Saturday, March 24 marks the 50th birthday of the Monorail, Seattle's iconic and "futuristic" train that connects Seattle Center and the downtown Westlake shopping center. For such a short and kooky ride, the Monorail evokes lots of love and nostalgia among locals. If you share these sentiments, take a minute to enjoy one of these expressions of appreciation for the train's dutiful 50 years of service:
1. Play the Monorail Video Game
Forget riding the monorail, ever dream of driving it? Evidently, 14-year-old McKaulay Kolakowski did. After hours of programming and staring at Google Street View, he designed a free computer game that puts you behind the “wheel.” Just choose between the blue or the red train and you're ready to cruise past several of the Seattle landmarks you'll see from the real train's window. An adorable interactive game that recalls the days of 8-bit Nintendo, you can travel with the train's doors closed or wrecklessly open and even honk the horn. The Mill Creek native plans to continue developing the game, adding more features and expanding his virtual monorail to new routes that go beyond its downtown track. What could possibly be a more fitting 21st century tribute to the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair? Jump on board at mckaulay.com. (Hat tip, Seattle Weeklyand Daily Herald.) -Katie Joy Blanksma
2. Learn Fun Facts about the Monorail
If you have ever wondered how many adult male elephants the monorail could support, this beautifully designed video has the answer, along with several other pieces of fun Monorail trivia:
3. Read "Why the Monorail is Still the Best Ride in Town"
The folks over at the Monorail have a big plans for the Monorail's 50th birthday on Saturday, March 23, including free rides granted to anyone who saved their ticket for a ride between 1962 and 2010. Full schedule after the jump:
Hard to believe it's not even Spring Break yet, but Summer Camp sign-up is in full swing!
Why do you need to sign-up now? So you (and the kiddos) don't miss out on some totally awesome summer camps, including soccer, ballet, swimming and science! Kinda makes you wish you were a kid again, doesn't it? Read more »