7379 Squire Ct
West Chester, Ohio 45069
Chugga Chugga Choo Choo!
You’ve probably passed this place at least a dozen times. It’s off of the Tylersville Rd exit on 75 – viewable from the interstate. And it be blunt – it doesn’t look like much from the outside.
But step inside and be swept away into a world of a trains. 🥰
This place blows my mind. You walk back in time. I feel like I am walking through a cobble stoned downtown with little shop fronts on either side.
Entertrainment Junction has two play areas in addition to many train displays. One area stands alone and is sideshow/carnival themed and consists of illusions, mirror mazes and things of that nature. My 3 year old was slightly freaked out by the “unknown” nature of entering these attractions but they aren’t particularly scary.
Please listen to the advice of watching little ones in the mirror maze. My one year old walked straight into the mirror 😰
The second play area is within the train displays. This place is amazing for train enthusiasts and non-train lovers. It features a large climbing structure (socks – no shoes) with slides, rock climbing walls, punching bags, climbing steps and climb-over obstacles. Visibility isn’t great inside the structure but it’s adults can easily crawl through with kids and there are only two areas to exit this structure from – both toward the front of the structure – so It’s not terrible in that regard.
In addition to the giant structure – there is a smaller “yard style” wooden play structure with a slide, club house underneath and rock wall.
There is a large play-on train with shovels for shoveling coal. When it’s busy – the shovels can be hard to come by.
❄️❄️❄️Take some coins or dollar bills for the ride on mini train ride! A two kid train goes around on a tiny track within this play area. Kids should be able to sit well and independently to ride this. My 16 month old was ok on it. ❄️❄️❄️
Finally – train tables everywhere!! There are sooo many train tables. Even in busy days – kids can find a table to settle in at. The tables are in pretty good shape and there are PLENTY of actual trains. 🚂There is a “3 and under” area separated from the rest of this big play area for the little ones. It’s not totally gated in But it does have only one exit.
We spent over 2 hours in this play area during our last visit (a Saturday morning). It was not busy at all – just enough kids to make friends but not enough to lose track of your kids.
Overall – visibility is difficult here due to the large nature of this play area. There is only one exit/one entrance so that helps and there aren’t any major safety concerns which also helps. If you are one to one man to man coverage – you’ll be in good shape. Two toddlers will be a bit of an issue depending on how adventurous (aka how likely to run off) your kids are. 😊
Family bathrooms located in the big play area. Easily fits a stroller. Clean with changing tables.
The train displays in this place are massive. Every time we go – we see something new. The train displays are like taking a trip through time. There is a scavenger hunt for these displays. Our current task as a family is to find all 10 dinosaurs. The displays are so large and so expansive that even on crowded days – you can get a good few. Pick up a step stool at the beginning of your journey for the little ones.
This is one of those attractions that I actually enjoy eating at.
1) The pizza is not badly priced for a whole pizza. One pizza was plenty for our family of four (two adults, two small kids). I brought my own drinks for the kids and we see people with picnic.
2) I love the environment. The cafe is in the street scape area and you feel like you are dining in some old school town. It just feels comfortable. No harsh cafeteria fluorescent lighting at long tables here.
They do have some seasonal outdoor activities – I have not utilized these yet. I will post a second mini review for the summer months.
We have season passes that were gifted to me by a family member and we’ve already gone twice this month – so it is a great value.
For one day tickets – it’s 13.95 for adults and 9.95 for kids. The fun house area is 9.95 per person. Kids 2 and under are free.
A family four pack of season passes is 185.00.
They host several special events throughout the year to keep things fresh including Holiday Junction at Christmas. February is “Everything Thomas” 🚂
“Visit our indoor celebration of Thomas the Train with Thomas-themed train layouts, videos, scavenger hunt, coloring & crafts. Enjoy our indoor kid’s train ride PLUS see all our Thomas merchandise all 15%-50% off!”
Overall Entertrainment Junction a good place for all kids – but it’s an amazing place for rail enthusiasts – both old and young. A little something for everyone. You do exit the train displays through the gift shop 😝 so be prepared.
There is a second toy shop at the entrance. It’s a great little shop with not only an amazing train selection but plenty of other toys as well.
They also have several birthday party packages. 🎈