When I first became a Mom 6+ years ago, I was working full-time. Frankly, life is just different when you get paid to work. So much so, that making the transition from working full-time outside the home to being a stay-at-home mom (who is rarely home somehow), was quite an adjustment. I had to learn how to be a S.A.H.M. in Washington far away from what and whom I’d known for so long.
Now that we’ve moved back to St. Louis, I’m finding that I need to relearn all over again how to be a S.A.H.M. here. I know all the big things like the Magic House, the Zoo, Purina Farms, Grant’s Farm, etc. But today I learned about one of those little treasures I love to discover!
It’s called the Whittle Shortline Railroad and it’s located in Valley Park near Carol House furniture. When my BF described it to me, I imagined more of a hobby store like you’d find in Kirkwood, etc. However, I was delightfully surprised that it was truly more like a free place to play! And what a place!
It’s an historic building, an old hotel, for starters. Yes…it looks a bit sketchy at first glance due to the location. Brothel? No…But the cute train sign above the door is your first tip that it is so much more.
I walked in and in front of us is a HUGE train table, maybe 10+ feet long I’d say. And then there are 4 more small train tables all throughout the place. Each table is loaded with trains so that there are plenty to go around too. At the front counter they have snacks and juice boxes or waters for the kids for cheap. Did I mention it is totally free to play there?
They do have trains and other items (handmade wood puzzles, book cases) for sale. For $130 you can do your kids birthday party there complete with handmade invitations, an mc and a fun and cute party room upstairs.
All-in-all, it was a gem of a place. Chase loved it so much and told me he wants to go back again really soon. Sounds like a great winter time activity if you ask me!!!
P.S. They are closed on Mondays and open at 10 am the rest of the week. 😀