This weekend we had the awesome opportunity to check out The Great Pumpkin Patch Express at Union Station here in St. Louis. You may have seen my previous post and tweets mentioning something about this event. The time came for us to go downtown and find out what was in store for us. We got the kids ready and packed up our diaper bag and were off down the highway. After a good 10 minutes we realized we forgot the diaper bag. So we made a quick exit and turned around to grab the bag. So now with the bag in hand we were off down the highway, again. I would probably suggest arriving 60-90 minutes before your train ride. This would give you plenty of time to check out all of the awesome activities available for the kids.
When you arrive you will check in with your ticket and get a wristband. This is nice because you can leave and go into the mall area or one of the other restaurants and grab something to eat if you have enough time. Once we got our wristbands we went in and started checking out all of the cool stuff. There was an awesome juggler who was getting groovy on camera for me. Abby and Alex both got a free balloon animal (flower and monkey). Children face painting was also available but we didn’t do that.
One thing we did check out was the mini-pumpkin patch there that the kids can choose a pumpkin to decorate inside at a craft table. Music played and a musician was playing the sax and showing off some awesome dance moves with the kids. There was free apple cider and cookies and plenty of photo opportunities, and we haven’t even stepped foot on the train yet!
The time finally arrived for us to board the train. We rode in the “Lucy car” which actually had Lucy from Peanuts in the train car with us! It was so cool and Abby and Alex had an incredible time. The train conductor was just as cool as Lucy. He was very friendly and asked all of the kids great questions. I was so impressed with how much Abby came out of her shell and participated by answering the conductors questions loud and clear. Conductor: “Who are you going to be for Halloween?”, Abby: “Queen Elsa!”. Conductor: “What’s your favorite candy?”, Abby: “Candy corn!”.
After we started rolling along the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown story was read and we got to see some parts of St. Louis like Busch Stadium (Go Cardinals!), the Arch, and the mighty Mississippi river. On our way back we rocked out to various Halloween songs. One of the best parts was when the Whip and Nae Nae song came on and Lucy, the train conductor, and even my little Abby got down to do the dance. It was so awesome to see Abby and Alex have so much fun.
If you were thinking about going on The Great Pumpkin Patch Express but haven’t decided yet. I think you should go. It is a great experience for the kids. Plus downtown is beautiful this time of the year. We had so much fun and recommend checking it out. I grew up reading Peanuts in the Sunday papers and always loved watching the cartoons when they would show on t.v. The new movie will be out in theaters in November and the family is really excited to grab some popcorn and some nachos (my favorite) and see it!
St. Louis Dad was provided with these products as compensation in exchange for an honest review. Check out the event on Facebook and visit STLPumpkinExpress.com to get your tickets before they sell out!
Check out more photos from our trip to The Great Pumpkin Patch Express in the gallery below!