It’s Day 296 of “365 Things to do in Cincinnati” and today we’re featuring an exciting place for kids of all ages – Entertrainment Juncion.
Did you know that the world’s largest indoor train display is right in our own backyard? That’s right – Entertrainment Junction houses the world’s largest indoor train display. With more than 90 trains and 1200 cars going over 2 miles of track, you’re sure to get your fill of trains around here! All the trains are G-Scale (garden) and all the surrounding displays were created to scale as well. Just look at how realistic their attention to the appropriate scale makes in their displays…
Can you believe that’s part of the modern day train display? If you didn’t know any better, wouldn’t you guess that to be a picture of a US city?
The trains are spectacular and so is the scenery that surrounds them. The train displays are broken up into “eras”. You’ll see civil war scenery and coal towns. You’ll see farming valleys, river towns (above), cities of yesterday (below, notice the Woolworth’s store?) and cities of today.
All of their scenery is hand crafted by volunteers. I know the star of the show is the train display but I was amazed by the gorgeous scenery and settings that covered the entire place. The attention to detail was amazing! Look at the picture below and you’ll see even the insides of the buildings are “decorated” with people and furnishings.
Within the train displays you’ll find The American Railroading Museum. You’ll find life sized train wheels and train equipment, trivia kiosks, and learn all about how trains have helped shape our society.
And they even have a pit stop for the little ones, a playground area with interactive train toys and rides plus a huge climbing structure.
And if that’s not enough to get you out there, how about this? Entertrainment Junction is opening an entire new wing – The A-Maze-N Funhouse. The grand opening is on Saturday, March 5, 2011. I can easily say that this “circus midway” area was fantastic. It’s like nothing else around. There are four attractions within the Funhouse – The Curtain Maze, The Clown School, The Mirror Maze and the Black Hole. The Curtain Maze is a huge maze with walls made of curtain strips. You step from room to room, each wall being made of brightly colored curtain strips. The second maze area is even tougher…. The Mirror Maze.
Look down the mirrored aisles and they appear to go on forever. Step a few feet into the maze and you’re sure to lose your bearings! Every wall is a mirror and it is really tough to determine where there’s a mirrored wall and where there’s an opening. Incredible and loads of fun!
But the real star of the show (at least to me) was The Clown College. Leave your perceptions at the door when you step into this place because what you think you see will be shaken up in here. Stripes, diagonals, sloped rooms – all of these combine to mess with your brain :). Just look at the illusions created in this room…. All pictures below are unaltered. Both men were equidistant from the camera too!
And then there’s the Black Hole… a room full of black lights, strobes, and fun “in the dark” surprises.
What I particularly love about the Funhouse is that it gives the older kids something to enjoy. You could certainly take your little ones with you through the Funhouse but the kids that are really going to enjoy this are the ones in the middle – and teens as well. Even the adults will love it. I had a blast!
Entertrainment Junction and the Amazen Funhouse are located at 7379 Squire Court in West Chester (right off I-75)