The perfect day for the train!

Something I’ve wanted to do for a while now with the kids is to take them for a ride on the Metrolink. It’s something I’ve never even experienced, and we live now within an easy walking distance from the station in downtown Upland. The kids always enjoy watching the train pass by, whether we’ve seen it in the car or out for a bike ride. There is something so exciting about that train whistle, that it doesn’t seem to get old to them! They have often asked when we will get the chance to ride it and today was the day some little wishes came true.

I discovered that the train happens to run through Claremont during the time we need to be in Claremont on Thursday morning’s as well. One of Ella’s favorite classes that she has been fortunate enough to take is a cooking class at The Young Chef’s Academy  in Downtown Claremont. After realizing a trip on the train would be in order today, I told the kids we would go. They were beyond excited about this trip, it was adorable! We went ahead and walked to the station this morning, making sure to have enough time to buy our tickets and get situated. It’s great that kids 5 and under ride free! Here we are waiting for our train.

At the station

Here are Ella and Gavin eager as they are about to get on our train!

The trip probably only shaved off about 5 minutes of actual drive time by us taking the train. Actually much to my surprise it didn’t save me much on gas either. It was definitely worth the experience though and I have to say was just easier overall. I wasn’t loading and unloading the car, which I definitely have to account time for. I also wasn’t dealing with annoying drivers and parking. It was quite convenient to walk to the train station, hop right on with the stroller and easily off, without a fuss. I would probably prefer it if it was an option . But that’s not the case, so I will just enjoy it while I can!

Ella’s class is a few minute’s walk from the station which is also partly why this trip worked out perfect. She did a couple of these cooking class sessions toward the end of her kindergarten year and really enjoyed it. She recently started up again and was super excited! Not only has Ella started to develop a good foundation and appreciation for basic cooking/baking fundamentals. It’s a chance for her to be in a “class-like” setting in which all the students practice patience and apply math concepts as they work together at preparing the recipes during each class. Each week her teacher, Chef Leslie has a new recipe planned and they get to enjoy the hard work at the end of class of course!

On the menu today:

Crab cakes with Remoulade Sauce and Buttermilk Beignets!

Chef Leslie explains how the yeast is 'alive!!'

Here is Ella as she was given the task of measuring the yeast.

It’s nice because it gives her a taste of things we wouldn’t normally make at home obviously. Mommy also learns a thing or two on occasion, which is a plus!

Family gets to observe the class

Gavin, Grant and I usually will watch the class for a bit as it starts. Then we busy ourselves on a walk or window shopping/observing. I say observing because there is so much to see in downtown Claremont. Cute antique shops, art galleries, historical spots, architecture and shopping! Here is a beautiful building at the station…

The boys had fun playing near a very child friendly water feature today for a while.

Perfect entertainment!

There were plenty of leaves and flowers to turn into floating devices.

Leaves afloat

Flower boats

After some fun in the beautiful sun, it’s time to head back to get Ella. We arrive as the class finishes up and is about to eat their delicious food. Looks like another successful cooking lesson!

Happy young chef 🙂

We ended up having some time to kill before we could catch the next train back. What better on an 80 degree day in February, than to enjoy a yummy smoothie while we wait! And give Ella a chance to admire the water art…

Love them!

Time to catch our train again!! But not before a little ‘hip-hop’ pose as these silly’s like to do…

They crack me up most of the time 🙂

Don’t forget us over here Mr. Conductor!!

It was a quick ride back. With just enough time for some silly faces 🙂

And also happy faces…

Gavin enjoyed the ride!

and of course little miss Ella, reading up on the Metrolink…

Some reading material..

The train ride was a great thing for us to embark on today. A fun way to add adventure into our everyday. I especially love that it’s giving my kids the experience of being part of our community. It’s one thing for us to study up on maps and of course learn about the different aspects of a community, but I just love the we can live it too!

Look at that world out there!

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