My little one is now almost as obsessed with his older brother when it comes to "choo choos". One of his first words was caboose, he'll always remind you that a tender is hot, and he'll notice every Thomas object that passes him by (backpacks, items on shelves, shoes, etc). He's demanding choo choo books at night despite our Christmas book theme, and often falls asleep with a train book open on his lap.
So Elijah's especially excited that trains are so entangled with the Christmas holiday. I wonder how these two things got so mixed up to begin with, but we don't question it around here we just try to enjoy it. We decided to wait until Brian was off work to head into D.C. to see several train exhibits last Saturday. Our itenerary:
We took advantage of the free parking metro stations always offer on the weekends, and decide to park and ride the train into the city. Elijah was pretty excited the whole way:
We then headed indoors to get some ice cream (my family never passes up ice cream, even in 40 degree weather) and then to warm up in the trains exhibit of the National American history museum. I've wrote about that exhibit before, here.
Finally, we walked on across the National Mall to the other end to find the U.S. Botanical Gardens. There was actually a pretty substantial line to get in the train exhibit, but it moved pretty quickly. The exhibit this year featured different lighthouses all made of plant materials, as well as other landmark buildings. The exhibit was lit with colorful lighting, and was very magical and enjoyable for kids as well as adults. We made it through just as the museum was closing.