BRISTOL - Imagine Nation, A Museum Early Learning Center is teaming up with the Railroad Museum of New England to offer a day of train themed activities July 25.
“We’re excited to bring the railroad to Bristol,” said Heather Grance, marketing specialist with the museum, located at 1 Pleasant St.
Volunteers from the Thomaston-based Railroad Museum will be at Imagine Nation from 10 a.m. to noon. They will read stories such as The Little Engine That Could and The Little Red Caboose to children. They will also hold locomotive-oriented singalongs and bring a toy train on a track.
Children who participate will receive free train magazines. The museum will also have a trackless “roaming railroad” train that children can ride around the museum parking lot from 10 a.m. to noon.
The museum’s parking lot will be closed for the roaming railroad. Visitors are asked to park directly across from the museum on Church Street or in the Upson Street commuter lot.
“These activities are part of a larger theme at the museum of exploring forms of transportation,” said museum educator Karen Pac.
Throughout the day, visitors will be able to watch a laser cutter make planes and cars. There will also be a video about the history of the Berlin railroad.
Starting at 10:30 a.m., children will be able to make their own cars with the laser cutter and race them on a track. Children will be able to take these crafts home with them.
At 11:30, children can learn about forms of transportation used in other countries in the museum’s multicultural room.
Then, at 1:30, an “encounter design” workshop will be held with the museum’s “Rigamajig” where children can try to design vehicles for their families to ride in.
Admission is $10 per person. All activities and Roaming Railroad rides are included with admission. Museum studios and events are intended for children ages 2 to 8.
Imagine Nation is a division of the Boys & Girls Club of Bristol Family Center. For questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 860-314-1400.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or email@example.com.