We Did It: Day Out With Thomas… “This is WONDERFUL!!”

by farrah on August 26, 2012 · 8 comments

 

My boys are big, huge, true blue fans of Thomas the Train. Last summer I learned about Day Out With Thomas and couldn’t believe how cool it sounded. A real, life sized Thomas? A real train ride? An entire ‘village’ of activities with other Thomas fanatics???!! I knew that last summer it wouldn’t be easy with the boys being so little, but I bided my time and this summer they were 3.5, 22 months and 22 months so it was ON and we were going.

I’ve been trying to get a date locked down for us to take a ride on the railroad, but things (ie ‘life’) kept popping up and we couldn’t go. Originally there was the opportunity in Spencer, North Carolina- and then Bryson City, but we ended up having a fantastic time last weekend at Crossroads Village & Huckleberry Railroad in Flint, Michigan when visiting with our family. Lucky us, the ride at the Huckleberry Railroad was a full 40 minutes- all venues vary with attractions and some with ride length. I was very happy to find one that lasted so long.

We arrived just as Thomas was tooting his greeting to his fans- the ‘all aboard’ at 2:00pm.  You’re instructed to be there at least an hour prior to departure, but we were running way behind. Luckily- we were there just in time. Along with the boys and I was their grandparents who made it a very easy-going 1 child per adult. I was thrilled! It’s not every day we get odds like that and it would be helpful getting on/off the train and to the other activities.

The first thing we did was get in line to board the train. It was fast moving and well organized- no one was crying, upset or otherwise grumpy. We walked alongside the impressive blue engine and boarded at our ‘station’. Once on board, we found a seat and prepared to ride.

This train is fantastic! It has some old time flavor in the leather seats and iron ornamentation. The windows are nice and large and framed in wood. You feel like you’re on the Old Slow Coach- which I could not resist saying to my son in an effort to impress him with my Thomas character knowledge.

Brody was so thrilled, as the train left the station and began to pull away, I heard him excitedly squeal ‘This is WONDERFUL!!‘ and that’s all I needed to hear. Honestly, at that point the trip was perfect and we could go home happy. L & C were also having quite the experience, but it was Brody’s genuine childlike glee that made me so pleased that we came.

The video below shows my enthusiasm in overload mode as I be-bop along to the conductor and the songs. C, on the other hand is not quite as excited as I am:

 

After the fantastic train ride, we had our pick of things to do. We tried to see Sir Topham Hatt, but he was a bit over committed and I didn’t get in line quickly enough to get a picture with him. No worries, however, we simply moved onto another dashing man- and watched a Bob The Builder show, which I must say left me impressed with Bob’s mad dancing skills.

 

We then hit the venue where they sold everything Thomas under the sun, played with some train tables and took a break. Up next was the Imagination Station where there was a bubble area, Thomas bounce houses, tattoo tent (which was EXTREMELY popular and we are still clinging onto our tats) and more. The boys loved it- and with the temps in the mid 70’s under a sunny sky, so did the adults.

 

You should really do this. If you get a chance to see Thomas and experience all of the activities that each venue has to offer- you are seriously in luck. Cost of a ticket is $19 per person ages 2 and up, and you can stay all day if you like. I suggest you bring the stroller, and if you can- go on one of the weekdays that DOWT is available. Nothing makes an event like this more perfect than NO CROWD! There were just enough people to make us feel like we were a part of something special- but there wasn’t any waiting/pushing/frantic people racing around/etc.

Note that each location has it’s own ‘local flavor’ of events. At the Crossroads Village there was a 100 year old carousel, hay bale maze, a ferris wheel and mini train ride. If you go I’d love to hear what else you were able to experience.

Check out the master schedule here and if Thomas is coming to an area near you- GO!! You have into November to check him out. If not, there’s always next year- but make it a point to experience a Day Out With Thomas.. it really is WONDERFUL!

CONNECT: Connect with DOWT on Facebook– different areas have their own Facebook page so look for one near you.

 

Disclosure- My family and I were given complimentary tickets to this event, no other compensation was received and all opinions & thoughts are my own.

 

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Lady Estrogen August 26, 2012 at 12:59 pm

It’s kind of a good thing the boys aren’t toilet trained yet because I’m fairly certain they would have peed themselves at the sight of Thomas. Ha

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2 farrah August 27, 2012 at 1:05 am

Lady E- I am SURE they did! I know was thanking my kegels.

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3 jennie August 27, 2012 at 12:31 am

Yay! Thomas!

I haven’t visited in a while. I will totally come back more often as I’m reminded of how awesome you are!

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4 farrah August 27, 2012 at 1:06 am

Hey! Thanks for the kind words. You have been missed- and I mean that.

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5 sara August 27, 2012 at 1:17 am

I had that same feeling when we went! Hunter was SO excited which made me super excited for him. When we went it was really busy though – glad you guys got there and it wasn’t too nuts! Would love to go back next time so Jeff can come.

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6 farrah August 27, 2012 at 1:20 am

Gah! I know- what is it with the dads missing it! I kind of want to see it again next month in NC- but I know it would have to be on a weekend- and that does make it tough. So glad H loved it- makes things like this such a fantastic memory- if just for us!

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7 Shannon August 27, 2012 at 10:51 am

I’m not sure what my kids would have been more excited about – Bob the Builder or the Thomas bounce house! I definitely have to check it out!

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8 farrah August 27, 2012 at 3:05 pm

Bob was pretty cool- I wasn’t expecting it either, so it was a nice surprise! I just wish the kids could dance with him, haha!

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