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Peep, peep! If your house is anything like mine, than you can’t walk but tens steps without tripping over a Thomas the train. My son adores Thomas and his friends, which is why we were so excited to go check out the Day Out With Thomas at the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore!
The event is wonderful, and geared perfectly toward train enthusiasts of all ages. It’s held in the historic B&O Railroad Museum, so even if you aren’t familiar with the inhabitants of the Island of Sodor, there are still dozens of exhibits to explore.
For those who can’t get enough of the #1 Tank Engine, there are tons of things to see and do. Children are given a “passport” when they arrive guiding them through several of the activities located throughout the event. First stop is an Imagination Station, where kids can play with wooden, Lego, and motorized Thomas sets. The next stop is a digital viewing area, where Thomas cartoons and movies are being shown, and the next stop on the journey is a visit with Sir Topham Hat. For those of you with kids who, like mine, were a little uneasy at the idea of having to meet the head of the fictional railroad, you can skip the meet and greet and just get the stamp. Heads up: the final stop on the passport is a trip to the gift store, so if you have another adult with you, have them go in to get the stamp!
Half of the event takes place in the B&O Roundhouse, while the other half takes place outside. This is where you can find small carnival rides (free for Day out with Thomas guests!), a massive model train display, a train themed playground, arts and crafts, bounce houses, carnival games, and concessions. This is also where you board for the highlight of the event: a 25 minute train ride on Thomas!
Unfortunately for me, my Thomas loving son did *not* love the animatronic face on the train, and refused to take a ride…but we heard from several attendees that the train ride was fantastic. If you missed this fun-filled family day last weekend, go check it out May 4-6!
Know Before You Go:
- There is ample, free parking in an adjacent lot to the museum.
- There are limited concessions on site.
- Recommended ages: toddlers, preschoolers, and some early elementary. Many of the activities are geared towards the preschool aged fans of Thomas, although my non-train loving five year old enjoyed herself with many of the outside activities!
- Train rides are timed, and you need to be in line to board for your ride 15 minutes prior to departure.
- Tickets, if still available, can be purchased on the B&O Railroad Museum website.