Last Chance to See the Train Show and Thomas the Tank Engine™

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If, like me, you meant to go to the Train Show at the New York Botanical Garden over the Holidays, and never quite made it — you still have a chance.  Take this weekend (it’s a long one, so maybe a day doing something new isn’t a bad idea) and head south to the Bronx for a last holiday folly.  Hopefully your decorations are finally down, but you can take one last look at a winter wonderland before you start searching the internet for warmer escapes!

Last Chance to See the Holiday Train Show and Thomas the Tank Engine™ at The New York Botanical Garden.  20th Annual Exhibition and Complementary Programs Run through Monday, January 16, 2012.

Completing its 20th year at The New York Botanical Garden, the Holiday Train Show showcases 15 large-scale model trains traversing more than 140 replicas of New York landmarks, including the original Penn Station (1910–1964) and Yankee Stadium (1923), the Brooklyn Bridge, Rockefeller Center, and Radio City Music Hall — all created from plant materials such as leaves, twigs, bark, berries, seeds, pine cones, nuts, and pods. New for this season’s edition of the Holiday Train Show is The Artist’s Studio, which provides an insider’s look at how the replicas are constructed. Enjoy a mini-performance of All Aboard with Thomas & Friends™. Join Thomas and Driver Sam on a fun-filled, sing-along, mini-performance adventure by helping Thomas find his way from Knapford Station to Brendam Docks using teamwork, friendship, and discovery. Bring your camera; each mini-performance includes a photo op with Thomas the Tank Engine™. Get an honorary engineer certificate. Take home coloring sheets, stickers, and temporary tattoos of Thomas and his engine friends.  In Gingerbread Adventures, children delight in exploring the plant ingredients that make up a classic gingerbread recipe, venturing into a child-sized gingerbread playhouse, and decorating a gingersnap cookie with frosting and candies.

The New York Botanical Garden, Bronx River Parkway (Exit 7W) at Fordham Road, Bronx, New York.  Now through Monday, January 16, 2012 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.  Advance timed tickets are strongly advised and available online at