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Sunday, July 17, 2011


To kick off our summer family-fun vacation we went to see Thomas the Tank at our local Day out with Thomas.

St. Thomas, Ontario is rich with rail history and it is a perfect location to hold this fun day for children. This year Day out with Thomas is hitting over 45 North American centers and expects to attract over a million visitors. Day out with Thomas is geared toward young kids and railway enthusiasts alike.

It was a sweltering day, and there was very little reprieve from the hot summer sun, yet the kids didn't seem to notice. Day out with Thomas has loads of fun activities to keep the kids occupied.

Check out some of the fun we had.....

The Bubble Truck
Magical bubbles were floating through the air, and the kids could take a turn to play in buckets of soap to make their own bubbles.

Temporary Tattoos
In addition to tattoos there was colouring and stamping.
There were also model trains set up for the kids to check out - my kids loved watching them go around!

Inflatable Fun!

Petting Zoo

Covered pavilion for snack and taking a break

Riding the Rails

Day out with Thomas is perfect for a family outing, you can look at and enjoy all the attractions at your own pace, and it is great for the young and the young at heart.

You buy your ticket according to train ride time, so the crowds are never overwhelming. When you do need to line up for something (like photos) the lines moved quickly. You only need to keep in mind your train ride time. I listened for announcements so we would know when to go line up for our train ride.Visible to us there was many staff members and volunteers, who were more than willing to answer question or point you in the right direction. It was very evident that the people working at Day out with Thomas were there because they love it too.

While waiting for Thomas to take us on our ride, I noticed that they were first loading handicapped people. Then they started to load us into open air train cars. There was staff to help the kids up the steps safely and to welcome us aboard. Each car had a volunteer during the entire time we were moving, and ours was very friendly - speaking to the kids about trains.

Day out with Thomas is for the whole family. In fact I saw many families there with several generations, and it is a big draw from far and wide. Beside us on our train ride, was a family which had traveled from over three hours away.

Just before we left we made a stop at the gift shop. There was lots of souvenir options. We got a t-shirt for daddy (who had as much fun as the kids did), a fridge magnet for me, a huge Thomas balloon for Jillian, and Matthew got a cool train set. Plus, he had his money for passing in his pocket and he purchased an add on engine with his own money.

When we arrived we were given a sheet to collect stamps at four various locations while there. When the kids turned in their completed sheets they both received a really nice collectors prize.

Day out with Thomas was a great experience! Though we all left tired, and dirty, everyone left with a smile on their face. And, a bigger smile came to my face when I heard (unprompted) - Thank you for taking us to see Thomas!

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Disclaimer: We were given promotional tickets. Opinions expressed are mine, yours could differ.


Lee-Ann said...

Oh lucky girl, promotional tickets! We saw Thomas in St Thomas a couple of years ago, twice actually. The kids always had a great time but the drive is just so long. Looks like they've added some great new activities.

blueviolet said...

What a fun adventure, although I have to laugh at Jillian's expression as she stares at the conductor!

OrangeHeroMama said...

Great review Pam! Can't wait till Friday when we get to go!! :)

Jane In The Jungle said...

Isnt' it wonderful!! Thomas comes here each year and when my 2nd son was turning four, he was here on his birthday!! He LOVED it!!

Taylor B. said...

Oh, what a wonderful time! We all need to take breaks and enjoy things through kids eyes.

shahanara said...

Thanks so much for your nice blog!

Melinda said...

what a HUGE pig and lollipot

StylishHeather said...

Looks like fun!
Following you from the Canadian Blog Hop :)

Mindy said...

That looks like tons of fun!!

Following you from Money Saving Mindy!


Have a great day! :)