Railroads in spotlight Wednesday morning at Bristol museum

Published on Sunday, 11 August 2019 21:14


BRISTOL – Representatives from the Railroad Museum of New England will be at Imagine Nation, A Museum Early Learning Center Aug. 14 giving kids train rides and teaching them about Connecticut’s railroad history.

“Railroad Day” will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at the museum and early learning center at One Pleasant Street. Those who visit will be given a ticket to ride the “roaming railroad” in the museum parking lot and they will also be able to do train and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) themed workshops indoors.

Last year, there were three visitors from the Railroad Museum, which is based in Thomaston.

“They brought a model train, read train stories to children, let them try on conductor hats and let them hold conductor lanterns,” said Heather Grance, marketing manager at Imagine Nation. “They also talked to them about how trains worked and taught them a little about the history of trains in Connecticut.”

Doreen Stickney, director of development and marketing at Imagine Nation, said that this is the fourth year that Imagine Nation is partnering with the Railroad Museum of New England for Railroad Day.

“We’re always looking for different ways to introduce kids to different subjects,” she said. “They are a wonderful partner and we look forward to having them here every year.”

In the Design and Engineering Studio at the museum, kids will also have the chance to play with toy gears, said Karen Pac, museum studio manager and atelierista.

“This will show them how train wheels work and make the train move,” she said.

Additionally, every two weeks, there is a new theme for workshops at Imagine Nation. The theme for the week that coincides with Railroad Day is “Full STEAM Ahead.” Visitors will be able to participate in the following activities:

. 10:30 a.m. – “What’s a Crater?” – participants will learn about the surface of the moon.

. 11:30 a.m. – “Shadows with a Purpose” – participants will build a sundial and learn how it works.

. 1:30 p.m. – “Exploring the Solar System” – participants will learn about the planets and make a model solar system.

“I think when kids see the moon and planets it is hard for them to think about how far these objects are apart from each other,” said Pac. “This workshop will help them to understand it in relative terms and they get to take their model home with them after.”

Grance said that Railroad Day will be the last event before Imagine Nation, A Museum Early Learning Center closes for the season from Aug. 25 to Sept. 10.

“It will be a great sendoff to summer,” she said. “We love to see kids come in and get excited about the trains.”

All special activities are included with the normal museum admission of $10 per person or free for museum members.

For questions, call 860-314-1400 or email info@imaginenation.org.

Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or bjohnson@bristolpress.com.

Posted in New Britain Herald, General News on Sunday, 11 August 2019 21:14. Updated: Sunday, 11 August 2019 21:16.