The Galveston Railroad Museum, 2602 Santa Fe Place, offers opportunities for individuals with autism to share in the holiday tradition on dedicated cars, Sunday, November 19, 6:15 pm and Sunday, December 10,
THE POLAR EXPRESSTM Train Ride Sensory cars are sponsored by museum board member Don Harper and Sensory tours, available year-round at the Galveston Railroad Museum, are what inspired Executive Director David
Robertson to add Polar Express sensory rides for special needs families.
“The sensory tour was immediately sold out last year and a waiting list was in place for this year. We are deeply grounded in sensory outreach, and are grateful to our sponsors who assisted us in providing holiday experience to families who want to take the ride. We continue to expand our year-round educational sensory tours and all of our general field trips to the museum.”
Trains are of particular appeal to individuals with autism, and may enhance personal growth and development. Wheels, trains schedules, track numbers, different types of trains, engine size and capacity are significant to sensory interests.
The museum is offering two sensory cars this year, and we encourage all interested to contact the museum as soon as possible to reserve the seats. 30,000 visitors are expected to ride THE POLAR EXPRESSTM this year in Galveston and tickets sell quickly.
Guests are encouraged to book as soon as possible as this beloved holiday tradition does sell out.
Prior to departure guests will gather in the train depot to enjoy a delightful one act play prelude presented by the cast of ETC (East End Theater).
The adventure comes to life when the train departs for a round-trip journey to the North Pole led by a cast of talented actors. Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, passengers will relive the magic of the classic story as they are whisked away on THE POLAR EXPRESSTM for a one-hour trip to meet Santa. Once on board, the conductor will work his way through the coach and punch golden tickets before hot chocolate and a delicious cookie are served by dancing chefs. Passengers then read along with the classic children’s book, The Polar Express, by Chris Van Allsburg.
Santa and his helpers board the train to greet passengers and each guest is given the first gift of Christmas. During the trip, characters on each car lead onboard entertainment – just like in the film! Each guest will take home a keepsake sleigh bell and souvenir golden ticket in addition to the wonderful memories made on this magical trip.
Just like the kids in the book, families are encouraged to wear their pajamas for the ride! Commemorative merchandise is available year-round in the Museum store.
THE POLAR EXPRESSTM Train Ride dates, schedule and fares are available by visiting www.GalvestonRRMuseum.org . Ticket prices range from $35 to $100, depending on ticket options chosen. Food and refreshments are available on site.
2602 Santa Fe Place, Complimentary Parking, Weekly Train Rides.
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