*Updated 3/2/16

Looking for a great family-friendly weekend event? Look no further than the High Wheeler Train Show this weekend. We went here a few years ago and my budding train fan absolutely LOVED it. Now that he’s older and even more of a train fanatic, I can’t wait to see the look on his face as he is surrounded by chugging trains!

Nitty Gritty:

Where: Harper College Sports Center, Building M, 1200 W Algonquin Rd., Palatine. Show is located one level down
Time:  Saturday, March 5 & Sunday, March 6 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: Adults and teens $8.00,  kids 5-12 $2; under 5 are always FREE. Kids age 5-12 can get in free with online voucher when accompanied by an adult. CASH ONLY
Parking: Plenty of parking available in the lot
Munchies: Yes! Food and beverage concessions will be available for purchase.

Why you need to go: 

  • Families will experience 30 amazingly detailed railroads that come from throughout the Midwest to participate in the show. Six brand new layouts this year.

High Wheeler Train Show Track Layout

  • Features railroads of all popular sizes and scales of trains from small “Z” scale that can fit into a suitcase, up to large “G” scale trains.
  • New LEGO layouts
Blau Pewaukee Road LEGO Layout

Credit: High Wheeler Train Show

  • My sons loved sitting by this HUGE track layout on the floor

High Wheeler Train Show Palatine Large Track


High Wheeler Train Show Amtrak

  • No train show is complete without Thomas and his friends

High Wheeler Train Show Thomas

  • Kids can enjoy making a train-themed craft and creative coloring.
  • Kids can run the trains! Kids 5 and up can operate the trains at participating layouts. With the guidance of
    a model railroader, kids can learn how model trains run and how the real railroads operated. Just look for the “Run the Trains” sign.
  • On Sunday, the kids’ activity area will be expanded to offer face painting from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m

Tips to enjoy the High Wheeler Train Show:

  • If you have younger or shorter kids, bring a step stool so they can easily view the trains chugging by.
  • Bring CASH! Admission is cash only.

Have you been to the High Wheeler Train Show?

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