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Hayes Model Train Exhibit

by David Thornbury | Jan 02, 2018

Model Train Exhibit at the Hayes Center

A great family-friendly event is happening right now at the Hayes Presidential Library and Museums!

The "Hayes Train Special" is open now until January 7th. This exhibit features 3 tiers of model trains with interactive features sure to excite kids, train-lovers, and everyone in between.

This was a lot of fun for our whole family!



This 12x24 ft. set includes tunnels, and bridges, and a Victorian village filled with figurines and scenery! One of our favorite pieces is the graceful ice-skaters on the rink! When you go, look for the snowman, carousel, carriage, train depot, museum, and Christmas countdown!




There are so many miniature snowy scenes carefully placed along the tracks. What a fun way to bring in the holiday spirit!

Admission is $2 or included in the cost of museum admission and memberships. Total time spent at the exhibit with our family was about 30 minutes. You could probably spend a larger amount of time here though.

See a demonstration video here:

While you are visiting, you may also want to view the Ice Exhibit, main museum, and tour the historical Hayes house! Don’t forget to stop for any last minute shopping at the gift shop on the way out!

The next Hayes Center event you won't want to miss lasts from December 26-31. The horse-drawn sleigh rides are truly magical as history seems to come alive!

Here is the link for the Sleigh rides:

Farm Days Recap

by David Thornbury | Oct 19, 2017
"Farm Days" at Creek Bend Farm

Hay rides. Sack races. Fresh apple cider tastings. Pick your own pumpkin.
These were some of the highlights of "Farm Days" at Creek Bend Farm on Sunday.
This is one of our county's newer nature preserves, which highlights are; 
the scenic creek, hiking trails, farm animals, 2 barns, and a chic, contemporary nature center. 

Although the forecast called for some rain, that didn't stop visitors from coming. 
Our family landed at the Wilson Nature Center first to stay dry.
Of course, we had to stop and pet Nibbles the bunny, who seems to be a celebrity around there. 
We also had to stop at all of the tanks; turtle, bluegill, snakes...

Volunteers were also showing kids how to manually drill wood, hand grind corn meal, and shell corn. 
All of these operations were safe and easy to use, even for a preschooler.

Once the rain cleared up, it was safe to visit the goats, ducks, calf, and chickens.
Along the path were other activities like tossing games, and a sack race. 
Participants recieved candy or other prizes. 

The lively and helpful volunteers encouraged us to go see what was in the barn.
There were samples of fresh apple cider, more games, and vendors were selling fresh honey and kettle corn. 
(Craft venders were also selling inside of the Wilson Nature Center).

Our last stop was to pick a free pumpkin straight from the patch. Volunteers were helping to cut them from the vines
and even helped load them into our car. 

That wasn't all though. Because of the rain, hayrides seemed to be at a halt. But that didn't stop our 3 little boys from
checking out and sitting on the old tractors. Other old farm equipment was on display also. 

Our family was so glad that we were able to enjoy "Farm Days," even on a rainy day. There was so much to do and see.
And the whole family had a blast!  

Thank you to everyone who put this together!

If you haven't been to Creek Bend Farm yet, check out their website:

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