Sunday, October 17, 2010

Steam Days 2010

Evelyn lost her third tooth at Kat and Ross's house this morning! She had bumped her chin with her knee while putting on socks, and her top middle-left tooth fell right out. She is so excited for the tooth fairy to pay her a visit tonight.

After all that excitement, we girls headed to Baltimore to go to "Steam Days" at the B&O Railroad Museum. The star of the show is #25, the William Mason. It's one of Evelyn's favorite locomotives at the museum, and she is so happy that he gets to come out of the roundhouse to ride the rails once a year. Oh, and are steamies loud? Judging by this picture, I would say yes.
We watched the two steam engines depart at 12:00 (the #4 St. Elizabeth was the coal-burning tank engine that hauled the coach cars). Then we headed to over to the Trackside Snax shop for lunch. We got back to the loading platform in time to go on the 1:00 train ride. Julia thoroughly enjoyed the train ride, especially with the added bonus of watching the William Mason ride alongside us for a little bit.

The museum had a blacksmith demonstration going on, complete with a hands-on activity for kids. Using wooden tools on a piece of clay, Evelyn made a smiling face. She is all about creating things and being artsy, so this was right up her alley.
One of the best parts about going to Steam Days? It's not a big draw for families with kids, so the kiddie play structures and rides are practically deserted. The girls loved driving this wooden train . . .
. . . and they also had a blast riding this model train through a miniature town. Steam Days was a big hit for us this year, and I'm sure we'll be back next year, too!