Creation Station for Kids at the St. Louis Transportation Museum

Photo by David O'Brien

The Transportation Museum in St. Louis County is a top destination for anyone interested in trains, trucks and cars. Kids of all ages can climb aboard the giant locomotives or take a ride on the miniature train. The museum also has a special attraction designed just for toddlers and pre-school children. Creation Station is a play area filled with transportation toys games, crafts and more.

For more ideas on what to do with young children in St. Louis, see The Discovery Room at the St. Louis Science Center or The Animal Farm at Suson Park.

Location, Hours and Admission

Creation Station is located in the museum's Education & Visitor's Center. The building is next to the main parking lot off Barrett Station Road. Each Creation Station play session lasts for one hour. Creation Station sessions are Monday through Friday at 9:15 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. There is an additional session at 1 p.m. on Thursday and Friday. Creation Station is open year round, but it does close in the winter if Parkway Schools are closed for bad weather.

Admission to Creation Station is $2 a person for everyone age one and older. That is in addition to regular museum admission which is $8 for adults and $5 for children ages three to 12.

Things to See and Do

Creation Station is designed for children ages five and younger. It's a hands-on play area focusing on all types of transportation. Kids will recognize some of the toys like Thomas and Chuggington. There's also a child-size kitchen, school bus, puppet show and train station. Volunteers are on-hand to help children make crafts and do art projects. Each month's projects focus on a different theme dealing with air, water, road or rail transportation.

Birthday Parties

Parents can also rent the Creation Station for birthday parties on Saturdays and Sundays. The cost is $175 for the first 10 children and $15 for each additional child. The museum provides 90 minutes of play at Creation Station, museum admission, snack sacks, party bags, balloons, all paper products and a special gift for the birthday child. The maximum number for parties is 40 guests. For more information on booking a party, see the Transportation Museum website.

More About the Transportation Museum

The biggest draw at the Transportation Museum is the collection of 70 train locomotives, including many historic and one-of-a-kind steam engines. You can climb aboard a massive "Big Boy" engine, the largest successful steam locomotive ever built, or wander through various passenger and freight cars. The museum also has a nice collection of classic cars and trucks at the Earl C. Lindburg Automobile Center.

The museum is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. It's closed on most major holidays including Easter, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.