The first family outing we attempted was a trip to Edaville Railroad in Carver, MA which is a little over an hour from Providence. It was June in 2007, David wasn't quite 6 and Michael was a little over 4. We had taken them out to our local zoo for outings but usually Michael would act up and I would have to get them home. But Thomas the Tank Engine was going to be at Edaville Railroad and the boys loved the TV show, so I bought tickets.
Edaville Railroad has been around for years and is located on property among cranberry bogs. There is a steam engine that rides around the property, as well as kids' rides and vendor booths. Edaville Railroad hosts events such as Thomas the Tank Engine days, Hello Kitty days, cranberry festivals and the Christmas events.
We packed lunches for the boys and headed out in the morning, hoping the boys would enjoy the day, and praying Michael would not throw any tantrums as we would be an hour from home. The tickets we bought for admission also included a 2:00 train ride.
They were thrilled to see Thomas and surprisingly they were very patient in line while waiting for their turn to ride the train! We were able to get a family photo after our ride.
Other than our occasional short trips to the zoo which is only 10 minutes away, this was the first all day excursion we had attempted with the boys. It went very well. The only one glitch was when Michael decided he had to pee and he pulled his pants down to do his thing in the middle of the field that was doubling as a food court. Thinking back now it's pretty funny, but then I just wanted to crawl under a rock!
Could things actually be getting a little normal? To me, this was a little light at the end of the tunnel and it made me a little more optimistic about taking them out more.