Three ways to keep kids in motion (now through fall)

May 5, 2009

Whether your kids’ preferred method of locomotion is train, tram or bike, this is a noteworthy week.

  • The Wabash Frisco and Pacific Railroad, a two-mile journey along the Meramec River behind a 12-inch gauge live steam engine, opened this past weekend in Glencoe/Wildwood. The trains run every Sunday, now through October, from 11 a.m. to about 4:15 p.m. Cost is $3 per person, with kids under 3 riding for free.
  • The tram journey is at Grant’s Farm, which opened two new attractions this past weekend: a carousel and an elephant VIP tour (unlike the rest of the farm, which is free once you’ve paid $11 for parking, there’s a fee for each). The summer schedule begins today (May 5), which means the farm’s open Tuesday-Sunday. And you’re not obligated to shell out extra $$$ to see the elephants; there will be demonstrations of their skills every 90 minutes throughout the day.
  • The final mode of transportation is one of the best for wearing kids out:  biking!  Tonight (May 5) is the first Tuesday Night Riverfront Trail Ride, one of Trailnet’s many weekly family-friendly bike outings. This particular one runs north from downtown (park in the Leonor K. Sullivan garage — the homepage has detailed directions for getting there).  And although the river is at or slightly above flood stage, it won’t impact the ride. The ride itself, whether you choose 7 or 28 miles, is free. Parking can be had for as little as $1 if you ask for a voucher from the SAG support van.
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