Fun for the Whole Family at EnterTRAINment Junction

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EnterTRAINment Junction in West Chester, Ohio makes an awesome day trip or weekend get away for Columbus families!

This post is written in partnership with Visit Butler County!

If anyone in your family loves trains, EnterTRAINment Junction should be on your list of road trips this summer! What a fun place to explore!

EnterTRAINment Junction

model train

First of all, the model railroad display is amazing – in fact it is the world’s largest train display! The trains run on 2 miles of track and takes a journey through the history of railroads. Beginning in the 1860’s, the display takes viewers through the Civil War, into the Middle Period in the 1940’s and 50’s and into the Modern Period including subways!

kids looking at a model train

model train at EnterTRAINment Junction

model train at EnterTRAINment Junction

The display is so lifelike, it’s almost like you could step right into the city and walk the streets and wait for the subway.

Model Train

Model Train

kids watching a model train

This isn’t just for little kids. My kids loved this display, of course, but my husband loved it too! It’s a display that I believe has something for all ages!

model train display at EnterTRAINment Junction

model train at EnterTRAINment Junction

Upstairs, there is a separate model depicting Cincinnati’s Coney Island Amusement Park in it’s glory days (1965)! This is a 1000 foot, handmade replica that includes a roller coaster, ferris wheel, haunted house, arcade games and more! There are also interactive portions of the exhibits! You can press buttons on the exhibit that make the rides move, buildings light up and more!

Coney Island display at EnterTRAINment Junction

Coney Island display at EnterTRAINment Junction

You can’t miss Imagination Junction, a play area for kids! There is a large climbing structure, small model train displays, a train to ride on and an area for toddlers to play, too! Socks are required to play here and are available for purchase if you forget!

Indoor play area at EnterTRAINment Junction

Indoor play area at EnterTRAINment Junction

Indoor play area at EnterTRAINment Junction

Toddler play area at EnterTRAINment Junction.

Indoor play area at EnterTRAINment Junction

There are also two outdoor rides that are available Memorial Day through Labor Day. We didn’t get to experience these but friends have told me this was the best part!

Also inside EnterTRAINment Junction is the A-Maze-N Funhouse which resembles a circus midway. (Admission to this exhibit is separate.) There are various exhibits to enter and experience! Some of the exhibits were a little too stimulating for my kids, but they liked running through the mirror maze!

hall of mirrors at EnterTRAINment Junction

A-Maze-N Fun House at EnterTRAINment Junction

Last, but not least (certainly for my kids), were the amazing toy and gift shops! Honestly, I had to drag my kids out of the toy store to go see the exhibits! haha! There is a huge LEGO section, so I don’t think I need to explain myself! 😉

toy store at EnterTRAINment Junction

Toy store at EnterTRAINment Junction

We try to pick out a new Christmas ornament every year when we go on vacation. Our 2018 ornament will be from EnterTRAINment Junction! 🙂 Get your souvenirs in the gift shop and almost any toy you can imagine in the toy store!

There is also a cafe on site and the space is available for birthday parties!

lobby at EnterTRAINment Junction  Cafe at EnterTRAINment Junction

This attraction is well worth the drive! We’ve had this one on our list for a long time and I’m so glad we finally did it! We spent about 2 hours here and the kids probably could have played longer in the play area if I had let them! But either way, that means you still have time for the Butler County Donut Trail!

If you’re looking for somewhere to eat before or after visiting EnterTRAINment Junction, check out Bagger Dave’s, which is close by! They have lots of Kids Meals to choose from and the restaurant is very family-friendly!

hamburger at Bagger Dave's

 

Know Before You Go:

7379 Squire Ct, West Chester, OH 45069
513-898-8000
Monday – Saturday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Sunday: 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM

  • EnterTRAINment Junction is running a special April 2nd through May 25th, 2018 where if you buy one Do-It-All ticket you will get a return visit for free! Get it All tickets are currently $14.95
  • In addition to your admission ticket ($13.95 for adults, $9.95 for kids 3-12), the outdoor rides are $3 and the Funhouse is $9.95. Check the website for group rates, senior pricing and other upgrades! Kids 2 and under are free.

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What Should We Do This Weekend? April 27-29, 2018

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22 family-friendly events happening in Columbus, Ohio this weekend!

1. Annie by Columbus Children’s Theatre

When: April 26 – May 13, 2018
Time: Th & F: 7:30 PM, Sat: 1:00 PM & 5:00 PM, Sun: 3:00 PM
Location: Park Street Theatre, 512 Park Street, Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-224-6672

Take your kids to see this adaptation of the beloved “Little Orphan Annie”! This is a 2 act musical with an intermission. Recommended for ages 6 and up. On Fridays April 27 and May 4 there will be a 10:00 AM performance that is sensory friendly.

