World’s Greatest Hobby on Tour at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi

Stop by the World's Greatest Hobby on Tour show at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi on Feb. 23-24, 2019, to take part in the model train extravaganza.

Let your little conductor experience the magic of the locomotive at the World’s Greatest Hobby on Tour model train event at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi Feb. 23-24, 2019.

The event is for both beginner and expert model train enthusiasts and features seminars on developing a layout and scenery as well as maintenance of model trains, plus dozens of vendors in the hobby marketplace.

If your kids are the train lovers, check out the 50,000-square-foot showroom of operating model railroads for inspiration and then pick up a model or get your kids started on their first layout. Everything you need to start the new hobby is available at the show.

Don’t worry if you’re a train novice, as the latest how-to videos, publications and live demonstrations will be available to show you the ropes.

One of the biggest draws for children is the riding train. Kids of all ages can take a seat in a movable train and parents can take a picture of their children on the mini ride. There will also be 100 trains for kids to play with? 

And for the more experienced train hobbyist? More than 200 booths and exhibitors, offering trains for sale and some with antique and rare trains you won’t find at your local hobby or toy store on display. Swap stories and model train parts with fellow collectors, too.

Looking to expand your collection? Model trains, train accessories, model vehicles that could be used on a train layout and modeling tools will all be sold at the event. Train-themed merchandise such as artwork and clothing will also be available.

The two-day event runs 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, in Halls B and at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi and won’t return for another five years, so don’t miss out. 

Tickets are $10 on Saturday and $9 on Sunday. Tickets purchased on Saturday are good both days. Kids 15 and under are free with a paying adult. Purchase tickets on-site using cash. Parking is $5.

For more details on the World’s Greatest Hobby on Tour event at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, and details on all other family fun things to do this weekend, visit the Metro Parent calendar.

This post was originally published in 2017 and is updated regularly. 

Amanda Rahn
Amanda Rahn
Amanda Rahn is a freelance journalist, copy editor and proud Detroiter. She is a graduate of Wayne State University’s journalism school and of the Columbia Publishing Course at Oxford University. Amanda is a lover of translated contemporary fiction, wines from Jura and her dog, Lottie.

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