If you have a child who loves trains you HAVE to check this show out. Supertrain is Canada’s largest model train show and it’s held this month in our city every year!
We’ve gone two years in a row now and hope it continues to run every year. We started with our daughter and she loves it despite it being a ‘traditional boy’ theme. There are so many trains and exhibits to see. The kids favourite is the lego section and there are little tables set up for the kids to build some lego of their own. There’s also a couple exhibits down at floor level so the kids can see and walk through the trains. My son especially loved this since he was just starting to walk and wanted to be independent. There’s plenty of room for strollers however you will likely be lifting your child up continually to let them see the displays up on tables. We found it easier to just carry them.
The show itself has 6,000 square feet of space and there are many, many tables to fill it! There are live demos and clinics and the list of exhibitors is quite extensive. They have items for sale whether it be simple little wooden train whistles or collector trains and supplies. You’ll be amazed at the workmanship that goes into the displays. There’s food available for purchase on site and the upper area has bleacher style seats you can enjoy some food while looking down on all the displays. Upstairs Iron Horse Park brings along their miniature train you can ride – it’s a short ride but the kids love it.
This year the Supertrain show runs:
April 16 & 17, 2011, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm at the Subway Soccer Centre (7000 48 street SE). (SUPERTRAIN 2011 is unaffected by the collapse of the bubble at the Subway Soccer Centre. Canada’s Largest Model Train Show is held in the permanent structure portion of the complex which remains open and in everyday use)
The cost is $10/adult, $5/youth with 6 & under free. If you bring a donation to the food bank you’ll save yourself $1 as well. Plenty of free parking is available although we found the parking lot does start to fill up pretty early!
Danielle is mom to a 4 year old daughter and 2 year old son and always looking for fun things to do with the kids. She blogs over at fourdayshome.