Saturday, December 11, 2010

Jingle Rails




We are always looking for fun, yet economical outings with Sophia!  I saw an ad in my IndyMom's Magazine for the exhibit Jingle Rails: Great Western Adventure at the Eiteljorg Museum and thought it sounded great!  I found $2/off coupons and the kids under 4 are free!

We packed up the van full of Beards and Longs and headed downtown to see the "Choo-Choo's" (as the girls call it!)  It was an awesome exhibit, totally worth the $6 admission!  The intricate details the artists put into the sets blew us away!  (You can see what I mean by the videos below!)  

The girls had a blast!  They were mesmerized by all of the model trains!  Sophia kept saying "train coming, more train, waiting for choo-choo mama!"  They both really enjoyed watching the trains go in and out of the tunnels!!

If you live near or in Indy, it is a must see!  Visit here for a coupon ... 

Here is more info from the website:

The museum’s Clowes Sculpture Court will be transformed into a locomotive wonderland, a network of trestles, bridges and tunnels with chugging trains and detailed replicas of national treasures, all wrapped up in holiday trimming. JingleRails will be a journey to the Great American West – the real West and the West of the imagination.

Watch and explore as you walk through the exhibit - five trains wind past the local treasures of downtown Indianapolis, including the Eiteljorg Museum, Monument Circle and Union Station, through the national parks of the American West, passing legendary sites, including grand railway lodges, Northwest Coast Native villages, and wonders both natural and human-made—Mount Rushmore, the Grand Canyon, Yosemite Falls, Old Faithful and more.

Every canyon and mesa, every lodge and geyser even the replica of Indianapolis’ own Monument Circle—are made with natural materials by Paul Busse and his company Applied Imagination. Busse’s inventive holiday creations are rare and only seen in cities like New York, Chicago, Washington, D.C….and now Indianapolis.

Highlights:
• Five ultra-sized G-scale/gauge model trains
• Nearly 600 feet of track
• Six main train lines and a trolley line
• Nine overhead walk-under bridges
• More than 30 nature-inspired buildings. Highlights include:
    o Soldiers and Sailors Monument,
    o Union Station, Indianapolis
    o Mt. Rushmore
    o The Grand Canyon
    o Western National Park lodges of Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Glacier National Park, Old    Faithful (lodge and geyser)
• A walk-thru tunnel
• Working waterfall feature 


Allyson, Sophia, Nate, Chad, Libby (baby bun), and Maeve

Allyson and Libby playing dress up with the girls!  I don't think people would
believe we were Native Americans!  Funny thing
 is we were the only ones that actually dressed up! HA!

A journey through Yosemite
video

A journey through the downtown Indy attractions
video


2 comments:

Adam, Jenn, and Isaiah said...

Looks fun! We'll have to try to go! :)

Kelly said...

Oooh, I've been meaning to take my 3-year-old train-obsessed son to see this exhibit! Thanks for the coupon link!