If you have followed in UrbanToronto the building of the temporary theatre on the site of the John Street Roundhouse, you might be interested in the chance to visit the new venue and check out Vicky, the vintage steam engine which was shipped across the Atlantic to take one of the starring roles in The Railway Children.

Vicky the Vintage Steam Engine in Roundhouse Theatre 2011.05.04 (Photo by Craig Vicky the Vintage Steam Engine in Roundhouse Theatre 2011.05.04 (Photo by Craig White)

Vicky the Vintage Steam Engine in Roundhouse Theatre 2011.05.04 (Photo by Craig Vicky the Vintage Steam Engine in Roundhouse Theatre 2011.05.04 (Photo by Craig White)

This weekend, both Saturday and Sunday mornings from 9.30 AM to 12.30 PM, the Roundhouse Theatre will be free to explore during an open house. Located across the street from the CN Tower, and beside the Toronto Railway Heritage Centre, visitors will have a chance to see the 1,000 seat facility where the classic children's story will be onstage over the summer and fall.

Roundhouse Theatre 2011.05.08 (Photo by Craig White)Roundhouse Theatre 2011.05.08 (Photo by Craig White)

Vicky the Vintage Steam Engine sitting by the John St Roundhouse 2011.05.08 (PhoVicky the Vintage Steam Engine sitting by the John St Roundhouse 2011.05.08 (Photo by Craig White)

Along with taking a look at the venue and the 1893-built steam engine, visitors may take in the Toronto Railway Heritage Centre's facilities, including restored buildings, train cars, and popular the miniature railway. The non-profit museum offers rides on the miniature steam train for a donation in return.

Miniature Railway by the Roundhouse Theatre 2011.05.08 (Photo by Craig White)Miniature Railway by the Roundhouse Theatre 2011.05.08 (Photo by Craig White)

Miniature Railway by the Roundhouse Theatre 2011.05.08 (Photo by Craig White)Miniature Railway by the Roundhouse Theatre 2011.05.08 (Photo by Craig White)

Family activities will also be on offer, and prizes of a VIA Rail trip for two to Montreal and tickets to Railway Children will be given away. Light refreshments will also be offered. It's a great chance to check out the special offerings here this year.