2. Unplugged Family Fun at CML, Reynoldsburg Branch

When: Friday, April 27, 2018
Time: 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Location: 1402 Brice Rd., Reynoldsburg, OH 43068
Phone: 614-645-2275

Kids age K-12th grade can take part in fun (non-screen) activities like board games, crafts and more!

3. Family Friday Night at COSI

When: Friday, April 27, 2018
Time: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: 333 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-228-2674

On the last Friday of each month, COSI offers extended hours (open until 9PM!) and price reduced admission to families so you can visit, learn, and play late! General admission Admission is $15 for adults and $10 for youth and includes all of COSI’s permanent exhibitions plus a movie in the National Geographic Giant Screen Theater! (Free for members.)

4. 4th Friday on the Lawn: Storybook Village at Westerville Library

When: Friday, April 27, 2018
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: Front Lawn, 126 S. State St., Westerville, OH 43081
Phone: 614-882-7277

Hear stories on the lawn and meet a storybook character! This is part of the 4th Friday event going on in Uptown Westerville!

5. Monty Python’s Spamalot at Marina Davis Performing Arts Center

When: Friday – Sunday, April 27-29, 2018
Time: Friday: 8:00 PM, Saturday: 8:00 PM, Sunday: 2:00 PM
Location: 4000 Hard Rd., Dublin, OH 43016
Phone: 617-717-2464

See Dublin Scioto High School’s performance of Monty Python’s Spamalot! Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students! Play is rated “PG”.

6. STEM Adventures at Kiddie Academy of Hilliard

When: Saturday, April 28, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 2525 Roberts Court, Hilliard, OH 43026
Phone: 614-363-4169

This is a free community event for kids to explore STEM activities with hands on activities! RSVP online!

7. Independent Bookstore Day at The Book Loft

When: Saturday, April 28, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Location: 631 S. 3rd St., Columbus, OH 43206
Phone: 614-464-1774

The Book Loft of German Village is celebrating Independent Bookstore Day and it’s forty-first year with prizes and special give aways of Advanced Reader’s Editions of upcoming children’s books! There will be special guests signing books including Andrew Welsh-Huggins, Kenneth Wright, Michael J. Rosen, Dan Koboldt and David Meyers and Elise Meyers!

8. HOOT 86: Reading at Gateway Film Center

When: Saturday, April 28, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 1550 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43201
Phone: 614-545-2255

This event takes place the last Saturday of each month and includes family friendly activities like games, stories, crafts and live music by the Shazzbots! The kid-friendly short films start at 11:00 AM. This month’s theme is Reading! All movies are rated “G” and admission is free with a suggestion donation of a canned good for The Open Shelter! Recommended for ages 1-8.

9. 32nd Annual Duckling Day at CML, Whetstone Branch

When: Saturday April 28, 2018
Time: 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 3909 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43214
Phone: 614-645-2275

Recommended for ages 2-6 years, this event includes a parade, live ducks, a puppet show and literacy activities! Dress like a duck or pick up a duck mask the day of the program.

10. Arbor Day Festival at Dawes Arboretum

When: Saturday, April 28, 2018
Time: 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: 7770 Jacksontown Rd, Newark, OH 43056
Phone: 740-323-2355

The Columbus Bonsai Society is hosting an Arbor Day Festival at Dawes Arboretum in Newark. There will be educational activities, tree climbing, displays, animals from Columbus Zoo, food trucks, crafts and more activities! The first 500 families in attendance will receive a free tree to take home and plant!

11. Touch a Truck in West Jefferson

When: Saturday, April 28, 2018
Time: 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: 221 S. Center S.t, West Jefferson, OH 43162
Phone: 614-589-7453

Real Living Anders is sponsoring a touch a truck event, to benefit Santino’s Crusade for a cancer free world. There will be a touch a truck event as well as a home expo and food available!

12. Family Fun at Franklin Park Conservatory

When: Saturday, April 28, 2018
Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: 1777 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43203
Phone: 614-715-8000

Celebrate Arbor Day by making tree cookie necklaces and learning how trees grow!

13. Save the Frogs Weekend at Deer Haven Park

When: Saturday & Sunday, April 28 & 29, 2018
Time: 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM both days
Location: 4183 Liberty Rd., Delaware, OH 43015
Phone: 740-362-0283

This free event includes crafts, games and refreshments! Meet frogs up close and catch tadpoles! Learn how to save the frogs!

14. Nature Walk in Whitehall Community Park

When: Saturday, April 28, 2018
Time: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Location: 402 N. Hamilton Rd., Whitehall, OH 43213
Phone: 614-863-0121

Walk with a ranger through Whitehall Community Park!

