Jingle Rails: The Great Western Adventure
Jingle Rails: The Great Western Adventure at the Eiteljorg Museum is the premier holiday exhibit for all who love Western culture, trains and Indianapolis. Experience this amazing holiday tradition from November 23 to January 20, 2020. G-Scale (garden scale) model trains chug down the track past national landmarks and natural and human made wonders like the Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam. You might want to start planning your big summer road trip out west after you see the landscapes of Mt. Rushmore, Yosemite Falls, Las Vegas and Route 66.
Nine trains race their way through famous Indiana landmarks as well as well known places throughout the United States. Wind your way through the wintery worlds following the train past Lucas Oil Stadium, One America Tower, The Grand Canyon, The Las Vegas Strip and more! New this year is a really cool rendition of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway complete with real racing cars and a collection of Spanish Colonial Missions including the Alamo.
Kids will love watching the trains making their ways down the tracks past beautiful landscapes crafted from natural materials. At first glance, you’ll see buildings and mountains, but look a little closer and you’ll notice that each item is carefully crafted from things like leaves, tree bark, moss, acorns and other materials found in nature. Your family might even be inspired to create your own masterpieces. Children can test their hide and seek skills when they grab a seek and find checklist on their way in.
Afterwards, check out the kid-friendly stations in the Western Galleries or the RB Annis Western Family Experience on the canal level. There’s also one of the best places to eat in Indy, right inside the museum at the cafe. Trust me, it’s amazing! On your way in to the exhibit or on your way out, stop and take a step behind the near life-size train façadee for a photo opportunity. Like the replicas in the exhibit itself, this train is made from natural materials and there are buttons to push to create sounds.
Make this a Visit for Homeschool Families
Jingle Rails is also a really great way for Homeschooling families to learn about geography while they follow the train through national parks and historic locations. Informational signs accompany each area providing interesting facts and deepening the learning experience. This special exhibit is such an amazing experience for train lovers young and old. Kids will love following the trains through tunnels, near buildings, and even above their heads. Adults will appreciate the attention to detail that went into every building and town. Take all the inspiration you will get from this exhibit and channel it into an epic afternoon of building trains, drawing pictures, reading about railroads or any other way you can think to expand upon the experience.