The sun was shining and it was a perfect fall day for our journey to the Strasburg Railroad in Strasburg, PA. There we were met by hundreds of cars pulling into the Day Out with Thomas parking lot, the steam from trains on the tracks, and the buzz of excited boys and girls.
We did not tell CW where we were going, and when he saw Thomas from the car window his excitement was palpable. He could hardly wait to get out of his seat and to the railway. With activities ranging from Thomas tattoos to a mini train and “Cranky Cars,” CW pulled us from place to place while he impatiently waited for our boarding time of 11:45.
When our time finally came, we joined the other excited passengers in a line to wait for Thomas to return to the station. We boarded and sat on plush, comfortable seats. The ride lasted about 15 minutes, which we agreed seemed a bit short for the price of the tickets ($18 per person, although all the other activities are included), but CW didn’t seem to notice. He was enthralled by the Lancaster countryside, the other trains in the train yard, and the Thomas songs played overhead. The novelty of holding his ticket for the conductor and hearing the steam whistle plastered a huge smile on his face. We later found out that you can use your Thomas ticket to purchase the longer Strasburg Railroad train ride for 50% off that fare. If you’re interested in that, I think that would be the way to go!
After our ride, we walked over to the nearby tower to meet Sir Topham Hat. We took a family photo and the boys received Junior Engineer certificates. We perused the model trains, played with the train tables, shopped for souvenirs, and visited the nearby train museum. Funnel cakes, soft pretzels, pizza, and sno-cones added to the carnival-like atmosphere. By the end of our time there, our little engineer was exhausted.
To find A Day Out with Thomas near you, click here. It is an educational and fun day with your children. I do, however, suggest that you attempt to go on a non-weekend. We were there on a Monday and although very busy, we had few lines to wait in and less people than on a weekend. Take your little engineers for the rides of their lives!
Thanks so much to everyone at A Day Out With Thomas for giving Kristin and her family such a wonderful experience, and allowing all of us at Babies Gotta Have It to get a glimpse into this neat event. Hope some of you out there are able to go and meet Thomas and Friends for yourselves!