Lunch at Dewey's Pizza

After our train adventure, we decided to eat at Dewey's in Old Worthington. Because it was right at the end of the Farmer's Market, parking was a little tricky. But during most hours, I have seen ample parking at their lot in the back or across the street by Graeters.

We went around noon with our friend Mo and her 2 year old. So, 2 moms and 3 wild and crazy kids!  There server was friendly, but his eyes got huge a few times (in other words, we kept him on his toes). The kids were in rare form; one choked on pizza cheese and another stuck his whole arm in a glass of water. There are 5 zillion things on the tables that little hands can swipe off, so it helps to just get all that out of the way.  If you ask to sit close to the windows, there is a lot to look at on High street.

The kids were comfortable in their boosters and high chairs, but getting restless while we waited for the food. But alas--there is an observation window to watch the guys make the pizzas! I took the two olders to go watch the pizza-making, which was a total hit. He knew we were watching, so the pizza man made quite the show. I think the kids actually screamed when he twirled it over his head (or maybe that was me?) Before we knew it, we saw our pizzas coming out and it was time to dig in.

Mo and I got a House salad to split (SO good-- pine nuts, cranberries, goat cheese and their house balsamic) and a Hawaiian pizza (pineapple with gigantic pieces of ham) also to split. We got the kids one cheese pizza to share, which was really REALLY cheesy.

Everyone was happy with their food and wrapping up the bill could not come fast enough (just one of those days, you know?)  A tip on dining with your tired or wound-up kiddos: ask for the bill and pay as soon as your food gets to the table.

The convenient location, bright atmosphere and observation are the highlights (and of course the pizza) of Dewey's Worthington. We will be back!

The BIG Cbus Kids Summer List

I am bringing together activities I loved as a Columbus child, combined with events we have never tried and hope that it is useful to you as you plan for a fun-filled summer with your kids!

Art with Anna, Gahanna
We have not been here yet, but it looks so unique and peaceful. I would love try it for some mommy-daughter reward time.

I took Larkyn here when she was 13-15 months old. Their mommy and me class was a nice break from the 100 degree weather and was a safe place for her to bounce off the walls.

Concerts on the Green, Old Worthington
Every Sunday at 7 pm, join families on the Worthington Green for free concerts. Make sure to walk to Graeters or Dairy Queen too.

Cover to Cover Bookstore, Clintonville
Anyone seen You've got mail?  This is how the neighborhood bookstore has always felt to me. Get lost in a quality selection of books and ask for suggestions!  Sally can point you in the exact direction for any child's interests. Join them for story time on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

I think this sounds like a great mix of activities: close encounters with wild animals, get some ice cream at Jeni's, and do some shopping. Done.

Both of my kids loved the Blooms and Butterflies last fall, and I am anxious to get some more great pictures this summer. Check the calendar for fun activities to go along with the Big Bugs exhibit.

Farmers MarketsWorthingtonClintonvilleDublin
Of course we are partial to our neighborhood market in Worthington, but we also love the Clintonville one and the Dublin market has a convenient set-up outside of Oakland Nursery on 161.

I grew up going down into these falls when they were 100% unsafe and unknown. Thank goodness the city has made them accessible and safe for everyone to go see. They are beautiful!

Harbor Yoga Kids workshops (first Sunday of every month from 2-3 pm)
My friends at Harbor have told me about this class for Larkyn, but it is during her nap time and NO ONE wants to interrupt that. But, please try it out for us! The instructors are totally kid-friendly and you'll want to take a class yourself.

Highbanks Metropark, Lewis Center
Highbanks has it all! Be sure to check their calendar for fun events like campfire singalongs, fishing programs, hikes into the creek and close to the river. Bring a picnic to enjoy at the Big Meadows picnic area.

This is the only pool we really go to because Larkyn is so comfortable with the zero-entry pool. Inside of going in on a ladder, the kids just wade in like it is a beach. Toddler swim time is fabulous, when you can rest assured that your little ones won't get bulldozed by the older kids. Bonus: There is tons of shade!

Another childhood favorite that is much safer these days. There is quite the drop-off, so this one might make you nervous if your kids are smaller or tend to stray. With older kids, get yourselves to the bottom and you are rewarded with a beautiful waterfall. Bring Jason's Deli for a little picnic at the shelter. You can park at the Dublin library and follow signage behind the library to the falls.

