I had the pleasure of accompanying my daughter's Kindergarten class on a wonderful trek to Arbutus Auto Painting and Bodyworks, 4621 Leeds Avenue, Arbutus, MD.
We weren't showing them the ins and outs of accident repair, we were participating in a 13 year tradition of visiting their holiday train garden. The guys and ladies in the shop showed obvious pride in sharing their meticulous work with the 5 and 6 year olds. Amid shouts of "Did you see...?", "Hey, come look at this!" The oohs and ahhhs as the trains rode by really puts one in a holiday mood!
So much was going on in the miniature version of our town:
A stadium lovingly constructed by one man over a period of 2 years was facinating and filled with over 1000 tiny painted people in the stands ready to watch our Ravens play.
The Oscar Meyer Weiner Truck, farms complete with cows and horses, ice cream shops, fire trucks and fire fighters, ponds with boats and fishermen...too much more to mention.
The kids loved seeing some buildings they recognized (many sponsored by local businesses) and searching for things their teacher had suggested before leaving the classroom.
I would highly recommend a trek to Arbutus Auto Painting and Bodyworks for the train garden and I bet they are tops in repairs if you need them while you are there as well!
The price of admission is a non-perishable food item for Southwest Emergency Services.