Hi! I'm Louise and I blog over at Building Blocks and Acorns. I'm so excited to be guest-posting for Bambini Travel... especially as my usual blog posts are usually activities I do at home with my little boy. I live in a beautiful part of England and am very fortunate to have so many wonderful places to visit all around. 'Darth' (thanks to my husband's love of all things Star-Wars, my little 2 year old boy is known as 'Darth' on my blog site,) first began his love of trains when we were on holiday in the Summer, in beautiful Northumberland. We took a steam train from the village of Etal, to the village of Ford and 'Darth' has been obsessed ever since!
Because 'Darth' is absolutely mad about trains right now, it seemed only natural that we took him on a day out to the National Railway Museum in York. Entry is totally free and there are so many different trains to see. Another bonus is, that it's so great for all ages! The museum is a vast, open building where you can get right up to the trains. It's amazing to see examples of old steam engines - they're such beautiful pieces of machinery and remind me of old toy wind-up train set I used to play with as a child. There are also more modern examples, including the Japanese bullet train that you can actually go inside, walk down the aisle of the train and sit down in it. 'Darth' took a liking to one of the older trains and dragged me in there with him!
Taking a rucksack on this kind of day out is a must! It meant that my hands were totally free to chase around after the very excited 'Darth.' There was LOTS of exploring to be done and plenty of hands-on activities.
I wasn't expecting to enjoy it personally. I only expected to enjoy seeing 'Darth' looking at all the trains. But actually, it was really interesting and amazing to see such HUGE trains towering above us! I think I had just as much fun as 'Darth' did!
We even got to see the world-famous 'Mallard' train that holds the record for being the fastest steam-powered locomotive! That fact definitely went over 'Darth's' head, but he commented on the 'nice blue' colour!
The model railway was so intricately detailed, which all of the children at the museum seemed to gravitate towards! Being in a different environment really stimulated 'Darth' and he began saying new words he hadn't said before! He used language to describe the different trains size, comparing the model 'mallard' to the real one. 'Baby train' (pointing to the model,) and 'big train' (pointing to the mallard nearby.)
Our next step is to keep the language about trains and the enthusiasm going (although 'Darth' doesn't need much encouragement... he's been "choo choo-ing" all day long!) I absolutely LOVE these activities from other bloggers, so we'll be trying these out over the next few days. Go and take a look (links open in a new window):
Make sure you check the Museum's website before you go for lots of helpful information.
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