This is the third year we have attended Trainfest, and I think each year it gets better and better. Trainfest is held at the Wisconsin Expo Center at State Fair Park in West Allis, Wisconsin. The first year Jason and I attended this event there weren’t as many activities for kids to get involved. Since our first time, they have added a kids area where they can press buttons to light up lights or make things move. They have a few ride-on mini electric trains for parents and kids to ride on. Our favorite is the display table that has LEGO sets and LEGO trains. This year they actually had two large displays. Jason and I joke, but are partially serious, about wanting to set up a train table in our basement and display his LEGO buildings and have train tracks set up and operating around the buildings. It would be awesome! Back to our experience at Trainfest… haha We checked out a few stands that had train sets available for purchase. A few that we liked were a bit outside our price range, though. This year (and they may have had it in previous years but we never noticed), they had a sheet of paper for kids to fill out as they go around to see all the exhibits. Kids were able to operate some of the train displays among other things. Basically everything you can imagine that has to do with trains, is available to be seen or purchased at Trainfest. They even had an Usborne Books & More stand set up. I like Usborne Books. If you haven’t heard of Usborne books, you really should check them out; they have books and other items for kids of all ages. Since we were there with our close friends and their son (our Godson), I decided to purchase a couple of books for him to play with that had to do with trains.
Overall, I like that the planners for this event have found more ways to get kids involved and help them learn more about trains. I remember telling Jason during the event that in today’s world, with all the electronic gadgets around, I wish more kids would be hands on and creative with their play time. Kids should build LEGO sets, play with blocks, assemble train tracks or race car tracks in different variations, etc. We, personally, own a bunch of these type of toys for when our nieces and nephews come over to our house and for our future kiddos. Jason and I enjoy working with our hands whether it’s us building model car kits, putting LEGO sets together, playing with train sets or race car tracks, putting puzzles together, etc. Hopefully our kiddos will enjoy these things, too. We hope to pass along our interest in these activities to our kids.
We give this event two thumbs up and we definitely look forwarded to attending again in future years to see what else they add.
Here are a few pictures from our experience.