Monday, April 23, 2018

EnterTrainment Junction

EnterTrainment Junction
EnterTrainment Junction

Address: 7379 Squire Court, West Chester, OH 45069
Phone:  (513) 898-8000
Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 12p.m.-6 p.m. Sunday.

Info: Adults: $12.95, Senior (65+): $11.50, Children 3-12: $9.95, Under 3: FREE.  Annual pass available. Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat., Noon-6 p.m. Sunday. Closed Easter Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.

EnterTrainment Junction is like an amusement park for train lovers young and old. The entrance ticket price feels a little like an amusement park too, but this is a must-see attraction/museum for anyone living in or visiting Cincinnati. From our first step in past the ticket agent, we were in awe at the amazing minature world they had created for us to walk through and explore as we answered their printed scavenger hunt questions.

Their website says: “Unlike any indoor family entertainment center on the planet! 80,000 Square feet of unmatched family fun. At EnterTRAINment Junction, you can Marvel at the world’s largest (25,000 sq. ft.) indoor train display, bounce, climb and crawl in a spectacular children’s play area, discover at an imaginative railroading museum, engineer your own locomotive around a track in a hand-cranked railroad car, thrill to themed walk-thru mazes you won’t believe, and much more. Recently voted Ohio’s Best Family Entertainment Center.”

Typical Day: We went on a day when we had family visiting from out of state. We had a family group of 6 children and 6 adults ranging from 2 to 68. At first, we were all a little taken back by the price tag to enter, but like any other major attraction we got caught up in the magic of entering a whole new world. They gave us a scavenger hunt list to search for with all kinds of things to find hidden in the miniature world of model trains – 90 large, G-scale trains are running everywhere, more than two miles of track take you on a panoramic journey through three distinct epochs in U.S. history, from the earliest days of steam-engine railroading up through today’s modern diesel locomotives.

When we had found every single item on our list, we walked back to the Imagination Junction or the indoor play area.  It’s a 5,000 square-foot railroad-themed entertainment center with tunnels, slides, Thomas train to ride on, a pretend coal and shovels, and more. The kids had a blast climbing and letting out all their energy.

Finally, we went over to their Christmas theater (seasonal entertainment) and waited in line to be called into their walk-through “Christmas Carole” play performed by two actors. We followed them in and out of different rooms where they would perform another part of the story and they event asked the kids to participate in the show. When the performance was over, our tour ended with meeting and taking pictures with Santa Clause. It was so magical.

Cincy Kids: APPROVE!

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