If your kids enjoy a good train ride, Kansas City offers ample opportunities to explore life on a train. Here’s a rundown of some railway-related activities for everyone in the family to enjoy! Many of these are grandparent-approved too. After all, where else does your child have something to do while staying seated for a good long time!
Thomas & Friends Thrill of the Ride 2014: Enjoy The Thrill of the Ride 2014 Day Out With Thomas tour is back this year at the Midland Railway in Baldwin, KS. Kids can take a ride in their favorite tank engine, meet Sir Topham Hatt, and enjoy a variety of activities including the Imagination Station, magic shows, live music, miniature golf, and more! Thrill of the Ride 2014 will take place May 30-31, June 1 & June 6-8. Tickets are $18 in advance and are required for ages 2 and up. Click here or call (913)721-1211 for more information, directions to Baldwin, and to purchase tickets. Note: We strongly recommend purchasing tickets ahead of time, tickets are often sold out by the day of event.
Belton Grandview & Kansas City Railroad: Starting May 3, this fun short line passenger trip opens again some railroad fun in south KC. The BG&KC runs south from Belton on a 5 mile, 45 minute round trip. It is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving rail travel and railroading. Runs Thursdays and Fridays at 2 pm, click here for times, dates and to purchase tickets, or call (816)331-0630 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Note: Credit/debit accepted online, but make sure to bring cash or check to purchase tickets on site.
Kansas City Northern Railroad/Line Creek Route: This miniature train is about as cute as it gets for all ages. Running May-September, weather permitting, the KC Northern Railroad definitely takes you back to yesteryear with conductors and the 50 cent fare/passenger. It’s a fun loop around the park, and includes a great tunnel to cool you off on a hot day! Trains run Saturdays 10am-6pm, Sundays & holidays, noon-6pm, and depart approximately every 7 minutes. Take I-29 North to NW Waukomis Drive. Group charter rides can be scheduled for Fridays during open season for only $20.00. They also charter by the hour–the cost per hour is $75.00.
The Missouri River Runner Route: Hop the train in Kansas City, MO, Lee’s Summit, or Independence for a memorable family trip to St. Louis. Our kids love listening to their grandpa talk about his family trips to New York on a train when he was a child. Amtrak’s Missouri River Runner Route lets them have the same experience in a fun, educational trip for the whole family!
Photo courtesy of Amtrak.