Plan your safe visit more

Due to COVID-19, we are currently welcoming grades 7‒12 for on-site field trips but continue to suspend on-site visits for grades pre-K‒6 until further notice. We will continue to monitor the situation and update our communication as we learn more. In the meantime, we continue to support your instructional goals through our online classroom resources and virtual field trips. Subscribe to our free Teacher E-News for the latest resources and opportunities.


Pre-K and Kindergarteners

All aboard for history!
Crazy for Trains discovery bags

Play in the past on L Car No. 1 and the Pioneer Locomotive. Crazy for Trains self-guided discovery bags help young children explore transportation history through music, role play, and picture books. Discovery bags are free and available for use by teachers and chaperones during your visit. Free but advance reservations required. Use the field trip reservation form to reserve discovery bags for your group.

Each bag includes:

  • crazy-for-trains-03-09-10-008Chugga-Chugga Choo-Choo
    by Kevin Lewis
  • Freight Train/Tren de carga
    by Donald Crews
  • One conductor vest
  • One hole punch
  • A paper ticket for each child
  • Two sets of colored shapes
  • Song lyrics, poems, and pictures
  • Suggestions for how to use the materials during your field trip

In advance of your visit, feel free to take a look at the discovery bag instructions, song lyrics, poems, and pictures.

Pre- and Post-Visit Activity Guide

This activity guide includes four activities to use before or after your field trip.

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