[dropcaps] T[/dropcaps]here’s nothing like riding a real steam train to take you back to a bygone era. A group of us went on the Wakefield Steam Train from Hull to Chelsea several years ago and it was a great experience. Autumn is the best time to go with some beautiful scenery of the Gatineaus. Now with the Wakefield Steam Train closed until 2014, the only place in Ottawa to go for an authentic steam train experience (Shay Locomotive) is the Canada Science & Technology Museum. Every Wednesday in the summer, for $2 you can hop on their heritage train for a short ride.
We made a little playdate out of it with Baby S and her parents who were in Ottawa for a visit. Of course the first thing we did upon arriving is feed the hungry little critters (and ourselves). I knew that by the time all was said and done, I’d be getting home after noon with two exhausted toddlers so I have to take whatever chance I get to eat! Otherwise what happens is, once we get home and I put them down to nap, my own bed is calling me and I end up taking a rest while they sleep. They say the best thing to do is sleep when they sleep, but my hunger sometimes pays the price.
After lunch, we checked out the Canadian Cars exhibit and a few other things. We’ve visited the museum often, and it’s always something new for M&M to discover. My favourite part of this museum for the toddler age group is the new playroom in the back, near the Krazy Kitchen. The playroom is a quiet area with tons of toys, trains, a play kitchen and other fun stuff.
Today M&M enjoyed looking at the ‘voom voom’ cars and wanted to scribble with crayons at one of the stations near the Energy exhibit. A reminder that often toddlers don’t need anything very complicated to keep them busy and happy. With our window of opportunity to ride the train quickly chugging away, we made our way out into the blazing sun to wait for the next ride. Our group sat in the superintendent’s car which followed the caboose. I’m a fan of history so I was interested in the stories our guide shared about how the trains were used back then. Meanwhile, our lil M&Ms enjoyed the side-to-side motion of the steam train, rocking them into a relaxed state. That alone was well worth the toonie!