Kid’s Crossing

Kids Crossing

The Colorado Railroad Museum is a great destination for kids of all ages to discover everything about Colorado’s rich railroad history.

Junior Engineer Parent & Child Workshops
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Junior Engineer Parent & Child Workshops are a hands-on, educational opportunity for kids and their parents, grandparents, or aunts & uncles to have a fun time learning together. Each workshop includes a take-home project and daily admission to the museum. Workshops take place on select Sundays from 10:00 a.m. until 11:15 a.m.

2014 workshop schedule:
March 23, 2014 – Intro to Model Railroading
Learn about model railroading from the experts at the Denver Garden Railway Society and the Denver HO Model Railroad Club. The workshop includes hands-on projects and behind-the-scenes tours of the HO and Garden Model layouts! Ages 6-13.

April 6, 2014 – Little Engineers
Learn all about trains through hands-on crafts, games, songs and stories designed to engage young railfans! Ages 3-5.

May 4, 2014 – Loco for Locomotives
What’s the difference between steam and diesel locomotives? How does a steam engine work? Learn all about locomotives, go on a behind-the-scenes tour of both a steam and a diesel locomotive and make a take-home craft! Ages 6-10.

July 27, 2014 – Workin’ on the Railroad
What’s a brakeman? What does a conductor do? Find out with “Hiram Wheeler,” the Museum’s own railroad man and his hands-on demonstrations of what it is like to work on the railroad! Ages 6-11.

November 2, 2014 – Little Engineers
Learn all about trains through hands-on crafts, games, songs and stories designed to engage young railfans! Ages 3-5.

$20 for 1 adult and 1 child
$25 for 1 adult and 2 children

Junior Engineer Club Members:
$15 for 1 adult and 1 child
$20 for 1 adult and 2 children

Advanced registration required, register online today or complete and return the Junior Engineer Workshop registration form. One adult must attend the entire workshop with all children. Contact Education Manager, Carla Ahrenholtz at 720-274-5145 with questions.

Hiram’s Sunday Demos

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Don’t miss our new Sunday railroad demonstrations! You will step back in time with Hiram Wheeler, our resident “boomer” (railroad jack of all trades), as he demonstrates what it was like to work on 19th century Colorado railroads.
2014 demo dates will be available soon!

Storytime Tuesdays*
10:00 – 10:15 a.m., Depot Lecture Hall
Join museum staff and volunteers as we explore the world of trains through fun and engaging children’s books. For families and children ages 2 and up.
*Storytime Tuesday is seasonal (spring-fall) and subject to availability, please check with Guest Services on the day of your visit for changes.

Elementary Classroom Outreach Program
The Colorado Railroad Museum now has an exciting educational presentation for elementary classes. The Museum provides a K-6 certified teacher to your school, along with display boards teaching about early Colorado railroading. The presentation includes a working telegraph and addresses fourth grade social studies benchmarks in the Colorado State standards for instruction on the history of Colorado.

The program can be adjusted to meet your classroom’s individual needs. From studying the impact of Chinese workers on the building of the Transcontinental Railroad to the impact of railroads on the economic development of early Colorado, we have a program perfect for your classroom or club. There is no additional charge for a customized presentation for your school.

Contact Steve Lee at the Museum to arrange for Hiram Wheeler or Otto Mears to visit your classroom, 303-279-4591.

“Steve Lee, a retired Jeffco teacher, is in his element as he assumes the role of Hiram Wheeler, a fictitious railroad conductor with a 40-year career in Colorado from 1890-1930. Mr. Lee captivates his audience with his anecdotal storytelling making the history of the Colorado railroad come alive. His audience comes away entertained and with an appreciation for the importance the railroad played in Colorado’s history.”

Mary Ballenger
Instructional Coach/UCD , Site Coordinator, Thomson Elementary