The kids and I recently went on a ride onMount Hood Railroad’s dino trainover in Hood River. The dinosaur train is enjoyable for the entire family, but the younger kids will love the event the most. The special event features a train ride, singing, adventure park activities, magic show, snacks and goodies. The dino train is based on the hit PBS Kids Television series, Jim Henson’s Dinosaur Train. If your kids are fans of the show, now is a good time to take them on the special train ride. The dinosaur train will only be in Hood River for a short time: July 25-27 and August 1-3, and August 8-10.
15 Things About Mount Hood Railroad’s Dinosaur Train
Each kid will receive a Buddy Bag consisting of a dino-theme canvas bag, boarding ticket, tattoo, and activity card (more on this later).
The train is air-conditioned — even at 10am on a cool day. Keep this in mind when you’re thinking about what your kids should wear for the event.
The train is decorated with a jungle safari theme.
The conductor will punch each child’s keepsake Train Ticket.
The train ride itself is only about 30 minutes. The train heads in one direction for about 15 minutes. Then it stops and reverses course.
While you’re on the train, there is music and singing. The safari crew members on-board sing with you and some of them even dance. My kids favorite song was about dinosaur poop.Big surprise.
When the train heads back to the station, your kids will receive a fruit snack and juice.
The train ride ends at the Nature Tracker’s Adventure Park where your kids can play for about 90 minutes.
The adventure park consists of a bouncy house, various activities, snack stand, gift shop, and several inflatable dinosaurs.
After your child has completed all the four activities on their game card, they can redeem it for a Nature Trackers Membership Card and coloring book in the gift shop.
Adventure park activities include a maze, digging for fossils, identifying dinosaur footprints, excavating and a dino-themed craft area.
At the adventure park, there is a meet and greet with Buddy the T-rex.
There’s a picnic area, music and magic show at the adventure park.
Ticket prices start at $25 for children and $30 for adults.
Parking is $5 in their lot, but street parking is available if you don’t mind walking a few blocks.
[Disclosure: I received tickets to Jim Henson's Dinosaur Train for review purposes. As always, the opinions expressed are mine and I am not obligated to write a positive review.]