Columbus Zoo, Powell
Yes, we are regulars, but new this year: so many new babies! We have also never seen the stingrays, cheetah run, or on the Asia Quest boat ride.

Inniswood Metro Gardens, Westerville 
If you are looking for a beautiful backdrop for family pictures, this is it. The kids will love walking around the gardens and water features and playing in the childrens garden. Check the calendar for Childrens Garden Day programs.

Berry picking at Hann Farms or Jacquemin Farms, Obetz and Plain City
We've been to and loved both for strawberry picking. This is a fun activity even for my one year old.

Schiller Park,  German Village
This may be my favorite park in the city. There is so much to see! The fountain, ducks in the pond, going over the bridge, seeing the statues, and ending up on the huge playground. Check out Brown Bag deli for your picnic lunch and of course, Jeni's for your dessert. Both are a short walk north of the park.

Although parking can be an adventure in itself, it is fun to walk down to see the Santa Maria and then all the way back south to play in the fountains or have a bite to eat at Milestone 229 (their mac and cheese amaaaazing)

This is at the Lane Road location and is a blast! The staff and young volunteers plan several art stations (paint, clay, crazy bubbles, etc) and the kids have a free for all with art. Unless you get there very early, plan to park on Lane Road and walk across to the library. Save time to go see their downstairs childrens area (my childhood fave!)

Popcorn pops , Downtown
I have never been, but it looks fun! from the site: "Children will enjoy free popcorn and free pre-concert activities including face painting, art projects, playing with musical instruments, and the Columbus Commons Family Fun Zone with inflatables and open play activities."

If it is time to move your activities inside for a night, try a performance of the Box Show, Beauty and the Beast, Seussical Jr. or Grease!

Columbus Clippers games, Arena District
When I think of Clippers games, I remember good old Cooper Stadium and loving Cracker Jacks. I am thankful to have a gorgeous new ball field and can't wait to take my kids for their first Dime-a-Dog night. 

My students (age 5/6) always enjoy this field trip, but I'd rather take my family on a Free Sunday just in case it is not their cup of tea. The Wonder Room in the basement is awesome and geared toward kids.

Make sure to sign your kids up for the Summer Reading program at any branch. It is always fun to be rewarded and it is hard for kids to stay motivated readers over the summer. Did you know children typically fall 3 reading levels over those 3 months off?  Keep up your nightly story time:)  The events calendar is jam-packed with fun workshops and story times at all branches.

Commons for Kids, Downtown
We went two summers ago and I would definitely go again. There is story time by CML, snacks (and Jenis!), a few kid-friendly vendors, the carousel, and neat building toys on the lawn. Get there early to park in the garage to the south.

COSI Big Machines and Farm Days, Downtown
COSI is always fun, but these two exhibits only last a few days and are NOT to be missed!  If your little one loves "diggers", be ready with your camera.

Marcy's Clayground, Powell
Feeling artsy and need some air conditioning?  Paint your own pottery gifts or take a class together. Time to make that Pinterest project you've had pinned for 3 years and give it on Fathers Day!

Millstone Creek Park, Westerville
When asked "Where is your favorite place in Westerville to take your kids?" this was the winner. Just take a look at the photos-- it is huge! We hope to give it a try this summer. 

Ohio Railway Museum, Worthington
This was a hit with my 4 year old. Not so much for the one year old, so we will leave him with Nana next time. Stop by on Sunday afternoons to go back in time on real electric trains right into Colonial Hills. Your little train enthusiast will love it!

For kids who don't love swimming (mine), this looks awesome. I walked past it to go to a recent dinner and noticed lots of shade structures, which is a must for me. And a stop to Pink Moon cupcakes afterwards is of course acceptable.

Play Cafes
There comes a time around mid-July when it is time to take a break from the heat. Stop in one of our favorite play cafes for some fun and snacks.
FireflyLattes and LollipopsLittle SkippersLittle Green House 

Recreations Outlet, Powell
More indoor fun!  Try out all the playground equipment and even have birthday parties here.

Scioto Audubon, Brewery District
This may be #1 on my list of places to try this summer. I find it incredible that they transformed the city's eyesore into a gorgeous sanctuary. It looks like there are several preschool age activities planned for the summer.

Slate Run Historical Farm, Canal Winchester
Another childhood and field trip favorite of Columbus kids, this farm recreates history and puts you to work (if you want!) For your girls who are into American Girl dolls from this era, they could see history come to life in the farmhouse, field, barn, and then play on the playground.

