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Train Party Ideas

Choo, choo! It’s a train party guide for your little engineer! Little boys will love our train birthday party ideas! We have train decorating ideas, railroad train games and train theme party supplies to help you host a fantastic party!

Where to have the party?

  1. Local train museum;
  2. Plan a ride on your local commuter train to a nearby town. Get off for pizza and cake, then ride back to end the party. Or ride the train to some other fun destination, like a zoo or park.
  3. Decorate your garage like a train station.
  4. Or set up your back yard or basement like a railroad yard.

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Train Party Invitations

Use your computer to make invitations that resemble a train ticket. Or use wording like:

  • All Aboard! Come ride the Birthday Express for (child’s name)’s 5th Birthday!
  • At Train Station: (address of party)
  • Departure Time: (party start time)
  • Arrival Time: (when party ends)
  • Reserve Your Ticket by Calling: (your phone number)

Take a look at these personalized Train Party invitations:


Train Party Decorations

  • Use balloons and streamers in red, blue and green colors.
  • Always tie five helium balloons to the birthday child’s chair. I usually get a shaped mylar balloon as one of the five balloons. Add a sign saying “Birthday Conductor” for the chair.
  • Make or order a banner that says something like “All Aboard Jeff’s Birthday Express Train” and hang on a wall.
  • Hang train posters on the walls.
  • Use sidewalk chalk to draw a railroad crossing sign at the end of your driveway.
  • Then use duct tape to create a railroad track up to your door.
  • Make a sign that says “(child’s name) Train Station” and hang it on the door. Use painters tape indoors (so it won’t damage your floors) to make a track leading from the door into the party room.
  • Make your own train decoration using empty juice boxes with these video directions.
  • Make your own railroad signs using these printable pages and use them as table decorations.


Train Party Games

Train Party Games

  • Hand each child an engineer hat as they arrive.
  • Print out copies of this free train connect-the-dots picture for the guests to work on as they all arrive.
  • Set out all the train track you own into one big track in the driveway or garage, then let the kids play with all the trains.
  • Set up several tables with a different activity on each and label the tables as train stations. Puzzle Station, Train Tattoo Station, Coloring Station, etc.
  • Read a train story out load, like The Little Engine That Could, Down By the Station, or Clickety Clack.
  • Make a Train – Get three really big cardboard boxes from an appliance store. Let the children use markers and colored paper to decorate them as different train cars. Suggest they make one into the engine, another into a passenger car, and the last one can be the caboose. Then plan some free play with their new train.
  • Conductor Says – Change Simon Says into Conductor Says.
  • Great Train Robbery – For an outdoor party, stage a great train robbery. Divide the kids into two teams, the train engineers and the robbers. Then let them have a squirt gun battle.
  • Paint the Railroad Tracks – Before the party, glue together popsicle sticks to make pieces of track for the children to paint.
  • Trackless Train – You may be able to rent a trackless train to come to your party for an hour or two. You may want to save this for the very end of the party, though, because other moms have found that it is so popular that the kids wouldn’t get off it to eat cake.
  • Engineer Relay Race – Fill a laundry basket with an engineer outfit for each team. Include really big overalls or jeans, a bandana, and an engineer hat. Divide the children into teams, and then have the first person on each team run to the basket, put on all the clothes, then take them off for the next team member. Keep going until both teams have finished.
  • And don’t forget a train pinata!


Train Party Food

  • Cut sandwiches or cookies with a train cookie cutter.
  • Hot dogs and brown beans.
  • Make a group of candy trains from a roll of life savers and Hershey kisses using these easy directions. You could also put these in the favor bags.
  • Serve a bowl of black licorice candy or jelly beans and call them “coal”.
  • Build a train track around the birthday cake.
  • And for a special Train Birthday Cake, use one of these recipes that include pictures or a video to make the cake yourself:
  • Here are step-by-step video instructions to make an adorable Train Birthday Cake using two loaf cakes. One is cut into train cars and the other makes the engine.
  • This Birthday Train Cake uses store-bought pound cakes to build a train.
  • Or use a train cake pan to get a great design for the birthday cake.


Train Party Favors

Party guests will like wooden train whistles, and engineer’s hat and train stickers.

Take the work out of planning the favor bags by ordering complete Train Party favor sets.


Personalized Train Party Supplies

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