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When you’re done admiring the models, take a stroll through Grand Central to admire the real life trains coming and going from the terminal. Price: Free New York Transit Museum Gallery Annex & Store at Grand Central Terminal (off the main concourse in the Shuttle Passage) 87 E 42nd St.
Show your kids the cool constellations on the ceiling and take a selfie in front of the historic globe clock in the center of the lobby. Midtown 212-878-0106 Online: The New York Botanical Garden Train Show Zip over to The New York Botanical Garden and enter a magical world as you view their holiday train show featuring a display of 150 New York landmarks re-created with nuts, bark, leaves, and other plant parts by artist Paul Busse.
This year’s show is “Thomas’ Budding Adventure” and guests can stay after the performance and grab a photo of your family with Thomas and the cast to capture the special day. Haupt Conservatory The New York Botanical Garden 2900 Southern Blvd.
Challenge your kids to a game of I Spy and pick up the “I Spy” Holiday Express trains and toys hunt, where kids can match pictures and rhyming facts with objects they see throughout the impressive display.
Aside from being fun for the kids, the Jerni Collection, which includes hand-crafted and hand-painted pieces dating from approximately 1850 to 1940, is considered one of the finest collection of antique trains and toys in the world.
Strollers cannot be taken into the Conservatory, so plan accordingly. The display includes artifacts grouped into 10 scenes on a 360-degree mountainous landscape.
Plus, 11 classic trains from manufacturer Lionel chug along more than 400 feet of tracks on elevated tracks overhead visitors.
The museum will also be dedicating its weekend storytimes to train-related tales.