The Cabin John miniature train has always been a big hit with my girls. In the summer, we usually ride it once a week since it is so convenient to where we live and such an inexpensive activity. It’s also nearby the sprawling playground that is definitely one of the best in the area.
Every October, the train runs its special Halloween themed “Eye Spy” train which makes the train ride even more thrilling for little ones. It is not scary at all, so you don’t have to worry about it giving your children nightmares. Its a fun and inexpensive activity (tickets are just $5/person, under 2 are free). The “Eye Spy” train is best enjoyed by children ages 8 and under.
Before boarding the train, children are given an “Eye Spy” card and a crayon to check off the familiar animals and friends that are hiding in the woods. Some of the characters to look for include Elmo, Clifford, Thomas the Train, candy corn, ghost, butterfly, Nemo, and a bunny. My 3 year old daughter was really into this year and would shriek with excitement when she found an item on the card.
In front of the train station is a small screen and projector where they show family-friendly Halloween movies. It’s a good way to entertain your kids if you have to wait for the train to depart.
The depot is also decorated festively for Halloween including a few of those painted boards that your child can peek his head through for a nice photo!
A visit to the nearby playground is a must after riding the train. There are various play structures scattered throughout the wooded area that are appropriate for a variety of ages. Children can swing, climb, slide, sit in a play train, and even play a couple of instruments in one section of the playground.
I highly recommend taking your little ones for a ride on the “Eye Spy” train for some Halloween fun!
Good to Know:
•Tickets for the “Eye Spy” train are $5/person and children 2 and under ride free with a paying adult.
•Costumes are encouraged!
•I recommend buying tickets in advance at Parkpass.org to avoid waiting in lines. Many time slots also sell out.
•Bring canned food items to help neighbors in need. Donations go to Manna Food.
•Bathrooms are located near the top of the playground.
•Stroller parking available at the train station.
•Picnic tables located throughout the park.