15. Supersize Tie-Dye Slime at Michaels Stores

When: Saturday, April 28, 2018
Time: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: your local Michaels Store

Spiral premade slime together to make tie-dye slime! This is a free event.

16. Battle of the Badges to honor First Responders at MAPFRE Stadium

When: Saturday, April 28, 2018
Time: 2:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Location: 1 Black And Gold Blvd., Columbus, OH 43211

The Columbus Fire Department Football Club will play a soccer squad from the Columbus Police Department before the Crew SC vs. San Jose Quakes game on Saturday! Use the link in the event to purchase discounted tickets! $5 of every ticket purchase will be donated to the National Law Enforcement Officers Fund.

 

17. Dia del Niño at La Plaza Tapatia

When: Saturday, April 28, 2018
Time: 2:30 PM
Location: 4233 Shoppers Ln., Columbus, OH 43228
Phone: 614-276-0333

Celebrate the Day of the Child with bounce houses, piñatas, food and specials within the store!

18. German Village Makers Market

When: Sunday, April 29, 2018
Time: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: 1108 City Park Ave., Columbus, OH 43206

This outdoor market will feature live music, food trucks, artists, designers, makers, growers, bakers and more! The event is family and pet friendly.

 

19. Nationwide Children’s Superhero Run 2018 at Hilliard Davidson High School

When: Sunday, April 29, 2018
Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: 5100 Davidson Rd, Hilliard, OH 43026

This is a family-friendly event with a 5K and Kids Dash as well as other kid-friendly activities supporting Orphan World Relief and the Hilliard Davidson Band Program.

20. Zane Grey Family Day at National Road & Zane Grey Museum

When: Sunday, April 29, 2018
Time: 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: 8850 East Pike, Norwich, OH 43767
Phone: 800-752-2602

Just about an hour from Columbus, Zane Grey Family Day includes live music from The Wayfarers and Sweet Adelines, vintage baseball with the Ohio Village Muffins, fishing for kids and other kid-friendly activities. Admission is by donation.

21. Michael J. Rosen at UAPL at Upper Arlington Public Library

When: Sunday, April 29, 2018
Time: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: 2116 Arlington Ave., Columbus, OH 43221
Phone: 614-486-9621

UAPL and Cover to Cover Children’s Books are hosting children’s book author, Michael J. Rosen at the Upper Arlington Public Library Friend’s Theater. His newest book, The Horse’s Haiku, will be for sale and he will be available to sign. Admission is free but you should reserve your seat online.

22. Science Sunday: Discover Ohio’s Earthworks at Blacklick Woods Metro Park

When: Sunday, April 29, 2018
Time: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: Beech Maple Lodge, 6975 E Livingston Ave, Reynoldsburg, OH 43068
Phone: 614-891-0700

An earthwork was recently discovered at Blacklick Woods Metro Park. Archaeologist Dr Jarrod Burks, President of Heartland Earthworks Conservancy will share about it and you can take a tram ride to see the Blacklick Circle for yourself.

 


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What Should We Do This Weekend? April 20-22, 2018 Earth Day Edition

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18 family friendly events happening in Columbus, Ohio this weekend!

1. Warehouse Sale at Junior Library Guild

When: Friday & Saturday, April 20-21, 2018
Time: Friday: 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM, Saturday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 7858 Industrial Pkwy, Plain City, OH 43064
Phone: 800-491-0174

The JLG’s Spring Warehouse sale is a great place to get children’s and young adult books! All books are $5 each, 100’s of title available. Food trucks will be onsite both days! Read my interview with Junior Library Guild!

2. $5 Friday Pony Rides & Petting Zoo at Horse -N- Round Fun

When: Friday, April 20, 2018
Time: 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: 7042 Feder Rd. Galloway, OH 43119
Phone: 614-204-5353

Enjoy pony rides and a petting zoo! All ages are welcome, no reservations needed!

3. POP UP! Spring Clothing and Equipment Sale at Resolute Athletic Complex

When: Saturday, April 21, 2018
Time: 7:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: 3599 Chiller Ln, Columbus, OH 43219

The Columbus Mothers of Twins Club’s semi-annual clothing and equipment sale happens this weekend! Get in early at 7:00 AM with a $2 donation to charity. General admission opens at 8:00 AM. No strollers or wagons.

4. Waffle Bar! at Coffee Connections of Hilliard, LLC

Time: 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: 4004 Main St., Hilliard, OH 43026
Phone: 614-664-3993

$5 will get you a waffle with unlimited toppings, juice and drip coffee! Read more about Coffee Connections here!

5. Party for the Planet™ at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

When: Saturday, April 21, 2018
Time: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 4850 Powell Rd, Powell, OH 43065
Phone: 614-724-3485

Celebrate Earth Day with activity stations, characters, animal enrichment and more!

