If you don't want to read my rant of disappointment then please feel free to skip to the last paragraph! Fair warning! :D
Way back in December I purchased tickets from Living Social to visit a local transportation museum that included a train ride. Since Scout's obsession with trains is still going strong and the price was right: $24 for 5 people, I thought I couldn't go wrong with this trip. I mislead myself. First, this place is in the boonies. To get there, it took an hour and a half because you have to drive down every back road known to man. The town itself is a rink-a-dink place with the dump site located just at the end of main street. Secondly, they only allowed you to use the tickets right smack in the middle of January. Not the worst scenario, but jeez, I should have read the fine print. Then, on the only day Bubba was free before school started, we drove all the way out there to find it is closed. Why? Because their hours changed and we can only ride the train on Saturday. So we triple checked the schedule, Bubba used a vacation day for work, and we made the long drive there for a second time. Next up on my list of complaints was that the ride lasted a mere 15 minutes. (Although you could technically ride 30 mins by riding it back to the station. Only if you wanted to skip the museum though.) We had to walk the mile back to our car, while going through many closed, sectioned off, and uncompleted "museums".
This is getting ugly. I need to switch gears before this post becomes a downer. All that really matters is that the little kids loved the train ride and were thankful for the opportunity. The kids equally enjoyed being able to chose a toy from their souvenir shop. :) Our time wasn't a total waste, but I don't think we will ever go back. Oh! And another plus was being able to grab lunch at the local Cracker Barrel. It was sooo good and it was pretty easy to eat vegetarian there. (This was before going vegan.)
The kids are easier to take out to restaurants now, making the lunch a pleasant experience. No meltdowns! Woo hoo!