We take 120 students here every fall and the children (and parents!) are amazed at how well the staff works with children in introducing them to nature. There are lots of summer programs, but you may explore the farm (responsibly) on your own. Hike the trails, go to the barn, check out the pond, and see farm animals. Keep in mind that it is a working farm, so we never know what animals may/may not be there.

Sundays at Scioto, Dublin
The old Leatherlips statue is still there, but this park has had so many improvements over the years that it is hard to recognize! Enjoy kid-friendly concerts on Sunday nights, but also go see the fishing dock and playground.

Topiary Park, Old Deaf School Downtown
Did you know this existed?  I did not until we took a field trip there. Amazing. Before you go, study of on George Seurat and introduce your kids to Sunday afternoon, which is the basis of the topiary garden. Awesome for picnicking, but no restaurants nearby, so pack your favorites. This is a great combo trip with the art museum or the downtown library!

Whetstone Park of Roses, Clintonville
You think it is pretty when the magnolias are in bloom....wait till you see the thousands of roses! Bring your camera to catch some pretty pictures of the blooms and your little ones running around. Reward them for being patient with your camera by taking them down the hill to the playground. Northstar Cafe, Jeni's and Jersey Mikes are nearby. Also, check out their summer concerts.

Upper Arlington playgrounds
Oh how we miss FancyburgReed Road and the Wickliffe Elementary playground were also neighborhood favorites for little ones. UA has so many awesome playgrounds geared toward young children and perfect for picnics

4th Fridays Uptown Westerville
I remember these festivals from college, and I loved going into the the local stores (Schneiders Bakery!) to find treasures. Now, they are sponsored by St. Anns and have a different theme each month.

Special Events

The Turtle Lady was actually our neighbor growing up, so I cannot wait to take the kids to see her next weekend!  Pair this with the Big Bugs exhibit and you've started your summer off with a bang! Or buzz.

Ohio Village Storybook Village 6/6
Ohio Village will team up with Columbus Libraries to bring the kids' favorite books to life. Pete the Cat, Cinderella, and many others will be there. It is the 150th anniversary of Alice in Wonderland, so there will be special emphasis on miss Alice!

Summer in the 614 6/6
Gather on the Village Green in Worthington for music, food (Natalie's pizza, Schmidt's sausage truck, a mobile cupcakery), and many, many others. I didn't know there was a Blue Jackets street hockey team, but they will be there too. The list of participants is huge!

Creekside Blues and Jazz Festival 6/19-21
Gahanna's Creekside will transform into one big party, complete with rides, food tastings by some top-notch restaurants and breweries, and a Family Fun Zone.

Westerville Safety Fest 6/26
This is one of the 4th Fridays in Uptown Westerville, bringing in emergency vehicles and providing safety activities and lessons for the kids.

Do I need to elaborate? A family favorite forEVER! Our favorite viewing spot? Watermark Drive in Grandview:)

Can I be honest? Great. I'd rather watch RWB on TV and go to the Dublin fireworks. Their show is just as a amazing, you can view it from all over the Coffman road area, and if you want to join in, there are family-friendly activities all day long at Coffman high school. And, John Fogerty is playing that night for all you CCR fans out there.

I grew up showing my 4H horses there during the summer, so the FCF has a special place in my heart. If you aren't ready to take the kids to the Ohio State Fair, take the drive to Hillard to try the smaller version. Watch the horse shows, ride rides, and play games. Oh, and eat ALL THE FAIR FOOD.

Ohio State Fair 7/29-8-9
This is the big one. I am not brave enough to try it with the kids yet, but we will get there. Pack a million cans of sunscreen, be ready for whining, and let the fun begin! Oh, and if you are all about that bass, check out Meagan Trainor in concert.

You may just want to spend the whole day at the Westerville Library that day! I am totally impressed with their calendar. On this day, there is also Super hero dance party, toddler art time, and preschool story time. Whoa.

Powell Festival 7/26-27
My Powell friends rave about this family friendly event that features food, entertainment and fireworks. I can't promise I won't get distracted by Kraft House 5, but I can try!

Dublin residents are pretty proud of this event. I am not Irish (Oktoberfest for me!) but this event is a pretty big deal. There are tons of kids activities and entertainment, and if you like good music, people seem to go nuts when the Irish rock bands play. Parking is a total nightmare, so be ready to walk or have dad ready to drop everyone, park, and come meet you inside.

