My little guy has a new obsession. Regional Rail. If you are from the Philadelphia region, you would recognize the acronym, SEPTA. Yes, my little boy loves SEPTA! (SouthEastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority, for those wondering.) He takes a train ride into Center City Philly about once a month with his dad to a fun kids program held in the Marketplace of the Comcast Center. As a result, he has memorized all of the train stations on the way from our suburban station to The Suburban Station, Penn Center in Philadelphia.
I happened to mention to him one day that there was a SEPTA Museum in the city and that we could go visit it sometime. He glommed onto that idea and began talking about going constantly. So much so that I thought his little head would pop off! Despite my attempts to explain that it wasn't a museum like the Please Touch Musuem (who does have a partial SEPTA Bus there for kids to play on) he was SOOOO excited. It finally got too much for me when he started calling out train station stops in his sleep and then asked if we could buy a SEPTA dress up costume at the museum for him to wear at home. I tried to explain that they did not sell dress up clothes there, but maybe we could buy some accessories to make one.
Finally, last weekend I decided we had to fulfill my little guys curiosity about the SEPTA museum. We took the train into town on Saturday, a sort of gloomy, rainy day, and walked over to the "museum" and transit store which are in the lobby of the SEPTA office building on Market Street in Philadelphia. He loved the ride down and loved being able to explore! There were some model train displays, lots of Philadlephia transit history and a real Trolley car that could be explored and "driven."
At the Transit Store, we did not find an authentic SEPTA dress up costume. I did find a patch and some buttons. We also picked up a coloring book and a SEPTA hat. At home I sewed the patch and buttons onto a sweat jacket that he already had and now he has his SEPTA dress up uniform, which cost me under $2 for the patch and buttons. He has been having fun playing train condutor and engineer and calls out the stops from the family room or even in the car as we drive!