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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Stirling Miniature Railway

The Stirling Miniature Railway is a well hidden treasure located on Vasto Place in Balcata.  I had passed the park many times driving my daughter to her soccer games, and never even knew it was there!

The non-profit Northern Districts Model Engineering Society, or NDMES, opens the park to the public and runs the trains on the last Sunday of every month from 10am -2 pm.  

The cost for a family (up to 6 people) is just $30, or $8 per individual. If you reserve tables for a party and leave a list at the door with your guest's names, the cost is only $5 per guest.  There is no extra cost to book a party... what a deal! 

 The charming park was the perfect setting for a birthday party. We recently celebrated Hagen's third birthday there, and it was a hit! Plenty of tables, shade, and unlimited train rides for the guests.  

The train theme was easy to pull off...
everything from table decorations to party bags were a breeze!

Reserve the gazebo for your group, just $20.

Tables and chairs were reserved in our name with plenty of shade for our guests.
Waiting in line for the train wasn't bad.  The "station" was shade covered, and it was fun to watch all the trains pass by.  My kids rode every single train several times.  Their favorite was the one with the yellow boxcars.  

The miniature railway was fun for all ages, boys and girls, moms and dads.  I highly recommend putting it on your list of activities.

Things to know:Everyone must wear covered footwear to enter the park.
There are free gas BBQ facilities available.
There is a small Kiosk that serves limited snacks, drinks and ice cream.

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