We don't always have big birthday parties for the boys, but we have tended to go all out for one pre-school birthday party. For Elijah, that meant this year when he turned 4 (since he'll turn 5 two weeks into kindergarten).
click here for more info) is famous in my circles around here for the great running/fitness trail that circles the lake, and the fact that it has a miniature train. One very similar to the one at the Fort Wayne Zoo where I grew up. It only runs during the week through the summer, so we planned an early party before school started and while the train was still running.
I basically rounded up every train item in our house, and we headed to the park. Elijah handed each guest a train engineer hat to wear when they arrived. I basically set up several stations, in case the main attraction-our huge set of engines and wooden tracks-got busy. I had a whole table full of train books, a train tattoo station, and do-a-dots art station. But the kids all played beautiful with the tracks for the longest time.
Eli's old costume made for a fun photo op:
Next up, the main event was the train ride itself. As one of the last days in the season, it was pretty busy and we ended up having to wait in line for a while, but the kids had fun on the playground while I held our spot.
Luckily, the wait made us right in the front of the line and Elijah was able to pick the very front seat for his ride.
We ended the party with a carousel ride. Elijah and Zack picked the stationary seats on the ride... they may have regretted it half way through.
We sent the hopefully tired out guests home with train whistles of their very own, and of course, as Elijah is made of sugar, some hugs.