Growing up, my dad would take my brother and I to Los Angeles Live Steamers as a treat.
LALS is a non-profit public benefit corporation that was started by train enthusiasts for the purpose of educating people in railroad history and lore and also to further the avocation of live steam, gas-mechanical and electronic railroad technology. They operate 7½" gauge model trains for the general public to ride. LALS is only open on Sundays and they do have height and weight restrictions so check their website to verify you comply.
When I told my dad that we were coming to town for a couple of weeks... the first thing he planned was taking the twins to the "Little Trains" (the name we called them growing up). I was so excited to share this experience with Alex and Gray. An experienced that I cherished growing up.
We planned on going the first weekend I was in town and I am so glad we did. The weather was PERFECT!! Not to mention, there was a real STEAM ENGINE LOCOMOTIVE giving rides. And supposedly that train is only there ever so often.
Uncle Harold (my dad's brother... my uncle :)) and my cousin Tanya met us at the LALS. It is so nice to be surrounded by family.
If you are in the LA area or plan on making a trip to CA, you need to put this stop on your list. It is fairly inexpensive, since it is a donation, and kids love it.
Alex & Gray = Best Friends... running to see the trains
They got to sit in the Conductor's chair!! How cool is that?!?