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Train Ride

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Carnival Activity – Train Ride!

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DIY Railroad Crossing Sign - is a Great Idea!

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Fantastic for preschool & young children!

TRAIN RIDE - SETUP & DIRECTIONS

 Supplies for Train Ride:

bullet point For this booth, you hire a company that has a cute “kid train” that will give the young children a ride around your school/church grounds for tickets.
bullet point Railroad Crossing Signs - quickly made by printing out "RAILROAD CROSSING" on white paper and gluing it on Black Poster Board and attaching to a wooden stake
bullet point Ticket Box (if taking tickets)

Questions to Ask When Calling A Company to Rent a Kids Train Ride:

bullet point Date(s) Available and Cost 

bullet point Current Insurance Certification. You want to make sure the company has its own insurance against accidents. It is also a good idea to call the insurance company and verify that the insurance is in good standing.

bullet point Inclement Weather Policy. A few questions to ask in this section:

1. If the weather is expected to be too rainy or wet and you cancel before the event, is your deposit refunded or will they offer to come out another day. 

2. For "iffy weather" and company comes out and they do a few train rides, but must shut down, be sure your know their policy as far as refunds, partial refunds etc.

bullet point Location on your property they recommend for the Train Ride. 
As mentioned above, find an open spot (like a baseball field, soccer field etc.)

bullet point Check references 
Of course, this is always a great idea!

bullet point Who will Take Tickets or Check for Wristbands?
Will the "Train Engineer" take the tickets or check for wristbands... or do they want you to have a volunteer or two to help with those duties?

Game Set Up:

Safety first - when setting up, it is best NOT to allow the kids train to ride in a parking lot with cars. Choose an area on the property that is just for the train – like a smooth walking trail or around the perimeter of fields. Also, our school puts out the RR Crossing signs for carnival goers to watch out for the train - it is a great idea if you have a volunteer who can design some signs for years to come!

Just like the other carnival booths where you hire a company to handle the details, be sure to check references and double check that the company you hire has their own insurance to protect against injuries – also call and make sure their insurance is up-to-date!

How to Run the Train Ride Booth:

Children pay tickets for a ride in a kids train. Mostly ridden by younger riders, (preschool and young grade school children) the tickets to ride generally cost about $1.

Additional Hints & Tips:

This is one of the carnival booths that may not be a big money maker, but, be sure you are not losing your shirt on this one! Find out how many “cars” the train has and do the math – how long will each train ride last and allow time for loading and unloading of young children. This will give you a good estimate to see if it is worth it to hire the company for your carnival.

Also, for more expensive carnival activities, you may talk with a local business or two and see if they would donate for this booth in exchange for a sign that would tell all carnival visitors who donated to support this booth - it is great publicity for your local businesses!


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