Skip the Mall!  After shopping local, the next best deal on Black Friday, Nov. 28 is the Grand Opening of the Wilton Historical Society’s Great Trains Exhibit from 12-4 p.m..

Take the children of all ages in your life to an entrancing afternoon with trains and live entertainment at the Wilton Historical Society

Trains, Trains, Trains!

The much anticipated Great Trains Holiday Exhibit: An Interactive Wonderland will open the day after Thanksgiving, Friday, Nov. 28. Dressed for the holidays, the Society’s historic 18th and 19th century buildings are transformed into a train-lovers delight with eight different train layouts winding through tiny towns with many different kinds of buildings, tunnels and two working Ferris Wheels. The interactive display enchants visitors of all ages with lots of buttons to push and knowledgeable “train engineers” on hand to “talk trains.”  In a special train room for the youngest guests, there are buttons galore plus Thomas the Tank Engine and a Brio set for hands-on fun.

Special Performance by Tom Hooker Hanford from 1 – 2 p.m.

Join Tom Hooker Hanford as he performs “Fiddle Dee Dee: Children’s Folk Songs of Old New England,” including singing games, ballads, comical ditties, rounds and sea shanteys. His programs combine music, storytelling, and Tom’s colorful painted masks.

In recent years Tom has taken his interactive shows for children to Old Sturbridge and The Berkshire Museum in Massachusetts, Clermont State Historic Site, The Farmers Museum, Olana, and Erie Canal Village in New York State, as well as to many other museums, historic sites, festivals, schools and libraries.

And more on Saturday, Nov. 29!

Come see the Great Trains Exhibit on Saturday, Nov. 29 and leave some time for your kids to enjoy a craft project. From 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. they can decorate their own holiday wrapping paper!  Fee:  Members, $5 per child, max $15 per family; Non-members, $10 per child, max $30 per family.

The Great Trains Exhibit will run from Friday, Nov. 28, 2014 through Monday, Jan. 19, 2015 on Wednesdays–Saturdays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and Sundays 12-4 p.m.. Admission is free for members of the Society, and $10 for non-member adults. Wilton Historical Society is located at 224 Danbury Rd./Rte. 7.