Family Summer Programs & Tours

Program: Family Roundhouse Tour

Saturdays at 1:00pm

Explore the Roundhouse with one of our friendly guides in a brief version of the general roundhouse tour designed for families with small children. Participants on this tour will learn how historic roundhouses operated as they uncover clues that reveal the daily activities of skilled railroad workers.

Children ages 3-16 are $5.00 per child, Adult Chaperone 17+ $10

Program: Story Time and Explore

Thursday, June 10, 2021 at 1:00pm

During this 45-minute program kids and families will gather to hear a reading of Watty Piper’s classic children’s book, The Little Engine That Could. Story time will be followed by a brief trip inside the Roundhouse where the story will come to life as the group explores the history of different locomotive types that appear in the story. This program will include passenger cars, freight engines, switch engines, and more. Depending on the weather, story time may be held inside a passenger car or on the platform outside of the depot. 

Children ages 3-16 are $5.00 per child, Adult Chaperone 17+ $10

Program: Railroad Heritage Career Day

Thursday, July 8, 2021 at 1:00pm

For this program, children will have an opportunity to visit different stations around the museum to learn about the workers, the tools, and the trades that kept the railroads running throughout the age of steam! This interpretive program will start in the depot and then head across the tracks to the roundhouse. Visitors will learn about various railroad and roundhouse jobs that were essential to the railroad’s operation including engineers, firemen, brakemen, hostlers, pipe fitters, and machinists.

Children ages 3-16 are $5.00 per child, Adult Chaperone 17+ $10

Program: A Day of STEAM

Thursday, August 12, 2021 at 1:00pm

This program we will explore how a steam engine operates and discover some of the key components of the locomotive. Using an interactive timeline, children will explore the past to understand key events that led to the revolutionary changes brought by the railroad. Participants in this program will also have an opportunity to build their own locomotives with blocks in a hands-on activity.

Children ages 3-16 are $5.00 per child, Adult Chaperone 17+ $10