The Pump House Steam Museum and members of Kingston Fire and Rescue announced their upcoming family event to be held on Saturday, July 3, from noon until 4 p.m.
The Summer Steam-Off Spectacular is a free event featuring the firefighters from Kingston Fire and Rescue with demonstrations of the new Thomas. H. Patterson fireboat, a fire prevention education area, and a mini fire fit challenge. Children can also try out a fire hose and then play the bucket brigade game.
Other activities taking place on the museum grounds include brief steam-themed science activities, including making “lava” and exploding their own volcanoes.
Downtown Kingston BIA has donated balloons and will offer free wagon rides throughout the downtown area. Ahoy Rentals is offering water safety demonstrations and there will be candy floss and popcorn for sale.
The highlights of the museum, such as the historic steamboat Phoebe and the Osborne-Killey engine, will be animated with guided tours. Museum volunteers will be on site to have all of the model trains fully operational in the All Aboard exhibitm which explores the world of trains and their history from original rail travel to the present.
The exhibit also has two model trains sets; an extensive ‘O’ scale with many different levels of tracks, bridges and intricate mini details, and the HO scale train set that was shown in the intro of the long running CBC show, The Friendly Giant.
Visitors can also explore the permanent exhibits including the Boiler Room, the Engineerium, The Pump Room and the Gordon C. Leitch Discovery Centre.
The Pump House Steam Museum is located at 23 Ontario St.[map]
For more information, contact the museum at 613.546.4291 ext. 1666 or visit www.steammuseum.ca.
You can also follow the Museum on Twitter at www.twitter.com/kingstonmuseums.