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Friday, May 10 2013 00:53

Grab the Kids and Celebrate National Train Day this Saturday, May 11...

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Kids love trains. This is a fact I get to see in action on a daily basis, as over 50 trains pass by Rock Father HQ during each 24-hour period. Yes, there's a high-traffic set of tracks that runs right along our neighborhood, and with each passing train comes a familiar and comforting rumble. For awhile, my oldest would tell us that her "Silly Uncle" was on each passenger train - a side-effect of dropping him off at the train station once. At the local park, kids wave as the massive trains whiz by. In fact, as I'm getting to this sentence right here, another freighter is passing by and the coffee on my desk is vibrating like Jack Lemmon's in THE CHINA SYNDROME. For those that love trains, this Saturday (May 11, 2013) is NATIONAL TRAIN DAY, the sixth annual holiday that celebrates all the good that trains provide.

Presented by Amtrak, there will be special family events taking place in cities around the country.

train stackOne of the biggest is taking place at Grand Central Terminal in New York City, where TOMY Master Builder Jason Moreno will make a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS attempt at creating "The World's Tallest Toy Train Track" using the CHUGGINGTON STACKTRACK RAILWAY SYSTEM.

Chuggington is not only the star of a popular series on Disney Junior, but also an integral part of NATIONAL TRAIN DAY, with activities scheduled for over 100 locations.

For those that can't be at one of the live events (or just want to bring the action home), here's some cool (and affordable) toy options to keep the fun rolling!

train catCAT Iron Diesel Train by Toy State | Available from Target

"Your little engineer will have hours of fun setting up the Iron Diesel train and running it around the track. Removable CAT machines and a shipping container let the fun continue after the train has reached its destination."

train duploLEGO Duplo Number Train | Available from LEGO Shop

"Teach your child to count while playing with the LEGO® DUPLO® Number Train with numbered bricks, child, dog, wagon bases and more!"

train step2Step2 Deluxe Canyon Road Train and Track Table | Available from Walmart

"The Step2 deluxe Canyon Road train and track table is a children's train set that features die-cast cars. With molded-in tracks and permanent bridges, you won't have to bother with constantly repairing or resetting this colorful course of looping roads and shadowy valleys. For an added bonus, the included cover transforms the Step2 train and track table into the perfect craft center."

train disneyDisney Baby Amazing Animals Sing-Along Choo-Choo | Available from the Fisher-Price Store

We have this one at Rock Father HQ, and the baby loves it!

"Animals are amazing—especially when they’re baby’s favorite Disney pals! Join Dumbo, Simba and Lucky on an exciting choo-choo adventure with lights, lively music and fun sounds."

And now I'm thinking of AEROSMITH and "Train Kept A-Rollin'", a song I've played many times on ROCK BAND over the years...

Will you be celebrating NATIONAL TRAIN DAY this year?

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James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

Zahn and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, CBS, GCTN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, MarketWatch, Reuters, BusinessWire, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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