trainshow.jpgThe New York Botanical Garden’s annual Holiday Train Show has become a cherished seasonal tradition for families not just in New York, but across the country. Children big and small love to watch the G-scale model trains puff along a half-mile of track in and around the 140 landmark buildings constructed entirely of natural materials: nuts, tree bark, fruits, pinecones, and leaves, housed within the warmth of the historic Enid A. Haupt Conservatory.
New to this year’s show is Trans World Airlines Flight Center and John F. Kennedy International Airport. Complete with miniature planes and runway, the iconic, Eero Saarinen-designed modernist masterpiece-in-miniature evokes a time when JFK was known as Idlewild and jet travel was luxurious. Four more kid-friendly activities, your show ticket also includes,Gingerbread Adventures, Everett Children’s Adventure Garden, Outdoor Galleries and Gingerbread Houses are open for exploration during regular garden hours.
There will definitely be lines unless you go during off hours, so be prepared to wait… but it is well worth it! My kids absolutely love watching the trains and are amazed by the details of the buildings. My son loved seeing Thomas and the Thomas show (make sure you check for the dates). My kids also spent a lot of time exploring, decorating and eating gingersnap cookies and learning about different spices. It’s an entire day of family fun!
*To win a family four pack of tickets to the Holiday Train Show please leave a comment below and make sure to put your E-MAIL address!! A winner will be chosen at random on Friday December 10th.
For more information please visit http://www.nybg.org/hts/