This is our third toddler boy we’ve taken to Day out with Thomas. It has become somewhat a rite of passage with each of our 3 boys and something we enjoy taking them to as a 2/3 year old. For some reason, and perhaps it’s because I was a bit melancholy knowing this is my last toddler boy who will go through the train phase, this year was a little more special.
We started our day attending the event later then we had planned but upon arrival discovered this might be best time to go as there were far less people there at the later afternoon hours. It really was perfect as my boy was able to have his morning nap and we then ventured off to enjoy our now afternoon with Thomas.
The event always has a great assortment of fun booths set up for the kids. This year we thoroughly enjoyed a large tent filled with train sets the kids can play with, a tattoo station (set up inside of a real train), a petting zoo, coloring stations, music, meet and greet with Sir Topham Hat, the infamous garden train, and finally the ride on Thomas.
We laugh, now that we are seasoned veterans to this whole day out with Thomas, as the train ride itself is always a very exciting part for our kids and well, the least enjoyable for us. This year I honestly have to say was different. Why? Well the ride itself was not as crowded (I’m telling you I’m on to something with this afternoon business) and we were pulled by Thomas, but we were also pulled by a real steam engine. Can I tell you I was probably more excited then my 2, 6, and 9 year old kids were. It was soooo cool!!! The sounds of the steam engine starting, the smell, and the all around beauty of this amazing machine, I felt like a kid again. It made my whole day!
Finally I want to take note that a large number of the people running the day out with Thomas are volunteers at the golden railroad museum and they did an exceptional job at taking with us and engaging our children as we walked around. To sum up our afternoon out with Thomas my two year old said it best as we walked from station to station to train “Oh Wow, Mom, Oh Wow!”
Disclosure: We were provided with tickets to enjoy this event in exchange for this review. No other compensation was received