Release Date: March 5,2019

Akron Children's Museum hosts all aboard the Akron Express train event

Akron Children's Museum invites you to explore the wonder and excitement of the world of trains in it's very first train event, All Aboard The Akron Express, happening March 9 and 10. Event hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for both days.

Get ready for an interactive train event where children are encouraged to PLAY with trains, meet and talk with train conductors and engineers, and explore train exhibits with local experts and fellow train enthusiasts. Presented by the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, The Home Depot, Lock 3 and Burning River N Society, both event days include plenty of train and track play, historical videos, train displays, a make-and-take workshop, and more! Kids of all ages, will enjoy these fun-packed days, with so many activities to choose from, including a free showing of the PBS movie Dinosaur Train Loves Trains; and a special ride around Lock 3 Park on the Magical Train. Guests can also decorate and take home their very own train cookie, enjoy popcorn and a drink with admission; and even play an indoor game of putt-putt. Wooden train donations are also being accepted during this event. Event tickets are $12 for non-members, $10 for members per day and include train activities, Polar Putt Putt and admission to the regular museum exhibits. Event tickets may be purchased online at www.akronkids.org/programs.html. Rides on the Magical Train are sold separately for $5 per person between 1:30-4:30 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 :30 p.m. on Sunday.

"Trains have long been a fascination of young children and we are so excited to present this
interactive experience for our members and visitors," director Traci Buckner explains. "We are so
lucky to have the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad right in our backyard to partner with for this
event."

While visiting the museum, guests won’t want to miss the museum’s own Akron Express exhibit,
including the captivating train running on a suspended track throughout the museum, made possible through generous donations from local collectors and train enthusiasts, Mr. Howard Pinsky, the late Dr. Marvin Cohen, and Mr. Gordon Hartschuh. The exhibit and this awesome event would not have been possible without their contributions.