The Dennison Railroad Depot Museum is very kid-friendly!
* Kids are invited to explore the Museum by using the Bing Scavenger Hunt, named after Dennison’s famous WWI Mascot Private Bulldog Bing.
Kids follow the “Bing Dog Spots” as they travel through the museum from exhibit to exhibit, enjoying a variety of hands-on activities. At the end of the tour, they will discover Bing and his dog dish in our 1940s Home Front Living Room. Kids are encouraged to grab one of Bing’s bones and bring it to the Lobby where they will be rewarded with a new charm for the Dog Chain.
* Children’s Interactive Railroad Experience Car There is an entire railroad car just for kids in the Museum!
Kids can climb into a Pullman Bunk, cook and serve dinner in the Dining Car, send telegraph messages to the Railroad Clerk’s office, shovel coal into the engine, write a train order in the railroad tower, write a hobo signal on the hobo tree, and much more! The entire car is filled with activity for kids of all ages!
* Explore the Model Train Room!
The Model Train Room is a replica of the Dennison Railroad yards from the 1940′s. Kids can push the button and watch the trains run, or grab some binoculars and go up onto the landing to watch the trains from up above. It’s great fun trying to find things on the model train layout such as the hobo, movie theater, trolley car and little boy flying a kite!
* Climb through our caboose!
If you have never climbed through a caboose, here is your chance! Find out what is inside and what a caboose was used for on a train.
* Have fun with our new exhibit:
“CHOW: Foods of the 1940′s”Our feature exhibit for 2013-14 provides an opportunity for kids to compare the differences between food, how it was sold and served between 1940′s and today. Peak into a 1940′s refrigerator and a modern refrigerator and see how they differ! Create your own food advertisement and commercial on TV! Put yourself onto the cover of Life Magazine! Learn how many different candies were created or popular during the 1940′s.