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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Exploring Delaware with Your Kids

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Here’s a fun day trip idea we stumbled onto a few weeks ago! I say stumbled because though I planned to go to the park and splash pad, the rest of the day was somewhat unplanned. Delaware is a 40-ish minute trip from downtown Columbus and has a super cute downtown area.

First of all, the park. As far as parks and playgrounds go, this one is awesome! I love that there is a playground (a REALLY nice one) so close to the splash pad. It’s the whole package in case your kids get tired of one or the other quickly. The playground area is covered in artificial turf – so no mud or mulch to deal with!

There is a dinosaur theme with large dinosaur prints in the sidewalk, a dinosaur slide and dinosaurs to run through at the splash pad.

There are some water tables on the edge of the playground – my kids really wanted something to play with inside them (which we didn’t have). So if your kids aren’t into being splashed, but still like to play in water, bring some plastic animals or cars to play with in the water!

Another nice thing about the splash pad is that there is a covered area for sitting. Throughout the park there were two large pavilions with picnic tables for shade and eating. There is also a snack shack.

If you followed me last summer, you might remember that my kids were not big fans of splash pads! 🙂 So I’ll tell you, I didn’t even pack swim suits – just an extra change of clothes! haha. Well, this year they proved to be a little bit braver than last so we needed those clothes! {See Five on Friday: Splash Pads here!}

After the Spray and Play, we headed downtown with no particular destination in mind.

We found a couple of bakeries and coffee shops and ended up choosing Fresh Start Cafe and Bakery. There were lots of yummy treats and Crimson Cup coffee. The boys chose cupcakes because they always do and I heard no complaints! 😉

  

We walked around downtown a bit and ended up at Fundamentals: Children’s Books, Toys and Games, which is a fun store for kids books and art and teacher supplies!

  

This summer, Fundamentals will be hosting a Where’s the Penguin hunt around downtown Delaware, based on the book Where’s the Penguin by Sophie Schrey! Beginning July 1, kids can search for the penguin at at least 20 participating businesses and prizes will be given away!  The Find the Penguin Grand Finale Party will take place at Fundamentals on August 4, 2017 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM, during the First Friday events in downtown Delaware.

The store also hosts a story time that includes stories, music, dancing, and crafts at 10:30 AM! The next one is July 26th!

Another event they have coming up is the Summer Reading Road Trip on on Sunday, July 16th from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM which includes giveaways, costume character, author signings, crafts and activities!

I’m looking forward to returning to downtown Delaware! Does anyone have a Delaware favorite to recommend?

Know Before You Go:

Spray and Play at Veterans Park
1121 S. Houk Rd, Delaware, OH 43015

Fresh Start Cafe and Bakery
24 North Sandusky Street
Delaware, Ohio, OH 43015
(740) 990-0388
Monday: Closed
Tuesday-Thursday 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Friday-Saturday 7:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Sunday 7:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Fundamentals: Children’s Books, Toys and Games
25 W Winter St
Delaware, Ohio, OH 43015
(740) 363-0290
Monday-Saturday: 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Sunday: Closed

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What Should We Do This Weekend? November 11-13, 2016

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1. Big Book Sale at Columbus Metropolitan Library

When: Thursday-Sunday, November 10-13, 2016
Time: Times vary by day.
Location: Larry Black Auditorium, 96 S. Grant Ave., Columbus, OH 43215

This huge book sale is made up from donations and previously circulated books from the library. Friends of the Library can shop on Friday and Sunday offers Clearance prices!

2. PBJ & Jazz at Lincoln Theatre

When: Saturday, November 12, 2016
Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: Ballroom, 769 E. Long St., Columbus, OH 43203

There will be two performances of these special family-friendly concerts: 10:00 AM and 11:30 AM. Children receive a PB&J sandwich, juice and a cookie. The concerts are $5 per person with a family maximum of $20.

3. International Festival at the Ohio Expo Center

When: Saturday & Sunday, November 12 & 13, 2016
Time: Saturday: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM, Sunday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Location: Celeste Center, 717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus, OH 43211

This celebration of international culture includes ethnic foods and cooking demonstrations, live entertainment, an international fashion show, a Parade of Nations, free flu shots and other medical screenings, arts and crafts and other children’s activities.

4. Mini Market Columbus at Bexley United Methodist Church

When: Saturday, November 12, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Location: 2657 E Broad St., Bexley, OH 43209

This is Columbus’ first craft market focused on handmade baby and children’s items! Admission is free!

5. Neighborhood Toy Store Day at Naturally Curious Kids

When: Saturday, November 12, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Location: 13 E College Ave, Westerville, Ohio 43081
Phone: 614-568-8590

National Neighborhood Toy Store Day is a real thing! Celebrate at Naturally Curious Kids with 15% off your total purchase, cookies from 2 Chicks and a Cookie, raffles and other giveaways!

6. Pine Cone Animals at Franklin Park Conservatory

When: Saturday, November 12, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: 1777 E Broad St., Columbus, OH 43203
Phone: 614-715-8000

Kids can create an owl, fox, or other critter out of a pinecone. This activity is free with your paid admission or membership!

7. LEGO Club at Westland Area Library

When: Saturday, November 12, 2016
Time: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: 4740 W. Broad Street Columbus, OH 43228

There will be a theme and challenge to complete at this LEGO Club get together!

8. Dancing with the Nutcracker at BalletMet

When: Sunday, November 13, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM
Location: 322 Mt. Vernon Ave., Columbus, OH 43215

This free event allows kids to dance with costumed dancers from the Nutcracker! There will also be coloring and discounts on Nutcracker tickets. BalletMet asks that you bring a donation of one or more of the following: adult socks, adult gloves or mittens, baby sleepers to be given to Faith Mission. RSVP online!

9. Holiday Cheer Kick Off Parade at Polaris Fashion Place

When: Sunday, November 13, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: 1500 Polaris Pkwy., Columbus, OH 43240

Santa arrives with a holiday parade! There will be entertainment, face painting, balloon artists, crafts and more! Activities will occur in Center Court by JC Penney.

10. Family Adventures Tour at Columbus Museum of Art

When: Sunday, November 13, 2016
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: 480 East Broad Street, Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-221-6801

These family friendly tours are given by a docent and involve fun and creative ways to learn about and explore art together! Admission to the museum is free on Sundays!

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*Please be aware,  information is gathered from multiple community sources.  Times, dates and locations are subject to change. There may be a fee to participate in a featured activity.  Please call ahead or check links to confirm activities.  Enjoy what you do today!*


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