Dear John (Deere): For Your Budding Little Landscape Architect!

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I have the quintessential little boy. Trucks, trains, fire trucks, police cars, construction “vehicles”, tractors, boats, wheels, dirt. All rolled into a smiling three and a half year old.

Last year, on a day when we had nothing scheduled, I brought him to a John Deere store to simply look around. He was in heaven. He even insisted on bringing home one of their product catalogs so I could read it to him at night as his bedtime story.

So you can imagine how quickly I said yes when we were offered to review their new Lawn & Garden Set (complete with a retractable cord trimmer, trowel and mini hand rake) made by TOMY.

As expected, I couldn’t get it out of the box before it was grabbed out of my hands. The perfect size for a three year old, he immediately got to work getting the weeds out of my living room carpet.

As we moved the party outside, he went to town. Having watched our gardener trim the lawn earlier in the day, he knew just what to do.

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With it’s easy to pull cord, he got the popping beads to make a great, authentic noise so he could trim to his heart’s desire.
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Lightweight and easy to hold even for the littlest gardener, he maneuvered around with ease feeling like a big boy.

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We’re a big gardening family so he was also excited to have his own hand rake to use and wanted to get to work right away.

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But by far, his favorite thing was pretending to be the “park man”. Any park we go to he is mesmerized by the cart filled with gardening tools. He likes to just stand there, look at it, point and name them. Sometimes the nice workers will let him sit in the cart and pretend he is driving it.

Now he can be his own park man. If I could say this went on for hours it would not be an understatement. As you can see from his new outfit, days even!

If you have a little one who also loves to garden, or is equally enthralled by the “park man” you should definitely check out the John Deere Lawn & Garden Set by Tomy.

 

Engine, Engine, Number 9, on the Historical PA Transit Line…

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The Strasburg Railroad

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If you’re choo-choo-choosing activities perfect for your locomotive lovin’ family this season, check out the 185 year old steam engine extravaganza that is The Strasburg Railroad in Strasburg, PA.

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If you have a train happy kid they will be beyond thrilled to make a visit. Besides the old time steam engines that have been operating for close to two centuries, there are all kind of fun activities to do, keeping your kids outside and busy for hours!

Our adventure began taking a ride on the train overlooking the beautiful Lancaster farmland. As we chugged ahead in our open air train car we were able to take advantage of the breeze while still being covered from the sun. Inside Outside perfection.

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Après-train, we spent several hours meandering around the station enjoying the “fun extras” including mini stream trains and pump cars. But hands down my kid’s favorite attraction was the cranky cars. These hand-propelled cars (perfectly size for both my seven year old and three year old) date back to the 1930s, and allow little ones to crank their way around a train track. Thank goodness the line was short, as I’d estimate they went on roughly 400 times – laughing hysterically each time. But before I mock, I should say I’m pretty sure I have the same exact picture of me at this age, doing the same exact thing, in the same exact location!

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If your kid’s jam is Thomas then a visit is a must during one of these three 2017 dates – June 17-25, September 16-24, and November 17-19. With photo ops galore and some extra activities available, all your kid’s dreams can come true with their #1 light blue friend.

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If the Sodor obsession has sailed, check out The Strasburg Railroad’s other great upcoming events including The Great Train Robbery.

Not sure yet when you can locomo-tivate to go? (sorry) You can buy tickets at anytime online and view their Train Schedule and Operating Schedule making it nice and easy.

If your visit spans lunchtime, check out their dining car or the beautiful Picnic Groves. I’ve always wanted to eat in the dining car of a train… sounds so romantic. Someone watch my kids.

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If you like to rock it Andrew Jackson style, this family attraction is for you. For the history buffs out there, it’s cool to learn how the The Strasburg Railroad – the oldest continuously operating railroad in the western hemisphere – got to be such a giant and how it was integral to the area’s success. The Strasburg Railroad is a great place to visit on your Lancaster adventure.

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There are so many wonderful destinations in the Amish Country. The hardest part of planning a vacation there is finding enough time to do them all. Happy travels!