This summer, children will be able to take a magical train ride through the tales of Genie Hammel and Jeannie Reilly at the historic Interurban Railway Museum in downtown Plano.
Professional storyteller Hammel and her sidekick Rags present a story time every Friday, year-round, at 10:30 a.m.
Reilly will present story times this summer in the months of June and August on Wednesdays at 1 p.m.
These 30-minute fun-filled, interactive experience are aimed at toddlers and pre-school children. However, kids of all ages are welcome and often attend.
Hammel's story time themes are as follows.
May 17: Let's Picnic on the Train!
Pack a lunch and ride the train,
Hope it's sunny without any rain!
May 24: Pete the Cat Love Buttons and Trains!
Count Pete's groovy buttons, 1-2-3-4,
They pop right off--are there any more?
May 31: Hungry Passengers on the Train!
Eugene the Motor Mouse find some cheese
In the dining car and squeaks, "More, please"!
June 7: Frogs A-Hopping and Trains Click Clacking!
Frogs are hopping up and down,
Watch out! Trains are coming to town.
June 14: Goats on the Track!
Bill Grogan's goat with might and mane,
Coughed up a red shirt and flagged the train!
June 21: Silly Dogs Are Riding On the Train!
George the dog barks "Oink!" and "Moo!"
As the train's whistle blows WHOO...WHOO!
June 28: Hats Off to Trains!
Motor Mouse Eugene rides the rails,
All you can see is his hat and tail!
Hammel and Reilly providing young children age-appropriate ways to learn about trains. Their stories arouse children's curiosity to explore the rest of the museum, especially its model train display and interactive exhibits based on the principles of electricity used to power the Texas Electric Railway cars. There’s even an opportunity to board Interurban Rail Car 360, manufactured in 1911, just outside the train station for an imaginary trip down the line.
A parent or guardian must accompany all children. Large groups should contact us or call 972-241-2117 to ensure a spot in this highly popular program. Admission is free, but donations are always welcome! The museum is located at 901 East 15th Street in historic downtown Plano.
About the Plano Conservancy for Historic Preservation
The Plano Conservancy for Historic Preservation, Inc., a Texas corporation 501 (c)(3) non-profit, is an organization dedicated to promote civic pride in the past, to increase preservation awareness through education and public outreach, and to provide financial assistance to protect and preserve our heritage resources for this and future generations. For more information, please visit www.planoconservancy.org or call 972-941-2117.