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Day 115: Miniature Train Ride!

Cabin John Park Miniature Train

Now that the weather is once again pleasant it’s time to head outside.  We like to head to Cabin John Regional Park.  The park is located on Tuckerman Lane not too far from Cabin John Shopping center. One of my boys favorite things to do here is ride the miniature train.  The train is a scaled replica of a steam locomotive from the mid 1800’s.  The train makes a large loop through Cabin John Park under a canopy of mature trees.  After leaving the station the kids seem to enjoy the periodic steam whistle the conductor blows as we pickup speed.  It’s a great break after running around and playing on the play equipment at the park.  The train is closed from November through March but just reopened for weekends only in April and May (Sat/Sun 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.).  From June through August the train runs seven days per week (Mon.-Thu. 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Fri.-Sun. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.).  Tickets are $1.75 each.  Wanna have a really cool birthday party?  Consider hosting it at the Train Station Party Room that features a train motif and a room that can accommodate up to 50 guests! The cost is $100-$175 for a 2 hour time slot. Call 301-650-2880 to reserve the room.

Hippo Fountain

The kids also enjoy two of the interesting features near the “Train Station.”  The first is a water fountain inside a large hippo’s mouth.  I’m not sure the kids would be so eager to be in this position if they knew that Hippos can run faster than humans on land and are considered the most aggressive and dangerous animal on the continent of Africa!  They also like to put trash in the “Porky Litter Eater.”  Porky is really a trash collection building reminiscent of the brick structure from the children’s story “The Three Little Pigs.”  A somewhat creepy voice encourages the children to place items that can be recycled inside the pigs mouth!

Flying merry-go-round

Of course the kids love the large playground nearby that features two large “jungle gyms” with slides, swings, and other contraptions to fall off and give parents heart palpitations.  Tonight I loaded a bunch of the kids on a large round steel merry-go-round that was suspended 6′ off the ground.  The kids held on tight as they swung around the axis of the center pole.  My youngest son chased them from underneath attempting to grab their dangling feet.  He was fast asleep before we even left the parking lot! ~Brian

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