Sunday night the Louisiana Krewe kicked off our Christmas season fun with a visit to Mississippi Coast Model Railroad Museum in Gulfport, MS. We had heard that they went all out decorating for Christmas and we were not disappointed! It is not a fancy building, but it is packed with fun and play for the littles, and is downright magical when all lit up. We arrived right at opening time, 5:00 PM, to maximize our play before bedtime. (The Christmas lights are open from 5:00-9:00 PM on Sunday and Mondays during the Christmas season, and 12:00-9:00 the other days of the week. The rest of the year they aren’t open in the evening.)
The first rooms we walked into were a beehive of trains running through amazingly detailed sets, and not just train sets, but also Legos. I imagine a train aficionado could spend hours examining it all!
Everyone loved looking at the sets in these rooms, but the real magic began outside.
Thousand of different colored lights coated the outside and made it all sparkle!
As if enjoying the Christmas ambiance wasn’t enough, there were hand-pedal trains for the kids to ride, a sit-on train for even the adults to ride, toy battery trains, and train sets to play with.
One of the things I really appreciated about the museum was the plentiful seating they had everywhere (including a gated picnic table!), which made it really easy for the parents to chill while the kids (almost) got their fill of play.
Amazingly, the entire museum is free to enter! Yes, FREE. They do appreciate donations, which we were happy to do given how much fun we all had.
My three year old has asked me every day this week when we’re going back to the “tain zoomini”, and I think the adults of the group loved it almost as much! Add one to our December must-do list, and we’ll be back for train fun before then too!
Mississippi Coast Model Railroad Museum
504 Pass Rd
Gulfport, MS 39507