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Thomas At The Florida Railroad Museum

If you have a little train lover you won’t want to miss A Day Out With Thomas this weekend!  Thomas is pulling into the station at the Florida Railroad Museum (located in Parrish Florida, in Manatee county) for a larger than life experience at Day Out With Thomas®: The GO GO Thomas Tour 2013, on March 16-17 & 23-24.

Thomas at the Florida Railroad Museum. Photo: Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz. All rights reserved.

Thomas at the Florida Railroad Museum. Photo: Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz. All rights reserved.

My little guy is an avid Thomas fan, we have been watching his movies, reading his books and singing Thomas songs for quite a few years now and my house is filled with Thomas tracks of all kinds, sizes and materials.  So it is no wonder that when I heard Thomas would be in Florida I quickly jumped at the opportunity to attend the Day Out With Thomas event at the Florida Railroad Museum in Parrish, FL (Manatee County).

It was a gorgeous and sunny day at the Florida Railroad Museum and there was a festive feel in the air as excited little boys and girls wearing Thomas T-shirts walked around the fair-like event.

Thomas puffing smoke as he takes kids for a ride at the Florida Railroad Museum. Photo: Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz. All rights reserved.

Thomas puffing smoke as he takes kids for a ride at the Florida Railroad Museum. Photo: Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz. All rights reserved.

As we arrived Thomas tooted and puffed smoke as it started one of his scheduled  rides.  The smiling bright blue engine took off with 4 cars filled with bright eyed kids.

While we waited for the next train ride there was a lot of things to entertain the kids, among them:

  • A Thomas video and story time tent
  • Train tables and sand tables for kids to play on
  • A bubble making station
  • A hay ride
  • An antique fire truck the kids could get on
  • Pictures with Sir Topham Hat
  • A Caboose kids can get on and explore
  • Jump houses and inflatable slides
  • Mini train ride

After having some fun on the jump houses and getting our picture taken with Sir Topham hat we finally boarded the train.  Thomas took us on a ride through  lush green trees and orange groves and we even got to see an alligator who had come out to warm up in the sun right next to the tracks.

Florida alligator, photo taken during our ride on Thomas at the Florida Railroad Museum. Photo: Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz. All rights reserved.

Florida alligator, photo taken during our ride on Thomas at the Florida Railroad Museum. Photo: Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz. All rights reserved.

About A Day Out with Thomas: The Go Go Thomas Tour 2013

This is a fun-filled event that provides children of all ages the opportunity to climb aboard and take a ride with Thomas as well as participate in Thomas & Friends themed activities.  For two back-to-back weekends, little engineers and their families are invited to take an approximate 25 minute ride on their favorite engine, meet Sir Topham Hatt®, Controller of the Railway and enjoy a day of Thomas & Friends and more.

Thomas the Tank Engine rides depart every 45 minutes, rain or shine. Departure times begin at 9:00 am through 3:45 pm each day of the event.  Tickets for the Day Out With Thomas: The Go Go Thomas Tour 2013 are $18 plus tax for ages two and up.

So grab your little engineers and get ready for a train ride they will never forget!

Tickets are on sale now by calling toll-free 866.468.7630 or logging onto www.ticketweb.com/thomas.html.  For more information and directions, contact the Florida Railroad Museum at 941.776.0906 or WWW.FRRM.ORG.

For general information or to find a Day Out With Thomas: The Go Go Thomas Tour 2013 event near you, visit www.thomasandfriends.com/dowt.

You can start gearing up for this unforgettable day by downloading some fun printable coloring pages and puzzles.

Pictures with Sir Topham Hat at the Florida Railroad Museum. Photo: Paula Benfeldt-Diaz. All rights reserved.

Pictures with Sir Topham Hat at the Florida Railroad Museum. Photo: Paula Benfeldt-Diaz. All rights reserved.

The Florida Railroad Museum

The Florida Railroad Museum is the state’s home of Railroad History. The Museum offers one of the most unique museum experiences in the world. Here you “Ride the Exhibits!”

The Museum is open every Saturday and Sunday from 10 AM to 4 PM, year-round, in Parrish, FL. Hour and a half excursions on historic rail equipment depart from the Parrish Train Station at 11 AM and 2 PM. Special events are scheduled throughout the year featuring themed train rides. Follow FRRM on facebook at facebook.com/frrm.org or visit www.frrm.org.

About Thomas & Friends®

Thomas the Tank Engine was created by a father for his son over 65 years ago and today is enjoyed by families in more than 185 territories and in 30 languages.  The #1 blue engine and his friendsinvite children to enter a world of imagination through the tracks of a train and the words of a story. Children embark on adventures with their engine friends while experiencing life lessons of discovery, friendship and cooperation.  Thomas & Friends makes tracks to great destinations on PBS KIDS®, Sprout®and with downloadable episodes available through iTunes. For more information,please visit www.thomasandfriends.com. Like Thomas on Facebook at www.facebook.com/thomasandfriends and follow him on twitter @TrueBlueEngine.

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Disclosure: I received 4 tickets for A Day Out with Thomas.  However my opinions are honest and sincere and may differ from your opinions.

 

 

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Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz

Paula is a freelance writer, translator & marketer. She started her writing & publishing career as the editor of Bebé y Mamá, the first parenting magazine in Guatemala. She is the founder of www.GrowingUpBilingual.com and www.365thingsswfl.com and writes articles in Spanish and English for both magazines and the web on subjects ranging from travel and food to parenting and bilingualism. She enjoys traveling, good food and is always in search of new things to do and in Southwest Florida.

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  1. Joy

    Thank you for sharing!!! My brother and I are taking a road trip this summer, and he loved Thomas since he was young. This may be a place we stop!!
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  2. Erinn S

    Wish I lived nearby, my son would have a blast!
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  3. denise mcdonuts

    I love this!

    We have a little place near us that has thomas the train days. My son never liked him but many of my friends have thomas lovers so they go every year! So adorable!
    Plus the alligators are pretty awesome too 🙂

  4. Coolchillmom

    Wow
    What anexperience!
    Will keep it in mind when we come your way

  5. Christy Maurer

    It sure looks like you guys had fun! My kids are too old for Thomas now 🙁 Enjoy yours while they still like things like this!
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  6. Reesa L

    We took my son when he was a little over 2 to the Strasburg Railroad in PA to see Thomas. He had such a great time. The kids just go crazy when Thomas pulls in, it’s awesome!

  7. Sabrina Dix

    Wow! This looks like so much fun…thanks for sharing.

  8. Carla - Notas de Mamá

    So much fun! My son would love to see Thomas!

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