( Review for Day out with Thomas written by Tabitha)
First I want to thank Christy for giving me the opportunity to take my kids to this event. I've been wanting to go to A Day Out with Thomas ever since my oldest boy developed an interest in trains, more specifically Thomas. When I told my kids we would be going to A Day Out With Thomas I'm sure my neighbours could hear the excited cheers from my three oldest. To say they were excited is an understatement!
We started our day early, which I am glad we did, because it gave us a chance to see all the attractions before our train ride. They had a bubble truck blowing bubbles constantly as well as an area set up where the kids could blow their own bubbles, it was a sight to see and of course my 2 year old was just in his glory watching the big bubbles float up in the sky.
Our first stop was a visit to Sir Topham Hatt , to get our picture taken and get the first station stamp. Then we went into the arena where they had jumpy castles, colouring pages, crafts, tattoos, train tables to play at, and an entertainment area with a magician, a ventriloquist and more, a gift shop and a story telling and video viewing area. No matter what you most enjoy about Thomas they had it all. My kids loved each and every station! I was very impressed with how well organized everything was and the staff were all very friendly and welcoming.
After we were done in the arena area we headed outside where they had some food vendors available, a hay bale maze, Misty Island (a water misting station to help us cool down), complimentary face painting and balloon trains (I forgot to take pictures of ours before they got popped :( ). The thing I was most impressed with was number of washroom facilities available and the designated nursing and diaper changing stations, I saw 3 but there could've been more. It's nice to be at a family event that thinks of these things for us nursing moms!
Next was the grand finale of the day....the long awaited train ride! We went to get in line early so that we would get to see Thomas coming into the station and you could just feel the excitement from all the children and then hear the cute little shouts of "It's Thomas Mommy! It's Thomas!". I wasn't sure how my kids would react but to hear those little shouts from my kids as well as others made the day completely worth it! It was nice to get on the train and sit for a while after all the walking around and standing and of course the kids thoroughly enjoyed their little ride on Thomas, even if my kids were a little sad that they weren't riding in Annie and Clarabel ;).
If you have train lovers in your house this is an event not to be missed! I sure am glad were given the opportunity to attend, it was a great day!
Day out with Thomas will be in St Thomas, Ontario again THIS weekend (July 20-22).
You can get more info and buy tickets HERE.
** Don't forget about our awesome Thomas train whistle giveaway! **
2 winners will be chosen! Open to Canada/US, ends 07/24.