We drove through Marysville on our way to Michigan a few summers ago and I almost jumped out of the car when I saw the balloons floating over the farm fields. Looks like there will be helicopter rides (what!), balloon rides, food, and Miss Blue herself, LeAnn Rimes.

What more is there to say?  The food truck scene is killer right now, and they will ALL be there. In one place. Along with tattoo trucks (would it be bad to get "I heart Oreo Churros" on my ankle?) and local crafters. I can't wait!

Prairie Oaks Wag Fest 8/22
If your kids love dogs, go check out the performing dogs (jumping off a dock--every dog's dream, right?), learn training tips, and bring your own dog to have fun on the trails and in the water. 

Ballet Met at the Scioto Mile 8/28
Ballet is beautiful, but not the most affordable entertainment. Take your little ballerinas to watch the free performance at the park to end your summer.

I will be adding to this list all summer long. Please let me know if you run across something you loved doing with your kids!  Enjoy...

Strawberry picking at Hann Farm

My kids can kind of go either way on strawberries (or any food that isn't cheese or sugar-filled), but picking them is lots of fun for everyone!

Last year, we went to Jacquemin Farms, which was great. This year, I wanted to try someplace new. Hann U-Pick farm opened a week earlier than the other farms, so the decision was easy. Coming from Old Worthington, it was a simple drive down 71 to 270 to 23. Then take Rathmell road to Lockbourne road. 

When you see the farm, pull in the first driveway to the market building to get your buckets. Or, bring your own baskets and buckets. Picking the berries in the field is free, you just pay 1.89/pound when you are all done.

We parked easily and met our friends. Very few people were there, so we headed to a row that looked uninhabited and began our picking!  The staff had just laid fresh straw, so it was nice and clean for sitting (or rolling...OR eating). We were able to find lots of big red berries. Some didn't make it in the bucket. 

Us adults probably could have picked for much longer, but the attention span of our little crew started dwindling after about 20 minutes. We got our buckets together and drove back to the market building to pay. THEY DO NOT ACCEPT CREDIT/DEBIT!  Thank goodness I travel with responsible friends who bring cash. 

We will definitely make Hann's opening weekend a yearly tradition. And what will we do with all these berries?  Here are a few of our favorite strawberry treats...

And take a look at this collection of strawberry recipes. I'm going to need lots of Cool Whip.

Matt the Miller's Brunch

I had been to MTM a few times before; as a large group for my birthday and with a friend for brunch more than once. I was always impressed with their brunch quality and the price, so when it came to Mothers Day, I decided this would be a good place to try brunching with the whole family. The menu would have enough variety for age 4-89!

I made reservations about a month in advance so we wouldn't be closed out on the special occasion. Each time I go (to the Grandview location), it looks like making reservations is probably a safer bet than just showing up. 

Our booth was ready and waiting for us with a sweet little booster seat by the window. They have boosters, highchairs, and the hybrid-type booster seat that straps the kids in like a highchair. The bathrooms are large and clean, and have changing tables. 

Lets talk about food!  Normally, the Sunday brunch costs:
16.95 for adults
7.95 ages 6-10
5.95 ages 3-5
FREE for 2 and under
*ask for current pricing in case it changes or is on a holiday

Our courteous server set us up with mimosas, iced teas, and a big lidded cup with white milk. You can guess who had what. We were able to leave promptly to get start the buffet. Hot entrees included eggs, breakfast meats (hello pineapple ham!), eggs Benedict, some chicken and pasta items, vegetables, and amazing cheesy potatoes.  I don't pay too much attention to that area, because at the bar?  Oh, at the bar are the waffle toppings (with the best whipped cream ever!), the omelet station, and the carving station. Look around for fresh fruit before you decide on toppings, because the fruit is in a different area, and fresh berries/whipped cream/waffles = my dream breakfast. The omelets are consistently awesome.  There are also MTM famous crispy flatbreads and a crazy Bloody Mary set-up, which would excite me if I liked tomato juice. 

 Sorry for the poor phone pictures--I try to be a little covert. The signs say Tater tots, chicken fingers, Mac & cheese

The kids' buffet was adorable. The table is lowered and kid favorites like tater tots and chicken fingers, and applesauce are offered. This is also where the waffles are located, just in case you panic when you don't see them. 

