Big Fun with Little Trains at The National Railway Museum, York

During half-term, the National Railway Museum in York is running activities on a toy train theme.
There are lots of things for your children to do, on top of the usual NRM attractions. See our full review of the National Railway Museum for information regarding accessibility, facilities and family friendliness.

The activities include a LEGO workshop, riding miniature trains, building tracks for Chuggington, and playing a giant Scalextric. 
National Railway Museum York
There is a lot to see – like displays of garden trains, and model trams. The children were itching to have a go with these but were happy just to watch .
There are also things to do like build a LEGO car and race it down a slope, or take part in a giant 8-track Scalextric. My five-year old’s favourite things were the pedal-trains, whereas my 8-year old loved the Scalextric and LEGO workshop. There was also a Meccano workshop but it was so busy we couldn’t get a look-in, and a Chuggington play corner which was noisily busy with lots of very excited four-year old boys just going mental. They were loving it – there was dressing up as trains, and lots and lots of track building. 
The activities are suitable for children aged from 3 to 10 years. 
On this visit, we also managed to squeeze in a trip on the outdoor steam railway (extra charges apply)….
National Railway Museum York
A lot of the activities (as well as the main museum) are free of charge, but there are some little train rides which cost a little bit extra (from 50p to £2 each), such as the indoor diesel train…….
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….and the outdoor miniature steam train….
kids days out in York
What was our verdict of today’s visit?
National Railway Museum York
Yay!!! I think we’ll be back very soon.
The Big Fun with Little Trains event is running from the 16th to the 24th February 2013. For more information, you can visit the NRM’s website at 

Written by Joanne Brady


Joanne and the girly gang review family days out around the UK and beyond, with a little help from their friends.

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