What’s the best part about being a bonehead? Getting to play like the kids!
The Butler County Visitors Bureau participated in a fun kids safety program through Ohio Traveler Magazine. With this program, Ohio businesses and visitor bureaus receive a traveling doll, the Boneheaded Tourist (BT), to take on fun county excursions. BT collects gift certificates and memorabilia from all of the great Ohio destinations that he’s visited. At the end of BT’s tourist travels, a grand prize full of his collected memorabilia and prizes is raffled off in an effort to promote kids safety programs.
The Boneheaded Traveler recently visited the Butler County Visitors Bureau and got to experience two super awesome kid friendly Butler County spots, EnterTRAINment Junction and Jump & Jacks.
Our first stop was the popular EnterTRAINment Junction. EnterTRAINment Junction is a super cool 25,000 square foot model train display that features the world’s largest G-scale indoor display with two miles of track and 90 model trains. Luckily for BT, EnterTRAINment Junction was hosting Everything Thomas, a month long celebration for Thomas the Tank Engine and all of his friends.
When we walked in, BT was immediately enthralled by the huge train displays representing different periods of American history. BT even stood on the benches and peered into the displays with his face pressed up against the glass.
Halfway through the exhibits, BT got to ride on a train and learn all about trains and the important role that they played in industrial America. After touring the amazing displays, BT took a break in the kids play area and got to play with toy Thomas the Tank Engine trains.
A trip to EnterTRAINment Junction wouldn’t be complete without a trip through the A-Maze-N Funhouse. The funhouse is a circus midway experience featuring the region’s only mirror maze, a discombobulating spinning vortex tunnel, a hilarious tilt room, and so much more.
BT was super excited to run through the funhouse. He started out with the mirror maze, which left him confused and constantly running into mirrors that he thought were passageways. Next, BT wanted to see the spinning vortex and claustrophobia hallway, which made him very dizzy. The dizzying funhouse made BT’s head feel funny and he fell down many times.
After regaining his composure, BT realized that he was missing a glove! How could this happen? He lost one of his favorite orange gloves! BT was so excited about playing in the funhouse that he didn’t even notice that he had lost one of his gloves! He figured he must have lost it in someplace inside the funhouse. BT went back into the funhouse after his glove, determined to find it. After searching all over, in every corner of the spinning vortex and even crawling around in the black hole room, BT couldn’t fit his glove.
Even though he was sad about his favorite orange glove, BT wanted to keep exploring The BC. He had heard that a brand new indoor play place with a four level play center with 40 foot slides, a bounce yard with giant inflatables, and even a place to grab a snack called Jump & Jacks had just opened three days ago. He just had to check it out!
BT unleashed his inner kid at Jump & Jacks. Running all around the arena climbing through tunnels, sliding down giant slides, and even making a few new friends. But BT lost a shoe! Suddenly he was running around with only one shoe on! Without his shoe, he could step on something and hurt his foot! The other kids in the play area tried to tell BT that he lost his shoe, but BT was too excited about playing and didn’t pay any attention to his helpful friends.
After finally realizing that he had lost a shoe, BT had to take a break from playing and search all over Jump & Jacks to find his missing shoe. He finally found it in a bright orange tunnel. He was glad he found it because he sure looked funny with just one shoe on!
At the end of the day, BT was worn out! He had seen tiny trains, met Thomas the Tank Engine, got lost in a funhouse, and ran around an exciting kids play arena. But BT had also learned a very important lesson, that he should always pay attention to his surroundings and his belongings at all times, no matter how excited he is. He learned that being aware helps you stay safe and helps you keep from looking funny with just one glove and one shoe on!
Check out the photos of BT visiting EnterTRAINment Junction and Jump & Jacks at our Flicker page
Read more about BT’s travels at Ohio Traveler Magazine’s web page.