I was provided with complimentary tickets for myself and my family in order facilitate this review. We chose to go close to opening time on Saturday.
I should say right away that it is a good thing that this is primarily an indoor event. This is a very wise move for a spring event in Wisconsin... around here, you don't know if you're going to get rain, shine, or whiteout snow from day to day! This particular weekend was rainy and stormy.
Inside the museum was bright and cheery. All around the historic museum elements were touches of Spring and Easter. It was my first visit to the museum, so I was glad that we had the chance to take advantage of the regular exhibits in addition to the Great Bunny Train features.
Each family was given a map showing where to find the various activities and where to find eggs with special treats inside. We started with a visit to the Easter Bunny. The Prince was a bit reluctant at first, but the Bunny was very friendly and soothing. We almost got the kiddo to crack a smile! He also earned his first treat-filled egg.
From there we went to explore some of the many activities they had going. From a coloring contest to a giant train puzzle, there was something to keep every kid entertained. We have recently been bowling and the Prince had a lot of fun... so he zoned in on the bowling game where we knock over bunny "pins" with an egg-shaped ball. It was a clever and entertaining little game and earned the Prince his second egg of the day.
We tried to encourage the Prince to try some of the many fun craft activities, but he was in a bit of a crabby mood. The volunteers were really good about giving him the supplies to take home. He only accepted the crown... naturally.
That's when he spotted the huge trains surrounding us. Our little train fanatic had to explore, so we spent the next hour strolling through each of the variety of train cars and engines that they have on display. The Prince was fascinated... and frankly so were Lord Tyrneathem and me!
As we neared the end of our train tour, the musical guest was just beginning to get in his groove. He was singing fun kid-friendly songs that had all of the little kids gathered around and dancing. We hung around there singing along for quite some time. The Prince didn't want to leave, but we wanted to catch the next ride on the Great Bunny Train.
We arrived at the depot to discover it bustling with activity. Little kids and their parents were hunting for eggs. If you found all of the six colors of eggs, you earned a special prize... a train-themed puzzle. They made the task simple enough for even the youngest of the kids to accomplish and it was great to see everyone helping others to find their missing colors.
The highlight of the day for all of us was a ride on the train. The train conductor was friendly and chatted with many of us as we wove our way around the track. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that we would go around twice. The Prince couldn't get enough! He was pretty much glued to the window in fascination the entire time we circled about...
I would definitely recommend the Great Bunny Train for a fun day out with family. The train is showing its age and gets a bit rumbly at times, but it adds to the charm. Make sure your kids are well-rested and ready to craft, play, and explore. I recommend going earlier in the day... it got quite busy as the day went on. If it's raining, you may want to bring an umbrella for the quick jaunt from museum to depot and back. Be sure to stop by the gift shop for unique gifts for train enthusiasts young and old.