Guest contributor Katie Linich shares her family’s newest holiday tradition:
EnterTRAINment Junction. Thanks, Katie!
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“Create a holiday tradition for your family! See the magic of
Christmas at the home of the World’s Largest Indoor Train
Display. Start with a magical journey through a Winter
Wonderland to the North Pole where you can see the
Reindeer & Elf Workshop. Then visit Mrs. Claus in her
kitchen, and visit Santa in his study.”
It is always fun to take time away from our busy schedules and step out with the family on an adventure. During the holiday season, it is especially nice to make memories or start new family traditions. I tend to be the mom that tries to do just about every kid friendly experience there is, all year round, but the Christmas season is my favorite. When I think back to my early childhood, I don’t have many specific memories except those surrounding the holidays. Those memories, are vivid memories. Our sons are six and three now. We love them so dearly; they’ve completely flipped our lives for the better and we can’t imagine our lives without them. It’s very hard to believe they likely won’t remember much of our lives together so far. For this reason, I don’t mind spending extra money on just about every holiday experience in town. I know these are the moments my kids will likely remember forever. But, frankly, even if they don’t remember, I know for a fact I will remember! I will remember their giggles, their smiles, and the sparkle in their eyes. That’s worth more than the cost of admission…it’s priceless! If I haven’t sold you already, another reason I like to experience these holiday family fun things is because, well, they will be tweens and teens before long and may not think it’s too fun to do anymore. With a little luck, if we as parents, have set some of these things in their minds as family traditions, they will want to continue to experience them into adulthood and with their kids one day. Hopefully we’ll be the lucky grandparents that get to tag along! That is the ultimate goal as parents right? To bring up kids into adults who we enjoy being around and who enjoy being around us. If that is the case, we’ve succeeded in creating a great family bond that is strong and will get us through life’s ups and downs.
With all this said, the one family fun holiday experience that our boys were begging to do again this year was… Entertrainment Junction in West Chester, OH. They were so excited! Screaming and jumping up and down when we announced that we were going! I can already tell, it’s a place they will remember.
“Young and old, boy or girl, train fan or not….everyone that
sees this incredible model train display had been amazed
at the sheer size of the layout and detail of the models and
landscaping. Entertrainment has become one of the popular
things to do in Cincinnati!” –EntertrainmentJunction.com
At Entertrainment Junction we experienced the magic of the season in a warm 72 degree environment. It was not too crowded even though it was mid-day on a Saturday when we visited. Our first stop was the “Christmas Journey”. The boys enjoyed the scenes as we waited to see Santa. The line to see Santa is reminiscent of a line at Disney, because the line isn’t just a line. The line leads you through a little town with shops, trees, animals, elves and toys. You arrive in Mrs. Claus’s kitchen where she offers everyone a cookie to enjoy while you wait to see Santa. From there, it is a short wait to see the ‘big guy’ after an elf lets you pass into a private room. Santa gave the boys plenty of attention and asked quite a few questions. You’re free to take your own pictures and enjoy the moment privately with your family. The boys were loving it!
After visiting with Santa we headed to the Holiday train display. We enjoyed all the seek and find lists at each display searching for such things as two lost elves, a buck on a truck, a zany zebra, etc. It was very interactive and there was plenty of space in the room to see from all angles. There were Christmas scenes set up specifically for family pictures that visitors were gladly using. It was all a wonderful experience that really got us in the Holiday spirit.
From there, an absolute must stop are the funhouses. My boys always want to go through these twice! They laughed and squealed in delight. They can be a little scary the first time through, but my boys love to show how brave they can be. We tell them how proud we are of them for making their way out of each one and they light up with a feeling of accomplishment.
Next stop was the main train display and then onto the play area. Our boys could have stayed in the play area for hours. The climbing wall and tunnels had them happily occupied for a long time. They were having a ball and it gave us a chance to sit down to relax and talk. After the play area, we viewed the rest of the train display. The boys loved hitting all the buttons and watching to see what the buttons controlled. They spotted a Christmas train that was all lit up with Christmas lights.
Overall, Entertainment Junction was a hit and will surely be a place our family will continue to enjoy. We are blessed to have such an unique venue so close to enjoy again and again! I hope you and your family will find some fun Holiday experiences to do this season. If one is Entertainment Junction – you won’t be disappointed!
” At EnterTRAINment Junction, you can Marvel at the
world’s largest indoor train display (that’s 25,000 sq. ft.
of model trains on an enormous train layout), slide, climb
and crawl in a spectacular children’s play area, discover
at our imaginative railroading museum, and from
Memorial Day thru Labor Day you can engineer your own
locomotive around a track in a hand-cranked railroad car
or ride our narrow gauge train ride. While you are here
enjoy the greatest funhouse on earth.
It’s like an theme park and it’s all indoors!”
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Starting A New Family Holiday Tradition At Entertrainment Junction