If you have read this blog you should know that my son is a HUGE Thomas the Tank Engine fan. One of the highlights of the last few years has been our family outings to Day Out with Thomas.
Day Out with Thomas is a super fun event for the whole family. This event is a special opportunity for your little engineer to meet the No. 1 Engine, and have their picture taken. Your child can also meet Sir Topham Hatt, the controller of the railway on the Island of Sodor.
Not only do you get to meet Thomas the Tank Engine but he will also take you on a train ride. Day Out With Thomas events are held around the country at railway museums and parks. The big blue engine will pull coaches along the tracks, puffing steam out of his funnel and tooting his whistle.
The event is more than just a train ride, you can definitely spend a whole day immersed in the the world of Thomas & Friends. Play tables with all the Thomas products you can imagine. Coloring tables and tattoos, story time, and lots of other activities will entertain your whole family.
Let’s not forget the souvenir tent. Our son has been diligently saving his money up to purchase something at the event. We nearly own every wooden railway train there is so we look to find one of the new releases each year.
Because each location of Day Out with Thomas is different they also offer their own activities and interest. Over the last three years our family has been to three different locations to see Thomas. All the volunteers and organizers do such a great job of making each Day Out With Thomas the most fun day for any engineer.
At the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum we enjoyed putt-putt, a choo choo bounce house, petting zoo, a “Rocky” crane engine demonstrations and performances from Mr. Billy and an illusionist. There were tons of food vendors and places to sit.
For an additional charge you can take a second train ride at the museum which takes you through a tunnel built in 1858 and to the engine workshop as well as a real life turn table. To see a turn table in action was super exciting and quite amazing. at the end of the line the museum volunteers invite you into the workshop where they share about the man power, volunteers, and money it takes to keep their steamies on the rails.
One of my favorite parts of the whole day was getting to explore and ride in different types of train cars. We rode as a family in an art deco styled sleeper car where there were sleeper cabins and working potties. We also rode in a former dining car. It was neat to think about how families used to travel like that all the time and in some serious style!
- Day Out With Thomas 2011 – Leader of the Track Tour
- Day Out with Thomas 2009 – The Hero of the Rails Tour
I will never forget the first time my son saw the life sized tank engine, his smile was so big! Getting to see your kid meet his hero and playmate is pretty amazing. Even at 5.5 years old my son is so excited to attend Day Out With Thomas again this year. He has been counting down for weeks for this Saturday. We are headed up to Chattanooga, TN to see Thomas at the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum. We have been to this museum once before on a non event weekend and it was so much fun for the kiddo they have a great set up and a TURN TABLE. That was a major highlight to see an integral part of my son’s train table in real life.
I think you can tell how much we love this event as a family. If you have a train fan in your household I cannot recommend this event enough.
Have you been to a Day Out With Thomas event? Tell me all about it!