UTA (Utah Transit Authority) just completed the Frontrunner commuter train that runs from downtown Salt Lake all the way up to Ogden. It started Sat. April 26 and was free the 28th, 29th, 30th. For months the kids have seen the test runs and begging us to take them on the train. So on Tuesday Scott took a well desired break from finals papers and we had a belated FHE.
We picked Emma up from her dance class and arrived at the train station at what we thought was just in time for the 3:30 train. But 3:30 came and went, then 4:00 (when the next train was scheduled to arrive) came and went. The kids were getting a little whiney and and Scott and I were starting to worry that this was going to be a nightmare. So finally after over 40 mins of waiting the train came and even with the crowds of people we managed to get seats on the upper deck of the train. It was neat experiencing the train and by the time we got off in Salt Lake the kids had perked back up. At the train station in Salt Lake there were light rail trains waiting and two stops later we were at the Gateway. Emma and Alan thought that whole thing was such an adventure. The children's museum had all these giant Sesame Street characters in the windows and they also loved to see the fountains, flowers, and build a bear store windows. I love that they were totally content to just see build a bear (I wonder how much longer we will get away with that.) We also discovered it was FREE ice cream day at Ben and Jerry's. YUM! After enjoying our ice cream and getting a little dinner, we headed home. We once again managed to get seats up stairs (people are so nice to you when you are carrying a cute little baby and have two other little ones with you. ) The kids were so good and sweet and totally worn out by the time we got home.
Riding the train: $0
Walking down Sesame Street: $0
Ice cream cones for all: $0
Quality time as a family: Priceless