Easily one of the biggest perks to being a parent is that you get to enjoy more kid-oriented activities without the slightest hint of embarrassment. Of course I’m singing along to these Disney songs because it makes her happy. Oh, just let it go already. That was the idea, anyway, when we decided that we wanted to ride some miniature trains in this week’s vlog.

Too bad things don’t always go according to plan. I’m goin’ off the rails on a crazy train!

Just for a bit of clarification, I am no Sheldon Cooper and I have no particular affinity of the locomotive variety. It’s just that after playing tennis last weekend, I wanted to do something a little more sedentary… like sitting and enjoying the ride on some miniature trains.

Thankfully, there is no shortage of options for tiny trains in the Metro Vancouver area. There’s the Burnaby Central Railway in Confederation Park, for example, a little train that I’ve never actually ridden despite living in the neighborhood for several years. I guess I never really had the excuse until Addie showed up and got old enough to be interested in it herself.

Most of us know about the Stanley Park Train. It offers themed adventures throughout the year, like the Ghost Train during Halloween and the Bright Nights Christmas Train during the winter holidays. On a smaller and humbler scale, you can ride the Metropolis Express inside Metrotown shopping mall for a $1 donation.

Whatever floats your boat (or boosts your caboose), it is positively vital to invest in your happiness. Do what makes you happy. And making my daughter smile and giggle sure puts a smile on my face. How did you spend your weekend?