Friday, December 16, 2011

Daddy Adventure Day - Olbrich Botanic Gardens Christmas Trains

On Ben's Wednesday morning off, we took the girls to see the train exhibit at the Olbrich Botanic Gardens.  We didn't realize it, but Wednesday mornings are free admission days, and so we had to wait in line a while before we could get in.  It's a lot smaller than the train exhibit at the Chicago Botanic Gardens, but they allow fewer people in at a time, so it wasn't crowded at all.  The trains run so close that you could reach out and touch them, except that you're not allowed.  But it was fun to be able to see them so close up.  There were two trains running and one stopped on the track:

Amelia's favorite train was the candy train.  It had a huge black steam engine and then "tanker" cars full of different kinds of Christmas candy.  She liked the M&M car the best.  It had a cowboose at the end, a black and white Holstein painted caboose.  Megan liked all the trains, of course!  The girls were both so excited to see the trains come around the corner:

Different bird houses were displayed in the trees around the trains.  I liked this Swiss chalet birdhouse the best:

They even had crafts for the kids to make.  Amelia and Ben made the snowman below.  Megan colored with marker all over her paper and all over the tablecloth.

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