6. Llama & Sheep Shearing Day at Stratford Ecological Center

When: Saturday, April 21, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: 3083 Liberty Rd, Delaware, OH 43015
Phone: 740-363-2548

Visit the farm on the annual shearing day! See sheep and llamas be sheared! Learn how wool is processed and enjoy hands on experiences. $5/person or $15 for a family of 4. No registration needed. Sock Hop Soda Shop will be on site with a hot and cold menu! Read A Day on the Farm: 5 Things to Do at Stratford Ecological Center!

7. Breakfast, Books and Your Farm at 4th Street Farms

When: Saturday, April 21, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: 1377 N 4th St., Columbus, OH 43201
Phone: 614-506-7040

Enjoy a story, take home a plant and have a snack at 4th Street Farms!

8. MakerX at Reynoldsburg Performing Arts Center & Fablab

When: Saturday, April 21, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 8579 Summit Rd., Reynoldsburg, OH 43068

This Columbus Maker Expo is a festival focused on digital design and creation. Expect exhibits featuring 3D printing, virtual reality, robotics, droves, electronic music, coding, hands-on building, LEGO robotics and more! Ages 18 and younger are free, adults are $5. There will be food trucks on site.

9. Earth Day Weekend at Highbanks Metro Park

When: Saturday & Sunday, April 21 & 22, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM both days
Location: 9466 Columbus Pike, Lewis Center, OH 43035

Franklin County Metro Parks and COSI are hosting this Earth Day event that features hands-on activities and live animals! Learn about vernal pools, build seed pods, observe earthworms and more! Meet at the Nature Center. Read more about Highbanks Metro Park here!

10. Earth Day at The Crest Gastropub

When: Saturday, April 21, 2018
Time: 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: 2875 Indianola Ave., Columbus, OH 43202
Phone: 614-261-7128

The Crest and The Arts and College Preparatory Academy are hosting this Earth Day celebration with yoga, live music, locally made goods, local farmers, brewers and artists!

11. Sensory Friendly Films: Shaun the Sheep Movie at Gateway Film Center

When: Saturday, April 21, 2018
Time: 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: 1550 N. High St, Columbus, OH 43201
Phone: 614-247-4433

Enjoy the movie Shaun the Sheep at a lower volume, lights up and a “no shushing” atmosphere. This is a free screening in conjunction with The Ohio State University Nisonger Center.

12. Aminah Robinson Workshop at Picassos

When: Saturday, April 21, 2018
Time: 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: 1974 N Mallway Dr., Upper Arlington, OH 43221
Phone: 614-354-1930

Honor Aminah Robinson by creating your own hanging collage inspired by her work! Families will also work to create a community wall mural. $25/child. Spots are limited.

13. Girl Genius STEAM Lock-In at The Simplr STEAM Playground

When: Saturday & Sunday, , April 21 & 22, 2018
Time: 7:00 PM – 8:00 AM
Location: 710 Cross Pointe Rd., Gahanna, OH 43230
Phone: 614-860-5012

This overnight event is for girls in grades 3-6. There will be a guest speaker who will talk about her time at NASA, 3D printing, tech gadgets, a movie, pizza and snacks!

14. Celebrate Earth Day at Never Grow Up Boutique!

When: Sunday, April 22, 2018
Time: 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Location: 4048 Broadway, Grove City, OH 43123

Celebrate Earth Day with discounts, special hours, prizes and more at Never Grow Up Boutique!

15. KidX Earth Day Jubilee at Polaris Fashion Place

When: Sunday, April 22, 2018
Time: 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Location: 1500 Polaris Pkwy, Columbus, OH 43240
Phone: 614-846-1500

Celebrate Earth Day by decorating a pot and planting flowers, learning about what can be done to make the Earth a better place and participating in other activities!

16. A Really Big Fun Earth Day at The Vanderelli Room

When: Sunday, Aril 22, 2018
Time: 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: 218 McDowell St., Columbus, Ohio 43215
Phone: 614-403-4689

Enjoy an art show from local students, music by The Shazzbots, vendors, games for kids, a food truck and more!

17. Make a Suncatcher at Burlap Sunflower

When: Sunday, April 22, 2018
Time: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: 3840 Lattimer St., Hilliard, OH 43026
Phone: 614-989-1638

Make a dragonfly or flower suncatcher. $15 for all materials and class. For ages 16 and older.

18. Earth Day Celebration: Cruddy Creek at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park

When: Sunday, April 22, 2018
Time: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Location: 1775 Darby Creek Dr, Galloway, Ohio 43119
Phone: 614-891-0700

Learn about pollution in rivers and creeks and learn how you can help the environment! Check out the living stream inside the Nature Center! Read more about Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park here.


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