did take a moment to play outside on the train themed playground on the way back out to the van…

Little Red Caboose

All in all, a better day could not be had, but the remainder of the day will left for another blog…. Suffice it say, so far as our trip to the pumpkin patch was concerned, we were certainly on the right track!

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About Mindy

I am a mother of two boys, a disc golfer, a former derby girl, a sonographer and an aspiring writer. Sometimes words and events replay in my head endlessly until I let them out. I am verbose. I have lots to say all of the time. If there's something you'd like to know, you'd be better off asking.
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