Gear up for the main event
Hosted at real train stations throughout the United States, families get to experience an old-fashioned passenger train ride, complete with a real steam engine (spouting off steam!), ticket booth, conductors and coal. Kids also have the chance to grab a photo with Thomas before he takes off. The train ride itself lasts about 25 minutes, and departs immediately on time.
While the passenger cars don’t allow strollers, there is a parking area for them beside the boarding area. We also recommend grabbing one of the open window seats so your child can see and point at the scenery outside!
Meet Sir Topham Hatt
There’s a special guest appearance by Sir Topham Hatt—the man who oversees all of the engines on Sodor—so be sure to stop by for a quick photo. We were told he’s curious to know who your favorite engine is—Thomas, Percy, Henry or Belle. Or maybe it’s Cranky the Crane!
Explore Imagination Station
After the ride, kids can spend time at Imagination Station. Wooden and electronic train tables are set up for the kids to play with—they can even reenact the train ride they just took with these mini versions. Other activities include temporary tattoos, color stations and craft activities (we were fans of the design-your-own-railway project).
DATES AND DETAILS
Where to catch the train:
New York and surrounding areas: Utica, NY (June 26-28); Phillipsburg, NJ (July 10–12, 17–19); North Conway, NH (July 10–12, 17–19).
To view a full listing of dates and locations, click here.
Cost: Tickets are $16 to $36 per person (the prices vary by location). It’s recommended that you arrive one hour before your departure time. Book your tickets online here.
This post was originally posted on MommyNearest.com.