Over Easter Weekend we popped in for a visit to the Memory Junction Railway Museum . I've been there before on account of it being one of *the* highlights to visit in my hometown, but this was June's first visit and I've found that things are just a whole new level when I'm doing it with her for the first time. She's the perfect age for it because trains, cars, "big trucks" are all the rage right now (if you have a toddler i'm sure you know what I'm talking about). I'm always surprised at what she'll spot out the window in the backseat of the car while we're driving around. And since she's obsessed with her Brio train set, I knew she'd be so excited to connect the dots in real life; That's the part that's so mind-blowing about this age, they'll have smaller toy versions but then when you see their eyes figuring out that they toys are *literally* child's play, it's such an awesome moment. Like: "Wait. Mama. TRAIN. TRAIN. HOLY COW TRAIN!"
So Memory Junction is really something unique. It's a rehabilitated original train station which was part of the Grand Trunk Railway in Ontario - the best and small town part of it; all the work was done by a couple in town... just because they love trains and love history. So it's completely privately funded and fundraised, and kinda mind-blowing how they were able to gather all of the amazing locomotives and railcars based on this fact alone. I mean, how does one just go about securing one of the last Steam Locomotives from the turn of the century? June had so much fun walking the rail ties and climbing in and out of the display cars. And then a couple real trains went by (the museum is right on the tracks) and the conductors waved at us so it was basically the cherry on the top.
Here are some pictures from our visit! If you have a train lover in your family - and you happen to wander down the 401 through Ontario to Toronto, it's a really good pit stop!
literally carried that shovel around everywhere with her that day (a present from the Easter bunny!) because you know, when you feel the urge to shovel, you just gotta do it ;)
the original station ^^
toss up between this one ^^^ and another below as to her fave to climb in and out of :)
I don't know what I expect, but this locomotive is SO much larger in real life then you would anticipate!! Always kinda catches me off guard!
and I mean, that face <3 how much happier can a little girl get!?
the conductor totally waved at us! June was just in awe!
oh pregnancy and the lovely ways in which you just make me look tired all. day. long.
Safe to say, a total hit with the toddler in our crowd :)
Happy monday everyone!! let's make this week a good-one ;)