Thursday, July 20, 2017
A Day Out with Thomas
Did you know we live within 5 miles of a local train museum? I guess they are widespread across the country and can be pretty big attractions in and of themselves, but by far the most exciting thing that happens at ours is Thomas coming to town. We pass this spot every single day on our way to and from daycare and last year right around Abby's birthday we noticed Percy (from the Thomas the Train show) sitting right there on the tracks. We hadn't lived her for more than about a month yet so we had no idea what it was all about, but it sure didn't take us long to figure it out.
For literally an entire year Abby would ask me over and over again when she could go see Thomas and we went through listing all of the holidays that would need to happen before he would be back again and we could go see him. Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentines Day, Easter, Hazel's Birthday and then THOMAS!
Guys, you think I'm kidding, but Abby has the memory of an elephant! I'm serious. A holiday would pass and Abby would go back to the list and start counting down the holidays until Thomas would be back. So, I knew we needed to get tickets, no matter the cost this year.
Jamie and Zach joined us and we had a great time! We picked the earliest train ride possible and bought tickets literally the day they went on sale (I plan everything pretty far in advance) and we're so glad we made the choices we did. We arrived about an hour before, just as the park opened and the day was still cool enough that we could squeeze in all the activities before nap time/swimming pool time.
If you have kids this age, and live anywhere near us, I'd recommend it! It was a little pricey, but what isn't these days. Hazel and Lucy got in free which helped...next year, we'll be on the hook for all 4 tickets but maybe Abby will be out of this stage by then?
All the other kids were terrified of Sir. TopumHat and you can tell even Abby wasn't getting too close, but all in all, we had a great time. Around 10 am we all loaded up on the train (pulled by Thomas) and we went on a quick little ride down the tracks. I think the whole ride lasted only 20 minutes and that's one thing I wish they'd have extended but the day was getting warmer and we were all about ready to get in the pool.
We stopped at a few more booths so the kids could finish up their little stamp collecting maps and get their prize and we were on our way back home. Well, not before scoring two corn dogs...I mean, when in Rome!
All in all, I'd do it again. So, if you live close, check the website in the spring and grab some tickets...then come stop by the house...it's just down the road :)