Larkyn is a cinnamon roll aficionado, so she was definitely looking for those. We happened to mention it to our server and he brought a warm one to the table for her (they do not keep them out on the buffet to prevent them from hardening). She was so overwhelmed with choices that in the end, she didn't really eat much of anything except eggs. She sure enjoyed looking out the window, the experience of a buffet, and just feeling fancy for the morning, though. 

Our whole table enjoyed the food and the service, and especially the selection of a buffet. Who doesn't like going back for more?  If you have a special event on a Sunday and it includes children, consider Matt the Millers in Grandview. With Rhys' baptism coming up this summer, it is definitely in the running for us!

1400 Grandview Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43212 
(614) 754-1026 
We have always been able to park right across the street in the post office lot, but it looks like there are restrictions based on day/time. There are other public lots, street meters, and a lots to the north along Grandview Ave.

Spanking monsters and pointing fingers

Now that both of the kids are out of the "Monthly photo and update" age (insert sobbing mom here), every once in a while I feel like I need to record just how much they are changing every day. A day in the life of Larkyn and Rhys is going something like this...

Oh man, I cannot get enough of this little PB& J monster. He is constantly alternating between hiding objects in my rain boots, bolting up the stairs, or (new skill alert!) pointing to want he wants and barking a little order: "bah!" or "da!" 

If you ask him where his nose is, he will bop you in the face with whatever is in his hand at moment or an open hand. He's showing you where your nose is, in case you forgot. He would also eat an entire bunch of bananas with the peel on if you let him. 

He wants to be outside all the time. I think he is in agony when Matt goes outside to "lawn mower" (Larkyn's words, not mine) because a) his favorite person in the world is on the other side of the door and b) he can't go outside. Every time I dress him, I consider how much dirt he is going to get in the seat of whatever he's wearing, because his booty is always sitting in dirt or rocks if available.

The earth-shattering development in the last few weeks is that he is sleeping through the night for the first time since we moved (LAST JULY). The addition of the monkey to the binky, combined with a nightlight makes it so I don't have to go in 4+ times a night to search for the jettisoned pacifier from Hell. Let's not do the math to figure out how long it took me to figure out this recipe for sleep.
She literally just rubbed her hands together and said "Ahhhh, I'm ready to eat my ice cream!" Everything she loves in life is in this photo:  sweets, alone time with mommy, a pretty dress, and being outside. 

So, just as Rhys FINALLY started sleeping through the night, she began her bedtime shenanigans. Besides the crib to bed transition, she has been a dream (ha!) to put to bed for four years. 

Until about a week ago, when suddenly she is positive that there are monsters in her room, that she doesn't like her room, really any excuse that she doesn't have to go to bed but instead scream. For two nights, one method worked. I found said monsters, dragged them out of the room, and as requested, spanked them and sent them off. On night 3, that didn't work anymore. Ohhhhh, moms, please tell me how to handle night time fits!  Last night, she cried so hard that she barfed up her DQ sundae. By the way, sprinkles are not as pretty when they are barfed up. Just so you know. 

She will go to a Vacation Bible School for the first time this summer and I let her pick one activity to try. She picked ballet, so more news on that in July, when surely we will drop $100 on whatever is required for prancing around the room pretending to be a princess.

These two. I can't wait to spend the summer with them. They push my emotions to the brink--my heart can feel like it is going to explode one minute, and then the next "You're ruining my life" comes around. Soon, we will come up with a Summer List to share...

Our hangout: Firefly Play Cafe

We are so lucky to live close to Firefly Play Cafe. Before we moved to this part of town, I had taken Larkyn there once or twice, but now that it is so convenient, it is our go-to rainy day/freezing cold spot!  

If you haven't been to Firefly, it can be easy to miss that first time driving down High Street. If you are coming from the North, start looking on your left as soon as you go through the Morse road intersection. If you are coming from the South, start looking on your right for E. Royal Forest Blvd. after you see Mozart's Bakery. You can park in the Firefly lot (which is often full) or easily on Royal Forest or in the Mozart's lot. I have done all three. 

The room is huge, and my 50 mm couldn't capture it all!  There are plenty of photos on their website. Lots of seating at tables or conversational areas with sofas and chairs for moms to catch up with friends. 

There is a nice selection of well-priced snacks. We always go for Pirate Booty and milk, and I really need to try the coffee next time. Almost everyone seems to be walking round with tea, so it must be good! Also, we have had Donatos deliver there for dinner, which was incredibly convenient.

