Two organizations in Litchfield Hills are offering scenic train rides this weekend with the Easter Bunny. Although the rides are different in duration, they both offer affordable family fun that could well become a holiday tradition.
The Danbury Railroad Museum located on 3 White Street in Danbury is offering a scenic train ride through their railyard every thirty minutes on Friday, March 25 and Saturday, March 26 starting from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Families will walk through a beautifully restored train station that was built in 1903. The station has many exhibits detailing the history of the site with the added attraction of many working train layouts. There will be coloring stations, Thomas play table and even temporary tattoos. Film buffs will find the station interesting because it was here that Alfred Hitchcock filmed Strangers on a Train.
Families will board a vintage train in the railyard and take a scenic ride. Kids will visit with the Easter Bunny in a special car and receive a small gift. Admission to the train ride is $10 for children ages two and up and reservations are suggested.
In Thomaston, the Railroad Museum of New England is offering a 17 mile scenic train ride that departs from the historic Thomaston Station built in 1881 located on 242 East Main Street in Thomaston, Connecticut. Passengers will board a beautifully restored antique train car that dates back to 1920 and head out to the hills. The ride passes through lovely woodland scenery with lots of great photo opportunities with or without the Easter Bunny! The bunny will greet all children and give them a small gift and, will of course pose, for photos making this a memorable family fun experience.
The Railroad Museum of New England has scheduled three train rides on Saturday, March 26 at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. and fares for children 2 years old and younger are free, children from 3 to 12 are $16, adults are $18, and seniors 62 and older are $16. Reservations are suggested and tickets can be bought online.
Also on March 26, the towns of New Milford and Thomaston are hosting an “egg” hunt. New Milford’s will take place at Harrybrook Park and there will be prizes and giveaways. The cost is $20 for a family at the gate. In Thomaston the egg hunt will take place at Reeves Field and will take place from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and is ideal for children ages 2 to 10. This event is free.
If you are an animal lover, head to White Memorial Foundation in Litchfield for a Easter bonnet dog walk with Gerri Griswold and and Bradley the Wonder Dog at 10 a.m.! The walk will take participants and their canine friends through Pine Island and Mallard Marsh trails. Please note that all dogs must be on a leash. This event is free with registration at 860-567-0857.
The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk is also hosting an egg hunt on March 26 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Kids are invited to find hidden eggs throughout the galleries of the Aquarium that will help them solve a puzzle while learning about marine life. Once the puzzle is solved, kids can collect a free reward at the aquarium’s gift shop! This event is free with admission to the Aquarium.