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Staycation Ideas: Western Development Museum

For weeks I’ve been planning to take the kids on a spring break vacation. Things didn’t pan out but we definitely didn’t let that get us down, we decided on a spring break staycation instead. Staycations are just as fun when you make a point to visit some local activities or events.

Our local museum, the Western Development Museum, is one of our family favourite places to visit. It doesn’t matter the age, from toddler to teen, my kids love going to the museum to see a variety of transportation vehicles over the ages.

Our first stop in the transportation museum is my personal favourite, the Observatory. It was built in 1913 and now sits stoically aglow in the middle of the open museum. Once you step inside, you feel as if you are observing back when the observatory was in it’s glory.


Surrounding the observatory is a long historic visual of transportation over the ages from farm equipment to winter transportation on the prairies to classic cars of the times.

The kids usually insist we quickly make our way towards the rail gallery where trains and railway transportation items from the late 1800’s and up, including a steam engine locomotive. Train enthusiasts can appreciate the absolute grandness of the trains in the gallery, and the kids have a blast pretending among the replica train station. All aboard!

The Moose Jaw Western Development Museum has a nice display of airplanes, including propeller, military and a special exhibit, the Snowbirds. We enjoy viewing the planes, and pretending we are radio controllers in the radio exhibit room, but the kids spend the most time in the Snowbird exhibit area. It’s easy to pretend you’re a Snowbird pilot when you can relax in a replica snowbird lounge, watch flight manoeuvres on the lounge tv and visit the plane gallery. You can even sit inside the cockpit of a snowbird for a picture, a must when visiting the museum.

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Trains, planes and automobiles, Moose Jaw Western Development Museum has exhibits that the whole family will enjoy. If you haven’t had the chance to visit and are in the Moose Jaw area, I encourage you to stop in. Make sure to follow them on TwitterFacebook and Instagram for current events and exhibit updates.


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