Admission is per child, $8 for ages 2 and up, $5 for 12-24 months and under 12 months is free.  I enjoy that my time is not limited by the hour. As of 5/16/15, their hours are:

Open until 8:00pm on the First Friday of each monthMonday.......9:00 AM – 5:00 PMTuesday......9:00 AM – 8:00 PMWed - Fri.....9:00 AM – 5:00 PMSaturday.....9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
(please always check the website before you go just in case!)

In the large, open room, there are several areas set up to facilitate active play, imaginary play, infant development, and fun!  Larceny's favorites are the bouncy house, slide, and the cool ride-on toys. Rhys loves the various balls all over, climbing in and out of the play structure, and the kitchen area. Both kids liked the giant balloons that were floating around today.

 Santa has thought about getting this horse for them for 4 years now, but we (ahem, Santa) keeps thinking "She's too old." or "He's too young." Now I think "We will just go to Firefly".
 He desperately wants to follow the big kids up the ladder. And he slow-motion-fell off the first step about 6 times (good thing there is ample padding and he is my non-drama kid)
 Oooh. I just noticed a popsicle freezer back there. Next time!
 A view from the seating area. Can you spot the baby?
 She has associated Firefly with Pirate Booty, so that was the obvious choice
 There are adorable items for sale at little shelves all over the room. Art, these tees (which we totally need), and tea mugs were a few I noticed

 The staff circulated the room often, reorganizing and picking up "mouthed" toys to sanitize. Also, how cute are those paintings?!  I'd love a fox!

 Last time we were here, Rhys was licking that window, so this is a step forward.

She and a few others strapped on some superhero capes and were off to save the world

Guests are expected to supervise their own children, which is not difficult to do. Staff members are friendly and will redirect and interact with the kids, but it is up to each mom to make sure that their child is being safe and courteous.

Check out their Facebook page to keep up to date on special events. We hope to make it out this summer to some of the activities. Maybe we will see you there!

Thanks for the fun, Firefly...

Ohio Railway Museum

I had no idea that the railway museum was so close to our house until last weekend. When I saw information about National Train Day and realized the museum is about a mile away, of course we had to go check it out.

We buddied up with Mo & Declan and did not know what to expect. Normally, the museum is only open on Sundays, but Saturday was an exception.

What you need to know right off the bat is that it is not stroller friendly at all. You should go, but you should not bring your stroller!  It is an actual working railroad, so the entire area is covered in gigantic gravel. Bring sturdy shoes for your walkers or a carrier to carry them.

Hours of Operation: Only Sundays 12 - 4pm 
(Closed Monday - Saturday)

Admission rates are as follows:

$8.00 - Adults
$7.00 - Seniors (65 and over) & Military (with ID)
$6.00 - Children age 4 and above
(under 3 were free)

When you walk into the building, there is a cute selection of train gifts, and then a museum room with old suitcases, train whistles, etc. Since she hates loud noises, Larkyn wouldn't go near the whistles. She was too excited to get through the door to the trains!

There are open trains on the tracks, waiting for you to climb aboard and look around. There are printed statistics of each train car on the inside and staffers all around to answer any questions. There are steep steps up to each train car, so this is not the best fit for someone who has trouble with steps.

Ready for a train ride? One train car will take you down the track, parallel to Proprieters road, into Colonial Hills. It was cool to go over 161. How many times have I gone under that bridge in my life, and now I am looking down on it?

The conductor was friendly and entertaining. Keep in mind that these are historic train cars, so you're not going to buckle yourself in or be safe running around on the floor. You'll have to hold squirmy babies, and Rhys was over that by the time we were headed back to the station. Larkyn and Declan (4 and 2) adored the ride and wanted to go again and again. The only reason we did not was that Rhys was having a fit.
 Note to self: when abandoning stroller during trek to train, take tickets with you to be officially punched. I was, as usual, that mom whose tickets are nowhere to be found.

The highlight for me was seeing the mail car, since my dad used to work the mail car for years. I grew up hearing stories about dad hooking the mail bag and sorting it into the million little boxes...knowing all the zip codes, traveling city to city on the rails...

We will be back, either when Rhys is older or without him as a special day with Larkyn and a friend or something. The conductor told me that they have Santa trains in the winter, which I am all over. I think the food truck was just there for the special event, but I did notice picnic tables if you bring your own lunch. There are plenty of restaurants you can hit before or after the museum in Old Worthington. Our experience at Dewey's Pizza is next on the list!

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